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Senior Occupational Therapist with Autism focus

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year Per annum, inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
4 Apr 2023
As we develop a new integrated autism pathway across Haringey, this developing role will be part the multi-disciplinary team that supports autistic young people and adults with complex needs. The aim of the new pathway is to create better health outcomes and provide more proactive support to reduce avoidable admissions, support a timely discharge from hospital, keep people in the local community through help with navigation and through providing skills and support to mainstream mental health services (eating disorder, personality disorder and clinical psychology) to keep people well and improve health outcomes for our autistic residents.

This role will be to provide Occupational Therapy interventions to adults with a diagnosis of autism (without a Learning Disability) who live in Haringey. This includes the provision of Occupational Therapy assessment and therapy for individual service users, including those with complex mental health conditions, their carer's and their families. As well as the case finding element of the role, the post holder will be expected to provide a consultation, training and support for the wider systems and organisations providing care for our clients including the delivery of staff-centred interventions for people with Autism.

Main duties of the job

This role is to undertake specialist occupational therapy assessments to service users with high functioning autism referred to the teams based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources. To formulate and implement plans for the formal occupational therapy treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

The postholder will also evaluate and make decisions about treatment options in consultation with care teams, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

You will also provide specialist occupational therapy advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan of service users with high functioning autism.

Note: interviews will be held on 14th April 2023

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides local, regional and national award-winning healthcare services. We have more than 3.300 staff working out of 20 main sites serving a population of 1.2 million people. We provide community health services and mental health services for young people, adults and older people. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion; one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe spaces for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored. Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where you can thrive and succeed.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification by clicking on the JD/PS attachment in the advert

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Dip. COT or BSc OT and Registered with HCPC
  • Knowledge of and experience of working with people with mental health conditions and complex needs relevant to specialty of post
  • Knowledge and experience of using occupational therapy standardized assessments and assessment relevant to specialty.
  • Experience of working with people with challenging behaviour, potential risk factors and retractions this may pose on therapeutic process.
  • Able to use a range of treatment skills; to include, social skills training, sensory integration, and graded practical activities.
  • Experience of working with people experiencing mental illness and dual diagnosis in community settings.
  • O.T. interventions and training
  • Experience of supervising and managing junior staff.
  • To carrying out functional and specialist assessments
  • To plan and run a range of therapeutic interventions for autistic persons and clients with mental health diagnosis
  • Ability to contribute to multidisciplinary teams high level care planning and risk assessments.
  • Ability to contribute to multidisciplinary teams high level care planning and risk assessments.

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