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Perinatal Mental Health Community Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
25 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is really pleased to have been selected as a leading provider playing a key part in transforming perinatal mental healthcare in England. This has enabled us to have a unique opportunity for a band 7 occupational therapists keen to be part of leading and delivering a perinatal mental health care to infants and mothers across Cumbria and Lancashire.

The post will be an integral part of a specialist multi-disciplinary perinatal leadership team, working alongside a consultant psychiatrist, lead nurses, senior social workers, consultant psychologists and other staff providing assessment and treatment of occupational needs to families under our care.

Under the supervision of a consultant occupational therapist who is also specialist in perinatal mental health the post will offer clinical leadership to other occupational therapists in both perinatal CMHT and inpatient unit.As part of an occupational therapy service covering either South Cumbria and North Lancashire you will be working in partnership with all providers, third sector organisations, local authority social services and family teams in delivering specialised mental health care for mothers and their babiesmaking this an interesting and diverse post for an enthusiastic practitioner excited by the prospect of creating working partnerships and contributing the development.

Main duties of the job

Having gained experience in a range of mental health settings, and through their study, reflection, practice and training in sensory integration. The post holder will use their highly developed, specialist knowledge in perinatal/community mental health and their sophisticated understanding of the relationship between occupation and mental health to provide occupational therapy order to maintain, restore or create a match beneficial to the individual between the abilities of the person, the demands of her/his occupations in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure and the demands of the environment. (Adapted from Creek 2003).

Autonomous in their clinical practice, the post holder prioritises planning, delivering, and supervising interventions for people whose mental health problems have a marked impact on their occupational functioning and who have complex occupational needs. They will deliver a range of group and/or individual interventions drawn from relevant frames of reference, and demonstrating sophisticated skills of critical thinking, reflection and analysis in their clinical reasoning. They will be qualified and able to deliver a range of sensory integration assessments and interventions as well as advise the multi-disciplinary team about how to support the sensory needs of service users. They can manage challenging situations, and work with people with challenging problems, identifying and working to manage inherent risks.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • oDiploma/BSC (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (OT) oState registered with Health Professionals Council. oPost graduate diploma in sensory integration. oPost graduate degree (or equivalent study) in relevant mental health speciality (or willingness to undertake same within one year of appointment) oDocumented evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) oPractice Placement Qualification (Undergraduate OT student educator)
Knowledge Essential
  • oExpert knowledge of how perinatal mental health problems impact on occupational performance, and how occupational therapy theory informs practice within community mental health settings oExpertise in current best practice in community perinatal mental health , and awareness of relevant government directives and legislation oSpecialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions using expert level clinical reasoning. oFamiliarity with a range of outcome measures and ability to analyse outcomes and advise on their implications. oDetailed knowledge of relevant legislation its impact on current practice. oDetailed knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and how to use governance to influence practice across teams.
Experience Essential
  • o3 years post registration experience in mental health setting (with evidence of perinatal mental health experience at band 6 level) ofamiliarity with audit processes oUse of evidence-based practice oExtensive clinical experiences including individual and group work in mental health specialties oLeadership experience of occupational therapists and other staff groups. oSupervision of junior staff and undergraduate OT students. oProvision of training and/or presentations to groups oUsing research and participating in research activity

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