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Senior Occupational Therapist (Band 6)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Mental health occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Occupational Therapist - Band 6 - Rowan Ward

We're seeking a qualified Occupational Therapist to join our team at Rowan Ward, our 18 bed unit in Yeovil.

Rowan ward has 18 beds that provide assessment and treatment primarily for adults of working age who are experiencing an acute mental health problem. We have a team of specialist mental health doctors, nurses and therapists who work closely with our crisis resolution and home treatment team. Rowan ward predominantly provides services for people who live in the South Somerset area.

St Andrews Ward in Wells is in the process of moving across to the Yeovil site and will be over in the Summer of 2023 - you will be based across the two wards when both are on site.

Provide advance assessment, clinical reasoning and evidence-based interventions using a collaborative, recovery approach and be skilled at positive risk management.

You'll support junior staff and supervise the Band 5 Occupational Therapist on the Ward, carrying out appraisals therefore this is a great opportunity for someone looking for some line management responsibilities.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide advance assessment, clinical reasoning and evidence-based interventions using a collaborative, recovery approach and be skilled at positive risk management.
  • To use evidence-based models of practice to inform assessments
  • To develop with professional and operational support the Occupational Therapy service on the Rowan site.
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, working without direct supervision but having access to a Senior Occupational Therapist when required.
  • Be a resource and role model for Junior staff, seeking opportunities for development as appropriate
  • Participating in the Service's formal Professional Supervision & Appraisal Programme.
  • Provide support, guidance and training to staff as required.
  • Support and supervise the Band 5 Occupational Therapist.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see full job description attached for more information.
  • Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools (eg. explanation, negotiation, persuasion, motivation, and empathy) to communicate effectively with individuals in order to progress assessment and treatment programmes. This will include individuals who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating.
  • To be aware of and appropriately manage sensitive and/or complicated information. To deal sensitively with service users, relatives / carers who may have high levels of anxiety caused due to Mental health presentations, emotional distress, pain, dementia, and other disorders.
  • To represent the Service and/or individual individuals at clinical meetings and case conferences to ensure the delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service and to ensure that Occupational Therapy is integrated into the overall treatment programme. This will include discussion of individual care, recommendations on best course of action and change to existing plans, individual progress, and discharge planning.
  • To provide written and verbal reports to members of the multidisciplinary team during treatment and at discharge from the service.
  • To communicate at an advanced level effectively and work collaboratively in partnership with a wider range of services examples include: acute and mental health services, in-patient and community medical and nursing staff, pharmacy practitioners, psychological therapists, GP services, Community Directorate, housing providers, voluntary agencies, Recovery college, MIND, Adult Social care, PCT, substance misuse services, the police and other emergency services, the Probation Service, NHS Direct, the Safeguarding Team and any other stakeholders involved in a persons care.

Person Specification Behaviours Aligned with Trust Values Essential
  • Outstanding care
  • Working together
  • To be flexible, competent and professional in a variety of settings
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Sound professional identity
  • Self-motivated to develop and extend professional expertise
Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered to Practice by the HCPC
  • Membership with the RCOT
  • Post graduate training in area relevant to post
Communication Skills Essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to present information to a group of people
  • To be flexible, competent and professional
  • Ability to speak to distressed patients, and at times to relatives/carers by telephone and in person
  • Good team worker and proven application on interpersonal skills
Analytical and Judgement skills Essential
  • The ability to demonstrate the full OT process (assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation) in a comprehensive manner
Planning and Organisation Essential
  • Ability to plan and prioritise the work of the post
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and on own initiative

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