Development Opportunity for Occupational Therapists - AMH

Solent NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
25 Jun 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Development Opportunity Occupational Therapist - Adult Mental Health

We are proud to offer a variety of directions of which your career could take you, could this be the time for you to make that jump you've been thinking of?

Here at Solent, we have an Acute Care Pathway, consisting of two inpatient Acute and Psychiatric Intensive Care Units and a Crisis Resolution at Home Treatment team. You will join a multi-professional team to ensure the patients we support through brief intervention and/or referral to other services, are seen by the right professional at the right time.

This opportunity could be for experienced Occupational Therapists with an interest in Mental Health, where our teams would support you through relevant training courses such as PMVA Training and Suicide Prevention. We work with local agencies including Solent MIND, The Hive, The Recovery Hub and Portsmouth City Council, where a wealth of knowledge and information is shared to ensure our patients care and progression is at the heart of everything we do.

If you aren't sure and would like to find out more about what this looks like, please contact Lee Allen (Our AHP Team Lead for Mental Health). Lee has a variety of experience within Mental Health as an Occupational Therapist and would love to talk to those interested in finding out more!

Main duties of the job

*The successful applicant will be responsible for a caseload of patients experiencing mental health illness; providing person centred assessments and interventions using evidence-based models of practice. They will have responsibility for formulating intervention plans and supporting junior staff to deliver interventions to patients with complex needs in their own homes and communities.

*The post holder is responsible for the provision of a high-quality Occupational Therapy (OT) service, ensuring that the service delivered meets Trust and professional standards and develops in line with Government, Clinical, Professional, and local guidelines.

*Delivering occupational focused assessment, formulations, and interventions for a caseload of patients with complex functional needs at hospital, in their homes and communities.

*To deputise for OT Lead and provide cover for the other team members as necessary.

*To be responsible for supporting, developing, and evaluating an evidence-based therapeutic group programme.

*To be a key resource in facilitating the patients journey through mental health clinical pathways within acute, primary, and secondary care. This will involve supporting patients in their homes and communities to prevent an avoidable hospital admission, and to work with patients in hospital to ensure safe, effective, efficient, and recovery focused discharge.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

*Act as a key resource for the Occupational functioning needs of the wider MDT caseload within the Acute Care Pathway including CRHT.

*To guide the team on the appropriate use of therapeutic risk-taking during MDT discussions, using specialist OT and mental health knowledge.

*To meet the needs of service users in a safe, effective, efficient, and recovery focused approach.

*Provide occupational focused assessment, formulation, care plan, and intervention to patients with complex functional needs in hospital, in their own homes and communities.

*Evaluate Occupational Therapy interventions and consider ongoing needs of the patient and identity opportunities for longer term support when required. For example, within primary care services, third sector or within the Community Mental Health Recovery Team.

*To develop, facilitate and evaluate therapeutic group work programmes.

*To support the wider AMH Occupational Therapy service across the AMH pathways when required

*Provide intervention plans for Junior staff to deliver and to evaluate the outcome and maintain patient records. This will require the use of advanced clinical reasoning skills.

*Support junior staff to deliver specialist crisis interventions to patients with complex needs in their own homes and communities.

*Provide guidance and consultation on specialist therapeutic interventions and model good practice.

*Undertake daily generic clinical tasks, as necessary, to meet the needs of the service.

*Is able to pass the trust fitness test and training in Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA)

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree level or higher in Occupational Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration
  • Training qualification to teach students on placement or equivalent experience
  • Specialist post graduate training in a range of subjects relevant to mental health/acute mental illness/challenging behaviours
Experience Essential
  • Experience of supporting and supervising junior staff
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Post graduate experience working in complex and high-risk mental health settings -- managing challenging behaviours
  • Experience of applying the Occupational Therapy process in mental health
  • Experience of using standardised and functional assessments and activity analysis in a mental health setting

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