Occupational Therapist (Merton HTT)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inc
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We currently have a vacancy for an Occupational Therapist in our Merton Crisis Home Treatment Team (CHTT).

The CHTTs are a multidisciplinary, community-based crisis mental health team. We aim to provide a safe, holistic and recovery focussed home-based treatment service for adults as an alternative to inpatient admission, and for early discharge from the ward in the least disruptive and restrictive environment. The focus is to enable individuals to maintain their everyday function and develop strategies to manage their experiences.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Trust Service Line. We have recently developed the Trust's Crisis pathway to include the Rapid Assessment Clinic which supports those in crisis to be cared for away from A&E or an acute mental health facility.

Home Treatment Teams works closely with the Rapid Assessment Clinic, building on our expanded Mental Health Crisis Line and other crisis support services across the Trust , to provide improved service for our patients.

Trust-wide Occupational Therapy Service:

The successful candidate will join our wider occupational therapy service which includes our acute and urgent care, community, learning disability, specialist, national and forensic service lines. We meet quarterly for occupational therapy training events which have recently included training around sensory profiling and MOHO.

Main duties of the job

Our CHTTs are a multi-disciplinary team made up of doctors, occupational therapists, advanced clinical practitioners, mental health nurses, recovery support workers and peer support workers. The workload is team-based, and team members do not carry a specific caseload. Senior occupational therapists would work as part of the wider team undertaking regular shift patterns but would have protected time to undertake occupational therapy specific interventions.

The aim of the service is to provide a safe, holistic and recovery focussed home-based treatment for adults as an alternative to inpatient admission, and for early discharge from inpatient services. The post holder will provide a variety of interventions in crisis resolution and home treatment.

You will join our supportive and friendly group of occupational therapists. We use the Model of Human Occupation as well as other assessments to review the client's environment, sensory preferences and physical disability. The successful candidate would carry out short-term specific occupational therapy work to promote recovery goals and facilitate independence in the community, including signposting to external agencies as well as referring to community-run OT groups.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Wilson Hospital, Mitcham

The Wilson Hospital is home to a number of our community services including Merton Home Treatment Team, Wimbledon and Morden Recovery Support Team, Sutton and Merton Early Intervention Team, and Merton Uplift. It is situated near Mitcham Junction rail station and near Cranmer Green Nature Reserve.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a safe, holistic and recovery focussed home-based treatment for adults as an alternative to inpatient admission, and for early discharge from inpatient services.
  • To provide a variety of interventions in crisis resolution and home treatment.
  • To provide leadership for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal.
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT services within the identified service, holding responsibility for defined projects.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust OT Service.
  • To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement.
  • To promote recovery & social inclusion.
  • To contribute to streamline working
  • To act as the designated Disability Champion, leading the multi-disciplinary team in Disability Equality matters within the service and other areas as required.
  • To contribute from an occupational therapy perspective to individual care plans
  • To maintain clinical records
  • To participate in multidisciplinary meetings

We are a vibrant, friendly and innovative service and we hope that if you share our vision, we will be hearing from you soon!

Preceptorship Plus:

As a Trust we are keen to support staff in their development and have created opportunities through our Preceptorship Plus Programme. As well as Band 6 applicants we are keen to hear from those who feel ready to progress from Band 5 to 6 and we are ready to support you in a coordinated and structured model of practice. Preceptorship Plus offers you the opportunity to consolidate your core skills and knowledge as an Occupational Therapist whilst extending your scope of practice in risk assessment, management, and coordination of care. You would be offered regular shadowing and supervision from Occupational Therapists and within the team in the period of being a preceptee. Please contact us to speak more about our innovative programme.

Person Specification Education, Training & Qualific Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
Experience Essential
  • Experience of carrying a caseload in a mental health setting
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.

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