Occupational Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year Per annum inclusive of inner London HCAS
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of a new pilot project. As part of the reinvestment of savings made by the SLP Complex Care Programme, a new community rehabilitation project provided jointly with Bridge Support is opening in the Borough of Kingston in early 2023.

The Community Rehabilitation Pilot will provide specialist enhanced rehabilitation support to adults typically aged 18-65 diagnosed with severe and enduring mental health needs who would benefit from an intensive rehabilitation and recovery-focused approach which will best be met by an integrated clinical and voluntary sector shared model of care and support within an accommodation-based service.

The accommodation and support staff are provided by Bridge Support in the form of two six bedded properties in the Royal Borough of Kingston. SWLSTG will be providing dedicated medical, occupational therapy, psychology and co-occurring mental health, alcohol and drugs practitioner input and the posts will sit within the already established Community Rehab Team, based at Trinity, Springfield Hospital. Although based in the borough of Kingston the pilot will be open to service users from all five boroughs served by SWLSTG

Main duties of the job

The candidate will need:
  • The successful candidate will therefore have experience of working within a rehabilitation setting, have a strong commitment to improving the recovery outcomes of individuals, and enjoy working with stakeholders to support service transformation and innovation.
  • To manage a caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based /client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To offer OT intervention for patients living at the SWLSTG Rehab Community Pilot Provision team caseload, being responsible for completing standardised assessments / manualised interventions (including groups) as agreed by senior professional lead
  • To provide leadership for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal.
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of OT services within the Bridge Rehabilitation Team, 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 contribute to streamline working from admission to discharge in keeping with the principles in the Rehabilitation / Recovery Care pathway.
  • To promote recovery and social inclusion.
  • To act as the designated 'Disability Champion' leading the multi-disciplinary team in Disability Equality matters within the service and other areas as required.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking- You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of disability on occupational performance and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to the clients social and physical environment.
  • To promote equality of outcome for service users that reflect their mental health needs and those of ethnicity, gender, culture physical health and age.
  • To promote social inclusion and physical and mental well-being using evidence based practice. This is underpinned by the principles of hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention.
  • To independently manage a clinical caseload of service user with complex mental health needs, liaising closely with the care co-ordinator and/or vocational lead where relevant.
  • To identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan, using specialist mental health and occupational therapy assessments, including MOHO tools.
  • To exercise clinical professional judgement in complex clinical cases and difficult clinical situation, referring to senior staff when necessary.
  • To consider both physical and mental health needs as part of the occupational therapy assessment.
  • To plan and implement specialist individual and/or group interventions collaboratively, to enable service users to achieve valued goals and satisfactory occupational performance outcome.
  • To identify any significant risk factors in line with local policies, with support from senior staff
  • To contribute to and work within clinical pathways and protocols.
  • To evaluate effectiveness of therapy interventions and quality of clinical decisions in conjunction with service users/carers, other professionals etc.
  • To promote and signpost individuals / carers towards the Recovery College and embed recovery into all interventions

Person Specification Education, Training & Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice
  • Training in the theory and application of the model of human occupation within the first 4 months of appointment
  • Practice placement educators course within one year of appointment
  • Apple registration
Experience Essential
  • Experience of carrying a caseload in a mental health setting
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of maintaining a written record of continual professional development
  • Experience of individual and groupwork
  • Experience of writing specialist occupational therapy reports
  • Experience of participating in a service development project
  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
  • Successful completion of preceptorship
  • Experience of being a practice placement educator
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.
Knowledge and Skills - Communication Essential
  • Developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs
  • Basic word processing and IT skills
  • Proficient standard of written communication skills
  • Ability to promote & maintain the profile of OT within an MDT & the wider organisation
Knowledge and Skills - Personal and People Development Essential
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • Ability to reflect upon and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to role model positive professional behaviour
  • Ability to deliver presentations
Knowledge and Skills - Health, Safety & Security Essential
  • Ability to work in a way that minimises risks to health, safety & security of self, service user & members of the public
  • Ability to monitor work areas & practices to maintain a healthy, safe and secure working environment.
Knowledge and Skills - Service Improvement Essential
  • Ability to adapt own practice & style of working
  • Ability to express constructive views & ideas in relation to improving service effectiveness
  • Audit skills
Knowledge and Skills - Quality Essential
  • Applied knowledge of confidentiality & consent issues
  • Applied knowledge of current national legislation, policies & guidelines relevant to clinical area
  • Good personal management skills in order to manage a clinical caseload & varied workload
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and understanding of the importance of collaborative working in the delivery of good quality services
Knowledge and Skills - Equality and Diversity Essential
  • Ability to apply equal opportunities & anti-discriminatory interventions that respect the service users' customs, values & spiritual beliefs
  • Ability to recognise & report behaviour that undermines equality & diversity
  • Ability to promote a culture of recovery & social inclusion

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