Hospital Division (PICU) Occupational Therapist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Perinatal Care
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Hospital Division Occupational and Arts Therapies team, based at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital. This role is based on our female PICU, Ruby ward, which recently moved to a refurbished ward at Highgate and has identified therapeutic spaces forassessment and intervention, including an ADL kitchen and calm room.Ruby ward team have a focus on reducing violence and aggression, they are currently undertaking a Quality improvement project which using activity and engagement as a strategy for this. There is a newly developed PICU Team, consisting of male and female wards working closely to provide specialist care and skill development of staff. Occupational Therapy is an integral part of the ward team and is highly valued, with OTsregularly attending NAPICU conference with the MDT. There are exciting developments in progress, including the opportunity to be involved in trialling use of the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) for Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention within PICU.

The post holder will have proven clinical skills to manage a complex caseload on the female PICU. Along with the MDT they will work to recovery principles with a community focus to support robust move-on plans. There will be responsibility for supervision of junior OTs andactivity workers and some deputising for the Band 7 clinical leads.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will ensure that their practice meets the requirements of this clinical group, and assess the needs of service users with complex mental and physical health needs. This includes falls risk minimisation work and the issuing and provision of equipment, aids and minor adaptations.

The post-holder will ensure that their practice is in keeping with current evidence based practices, in accordance with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics., and will work with OTs, Arts Therapists and activity workers to provide a comprehensive treatment programme for service users.

The post holder is expected to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with other staff members characterised by trust, mutual respect, and open, honest communication.

The post-holder will have supervisory responsibility for junior staff, including a Band 5 OT and Band 3 ward Activity Worker, and student practitioners working in the unit. They will receive supervision and mentoring from a Band 7 Clinical Lead OT.

Although staff are allocated initially to work in one specific ward, all appointments are made to the Hospital Division, and there will be opportunity for further skill development within the Inpatient wards. The Hospital Division comprises of inpatient wards for working age adults who require acute treatment or rehabilitation and wards which specialise in the care of older adults.

About us

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) provides high quality, safe and innovative mental health care to our patients in the community, in their homes or in hospital. We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area. We currently deliver the majority of our care to residents in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. However, we also provide substance misuse services in Westminster, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to people living in Kingston. Our trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world's leading academic health science partnerships. In addition we have specialist programmes which provide help and treatment for: veterans living in London, young people caught in the cycle of gang culture, older people living with dementia and other age related mental health conditions. For more information, please access the following link:

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist occupational therapy assessments and interventions for a designated caseload, addressing occupational and skill deficits. This may include ADL, leisure, community skills and home visit assessments.
  • To actively involve patients in identifying their needs and goals as part of the multi-disciplinary team care plan.
  • To plan and carry out individual and group interventions in appropriate settings using graded and meaningful activities to meet patients needs and achieve their goals.
  • To carry out group and individual interventions jointly with other members of the multi-disciplinary team as appropriate.
  • Support the ward activity worker and relevant ward staff to provide activities to ensure a therapeutic environment.
  • To apply knowledge and evidence-based practice acquired through ongoing training and clinical development
  • To provide information for patients, their families, and the multi-disciplinary team about pertinent local community resources.
  • To contribute to clinical reviews, discharge planning and provide support with transition.
  • To provide a goal directed outpatient service as part of the care programme approach plan, where appropriate and according to policy.
  • To monitor and evaluate treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention.
  • To apply a broad level of understanding of disability and mental health problems and recommend lifestyle changes or adaptations to patients social or physical environments.
  • To adhere to RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and local and national standards of practice.
  • To work flexible hours according to the needs of service delivery, as locally agreed.

Person Specification HCPC registered Essential
  • Registered with HCPC in date
Qualification Essential
  • DIP COT/ BSC/ MSC occ Therapy
Experience Essential
  • Acute In patient experience MH
  • Experience of working in PICU
Supervisory Essential
  • supervision of staff /students
management experience Essential
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Participation in service development

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