Occupational Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year pa inc
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Occupational Therapist, Band 5 Permanent - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary ward team which is professionally supported by a Head OT. There is a mix of banded occupational therapists across the acute and crisis mental health service, as well as other professions. It is a friendly and supportive team and we welcome new staff and the ideas and skills they bring.

The post involves a mix of opportunities including carrying an inpatient caseload, assessments and 1:1 interventions to build functional and social skills. Working closely with the ward Multi-disciplinary Team, the outpatient MDT (Home Treatment and Community Teams) and group interventions. It provides an excellent mix of opportunities to develop your career.

CPD for Band 5 occupational therapy staff includes a statutory induction programme, preceptorship programme, support group and in-service occupational therapy specific training days. There is an active CPD programme which includes regular professional supervision and appraisals, dedicated CPD time and involvement in research projects. Oxleas operates over 3 London Boroughs and Kent, including child and adolescent, adult and older adult mental health, forensics and community health, therefore, opportunities for a broad range of career development.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be working in the Bromley acute mental health Inpatient Service, with the OT inpatient team. The department is part of the multidisciplinary team serving the adult, acute, inpatient wards of Betts, Goddington and Norman. These are 15-18 bedded acute admission wards. The OT team deliver an activity programme, incorporating three major areas of importance: Health and Well Being, Psychological Therapies and Vocational/Return to Work activity.

This Band 5 post will work autonomously, with monthly supervision, to provide occupational therapy.

The service provided will be strongly influenced by social inclusion and vocational rehabilitation.

The aim of the service is to assess and promote occupational functioning and wellbeing on the wards. The post holder will also facilitate safe and effective discharges and link into appropriate community services.

About us
Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people. Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

To manage a caseload of service users with mental health needs

To work with service users to identify OT goals as part of the multi-disciplinary care plan, OT assessment tools & treatment techniques

To work with service users in a variety of settings in order to provide the most effective assessment & interventions

To plan & implement service user led individual and/or group interventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals

To ensure service users health, social, cultural and spiritual needs are considered at all times

To assess for and provide equipment to enhance independence in daily living skills for service users with a physical disability in addition to their mental health needs

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and identify outcomes

To plan and deliver services within the Care Programme Approach framework

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on life skills to maximise functional ability

To assess the occupational needs of service users and establish and evaluate appropriate treatment interventions

To identify appropriate & inappropriate referrals and prioritise workload

To manage effective discharge ensuring service user and all relevant agencies are given relevant information

To contribute to and carry out risk assessment & risk management plans

To work as part of the MDT and attend all relevant clinical meeting

To contribute to service development

To work independently without direct supervision

To develop skills, knowledge and experience through participation in preceptorship and the Band 5 development programme

Person Specification Training & Qualifications Essential
  • oDiploma/degree in OT oUK HPC Registration oCPD portfolio containing evidence of active involvement in CPD activities
Experience Essential
  • oRange of practical placement experience oExperience of using standardised OT assessments oSome clinical experience including individual and group work reflecting social inclusion oSome experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.

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