Senior Occupational Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Apr 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full Time
Fixed Term - 6 months Full -Time (37.5 hours per wk) or 9 months Part-Time (26.50 hours per wk)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and dynamic senior Occupational Therapist (Band 6) to join Blackburn with Darwen Community Mental Health Team.

The unique role of occupational therapy is highly valued within the team, and you will have a predominantly occupational therapy specific workload. This will include providing specialist occupational therapy assessment, formulation and intervention to those with complex occupational, functional or vocational needs. The role will also involve the provision of support and advice to the multi-disciplinary team through consultancy, to ensure service users occupational needs are considered and met. Additionally, there will be some expectation of generic working, where appropriate.

We are looking to recruit an occupational therapist that has a keen interest and a passion for occupational therapy in mental health. You will have excellent communication skills, sound clinical reasoning and a strong understanding of the occupational therapy role within recovery.

You will receive regular supervision, access to CPD opportunities and be part of a supportive occupational therapy network. Additionally, there will be the potential for you to further develop supervisory skills and assist with service developments, including an evolving OT group-work project.

We welcome informal enquiries, so for further information please contact us.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will use their deep understanding of the relationship between occupation and mental health to provide occupational therapy in order to maintain, restore or create a match beneficial to the individual between the abilities of the person, the demands of her/his occupations in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure and the demands of the environment. (Adapted from Creek 2003).

The post holder will deliver a range of individual and/or group interventions drawn from relevant frames of reference, demonstrating sophisticated clinical reasoning skills. They will prioritise planning and delivering interventions for people whose mental health problems have a marked impact on their occupational functioning and who have complex occupational needs. This senior position requires achieving an appropriate balance between the provision of specialist occupational therapy and taking on shared roles that contribute to the efficient functioning of the team.

The post holder will liaise and negotiate across service boundaries and in varied settings. They are research aware, and use evidence to support and develop practice. The post holder will provide regular fieldwork opportunities for occupational therapy undergraduates, and contribute to the learning of other team members or students from other disciplines. They have responsibilities for mentoring and/or developing others and supervise more junior practitioners and support staff.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/BSC (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • State registered with Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Post Graduate training relevant to mental health work in appropriate speciality
Knowledge Essential
  • Detailed knowledge of how mental health problems impact on occupational performance and how occupational therapy theory informs practice within mental health settings
  • Knowledge of current best practice in inpatient mental health and awareness of relevant government directives and legislation
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions using expert level clinical reasoning.
Experience Essential
  • Previous years post registration experience with previous years in mental health
  • Familiarity with audit processes
  • Use of evidence-based practice

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