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Occupational Therapist Advanced Practitioner

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fulbourn, Cambridge
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023
I'm Rob, I am the Occupational Therapist Advanced Practitioner for the adult inpatientOccupational Therapy team at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough. The successful candidate will be working alongside me, and fellow OT leads, managing the equivalent team on the Fulbourn site, in Cambridge.

This role offers a unique split between operational management and clinical leadership. I lovethisrole, because it allows for a broad range of professional development opportunities, and a balance of specialist clinical work and service development. It's important for me to work in an environment which supports me to develop and utilise thespecialist skills associated with my training.

In Peterborough I have worked with the team, to centralise our OT resource, rather than OTs being assigned to individual wards. This allows our OTs to supportpatients intheir journey throughour wards thus improving the development of therapeutic relationships. We have also introduced an innovative referral pathway, designed specifically to fit the needs of our service, and keep occupation focussed assessment and intervention as our core business. We are hoping that the successful candidate will work to develop a similar model on our Cambridge site. To be successful we will need a dynamic individual who is passionate about the value and development of Occupational Therapy in inpatient settings.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a charismatic team leader who can unite our adult inpatient Occupational Therapy team, lead on the introduction of new innovative evidence-based practice and represent the team and profession at senior meetings.All our Trust Occupational Therapy services use the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) for assessment and treatment with a strong focus on recovery and linking into the community.We are keen for the successful candidate to work closely with our community teams. We want to strengthen links between our inpatient and community services to better support patients in their recovery journey.

As a Trust we have been investing in using sensory approaches to contribute to reducing restrictive practices and understanding behaviours on the acute wards and are keen for this candidate to support the team in developing their skills in sensory approaches. With support, this will allow the Occupational Therapy team to deliver targeted sensory modulation interventions, in collaboration with our patients and designed to support the management of the impact of physiological and psychological distress on daily life.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide operational management for in-reach occupational therapy service.
  • To provide specialist advice and operational support (including recruitment) around the development of the ward based occupational therapy roles.
  • To apply an expert level of understanding of occupation to the development of the ward based occupational therapy roles.
  • To promote meaningful occupation within all aspects of ward routine and service delivery to support recovery, resilience & self-management.
  • To lead on the development of a refreshed occupational therapy pathway within in-patient areas, harnessing new ways of working for occupational therapists.
  • To provide professional leadership for the in-reach & ward based occupational therapy services, ensuring that high quality practice is delivered that produces meaningful and demonstrable outcomes, based on best evidence.
  • To contribute to the setting of quality standards and the delivery of an evaluation of the ward based occupational therapy roles.
  • To provide leadership for occupational therapy staff within in-patient areas, and a positive role model around new ways of working and professional relationships.
  • To recognise the value in the full range of professional perspectives, and to be able to integrate these perspectives into own and others practice (this may include psychological & nursing approaches to strengthen the multi-disciplinary ethos within in-patient areas).
  • To work in partnership with nursing leadership, based on the principles of collective & collaborative leadership, to strengthen the multi-disciplinary ethos within in-patient areas.
  • To provide highly specialist occupational therapy assessments, advice and interventions using advanced, clinical reasoning skills.
  • To keep the person receiving services at the centre of care, using shared decision-making principles.
  • To provide specialist advice to professionals and managers, including in relation to professional governance.
  • To provide leadership to ward based occupational therapy staff to support the development of their generic and specialist skills, in keeping with professional & regulatory standards.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc, MSc or Diploma entry level qualification into the O.T. profession
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development and application
  • Member of RCOT specialist section
  • Management/Leadership Qualification
Experience Essential
  • Post-qualifying clinical experience in mental health occupational therapy
  • Knowledge of common mental health conditions
  • Experience in delivering supervision, including to other disciplines
  • Experience in implementing new projects and an understanding of change principles
  • Budget management
  • Lived experience of mental health
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to assess and treat complex mental health needs using occupational therapy
  • Advanced assessment skills including risk assessment
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team
  • Able to assess plan and implement care
  • Standard keyboard skills and ability to communicate through IT using packages
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Understands current evidence base for occupational therapy in mental health and can make decisions based on best evidence principles
  • Knowledge of occupational therapy models of practice
  • Knowledge of HCPC standards
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality
  • Demonstrates professional curiosity
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act and its application within in-patient areas
Physical Requirements Essential
  • The ability to: Kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments Move and manoeuvre people and equipment

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