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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Mental Health *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Mental health occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
New Hire Bonus £1500

The permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

We are currently looking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist (OT) to join our Stepped Care Therapy Team within Older Peoples' Mental Health Secondary Care Services in Peterborough. The team comprises of psychological therapists, and an experienced OT assistant, and OTs for psychosis.

The post holder will use OT specific skills to assess and implement treatment plans for older adults with mental health needs. Working with people mostly at their home with a range of mental health conditions , sometimes cognitive impairment and often experiencing co-current physical conditions. The post gives true opportunity for innovative and collaborative working in a dynamic urban and scenic rural area with good national transport links and housing. A workplace where you can develop your expertise with career development opportunities and service growth.

Main duties of the job

In partnership with the individual, the Occupational Therapist maintains, restores or creates a match between the abilities of the person, the demands of his or her activities and occupations, and the demands of the environment to improve function and access to opportunities for participation in daily life. The post holder will apply a high level of understanding of rehabilitation; provide the skilful use of specialist assessments, advice and interventions to support the client to engage in occupational activity and increase function. This will include providing specialist support, knowledge and advice to team members who have identified a client with dementia or other mental health conditions needs. The post holder will provide specialist Occupational Therapy interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the principles of recovery and enablement. Interventions will be delivered in a range of settings and include individual and group work.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting older people with functional and organic mental health needs then we want to hear from you.

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.

Clinical/Service specific:
  • The post holder will provide specialist occupational therapy interventions underpinned by the Model of Human Occupation and the principles of recovery and enablement.
  • The post holder will use specialist skills and specialist clinical reasoning to manage a caseload with complex needs, working with a high degree of autonomy and referring to senior staff when necessary.
  • The post holder will apply a high level of understanding of the effects of cognitive impairment and disability on occupational performance and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.
  • The post holder will provide other therapeutic interventions appropriate to their training and knowledge base to people both with dementia and functional mental health conditions.
  • The post holder will undertake the role of care co-ordinator for a defined clinical caseload of service users with complex mental health needs.
  • The post holder will ensure that all modification to treatment plans/interventions will involve the service user and where appropriate the carer; collaboratively identifying, pursuing and reviewing goals in the context of care planning.
  • The post holder will plan and implement specialist individual and/or group interventions collaboratively, to enable service users to achieve valued goals and satisfactory occupational performance outcomes.
  • The post holder will promote social inclusion and physical and mental well-being using evidence based practice.
  • The post holder will work collaboratively with all disciplines as part of the (mental health) stepped care therapy service.
  • To provide OT mental health interventions to people on discharge from hospital.
  • To work closely with colleagues in the mental health integrated care team, the neighbourhood team and the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team to ensure smooth transitions of care and joint work.
  • Ability to work flexible including working outside core hours if clinically required.
  • The post holder will provide leadership to junior occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants within area of specialism and designated work area, through professional supervision and appraisal.
  • The post holder may be expected to provide guidance and/or leadership to qualified and unqualified staff from other disciplines.
  • The post holder will undertake the supervision of occupational therapy students on practice placements.
  • The post holder will be expected to contribute to the leadership of service areas when this is required.
  • The post holder will maintain standards of occupational therapy practice as directed by the Trust AHP Lead in accordance with HCPC and COT standards.
  • The post holder will participate in the planning, development and evaluation of occupational therapy services within a designated area, holding responsibility for defined projects.
  • The post holder may be asked to deputise for senior staff, holding responsibility for managing shifts or service areas for a designated period e.g. a shift, or in specified absence periods.

  • Please see the full Job description for details of key responsibilities for the following categories: Research and Service Evaluation, Information and Technology, Training and Development. The job description goes into further details of other key responsibility areas.

    We seek those with a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, an ability to work under pressure at times and have a passion for working with older people in the community. There will also be opportunities to be involved in professional peer groups and practice developments. Relocation payment and new to Trust enhancement applies where eligible.

    Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • Occupational Therapy bachelor level qualification.
    • HCPC registered OT
    • Training in supervision and appraisal
    • Post graduate training
    • Leadership training
    • Additional training in specialised standardised assessments
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of working with people with a range of mental health problems or learning disabilities.
    • Experience of supervising others
    • Experience of working with a range statutory and non statutory services
    • Experience of clinical and managerial supervision of junior staff
    • Experience of working with an older people's mental health service.
    • Experience of group and/ or family work.
    • Lived experience of mental health problems
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Clinical skills in assessment and interventions for common mental health conditions
    • Specialist knowledge of OT assessment, intervention and practice models relevant to the client group
    • Excellent communication skills and ability to summarise information and communicate with colleagues.
    • Excellent understanding of the needs of carers
    • Ability to communicate effectively with people in distress or with communication difficulties
    • Able to be innovative, flexible and adaptable.
    • Able to maintain own professional standards and manage own work load.
    • Able to network and effectively liase with a range of people and professionals
    • Basic IT skills and a willingness to learn
    • Ability to critically appraise own performance and continue own professional development
    • Able to manage own stress levels effectively
    • Enhanced problem solving and reasoning skills.
    • Experience as safeguarding lead
    • Experience of doing Best Interest Assessments
    • Able to use relevant IT software/ programmes for role
    Knowledge & Understanding Essential
    • Understanding of statutory framework and care commissioning including: safeguarding, commissioning of care and Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity act
    • Understanding of research in field
    • Knowledge of national Occupational Therapy and dementia care developments.
    Physical Requirements Essential
    • Ability to travel in community
    • Ability to sit for sustained periods of time
    • Able to use a computer
    • The role may require the participation in activity ( with the patient) and use advice in relation to equipment
    Other Essential
    • Positive approach to older people
    • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Motivated to own professional development and the development of the service
    • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude

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