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Occupational Therapy Support Worker

Band 3

Main area
Band 3 Occupational Therapy Support Worker
Grade
Band 3
Contract
Fixed term: 6 months
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday 9-5)
Job ref
342-SEC089-1021
Site
Blackberry Hill Hospital
Town
Bristol
Salary
£20,330 - £21,777 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
28/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

Band 3 Occupational Therapy Support Worker – Fromeside Hospital - Bristol

Full time – 6 month fixed term contract/secondment

We have an opportunity for a support worker to join our occupational therapy team, working with mental health service users in a secure in-patient setting.

Fromeside is a regional medium secure unit, which provides a service to 80 in-patient service users with mental health needs. Wickham unit is a 29-bedded low secure service, providing recovery-focussed care. The occupational therapy team is a well-established, integral and valued part of the multi-disciplinary clinical team.

The Occupational Therapy Team at this site work together to provide a comprehensive and inspiring service to all our inpatients.

On joining the team, you will receive a comprehensive, structured induction package, and you will have the chance to work with a supportive team in a unique and innovative environment. You will receive regular supervision and support in this post. 

For further information or to discuss the post, please contact Sian Heard, Lead for Occupational Therapy, Education and Active Life in Secure Services on: 0117 3784086 or sianheard@nhs.net

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit a Band 3 Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor who would like to work with our team, in this setting.

The person we recruit will have a broad range of ‘life skills’, and should be able to engage, motivate, and support service users with mental health needs in a wide range of activities. In this post, you will work closely with qualified occupational therapists, but you will also have to be able to use your initiative and work independently with people with mental health problems to support them in achieving their potential to function as independently as possible in all aspects of their life. We deliver a comprehensive programme of activities to inspire, encourage and support individuals who have mental health problems on their journey to recovery. As part of the team you will plan and deliver 1:1 or group sessions under the supervision of occupational therapists largely within the hospital but also occasionally in the local community..

The applicant should be an effective communicator who enjoys working alongside people and helping them achieve their goals. They will need experience of working with people with mental health problems, or personal knowledge of how mental health problems can affect people.

To offer both individual and group based occupational therapy interventions to service users, under the supervision of the professionally qualified staff. To play a part in the development of the profession in the Trust.

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.  

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To offer both individual and group based occupational therapy interventions to service users, under the supervision of the professionally qualified staff. To play a part in the development of the profession in the Trust.

Person specification

Essential and Desirable

Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 3 in a relevant subject or substantial equivalent experience gained in a role supporting people with significant health or social care needs
  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how mental health issues can affect people
  • Experience of working as part of a team and under your own initiative
Desirable criteria
  • IT Skills basic keyboard and word processing
  • Good organisational skills and time management ability
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Sian Heard
Job title
Lead for OT, Education and Active Life
Email address
sianheard@nhs.net
Telephone number
01173784086