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Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Sandalwood Court, Swindon

Band 6

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Band 6
Permanent: Substantive
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Sandalwood Court
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
27/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our multi-disciplinary team on Windswept, Rehab Ward.

We are looking for a qualified and HCPC registered Occupational Therapist. You will deliver Occupational Therapy service provision with a focus on maintaining persons existing recovery skills and you will support them in meeting their identified recovery needs and goals.

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.

Main duties of the job

You will be line managed by Lead Occupational Therapist and you will be expected to be an active and involved member of the MDT. You will be offered regular supervision, opportunities for Continued Professional Development and opportunity to contribute to further development of our services.

Located in Swindon as part of the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, we are passionate about promoting good health and wellbeing. As an organisation, we strive to use our own expertise and resources as well as those in our locality to deliver high quality services that are patient-focused.

We believe that delivering person-focused care is central to helping our patients improve their mental health, recover independence and return to their community. Our staff are pivotal to everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of our services.

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.  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. Clinical Practice 
To carry out clinical practice within designated clinical areas ensuring that high quality evidence based occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, interventions and evaluations for service users are provided. With the aim of enabling service users to achieve their maximum level of function and independence, this will include:- 
a) Undertaking a comprehensive person centred occupational therapy 
assessment and prepare treatment plans in consultation with the service 
b) Implementation of treatment and rehabilitation programmes. 
c) Evaluation of the effectiveness of therapy provided in partnership with 
service users. 
d) Ability to implement research based practice. 
e) Provide leadership to junior, unqualified staff and students. 
f) Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management 
strategies for individual service users; CPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems. 
g) Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management 
strategies for groups and a variety of activities. 
h) Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental health legislation. 
i) To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment. 
j) To assess the occupational needs of a defined service user group and 
establish and evaluate appropriate treatment programmes. 
k) To be able to act as a care coordinator under the CPA policy. 
2. Education and Health Promotion 
To use own skills, knowledge and resources to provide learning opportunities for 
staff and promote positive attitudes towards mental health, this will include:- 
a) To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment of OT 
students on practice placement within the Trust. 
b) Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for students’ 
novice practitioners and new team members as directed. 
3. Continuing Professional Development Objective 
To maintain and develop professional knowledge skills and expertise to ensure that therapy reflects best practice remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing service user and NHS needs to include:- 
a) Abide by the Code of Ethics and professional conduct for Occupational 
Therapists and HPC standards. 
b) To take responsibility for post registration education and for continuing 
professional development as outlined in HPC standards. 
c) To receive clinical/professional supervision in accordance with Trust 
supervision policy. 
d) To access management support from the posts line manager. 
4. Service Overview and Planning 
To contribute to the development and planning of services specific to the post’s designated areas. This will include:- 
a) Contribute to the planning and development of clinical services, including the review of team establishments, grade mix and skill mix and to be actively involved in the recruitment, selection and interviewing process. 
b) To have a say in clinical policy development and clinical governance 
functions, working collaboratively. 
5. Finance and Workforce 
To play a role in making best use of available workforce and material resources and contributing to provision of best therapy possible. Follow Trust and Service Policies relating to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public, this will include:- 
a) Play a part in the service provision that is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge. 
b) Coordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff and students where 
c) To be responsible for maintaining resources and delivering a service within financial constraints. 
d) To provide people management function to identify staff for the designated areas, including the development and implementation of regular appraisal and performance management systems. Maintain accurate records. 
6. Record Keeping and Administration 
To maintain high standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements and professional guidelines, this will include:- 
a) The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with relevant COT Guidelines and Trust Policy. 
b) To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Trust 
7. Practice Development and Clinical Audit 
To contribute to practice development activity and evidenced based mental health occupational therapy this will include:- 
a) To take part in Trust LDU audits as required. 
b) To broaden research and development skills through participation in 
local/trust/national audit and research projects. 
Communications and Working Relationships 
1. To form professional relationships with clients and communicate with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture. 
2. To form working relationships with the following:- 
a) Multidisciplinary Team 
b) Visitors 
c) Carers and family 
d) Staff from other areas and Trusts 
e) Partnership Organisations 
f) CPA Co-ordinators 
g) Voluntary third sector organisations 

Person specification

Rating Scale: 3-Excellent, 2-Good, 1-Some, 0-None

Essential criteria
  • Qualifications: BSc Hons Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration: HCPC registered
  • Knowledge: Understanding of Model of Human Occupation ( MOHO)
  • Experience: Experience of working in Mental Health Settings
  • Clinical Reasoning: Evidence based and reflective practice
  • Written Skills: Application content, organisation, relevance to post
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Elzbieta Powezka
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