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Job Title:Occupational Therapist Grade:Band 6 Hours:37.5

Department:Occupational Therapy Service - Local Services (Acute Mental Health Service)

Location:Ealing – Wolsey Wing (St Bernard’s Hospital site)

Are you are looking for an interesting and rewarding Band 6 Occupational Therapy role? Then keep reading! We are looking for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist, who wants to come and work in vibrant West London.

As an Occupational Therapist in West London NHS Trust you will be part of the wider Allied Health Professions (AHP) community, and as a group we have a strong commitment to continuing professional development. Within the trust we provide a range of training and development opportunities for staff, with the expectation that learning is shared as we strive towards excellence. To further support you there is a robust supervision structure in place and an Inpatient Senior OT development group and an in-house AHP development programme. We also have a Trust Occupational Therapy AHP forum twice a year as well as shared development days within the Inpatient service and across the Trust. We have a five year AHP strategy which aims to support our clinical delivery and identify training and development opportunities for our staff. A copy of the strategy is available on the Trust internet pages.

West London NHS Trust, Local Inpatient Services comprises of three acute units across three Boroughs, based in Ealing, Hounslow and, Hammersmith and Fulham. The services provide a wide range of clinical services for adults with diverse Mental Health needs. The Inpatient Services provide OT assessment and treatment for a variety of service users from the age of 18 and above who are experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems, promoting recovery at all stages of an individual’s admission.

We are currently looking for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Inpatient Service in Ealing

In Hammersmith and Fulham Mental Health Unit (Charing Cross Hospital site) a Band 6 Occupational Therapist post is also available and advertised under its own campaign number (222-LS-228-F). We can consider applicants for both posts through applications to either campaign as intend to conduct joint interviews for both posts.

Both posts will be providing Occupational Therapy to male admission wards. Knowledge and skills of adults with mental health conditions is essential, although experience with older adults would also be desirable for this post as may be required to supervise the band 5 OT working in this area.

The inpatient OT team has an Occupational Therapist allocated to each clinical area. This includes 2 Band 6 posts covering a male and a female acute mental health wards, a Band 5 post on our rehabilitation ward and, a Band 6 and 5 on our two Cognitive Impairment and Dementia wards. We also have one part-time support staff member. Supporting this structure is a Head Occupational Therapist who oversees all three inpatient services across the three boroughs. We work closely with Arts Therapies and other members of the MDT.

The post holder will support both the Band 7 Clinical Lead OT covering the unit, as well as the Head OT and other Band 6 and Clinical Lead OT’s within the Inpatient service to develop the new ways of delivering Occupational Therapy within Local Services. The post holder will need to work flexibly with change in terms of the post as it currently stands and potential evolvement of the role in line with Local Services and Occupational Therapy service changes.

The role includes managing a caseload, providing comprehensive assessment, group work and clinical expertise, whilst supporting the development and delivery of the In-Patient OT service.

The role will also include the supervision and development of a band 5 OT, in addition to providing clinical supervision for OT students on placement in the unit. The post holder will collate data and will be responsible for supporting audits and service user satisfaction reports about the OT service. They will be required to deputise for the Band 7 Clinical Lead OT in their absence and enable the smooth running, leadership and co-ordination of those they oversee.

We pride ourselves on our co-production with service users across the trust within our Recovery College and hold regular events to celebrate our successes. We also involve services users in a variety of other ways including recruitment, user forums and consultations.

We have excellent relationships with local universities and provide many student placements throughout the academic year. This supports our commitment to the AHPs of the future and ensures we have up to date knowledge of the profession, whilst keeping abreast of the positives and challenges our newly qualified staff are experiencing.

Within West London NHS Trust Occupational Therapists are embedded into the wider multi-disciplinary team, and are a highly respected part of the work force.

This is a particularly exciting time to join the Trust as we are embarking on a quality improvement programme to ensure that we are always striving to provide the best care and treatment possible. As an occupational therapist within the Trust, you will have the opportunity to be involved in this programme of work.

If other band 6 posts within Inpatient care within Local Services CSU arising in the near future would be of interest to you, please identify this at interview.

We offer: Staff support, supervision and performance review

Further training and educational opportunities

In your supporting statementplease outlinehow you meet the person specification criteriafor this post (essential and desirable criteria outlined on last page of the job description).

If you are appointable but the post is filled on interview by another candidate, you can be placed on a reserve list. This means we can offer any additionally arising band 6 posts within the organisation, within 3 months of interview. If interested, we can discuss this with you, when informing you of the outcome of the interview,

This advert closes on Monday 6 Jan 2020

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