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Band 3 Occupational Therapy Assistant

Job Reference: 313-A-18-51040-MA

Leicestershire Partnership Trust
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
£16,968 - £19,852 pro rata

Can you demonstrate our values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Compassion? If so read on and take a look at the opportunity below...

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disabilities and community health services for the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Our 5500 staff serve a population of one million from over 100 sites across the region.

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a permanent post of a band 3 Occupational Therapy Assistant to join our Community Forensic Mental Health Service Team. The team operate a Monday to Friday 9 – 5 service covering Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

You will work closely with the Occupational Therapist and the MDT. We are looking for an assistant that has the skills to motivate, support and reassure patients in a variety of activities and locations to maximise the patient's independence. You will support the OT to complete initial interviews; treatment plans, interventions and evaluations on patient's progress. Along with the MDT you would have input into risk assessments, be required to work with patients on a 1:1 basis as well as in a group setting. An example of some areas of activity/intervention within the OT remit include; PADL, DADL, voluntary work, social skills, education, to increase confidence and self-esteem.

To enable you to carry out this position you will need to have excellent communication skills in both a written and verbal format and the ability to work as part of an MDT. You would need to have de-escalation skills and have a good understanding of personal safety. You would be based at the Herschel Prins Centre in Leicester.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with people with complex mental health difficulties and an understanding of the problems experienced to their occupational performance in their daily life. The successful applicants must be motivated to engage people who may be reluctant to get involved and must have the ability to cope with unpredictable situations. Some experience of working within a community team would be desirable. We hold regular supervision and a mandatory training programme is in place. You would be supported by experienced staff.

A full and valid driver’s license and access to a car for work is essential.

Should you be interested in applying for this post and would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Angie Loomes on 0116 295 3000.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 6th March (am) and Wednesday 7th March (pm).

We are committed to providing the best care that we can to our patients, and so some of our roles involve a Maths and English assessment. Where this is so, details will be shared with you as part of the recruitment process.

We offer a generous benefits package - details of these benefits, our organisational pledge along with other important information about the application process, and working for us is contained in the documents linked to our advert. Staff on other types of contract can access some of the above- please check you understand what is available in the role you are applying to.

To make the most of your application, we may consider successful applicants for vacancies for the same post in different locations where this is appropriate and meets our mutual requirements.

For all substantive roles the appointment of every new member of staff (excluding medical and dental staff) to a post is subject to a 6 month probationary period, details of which can be found in our Probation Policy.

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our service users. To this end we actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups, including members of our black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of undertaking a DBS disclosure at the required level will be met by the individual. The Trust will meet the initial cost-it will then be deducted from salary following commencement.

Requests from applicants to work alternative hours to those advertised may be considered.

Applicants who are currently ‘at risk’ within the local NHS community, and meet the essential criteria will be given preference for interview over any other candidates who may apply for this post.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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