Specialist Occupational Therapist (Mental Health)
The closing date is 04 October 2023
We are looking to recruit a Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our newly formed 'Intensive Support Team'.
This team has been established to work with clients presenting with difficulties that make engagement with traditional services (such as NHS Talking Therapies) more challenging and who may benefit from a more intensive approach to psychological support in primary care. This could involve presentations such as agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding, post-traumatic stress disorder, or some specific phobias.
The post holder will work closely in a small multi-disciplinary team with an Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and a Support Worker to collaboratively devise treatment plans with clients and work intensively. This could be three to five sessions per week, for two to three hours at a time. The team will carry a relatively small caseload of clients but work intensively with them throughout the week.
Informal enquiries about the role are warmly encouraged. Please contact us on 01375 898680 and ask to speak to Mark Frost, Clinical Lead.
Please note that should we have a high volume of applications the Trust may close the vacancy early.
Main duties of the job
This role sits firmly in a community, primary care setting and will require working from patients' homes and other community venues.
Undertaking collaborative assessments and the formulation of appropriate, evidence-based treatment plans for patients presenting with a range of difficulties suitable for treatment by this team.
Implementation of agreed treatment plans, liaising with CBT Therapist, Psychological Support Worker and other appropriate professionals in the delivery and maintenance of those plans.
Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust Inclusion service offers psychological and drug & alcohol services, in the community, and in prisons, and has contracts across the country.
As an organisation we serve a population of 1.5 million and currently employ around 9000 members of staff.
We have a wide range of exciting opportunities for people looking to work in a truly integrated NHS organisation. By joining MPFT you will become part of a team who are empowered and supported to deliver care in a way which is consistent with our values:
- Putting people at the heart of what we do
- Empowering people to improve care and wellbeing
- Delivering better health, better care in partnership
To establish and maintain effective working relationships both within the Trust and with external organisations in order to meet service requirements and support and demonstrate the Trusts equality values.
To assess patients needs when required, providing advice and support whilst working closely with the patient and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist to formulate an appropriate plan treatment.
Intervention may be required to support with:
- Agoraphobia and panic
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Specific Phobia
- Increased functional ability
- Improvement in wider health and wellbeing
- Interventions in disease/condition management
- Prevention and reducing of health inequalities
- Secondary care escalation avoidance
- Interventions around specific long term conditions and clinical need within the context of mental health
To maintain and develop skills and knowledge to deliver a range of interventions (including physical interventions, training and support to carers/family, onward referrals for service users) and sets an example of good practice to other team members including skill sharing.
To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of the service user and their carers where there may be communication difficulties and barriers to understanding offering both reassurance and empathy.
Displays exemplary personal and professional standards of behaviour and integrity at all times.
To work with individuals and carers who may find it difficult to engage with the service or aspects of the service resulting in uncooperative or challenging behaviour that has to be managed.
To use professional knowledge, skills and expertise when working in changing environments and across professional boundaries.
To maintain contemporaneous and accurate records as required by the Trust and in line with professional standards. Support identified team members giving guidance and direction where appropriate.
To deliver a high standard of intervention, whilst managing the demands of unplanned aspects of the role using innovative problem solving techniques.
To provide verbal and electronic advice (email), education and training to service users, carers and professionals regarding the management and care/support of service users.
Have detailed professional and some specialist clinical knowledge. Be a practitioner with a focus in the following areas; community services, with experience of working with mental health or relevant transferrable knowledge and skills.
To receive regular supervision in order to support continuous professional development and participate with team based peer supervision as required.
To have people management skills which incorporate compassionate and appreciative leadership.
To contribute to service/policy development through active membership on working parties or professional forums.
To take the lead in clinical audit/research for specialist area to participate occasionally in and support the team in undertaking clinical audit.
To contribute to, and actively promote the implementation, development and upholding of policies, procedures, guidelines and directives, along with relevant statutory measures and governmental directives.
To ensure the best use of resources (including technology) and engage in continuous development to deliver a high quality, efficient service.
Qualifications and Training
Skills and Knowledge
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).