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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2020.

Occupational Therapist Band 5 - 6 Development Post

Job Reference: 367-WEST-3735-C

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Occupational Therapists
Albany Lodge, St Albans
£24,907 - £37,890 £24,907 - £37,890 per annum

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire which you can find in the 'Further Links' section of this advert. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form (If you are experiencing problems please call 01707 253878).

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity in our Adult Acute Mental Health Service in St Albans for a Band 5 to 6 Occupational Therapist. This is a developmental post and will form an integral part of the existing occupational therapy team at the Albany Lodge inpatient unit.

The postholder will provide occupational therapy expertise within the multi-disciplinary team,
including specialist assessment, individual and group work intervention. The team further consists of a part time Band 5 Occupational Therapist, Assistant Therapy Practitioner, Recreational Worker, and a Horticulture Therapist. The ward also benefits from access to Psychology.

Robust supervision and support will be provided by the Band 7 Occupational Therapist and more widely by the Professional Lead Occupational Therapist for adult acute mental health services. A competency framework has been developed to support individuals to transition successfully from a Band 5 to Band 6 level and a bespoke training package will be offered in order to contribute to each individual’s development. Ideally individuals will make the transition to Band 6 within six months of starting in post however this will be assessed on an individual basis.

We are looking for an existing Band 5 Occupational Therapist who is looking to take that next step in their career, and who are passionate about providing excellent care to the adult acute mental health population. Potential candidates would have needed to have completed their initial 12 month preceptorship training, however exceptional candidates who are close to completing this will also be considered.

Please note that this post is also open to existing Band 6 OT’s and if successful, will commence post at the Band 6 level.

The postholder will play an integral role in the redesign of the acute mental health Occupational Therapy service in HPFT; ensuring that our interventions are robust and based on the best evidence available. A sound working knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and its application to practice is essential. There are regular opportunities to network with other OT's in the Trust to share ideas and good practice. We also provide a monthly CPD training programme and there are opportunities to apply for external courses.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Claire Kemble, Occupational Therapy Professional Lead, Acute and Crisis Services ,

About us

Work for an NHS trust that’s been rated as 'OUTSTANDING' by the CQC. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a successful provider of mental health and learning disability services with ambitions to be the leading provider in the country. We are already delivering services as far afield as Norfolk and North Essex as well as for the population of Hertfordshire. We are a Values Based organisation and our aim is to ensure that we deliver an experience that is consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional, because these are the Values that our service users, carers and staff told us meant the most to them. We are currently embarking on a major transformation programme that will change the way that we deliver our services. We are also delighted to be named in the top 100 list of the best places to work in the health service in 2014, which is due to the national staff survey results as well as our range of engagement activities, the diversity of our staff, support for employees with a disability or those who have suffered mental ill health themselves, and our training and development programmes.

Additional Information

HPFT is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community including users of mental health services.

The Trust is committed to helping staff balance work and home life and welcomes applications from candidates wishing to work part-time or under flexible working arrangements.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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