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Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Older Adult Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 5
37.5 hour per week
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Broad Street Health Centre
£23,023 - £29,608 pa plus HCAS
22/01/2019 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join Barking & Dagenham Older Adult Mental Health Team based in Broad Street Health Centre .  This is a Multi-Disciplinary Team providing assessment, treatment and therapeutic interventions for older adults experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems.  The Team also supports the Memory Service so the post holder must demonstrate some knowledge and experience of working with older adults, and people who are living with Dementia and their carers.

You will be expected to take an active role in this evolving service. The post holder must be able to act as a role model for others, demonstrate a high level of clinical judgement, decision-making and communication skills. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate individuals who can work confidently on their own and alongside other professionals in the team.

Key Responsibilities include:

Proved high quality Occupational Therapy clinical expertise and service

Responsible for the development and implementation of high standards of clinical care ensuring the service provided is needs led, compliant with national guidance and is viewed positively by service users

Responsible for undertaking comprehensive clinical assessments of service users

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate Occupational Therapy treatments for specialist case load, in a variety of settings, as an autonomous practitioner

Provide specialist clinical advice to other team members on the suitability of various assessments and intervention methods where appropriate

Act at all times as a role model for Occupational Therapy, raising the profile and value of the role.

NELFT offers excellent opportunities for career development for Occupational Therapists across the range of services, and has embedded systems of appraisal and professional support. The post holder will benefit from regular professional supervision within the team. There is also an established Occupational Therapy CPD network with opportunities to develop professionally alongside Occupational Therapists from other mental health and community health services. The post holder will be an active member of this group, and have access to some profession specific training/development as well as mandatory and role specific CPD. We welcome newly qualified Occupational Therapists, and offer a preceptorship programme.

A degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy is essential, along with registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,659 to a maximum of £4,664).

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Jenny Redpath (Manager) - - 0300 555 1016

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