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Occupational Therapist - CRT

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Mellmead House
£33,222 - £43,041 plus HCA pa
24/02/2019 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.

Band 6 looking to progress your career? Are you a Band 7 looking for a new exciting opportunity? We are seeking a motivated and dynamic Band 7 Occupational Therapist with a passion for mental health recovery to work within NELFT’s Redbridge based Community Recovery service.

Redbridge Integrated Care Directorate invites applications for the post of Band 7 Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist within the Community Recovery Service. The multi-disciplinary team provides secondary mental health services for clients in the London borough of Redbridge suffering from severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Occupational therapy has a key role to play within the team, taking the lead on promoting a recovery focussed culture and maintaining a strong network with other statutory and non-statutory services to enable improved social inclusion outcomes for service users.

A degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy is essential, along with registration with the HCPC confirming fitness to practice.   At least three years experience of working with clients who have mental health difficulties, preferably within a community setting plus an interest in this area alongside an understanding of recovery principles are also essential criteria for this position.

The post holder will work with other OT’s in the team to provide specialist functional assessments including assessments of daily living skills using the Model of Human Occupational assessment tools to ascertain level of functional ability, related risk factors, level of support, and accommodation needs in order to implement community care plans, provide adaptive equipment and maintain a high standard of service user care.  They will provide specialist recovery/vocational/social inclusion focused assessments and advice, with an emphasis on supporting clients with their employment, education and training goals. 

The post holder would also be expected to lead on and deliver group programmes alongside other OT staff and to carry a generic caseload of care coordinated clients as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.   

The post holder provide clinical leadership to other occupational therapists, support staff and other MDT staff as required through formal and informal supervision and support. The post holder will be required to support the team manager with the smooth operational running of the service including chairing clinical team meetings, managing referrals and on occation deputising for the service manager.

NELFT has a strong history of occupational therapy within mental health and the successful applicant will have access to professional development through an established  OT CPD network in the borough, an annual OT conference and Quality Improvement training in order to lead on profession specific service improvements. NELFT also offer wider professional development and support for its AHP workforce including access to leadership training and engagement with the strategic plan., In addition there are opportunities to apply for training in specialist areas of OT as relevant to the role.

NELFT can offer excellent work - life balance and benefits including:

  • Protected CPD time with a diverse In Service Training Programme
  • Regular supervision

Health and Wellbeing sessions and reduced rates for community and leisure events

  • NHS pension
  • Close transport links into London
  • Opportunity for service development and audit
  • Flexibility within our 7 day working services
  • Agile working devices to support community based working
  • High cost area supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum of £3,659 to a max of £4,664)
  • Salary Sacrifice car scheme
  • Childcare support and vouchers

If you are interested in coming to work for NELFT and meet our criteria we would we would welcome your application.

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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