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Occupational Therapist

Job Description

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

As a leading teaching, training and research trust, we have close links to Oxford and Oxford Brookes, Buckinghamshire, Reading and Bath universities. We are part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, working closely with our university colleagues to translate their findings into clinical care as quickly as possible, enabling people using our services to benefit from the latest advances in healthcare.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide. This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure Barring Service and other relevant employment checks.

A new & exciting vacancy opportunity for an innovative Band 5 has arisen in our acute inpatient services. We are interested in recruiting someone who is looking for to gain skills in inpatient mental health OT or for a more experienced Band 5 who is wishing to develop the range and breadth of their knowledge and skills with a view to developing in to a more specialist role. We are a close, occupational and recovery focused service that works as integral and valued members of our multidisciplinary teams.

If successful you will be part of the well-established multi-disciplinary team, offering both group and one to one interventions with a particular focus on the needs of male service users, and their environment, in an acute phase of illness. The role involves completing O.T. specific assessments, joint care planning and treatment delivery within the team, utilising the framework of the OT care pathway to support this work. This forms a key part of the MDT process and enables service users to move more quickly and safely through the mental health pathway. You will need to demonstrate your ability to effectively manage a caseload in a busy ward and develop, carry out and supervise individual and group work appropriate to the client’s needs. It is also essential to have well developed communication skills to be an effective clinician and team player.

In partnership with the ward manager and activity coordinator you will co-ordinate the development of therapeutic activity schedule and contribute towards the achievement of delivering a quality service for service users receiving in-patient care. This may require you to work flexibly at times to support the established 7 day therapeutic activities programme.

Within the post there is an opportunity to work collaboratively with members of the ward team and the wider O.T service across the inpatient wards. The Inpatient OT team meets regularly to review practice in line with the OT pathway, provide support to one another and to share good practice.

The Adult Mental Health OT service has a strong leadership framework that will support you in your development. The Inpatient OT team is supported by a Band 7 Clinical Lead O.T, and you will be supervised by one of the experienced Band 6 OT’s currently in post within Adult in-patients. There are opportunities for career development and training.

There is the opportunity for you to engage with practice placement education for O.T. students from local universities. Oxford Health Inpatient OT team has a commitment to supervision and continuing professional development with well-established support, training and development available within the Trust.

Prior consideration will be given to “at risk staff”

We would encourage you to give us a call to discuss the role and welcome visits from interested applicants.

For more information or to arrange an informal visit please contact:

Tony Walmsley, Ward Manager Phoenix Ward.  ( Phone number removed )  ( Email address removed )

Lara Freeman, Professional Lead Occupational Therapist (Adult Directorate) Tel no.  ( Phone number removed )  or ( Email address removed )

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Trust include:-

  • Excellent opportunities for career progression

  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service

  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers

  • Staff accommodation

  • Childcare Vouchers

  • Lease car scheme

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

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