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Occupational Therapist

Job Description

Partnerships in Care is one of the UK’s leading providers of independent specialist secure and step-down care across the UK.

With hospitals around the country, 30 years of experience in our sector and highly skilled and experienced teams, we help patients and commissioners find the right care pathways without the need for multiple reassessments.

Mildmay Oaks is looking for an Occupational Therapist who will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with an allocated caseload of patients.

The ideal candidate will be expected to provide Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment in order to enable clients to achieve their maximum level of functional independence and to enhance their sense of well-being through engagement in occupation.

The candidate should be aware of risk and manage it through adhering to procedures/protocols and open communication.

Our Occupational Therapist role involves:

  • Providing Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment for an allocated caseload of patients
  • Participating in comprehensive assessments of new patients, following the assessment pathway for Mildmay Oaks
  • Completing a range of Model of Human Occupation standardised assessments.
  • Enabling patients to address specific needs in relation to health and well-being, respecting their dignity, wishes and beliefs and involving them in decision making and goals that are meaningful to them as part as their recovery
  • Identifying and assessing potential risks involved in occupations and activities, for example outside of the ward and in the community, and taking appropriate action
  • Assessing and providing environmental adaptations to facilitate daily living
  • Devising and carrying out treatment plans taking into consideration risk factors and grading of activities
  • Using goal-setting with patients to ensure effective treatment and as an OT outcome measure
  • Contributing feedback to clinical discussions and the weekly clinical team meetings
  • Carrying out individual sessions on/off the ward and in community settings
  • Gaining experience of working in open and closed groups on and off the ward
  • Working alongside and supervising support staff in the delivery of the ward programme
  • Engaging and communicating effectively with patients, using a range of communication strategies, taking into account barriers of communication e.g. cognitive impairment, physical and sensory impairments
  • Keeping up to date and accurate clinical records, maintained in accordance with professional and departmental standards, to provide a clear record of intervention of the OT service and ensure confidentiality is maintained
  • Evaluating interventions informally after each session and through regular review reports
  • Attending CPA’s and provide a formal written and verbal report
  • Providing specialist advice to staff about appropriate treatment approaches and adaptive equipment for clients
  • Participating actively in regular supervision with an identified supervisor
  • Documenting all clinical work in accordance with organisational policies
  • Identifying therapy materials and equipment required
  • Collecting statistical information in accordance with service requirements
  • Being aware of ward policies and procedures
  • Being responsible for monitoring and maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of patients, reporting any accidents, incidents or concerns regarding patient care according to the organisation’s guidelines
  • Participating in Clinical Governance activities
  • Participating fully in the organisation’s performance management and staff development systems
  • Taking advantage of teaching and learning opportunities available; attending relevant courses; sharing information gained and skills learned with other members of the team.
  • Undertaking mandatory training as required
  • Being involved in educating staff and patients about the role of the Occupational Therapist
  • Assisting in the induction and training of new staff and students on practice placements

As part of your role you may be required to assist in the management of challenging situations including the management of violence and aggression. In those situations you may be required to utilise physical means managing the situation through ‘management of violence and aggression’ techniques. As a result you will be required to undertake the preparatory training.

To be successful as Occupational Therapist, you’ll need:

  • A post-graduate Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Experience of working in mental health and/or Learning Disability settings
  • To hold current state registration
  • Good verbal and written communication skills through co-working with other professionals, attendance and feedback at patient reviews
  • The ability to work alongside other professionals on planned sessions
  • The ability to write session protocols and research evidence to support activity or intervention
  • The ability to contribute ideas to improve the Occupational Therapy service and clinical teams
  • Utilise reflective skills through supervision reflective practice groups and maintaining a reflective diary on dealing with difficult situations and critical incidents and changes required to improve own practice
  • Commitment to establishing a personal development plan considering clinical and non-clinical issues. Agree with supervisor and review in supervision and appraisal
  • Commitment to present feedback from research, conferences, seminars and study days or CPD events to peers and other professions

About our benefits

In return for your expertise and hard work, we offer a wide range of benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (at commencement of employment)
  • A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Free meals while on duty
  • Carefirst – Employee Assistance Services
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Career development
  • Personal health insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits

All positions within Partnerships in Care (PiC) are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Unless specifically commissioned in advance PiC will not consider Applications submitted by or through agencies.

PiC is an equal opportunities employer.

Please read the job description and person specification carefully and ensure that you demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience required to carry out the role.

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