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Occupational Therapist

Job Description

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts of its kind in the country. Providing mental health and community services across north east London and Essex, we are committed to making the most of opportunities to work across traditional healthcare boundaries to bring real benefits to our patients and service users.

Our core aim is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of local people. We work closely with other organisations and are continuously looking to develop innovative, integrated and comprehensive healthcare services that support people out of hospital where possible.

With an annual budget of more than £300million, we provide care and treatment for a population of almost 15 million people in their own homes, in health centres and in hospital. We employ around 6000 staff.

The extensive range of specialist services we provide means that it is possible to get a variety of different working experiences within the same organisation.

NELFT recognises its responsibility to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to protecting them from the risk of harm. We expect all staff to undertake this commitment and applicants will be subject to recruitment processes that support this.

Occupational Therapist An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the NELFT Older Adult Home Treatment Team as an Occupational Therapist. The OT role within the OA HTT has recently been reviewed resulting in a re-focussing of the role towards recovery based and OT specific interventions. As an OT within the OA HTT you will have the opportunity to provide specific 1:1 OT Assessment s and Interventions. An agreed amount of your working time will be protected to carry out these specific OT interventions. You will work closely with other OT’s across the older adults care pathway. The OA HTT has Support Time Recovery Workers that will support the OT developed care plans and interventions. OT interventions, within the OA HTT’s, focus on recovery and social inclusion, re-motivation, living skills and developing meaningful roles. OT’s in the OA HTT also undertake some generic mental health practitioner duties and hence some hours will be included within the shifts to carry out these duties. You will be expected to work early (8am – 4pm) and late shifts (2pm – 10pm) but not night shifts. OT’s in the OA HTT receive clinical supervision from a Senior OT and opportunities are provided for ongoing CPD. If you are a forward thinking OT who wants the opportunity to demonstrate your clinical skills, to promote high quality practice and improve the patient experience, then NELFT has the following post available: Band 6 OT – Older Adults Home Treatment Team. The OA HTT is responsible for gatekeeping all OA acute mental health admissions, offering a safe alternative to hospital admission for older adults who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis and facilitation of early discharge from the ward. Applicants must be able to/have: Apply O.T models of practice with a client population presenting with complex needs. A good understanding of Recovery and Social Inclusion Principles. Undertake clinical risk assessments, and develop and apply risk management plans. The main responsibilities of the post: -Assess and develop plans of care to meet the complex needs of patients with a variety of conditions including both functional and organic psychiatric illnesses utilising OT Models of Practice where appropriate. -To ensure that assessments and care plans reflect the psychological, emotional, social care, treatment, intervention and risk management needs appropriate to older adults with acute mental health problems -To be responsible for organising and prioritising own and others workload in the day to day allocation of work. 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). 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. If you are shortlisted for this post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills prior to interview. The interview for this post will be conducted during our September 2016 job fair day between 14th-16th November 2016. Successful candidates will be required to do the assessment the same day. This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,483 to a maximum of £4,439). For further details / informal visits contact: For informal enquiries please contact: Name: Laura Hubbard Job Title: Team Manager Telephone number:  ( Phone number removed )  e-mail address: ( Email address removed )

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In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date then please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

NELFT has signed the skills pledge and is an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer a range of opportunities which include monthly supervision, annual appraisal and a wide range of training options.

We offer a range of NHS benefits including flexible working, NHS Pension Scheme, Childcare Voucher and car scheme. To improve the working lives of our staff we are committed in helping them achieve a healthy balance between work and home life and offer a range of initiatives to help staff achieve this.

We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.

NELFT operates a no smoking policy.

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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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