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Occupational Therapy Technician - Band 4

Job Description

2gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) provides high quality, specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and the surrounding region. As a Trust we are dedicated to delivering help and support to people experiencing mental ill–health as well as providing education to their families and carers. Our community services are supported by our inpatient settings which provide high quality assessment, treatment and care.

As a Trust we are fully committed to delivery of the Chief Nursing Officers '6 Cs' strategy for Compassion in Practice. The 6c’s are Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment. We are working hard to build on a culture of compassionate care and embed these values in all that we do.

Rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our experienced, friendly and highly professional team. The post is based within the In-Patient Therapy Department, which comprises of registered Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Health & Exercise Practitioners, together with their associated support staff and administrators. The post holder will support the team in delivering intervention plans incorporating the principles of recovery and social inclusion. The main focus of the OT Team is to promote safe discharge from hospital and enhance the quality of service user experience.

This post will demand a high level of clinical contact in order to support the occupational needs of in-patients, as directed by registered Occupational Therapists. The post involves organising and leading both individual and group interventions using a variety of activity media. The ability to enable service users to acquire, utilise and adapt their skills in a range of practical activities is essential.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory trainingand post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

The successful candidate will hold NVQ Level III in health or social care, or equivalent, with experience of working in a health or social care setting.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who has a real interest in the field of Occupational Therapy, in the mental health setting, and with a desire to develop their skills within this area.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place.

For more information please contact Jayne Robinson, OT Department Manager on  ( Phone number removed )  or Becky Virgo, Band 6 OT on  ( Phone number removed ) , Wotton Lawn Hospital, Gloucester.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Applicants should note that all appointments to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (excluding Medical Staffing appointments) are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.

Please be aware that all new employees to the Trust who need to have a DBS check in order to carry out their role, will be required to repay the cost, which is currently £44 for an enhanced check or £26 for a standard check.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

As part of the Trust requirement to practice safely all internal applicants, including bank staff, are required to be up to date with statutory and mandatory training, or have booked dates for expired training.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust’s Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

The Trust is a signatory to the Mindful Employer Charter

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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