Specialist Occupational Therapist – Community Mental Health | Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Type: Permanent

Date Posted: 27-Feb-23

Closing Date: 29-Mar-23

Location: Liverpool, L115BS

Salary: Not specified

Specialist Occupational Therapist – Community Mental Health | Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join Norris Green Hub, where you will be supported by a wealth of experienced practitioners: Consultants, Support workers, Occupational Therapists, Mental health nurses, Advanced Clinicians, Managers and Psychologists.

Your role will be to support the delivery of high-quality, specialist Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to service users in the community with an identified occupational therapy need.

Supporting the community mental health vision of transforming services to deliver intervention based, episodic care.

This role is across the different teams at Norris Green hub and you will be supported to develop and achieve your potential.

Shortlisting date is planned for

Interview date is planned for

To utilise developed specialist knowledge to provide the professional contribution within designated Occupational Therapy Services and to assist in the organisation, development, co- ordination and evaluation of the Occupational Therapy Service in conjunction with MDT.

The post holder will contribute to an environment that works with local services to provide evidence based assessment and delivery of care, using the Model of Human Occupation.

They will continue with their own professional development and assist with that of other, junior OT staff. They will be required to have a flexible approach to working hours to ensure that the needs of their clients are met.

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to ‘perfect care’ – care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We’re currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Work in a professional and collaborative manner with the multi-disciplinary team.
Where required, to be involved in the multidisciplinary team duty system and undertake duty assessments as necessary.

Ensure intervention is provided in a range of settings suitable to meet the needs of clients.
Provide information, education and support for family members, carers and other relevant professionals
Participate and promote positive intra-agency working.
Participate in case load supervision to monitor the standards of service user care and ensure record keeping is in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.
Participate in regular clinical supervision with Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, as per Trust policy.
Contribute to the development and implementation of integrated care pathways, including appropriate service user assessments/referrals and models of care.
Contribute to client related developments and therapeutic interventions carried out by the whole team e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy, psycho-social interventions.
Compile and maintain effective client records and record outcome measures in conjunction with clients and in accordance with Professional and Trust policies, procedures and standards.
Participate in the induction, training or education of a variety of staff, students or volunteers attached to the team/service.

Undertake occupational therapy assessments, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits in areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.
Plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, using selected and graded activity to develop the client’s skills in identified areas of deficit. Undertake comprehensive risk assessment with clients, and record the rationale for therapeutic risk taking in the OT care plan.
Provide specialist reports to inform statutory bodies i.e. Mental Health Act Commission.
Undertake specialist assessments, and compile OT reports, on behalf of the MDT to inform interventions, diagnosis and outcomes for clients with complex needs.
Contribute to ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the occupational therapy process in line with sound evidence based practice.
Provide advice on issues related to ADL for other professionals and carers.
Work closely with OT colleagues from other clinical settings / teams, providing individual and peer group support.

Support the managerial aspects of the hub by supervising junior staff and supporting them to develop.

This advert closes on Friday 10 Mar 2023