Lead Occupational Therapist

Lead Occupational Therapist

Job Title: Lead Occupational Therapist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Bexhill-on-Sea
Salary: 45000
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Lucy19
Contact Name: Lucy Pettit
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 05, 2020 11:43

Job Description

Job Purpose:

To work as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) within the low secure hospitals and/or locked intensive rehabilitation units, working with service users who have a severe and enduring mental health problem, who may also have challenging behaviour or a forensic history. You will require great leadership skills to drive the rehabilitation model within the service, working closely with ward staff.

To carry out specialist OT assessments with each service user, using the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) to guide practice, and develop and implement occupational therapy intervention focussing on daily living and vocational skills in consultation/conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team and particularly the Chief Operating Officer who is the professional lead for Occupational Therapy.

Clinical Duties:

  1. To manage a clinical caseload of in-patients with mental illness who have a forensic history and/or behaviours that challenge
  2. To undertake and interpret complex and detailed Occupational Therapy assessments, using the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) to underpin your practice
  3. To carry out assessments of activities of daily living to determine a patient’s level of functioning
  4. To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, carrying out Occupational Therapy intervention with patients, planning individual treatment programmes specific to their needs with particular emphasis on the daily living skills, vocational and leisure occupations of the patients, utilising graded activities to achieve therapeutic goals
  5. To take responsibility for the planning, facilitation and evaluation of the group OT programme within the service
  6. To provide a consultative role in the planning and delivering of a ward-based activity programme by nursing staff and therapeutic care workers (TCW’s)
  7. To provide OT interventions which are ward-based and community-based, promoting social inclusion and recovery
  8. To evaluate OT treatment and ensure outcome measures are recorded
  9. To take on the role of vocational lead within the hospital
  10. To utilise skills learned through practice e.g. art, music, gardening
  11. To communicate patient-related information effectively to ensure collaborative working with multi disciplinary colleagues in reviews, Section 117 meetings, section renewals and Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings
  12. To liaise with members of the multi-disciplinary team to develop, co-ordinate and review care plans
  13. To assess suitability and plan for successful discharge with multi-agency/multi-disciplinary liaison.
  14. To undertake home assessments as required
  15. To liaise with and refer clients to other services to ensure continuation of appropriate treatment
  16. To be actively involved in regular multi-disciplinary risk assessments along with daily risk assessment when carrying out OT interventions
  17. To demonstrate and apply broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the client’s physical and social environment
  18. To maintain patient documentation, reports, records and accurate statistics to reflect intervention provided and to meet professional standards, including computerised systems.
  19. In collaboration with the Nurse in Charge, ensure that all the legal requirements for each patient are in place prior to going on Section 17 leave which is part of the OT intervention
  20. To be available for consultation by professionals from other units, the Care Quality Commission and in particular the Second Opinion Appointed Doctor (SOAD)
  21. To participate in the assessment of referrals to the service, providing high quality assessments and MDT treatment plans for admissions
  22. To bring any unusual occurrences or behaviour to the attention of the Nurse in Charge  of the appropriate ward

Managerial Duties:

  1. To be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Occupational Therapy service within the hospital and take a Corporate lead and prepare reports and attend Corporate Clinical Governance when required
  2. To provide clinical and management supervision to Junior OT’s, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Technical Instructors, as well as providing training and advice
  3. 3)To undertake performance reviews for Junior OT’s and Occupational Therapy Assistants on an annual basis ensuring feedback on performance is given at regular intervals throughout the year.
  4. To manage self as an autonomous practitioner

  5. To participate in stock taking/ordering of required items within OT department

  6. To liaise as appropriate with other services and outside statutory and voluntary agencies
  7. To develop a knowledge of the local community and resources provided for people with a severe mental illness
  8. To participate in Clinical Governance activities
  9. To demonstrate leadership skills through the management of designated projects
  10. To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance
  1. To ensure that the occupational therapy area is kept safe and that all items can be accounted for at the end of each occupational therapy session
  2. To ensure that due consideration is taken at all times in respect of Health & Safety issues
  3. To adhere to the policies in force in the hospital
  4. To assist in emergencies as required
  5. To communicate and make recommendations to all relevant disciplines of staff to maximise patient care and promote multi-disciplinary working

Professional Duties:

  1. To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of clinical and managerial supervision
  2. To abide by the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Occupational Therapist
  3. To be aware of your responsibilities in line with the 1983 Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation
  4. To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and company policies.
  5. To ensure all information concerning patients and staff is treated as strictly confidential at all times in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and in line with company policy
  6. To fully participate in the company’s performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.
  7. To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  8.  To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the teams in which you work.

Teaching & Education Responsibilities:

  1. To set up and support induction programmes for new staff members and students
  2. To act as fieldwork educator and provide clinical placements for Occupational Therapy students
  3. To promote awareness of the role of Occupational Therapy within the hospital
  4. To promote multi-disciplinary working by providing training and learning opportunities for students and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  5. To keep up-to-date with current practices and to attend relevant courses and mandatory training
  6. Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line manager as part of the personal development planning process.
  7. To broaden research and development skills through participation in clinical audit and research projects
  8. To disseminate best practice knowledge and research outcomes
  9. To participate in the hospital’s learning & development meetings and training
  10. To participate in regular specialist training with other Occupational Therapists across the company