Job summary

This is unique opportunity to contribute to setting up and delivering an innovative pilot, Step and Thrive, for working age adults (18 to 65 years old) who are impacted by severe and enduring mental health issues. Step and Thrive is a new pathway being developed as part of the community transformation of adult mental health services.

This service will provide accessible, community-based support in the form of psychologically and OT informed activities, groups and social spaces that address the holistic well-being needs (e.g. emotional, social, occupational, practical, etc) that contribute to poor mental health. This is a co-produced service that blends psychological and OT expertise alongside lived experience to ensure that support is accessible, relevant and effective. The service draws largely on community psychology, narrative, trauma-informed and attachment-based principles. The service seeks to create community integration by working alongside community organisations and support people to access relevant and sustainable support outside of the NHS.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide professional Occupational Therapy interventions, advice, support and supervision to junior OT staff and students and support them to implement specialist individual and group evidence-based psychosocial interventions. They themselves will provide effective enabling interventions within a multidisciplinary team setting for a small caseload of people recovering from complex mental health problem who are living in the community.

They will assess needs, utilising the Dialogue Plus tool where indicated to devise client centred objectives and implement and evaluate these in collaboration with individual service users and with their carers and assist them to identify and link to helpful community resources.

The role involves working closely with the team, service users, voluntary and community organisations and multi-agency professionals to improve emotional and holistic well-being of adults with severe and enduring mental health issues.

Alongside the clinical work, the service works across multiple levels, seeking to shift how the wider system perceives and works with people with severe and enduring mental health issues, hoping to address issues of stigma, accessibility and inequalities to create sustainable change. The post holder will have opportunities to work alongside non-OT colleagues, professionals and carers within the client’s network.

About us

At Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Community and Mental Health Trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

The Trust’s values are:

  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Being Positive
  • Working together

By coming to work at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust you will be joining a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

Date posted

06 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

306-BEH-597

Job locations

Chase Farm Hospital

127 The Ridgeway

Enfield

EN2 8JL

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Please refer to the attached Job description and Person Specification for main responsibilities of the role.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Please refer to the attached Job description and Person Specification for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential

  • Registration with the HCPC as an Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • OT degree or diploma equivalent.

Desirable

  • Further post graduate qualification in an area of special interest

Experience and Knowledge

Essential

  • Significant clinical experience in the community and/or hospital-based services.
  • Experience of a high level of competent and autonomous OT clinical practice.
  • Experience of planning and running evidence based OT individual and group interventions with people suffering from a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of carrying out functional assessments
  • Experience of monitoring outcomes

Desirable

  • Experience of delivering training to different disciplines and professions.
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • oExperience of service innovation and development

Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Training and skills in psycho-social interventions, and knowledge and experience of different treatment modalities with service users who have a wide range of mental health issues
  • Knowledge of the process necessary for effective risk assessment and management
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and review intervention plans to meet the needs of service users.
  • Ability to set, monitor and evaluate standards for quality within the service

Desirable

  • Ability to teach staff and provide advice and support to other agencies / professionals

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a diverse team
  • Demonstrable resourcefulness
  • To have a positive “can do” attitude.
  • To have a positive attitude to change

Other Requirements

Essential

  • To have an understanding of and ability to develop, promote and maintain equal opportunities in all areas of work
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to carry out travel around the designated area of work and to work flexible and sometimes antisocial hours
  • A genuine commitment to the vision, mission, values and beliefs of the service
Person Specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential

  • Registration with the HCPC as an Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • OT degree or diploma equivalent.

Desirable

  • Further post graduate qualification in an area of special interest

Experience and Knowledge

Essential

  • Significant clinical experience in the community and/or hospital-based services.
  • Experience of a high level of competent and autonomous OT clinical practice.
  • Experience of planning and running evidence based OT individual and group interventions with people suffering from a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of carrying out functional assessments
  • Experience of monitoring outcomes

Desirable

  • Experience of delivering training to different disciplines and professions.
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • oExperience of service innovation and development

Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Training and skills in psycho-social interventions, and knowledge and experience of different treatment modalities with service users who have a wide range of mental health issues
  • Knowledge of the process necessary for effective risk assessment and management
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and review intervention plans to meet the needs of service users.
  • Ability to set, monitor and evaluate standards for quality within the service

Desirable

  • Ability to teach staff and provide advice and support to other agencies / professionals

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a diverse team
  • Demonstrable resourcefulness
  • To have a positive “can do” attitude.
  • To have a positive attitude to change

Other Requirements

Essential

  • To have an understanding of and ability to develop, promote and maintain equal opportunities in all areas of work
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to carry out travel around the designated area of work and to work flexible and sometimes antisocial hours
  • A genuine commitment to the vision, mission, values and beliefs of the service

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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