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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Specialist Occupational Therapist

Job Type

Fixed term: 9 months


North West



£33,706 - £40,588

Posted Date

4 November 2022


Closing Date

20 November 2022

We are looking for a Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our team.

As a Band 6 Occupational Therapist you will be responsible for ensuring that our service users’ needs are met through the delivery of high quality care.

Working both autonomously and as part of the team, you will carry out assessments for adults and children in the community for equipment and adaptations to increase independence, safety and to assist people to remain in their own homes.

There are increasing numbers of people with long term complex conditions living in the community. These people need a range of adaptations and equipment to allow them to continue to live as safely and independently as possible.

The service is based within the Centre for Independent living in Huyton and also involves some working from home as well as community visits.

You will enjoy working as part of a highly skilled, motivated and friendly team to deliver excellent care.

This post is subject to an enhanced with children’s and adult’s barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Main duties of the job

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 the Clinical Principle Occupational Therapist and relevant Team/Service Manager.

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

Working for our organisation

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

CLINICAL – Shared Team

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.

Fulfil the care-coordinator role under ECC framework, including planning and coordinating Case Conferences/Reviews.

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.

Please see job description for further details.

Shortlisting is planned for 30th August 2022

Interviews are planned for 12th September 2022
Person specification
Essential criteria

Relevant professional OT qualification
Current HPC registration

Essential criteria

Previous experience in relevant health settings
Supervision of staff
Effective team working within a multi-agency framework
Experience of service development
Experience using both group and individual treatment skills
Demonstrate experience of problem solving approaches
Audit and research practices relevant to clinical area
Assisting with effective budgetary management
Evidence based and experience of reflective practice

Essential criteria

Ability to utilise assessment skills and tools effectively
Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
Ability to formulate relevant reports
Delegation and coordination
Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
Mentorship skills
Accurate Record keeping
Flexible approach/ creative thinking
Able to move and handle clients
IT skills

Essential criteria

Awareness of own strengths and limitations
High level knowledge of specialist area.

Essential criteria

Continuous Improvement
High professional standards
Responsive to service users
Engaging leadership style
Strong customer service belief
Transparency and honesty
Change oriented

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