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Band 3 Occupational Therapy Assistant

Leicestershire Partner
Competitive salary
Closing date
27 Nov 2021

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Can you demonstrate our values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Compassion? Do you share in our ambition to create high quality, compassionate care and wellbeing for all?

Then take a step towards LPT...

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1m people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We're currently remodelling our Occupational Therapy workforce at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit.

We are looking for TWO enthusiastic Band 3 Occupational Therapy Assistants to join our Large Occupational Therapy team to work on our Acute Mental Health Wards!

As a Band 3 Occupational Therapy Assistant you will be well supported by an Occupational Therapist on a daily basis. We are looking for a motivated individual who can work closely with a qualified Occupational Therapist to provide delegated interventions with patients on a 1 to 1 or in a group format. Working together in this way will ensure we deliver high quality therapeutic care to patients who are experience deterioration in their mental health.

The remit of the team is to provide a range of occupational focused therapeutic interventions to support the patient journey of recovery from admission through to discharge.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate LPT's Leadership behaviours daily. You must be good with working with others to support their recovery journey through delegated tasks from a qualified Occupational Therapist. You will have strong engagement and motivational skills and be flexible in working with patients with complex mental health needs during their acute phase of illness.

An important part of your role will be in undertaking the occupational therapy delegated one to one or group bases treatment. These could be focused on the following areas:
  • Occupational Functional Interventions

- Gardening

- Creative

- Breakfast groups

- Interest checklists

- Recovery College / Volunteering / Education

- Activities of daily living
  • Occupational Physical Interventions

- Moving and handling

- Transfers

- Movement based exercises

- Tai Chi

- Gym

- Walking sessions
  • Occupational Psycho-Educational Interventions

- Anxiety Management

- Anger management

- Emotional regulation

- Recovery Groups

- Coping skills

- Distraction techniques
  • Occupational Sensory Interventions

- Sensory awareness

- Sensory groups

- Sensory preferences
  • Occupational Cognitive Intervention

- Reminiscence sessions

- Compensatory approaches to support areas of cognitive deficit

The team delivers a diverse therapeutic group programme and 1:1 intervention both on and off the ward and in the community. You will be joining a large progressive and supportive OT team and have strong links with the Multidisciplinary team. There are some great opportunities within the occupational therapy team including Occupational Therapy Degree apprenticeships, this position could open doors to enhance your career whilst you continue to work.

You will demonstrate our trust values and leadership behaviours in every aspect of what you do, and this will be demonstrated through the leadership and daily support to your patients, your occupational therapy colleagues and wider MDT to ensure, together we STEP up to GREAT together.

Effective written and verbal communication skills are essential

You will get a full induction to the site and service. You will get access to monthly supervision from an Occupational Therapist plus monthly peer supervision and encouraged to develop and enhance your skills through in-service training.

You will be required to work a set working pattern Monday to Friday 8.00am- 4.00pm, these days are negotiable and preferred days can be discussed at interview.

We are flexible in both full time and part time hours and job shares opportunities.

Could you be our latest member of the team?

For more information about the role and our service please contact
  • Katie Crowfoot (OT Team Leader - Bradgate Unit)) on 0116 2252602/ 07799 267 844
  • Alternatively, you can call Our OT office on 0116 225 2669 and speak with any member of the team.

We look forward to reading your application

This job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested.

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We are committed to providing the best care that we can to our patients. Some roles involve a Maths and English assessment. Where this is so, details will be shared with you in the recruitment process.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information are contained in the documents linked to our advert.

It is a statutory requirement for roles that involve work in care homes that staff are up to date with their Covid vaccination status to be able to work in that environment, unless the person has a valid medical exemption. Where a role requires this, they will need to demonstrate that they meet this requirement during the recruitment process. The regulations will apply to health and social care workers who have direct, face-to-face contact with people while providing care from 1st April 2022.

For rostered areas, these are set in advance at a team level and you will join an established roster. Your rostered shifts will be confirmed to you when arranging your start date.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or vary working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

To make the most of your application, we may consider appointable applicants for similar vacancies in different locations where this is appropriate and meets our mutual requirements.

For all substantive roles new staff (excluding medical staff) are appointed subject to a 6 month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants 'at risk' within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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