Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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Are you interested about working in mental health and supporting individuals to achieve their goals and live more fulfilling lives?
Are you keen to work a fascinating and ever-changing environment?
Are you curious, creative and always looking for new learning opportunities and ways to implement this into practice?
We have a Band 5 Occupational Therapist vacancy on Oak ward, Male Medium Secure Ward high dependency ward. Please note this contract is to cover maternity leave within the team.
Forensic mental healthcare is a unique and fascinating field which provides both challenge and opportunity in abundance.
At the Hellingly Centre, we specialise in the assessment and treatment of people with complex and enduring mental health needs, who have had contact with the criminal justice system.
You will be working with service users who have committed criminal offences, but have also often been victims themselves. Service users regularly experience stigma for both mental health and offending history, so our role is to develop trusting and safe relationships which balance being compassionate, collaborative and supportive with sound risk assessment and management skills.
OTs are recognised as essential, core members of the multi-disciplinary team and play a key role in supporting and advocating service users towards recovery while maintaining the legal requirements within the MHA and of public protection.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will:
- Manage a defined caseload of service users on alongside a robust multi-disciplinary team.
- Support service users to establish helpful routines, maintain and develop roles, grow motivation and confidence and develop and improve skills across the domains of occupation (self-care, productivity and leisure).
- Use OT specific assessment tools (from the Model of Human Occupation; MoHO), in order to identify meaningful goals and areas of focus for individuals, informing treatment and care plans.
- Co-ordinate and deliver a programme of occupationally-focussed interventions (both individual and group sessions), according to the need of the service users and evaluate the effectiveness of these using outcome measures.
- Alongside the MDT, contribute to service users' risk assessment and management plans and 'My Care and Safety Plan'.
- Work alongside and provide supervision to Occupational Therapy support staff (post-preceptee OTs).
- Support students on placement with the service as a practice placement educator (PPE), following completion of PPE training with the University of Brighton.
- Support the development of the secure recovery college at the centre.
The Hellingly Centre is a purpose-built secure hospital, comprising of three medium secure wards (Oak, Ash and Blossom) and one low secure ward (Elm).
We have access to a range of therapy facilities within the centre, including; a gym, shop, music, woodwork and art rooms and on-site, Badger's Caf and allotment space (offering vocational and therapeutic horticulture opportunities).
Situated within the beautiful Hellingly Country Park and close to the Cuckoo Trail, we enjoy the benefits of both beautiful countryside and the nearby larger towns.
- There is a small gym on-site, available for staff to use
- Badger's Caf sells a good selection of hot drinks, meals and snacks
- We have a large car park and parking is free for staff.
Development and Training:
We are committed to investing in staffs' learning and development and offer:
- Regular supervision and reflective practice
- Quality training and development opportunities.
- OT-specific training available includes: Occupational Formulation, Sensory Processing Theory into Practice, Solution-Focussed approaches.
- Access to well-established 'Communities of Practice' groups for evidence- informed and based interventions (e.g. Sensory Processing, Recovery Through Activity, MoHO and Occupational Formulation).
Hellingly Centre is a member of Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services and there are opportunities for staff to become certified peer reviewers for nationwide forensic services.
23 May 2023
Agenda for change
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa
Full-time, Compressed hours
The Hellingly Centre
To be a successful Occupational Therapist at the Hellingly Centre you will be:
- A qualified OT, registered with the HCPC
- Have experience working within a mental health setting, either as an OT or in another capacity (including as a student/in another role).
- Passionate about improving the lives of individuals who are being held within the criminal justice system
- Understanding that this is a challenging but hugely rewarding work setting
- Ability to create secure attachment relationships, and earn the trust and respect of patients who are likely to have had adverse experiences of authority figures.
- You will not be put off by rejection, and will see this as part of the process of building a therapeutic alliance.
- Work holistically and creatively with service users to improve occupational functioning and improved quality of life.
We support flexible working
We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Although this role is advertised as full time (37.5 hours), we are open to conversations regarding flexible working (part time hours / working pattern). If it works for you and works for the role/service, we'll do our best to make it happen.
We welcome you to contact us for any further information / with any questions or if you would like to arrange a visit, prior to making an application.
- oExperience of both group and individual work
- oExperience of multidisciplinary working
- oExperience of being supervised
- oExperience in a clinical area related to the post (as a student/qualified or other relevant role)
- oExperience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health
- oExperience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
- oExperience as a Care Coordinator
- oDegree/Diploma in occupational therapy
- oRegistration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist
- oTraining in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
- oStudent Educator training
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).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The Hellingly Centre
https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)
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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
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