Community Occupational Therapist

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Community Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months (12 month maternity cover post.)
Part time - 32 hours per week
Job ref
Banham House
£35,392 - £42,618 Pro Rata
Salary period
25/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapist to work with the Dementia Older Adults Mental Health (DOPMH) services in North Cornwall.  This post is for 12 months fixed term , 32 hours per week, to cover maternity leave.

We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our multidisciplinary team. The successful applicant will have experience of working with adults with complex needs in a community setting.  We work with people with a diagnosis of dementia and also functional mental health illness (age over 75) in their own homes, or in a  residential  or nursing care home.

This post is advertised as being based at Banham House, Bodmin, however  this post covers two teams, the Camel DOPMH team, based at Banham House and the Valency DOPMH team, based at Elfordleigh Mental Health Resource Centre in Launceston.

The the successful applicant can choose which team office to be based from.

You will part of a comprehensive MDT, comprising of Consultant psychiatrist , Memory assessment nurse , Community psychiatric nurses, Senior mental health practionner,  Health care assistants and Dementia liaison nurse. 

Proposed interview date:  TBC

Main duties of the job

As part of the Multi Disciplinary Team you will provide person-centred, skilled and effective specialist assessment, intervention, monitoring and review for designated individuals who are eligible for the DOPMH Service. You will be responsible for the maintenance of high levels of evidence- based learning disability practice, contributing to and facilitating Care Processes and Pathways. 

Working for our organisation

We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health.  We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases.  Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon.  As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience

Essential criteria
  • Current professional registration – HCPC
  • Professional qualification – OT
  • Specialised knowledge of working with older adults with dementia/ functional mental health illness.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities using specialist assessments and therapeutic interventions

Skills and Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Highly skilled in use of standardised assessments and professionally recognised non-standardised assessments
  • Able to use reflective practice and clinical supervision to provide high quality and specialist assessments and interventions
  • Evidence of training, teaching and supporting other staff in an MDT or multi agency setting

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Enhanced communication and excellent interpersonal skills

At Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to prioritise the development of our people. To support this, the following opportunities are available:

  • Career conversations and individual development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a dedicated central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management development programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • A full clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for our band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A bespoke and robust preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support our colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The Trust reimburses all application costs for staff eligible to apply for EU settlement status.

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via email regarding interview details.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust welcomes and values individuals with lived experience of mental or physical ill health joining our workforce. We aspire to have a culture that develops, promotes and supports lived experience roles - throughout the organisation.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jayney Henwood
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