Occupational Therapist

Ashford, Kent, England
Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust £28407.0 - 34581.0 Per year Full time Save This Job
£28407.0 - 34581.0 Per year
Full time
Other Qualified Professional
14 May 2024
29 May 2024

Job Description

Job overview
We have an exciting vacancy for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic community mental health team working in Ashford. You will be working with a team of Occupational Therapists across the locality (2 hubs, one in Ashford & 1 in Canterbury) as we look to expand our Occupational Therapy interventions across both areas, both in person and virtually.
This post would be suitable for both a newly qualified occupational therapist, or someone with some experience looking to expand their knowledge and experience within a community mental health setting. You will have a strong interest in developing skills in working with service users who have complex mental health needs. We are looking for a practitioner with good communication and liaison skills who is forward thinking and enthusiastic about innovative ways of working.
All community teams across Kent are looking to deliver the new Community Mental Health Framework, where service users will be offered a menu of interventions. These interventions would be offered by various professionals, but Occupational Therapists will play a key part in this process.

Main duties of the job
Our clinical care pathways focus on interventions for people for people with a wide range of mental health needs, ranging from short term acute illness and distress, to long term enduring conditions. These interventions can include developing daily living skills, emotional management strategies, supporting the development of healthy routines, relapse prevention, and work towards building skills for employment.
Interventions would include:
Recovery Groups - supporting individuals to understand and manage their own mental wellbeing and work towards achieving their goals.
STROT - OT and Support Workers working to support people to transition successfully into primary care and accessing local resources.
Life Skills Groups - Supporting those with long term mental health conditions to develop skills to live independently and safely.
We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to develop specialist skills in the areas the Model of human occupation (MOHO), use of the Recovery Model, and care of those with Personality Disorder. Potential post-holders should demonstrate a capacity for creative and flexible working, and willingness to work in a diverse, challenging and multi-agency environment.

Working for our organisation
Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.
We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.
The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.
You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.
The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Please refer to the attached job description for full details and main responsibilities of the role.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Qualified and registered as an Occupational Therapist with Health and Care Professions Council.

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply national policies and procedures including but not limited to confidentiality, consent, risk management, service user involvement.
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge in the application of relevant OT theoretical models, and approaches relevant to service user group.
  • Basic factual knowledge of the importance of enabling people to do the things they want, need or are expected to do to support them in being well in life.
Desirable criteria
  • Some experience working, or on placement in a mental health setting
KMPT Staff Benefits:
NHS pension scheme Your employer pays 20.6% towards your pension and life assurance benefits.
Please see Apply. Apply/Pensions.aspx for more details.
Annual leave for Agenda for Change On appointment to NHS
27 days for full time or pro rata if part time
After 5 years NHS service
29 days full time or pro rata if part time
After 10 years NHS service
33 days full time or pro rata if part time
Plus bank holidays, that's up to 41 days - more than 8 weeks paid time off!
Medical staffs have national Terms and Conditions.
Buying and selling of annual leave is also available as part of our flexible approach to staff benefits.
Recommend a friend campaign If you already work for us you could refer a friend from outside of the Trust to any of the roles below and you can receive £1000 if they are successfully recruited; Nursing staff - RMN RGN RNLD - Band 5 and 6, Medical Doctors, Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Professionals,
Flexible working Covers job share, term time working, flexible shifts etc. Just ask and we will try to help.
Statutory and occupational maternity, paternity or adoption leave Dependant on length of NHS service
Other paid/unpaid leave This can be for Jury Service, Reserved Armed Forces, etc. This is paid outside of annual leave.
Non paid leave for career breaks
Staff Support KMPT offers a face to face counselling service for any issues not just work related problems.
NHS discounts and shopping vouchers Staff can sign up for Red Guava, PS discounts and Health Service Discounts to receive a variety of discounts in travel, fashion, technology, mobile phone contracts, food and drink, days out etc.
Learning and Development opportunities In addition to the mandatory subjects there are a number of leadership, management and staff topic areas, including coaching and mentoring.
KMPT is committed to supporting all new staff and this includes a comprehensive Induction programme. The programme's duration depends on role and can be from 2 days to 4 weeks (not always consecutive days).
The Induction programme will provide an excellent opportunity for new staff to meet and engage with KMPT's subject specialists and include the required training.
The programme may involve some travel to the various training venues across Kent and Medway, the main ones being Canterbury, Maidstone and Dartford.
New starter bonus At the Trust we really value our nurses and the skills they bring. To recognise this we offer a New Hire Bonus of £1200 pro rata for band 5 and 6 nursing staff.
Staff Network Forums A variety of staff network forums which empower, support and encourage network members

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Job Details

Occupational Therapist

Ashford, Kent, Englandd Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£28407.0 - 34581.0 Per year
Job level
Other Qualified Professional
Full time
14 May 2024
29 May 2024

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