Occupational Therapist

Job Description

We have a vacancy for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic community mental health team covering the West Kent Locality. This covers the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells locality, although will be primarily based in Maidstone. 

We are looking for a newly, or recently, qualified Occupational Therapist who has some experience of mental health services. 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 a new care pathway approach, 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, and the West Kent locality are looking to take a lead in transforming how these interventions are delivered across Kent.

Main duties of the job

We are currently looking to develop the Occupational Therapy part of the care pathway approach with particular focus on:

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.

OT Personality Disorder group and Life Skills group to support those with a range of longer term conditions live as independently as possible.

Providing individual, person centred OT interventions to those experiencing a range of mental health conditions. 

We are particularly interested in applicants who wish to develop specialist skills in the areas the Model of human occupation (MOHO) and use of the Recovery Model. 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 your 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

To assist in identifying, developing and providing the Occupational Therapy contribution within the multi-disciplinary service in accordance with the needs of service users and the requirements of the service.
To assess, plan, deliver and evaluate therapeutic interventions for identified service users. To manage a defined caseload of service users with occupational needs using evidence based, service user centred, hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention orientated principles and practice.

 To ensure assessment of service users and analyse and interpret information gained to form an accurate formulation of function, strengths, capabilities and occupational needs.
 To work collaboratively with service users, staff, and carers to identify goals to determine and deliver an appropriate intervention/recovery plan which maximises occupational engagement and performance whilst balancing risk, and promoting choice and independence.
 To monitor, evaluate and modify therapeutic interventions in order to measure progress and increase efficacy for the best possible service user outcomes and experience.
 To act as a competent clinician supporting best practice in line with NICE guidance and professional standards

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name - Abi Hutter
Job title - Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist
Email address - a.hutter@nhs.net
Telephone number - 07825 656336