Senior Occupational Therapist / Community Mental Health Nurse

  • Job Reference: 380-GM161-D
  • Date Posted: 20 October 2021
  • Employer: NHS
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  • Location: Canterbury, Kent
  • Salary: £31,365 to £37,890
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Full Time, Part Time
  • Duration: Permanent

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic band 6 RMN  or Senior Occupational Therapist to contribute to the development of older adult mental health services.

The post is suitable for registered nurses  or occupational therapists with at least 2 years experience working with older adults with mental health difficulties.

You will need to have demonstrated skills and expertise in carrying out a variety of mental health needs assessments and be able to plan and execute interventions, both with individuals, their carers and groups.

You will need to be clinically confident and competent in working with individuals in community settings and be able to work effectively in a multi-professional context.

You should have collaborative and enthusiastic styles as well as have a passion and commitment to develop and promote service provisions for older adults with mental health and dementia related needs.

Main duties of the job

The post requires that you are good communicator and are able to adopt a flexible, adaptable and proactive approach to your work.

As well as providing specialist assessment and treatment within the CMHSOP you will be part of the memory clinic providing initial assessments, pre and post diagnostic support and treatment for people being diagnosed with dementia.

You will be benefiting from encouragement to continue to develop your own specialist skills, knowledge and competence through participation, reflection, supervision and training and your development will be guided using the trust’s appraisal process.

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

The post holder will :-

Plan and provide flexible, client centred care for patients and their carers referred for assessment and support.

Be part of the Memory Assessment Service.

Act as care co-ordinator for a designated caseload.

Provide supervision and support for junior staff and students.

Ensure that patients referred to the service are supported before, during and following diagnosis.

Enable patients and their carers to access the care and support that they need.

Contribute to the planning and implementation of therapeutic groups and interventions for clients and carers.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name - Mark Finnis
Job title - Team Leader
Email address -
Telephone number - 01227 812054