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Occupational Therapist

Job Introduction

Everyone’s Turning-Point is unique! It’s that moment when someone realises they have made a small but important step forward.  Very often, that small step is the start of the recovery process.

Douglas House Independent Hospital is located in Didsbury, South Manchester, Pendlebury House is located in Swinton, both in community settings.

We provide rehabilitation, treatment and care for 22 men and women (across both Hospitals), with severe and enduring mental health problems. Service Users are both detained under the Mental Health Act and have Informal status.

Douglas / Pendlebury House promote and work within a recovery focused model for SU’s participating in a rehabilitation programme. We believe in a person-centred approach. We work towards each individual’s personnel recovery goals; encouraging each Service User to optimise their full potential. We aim to reintroduce and maintain daily living skills, promoting choice, independence, and confidence, in order to equip Service Users with the skills and coping strategies to live more independently in the Community whilst managing their illness/psychological distress.

We are looking for a dedicated and skilled registered Occupational Therapist to join our team, working at both Pendlebury House and Douglas House Independent Hospital.

You will be based working alongside the therapy teams in each hospital that consists of an assistant psychologist and art therapist to deliver the therapy programme.

If you are a qualified Occupational Therapist who understands the importance of recovery and are passionate about seeing people achieving independence and empowerment, then we want to hear from you.

Role Responsibility

As an Occupational Therapist you will hold a central position within the team, working closely with the therapy team and the clinical team to develop and strengthen the therapeutic input within the service.

The successful applicant will be confident in applying evidence-based models of occupational therapy that focus on maintaining and restoring functional ability, confidence and competence in living skills and promotes vocational/educational pathways, by linking into local community facilities to endorse social inclusion. The role requires strong engagement and motivational skills and flexibility in working with service users with severe and enduring mental health needs.

The successful applicant will be responsible for bringing an OT focus to the activity program, delivering workshops that develop life skills, and support residents to manage and to understand conditions in mental health.

The Ideal Candidate

You will access clinical supervision and reflective practice meetings regularly.

The successful applicant will have a current professional registration as an Occupational Therapist, an understanding of recovery models/approaches with a specific focus on Occupational Therapy interventions. You will also have an awareness and understanding of mental health diagnoses, an understanding of mental health act.

The successful applicant will have a keen interest in this client group, and demonstrate an ability to develop assessment skills, working primarily with assessment tools from the Model of Human Occupation, and collaborating with the MDT to devise a care plan tailored to the individual.

An understanding of how to manage competing priorities in a busy environment is essential and you will be able to take a calm and professional approach in demanding situations. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and an understanding of strategies for encouraging engagement from client groups who can lack motivation due to the features of their mental health difficulties.

In return for your hard work, dedication and commitment, we can offer the opportunity to grow, learn and develop your professional skills in an environment that is focused on recovery and collaborative MDT working.

About us

As a leading health and social care provider with more than 300 locations across England, we take real pride in the services we offer.

Across the varied regions, sectors and settings we operate within, our organisation is held together by a shared vision – and our people are connected by the same values. These include belief in potential, confidence in communication, embracing positive change and always treating each other as individuals.

We run all of our services on a not-for-profit basis; instead, we invest every penny back into our services and people. We never stop believing in change for the better, and we work constantly to improve the lives of the people we support.

Our people bring our vision to life. So, if you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to support others to fulfilling their potential, here at Turning Point, we don't just offer you a job – we offer you a career.

What benefits will I receive?

We know reward looks different to each person and so whether its ways to make your money go further, a culture supporting recognition and celebration, or opportunities to boost your career – we want to support you in every way we can with our total reward package that includes:

  • Comprehensive learning and development opportunities so we can invest in your future – we’re proud to have a silver accreditation from Investors in People. Choose from our range of courses to gain recognised qualifications
  • 28 days’ paid holiday a year, increasing with each year of service up to 30 days. Plus the option to buy or sell additional holidays and spread the cost
  • An exclusive discounts hub for TP colleagues, to help make your money go further – including high street shopping, pubs and restaurants, mobile phones, gym memberships, and much more. You’ll also have access to the Blue Light Card, for even more discounts and savings!
  • Flexible working solutions to support your work-life balance
  • Life Assurance of up to 3x annual salary and a competitive Pension Scheme to support your savings and security
  • Access to our Rightsteps Therapy service – free, confidential telephone based counselling sessions, access to an online wellbeing platform, and a Financial Education hub to support your total wellbeing
  • A 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme including a Digital GP, legal advice and more – all free to you and your immediate family
  • Recognition awards to recognise colleagues’ inspirational work and dedication, as well as Long Service bonuses to celebrate your commitment to us
  • Flexible benefit options including a Cycle to Work scheme and interest-free Season Ticket Loans
  • A £300 bonus if you successfully refer a friend as a new colleague through our Refer a Friend scheme, as a thanks from us!

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closing date.

Turning Point


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