Occupational Therapy Assistant

Job details
Posting date: 28 May 2024
Salary: £27,250 to £27,750 per year
Additional salary information: Competitive
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 26 June 2024
Location: Colchester, CO4 5HF
Company: Cygnet
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 36471

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Would you like to explore a rewarding career experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

We are currently recruiting for an Occupational Therapy Assistant to join our Occupational Therapy Team to support recovery and rehabilitation activities in the integrated care pathway at Cygnet Hospital Colchester.

Cygnet Hospital Colchester is a 54 bed service providing a range of intensive support and rehabilitation services for men with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders or mental health needs.

The aim of our services is assessment, stabilisation, treatment and engagement, with a view to supporting service users in the least restrictive environment appropriate to their needs. Our services are recovery-focused, with the aim of preparing individuals for a move to rehabilitation or step-down services, and ultimately, back into the community wherever possible.

Main duties of the job

The Occupational Therapy Assistant role involves planning and implementing therapeutic activities appropriate to the needs, choices and interests of individuals in our care, under the supervision and guidance of a qualified Occupational Therapist.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant will also be working with the in-house MDT which is designed to support the individual in our care throughout their journey with us.

About us

Cygnet was established in 1988. Across our 11 different service lines, we have evidence-based established models of care to ensure we provide the highest quality care and support.

Our dedicated and expert teams of over 10 000 employees, support over 2800 individuals in a range of services across England, Scotland and Wales.

We have built a reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in our care, through co-production, recovery and rehabilitation.

With over 150 Occupational Therapists, we work together as a large team providing support to each other across the group, with the opportunity to be part of specialist interest groups & become involved in-service development.

Location: Cygnet Hospital Colchester, Boxted Road, CO4 5HF, Colchester

Salary: £27,250 per year increasing to £27,750 per year post probation

Hours: 40 hours, Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm

In this role you will:

  • Deliver planned activities for patients under the direction of the ward Occupational Therapist (OT) and Multidisciplinary Team.
  • Assist the OT in the day to day duties and running of the department.
  • Undertake assessment and intervention programmes with clients as delegated by a senior occupational therapist underpinned by appropriate experience / knowledge.
  • Contribute ideas, create and facilitate events and activities safely and support people to structure their time through meaningful activity.
  • Have involvement in the delivery of one-to-one and group interventions.
  • Implement individual care plans during activity sessions and take into account specific interests and opportunities to promote choice and independence.

If you feel you suit the criteria and have an interest in mental health and Occupational Therapy, then please make an application today.

5 reasons why you should make an application today:

  1. We care about people in our services
  2. We are a very supportive and friendly team
  3. You will be an integral part of a large, well established MDT with extensive experience to draw from
  4. We offer lots of in-service training in OT assessments and interventions
  5. We support the learning and professional growth of our staff members and have supported several OTAs to progress towards studying for an Occupational Therapy qualification.

The Successful Candidate should be/have:

  • A good understanding of mental health diagnosis
  • Knowledge of recovery approaches and social inclusion
  • Experience of supporting service users with mental illness, learning disabilities and autism
  • A relevant healthcare qualification is desirable
  • Effective communication skills, good organisations skills and a positive attitude

In return we will offer you:

  • A competitive salary £27,250 per year increasing to £27,750 per year post probation
  • Opportunities to undertake further learning and development.
  • Training days provided by highly experienced and renowned OT specialists
  • Regular supervision with exp

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