Job DescriptionSalary from £17,276 Per Annum
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor to join St Andrew's Child and Adolescent Developmental Disorders Integrated Practice Unit, CAMHS DD IPU, Northampton. The CAMHS DD IPU is located within FitzRoy House, Northampton. FitzRoy House has been designed to provide specialised care for the complex needs of young people with psychiatric, social, psychological and emotional difficulties in addition to a developmental disability. Bespoke therapy amenities include a light workshop, sensory integration rooms, art rooms, music studio and therapy kitchens. In addition, outdoor therapeutic spaces such as an animal courtyard, horticulture courtyard and sports and recreational areas with well established community links that support our vocational and life skills pathways
You will work alongside a registered Senior Occupational Therapist working predominately on a 10 bedded medium secure ward with boys from 13-18 years of age with challenging behaviours and developmental disabilities. This post will also include working alongside another Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor providing additional input across the IPU.
Duties and responsibilities will include planning and undertaking, as directed by the Occupational Therapist, a selection of individual and group interventions using therapeutic activity and meaningful occupations. This includes facilitating a series of leisure and vocational pursuits such as arts and crafts, horticulture and sports activities suitable for young people and facilitating a range of personal and domestic daily living activities, such as cooking and self-care tasks. This supports young people to function as independently as possible by helping them to acquire skills that are necessary for day-to-day living.
You will receive regular clinical supervision from the Senior Occupational Therapist and have the opportunity to work with a highly motivated team, be involved in staff training and personal development and have the opportunity to develop your skills in using therapeutic strategies and approaches, developing skills in running therapy groups and using sensory strategies.
You should have:
A clear understanding of the role of Occupational Therapy within Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Good team player and sound communication skills.
The ability to work under pressure
The ability to build a rapport with young people .
Organisational skills and an ability to take initiative and complete delegated tasks.
Ability to lead therapeutic activity groups under supervision.
Closing Date: 30th January 2019.