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Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor

NHS AfC: Band 3

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Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor
NHS AfC: Band 3
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Orchard House Day Hospital
24/10/2018 23:59
Interview date

About the Trust

Formed in 2002, Pennine Care has grown to become a leading provider of community and mental health services.

Our vision is to deliver the best care to patients, people and families in our local communities, by working effectively with partners to help people to live well.

We provide services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford – with a combined population of more than 1.3 million people.

Our 6,000 community and mental health staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care – and provide around 2.4 million patient contacts each year. We are privileged that some of the most talented and leading experts choose to work for us.

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?

Interviews will be held on 15th November 2018

Service/Ward/Department Summary:


Orchard House Day Hospital works with people over 65 living in the community whose lives are significantly affected by mental health problems. We aim to support them to maintain their independence, develop their skills and confidence to contribute to and play an active role within their family and the community in which they live. Orchard House Day Hospital has a multi-disciplinary team of 9 staff and is located in Royton near Oldham. The service opens Monday to Friday and offers a range of individual and group based therapeutic activities. Occupational Therapists and Nurses provide assessments, group work, act as key workers, and care co-ordinators when necessary. We work closely with the in patient wards, home treatment team and community mental health teams. Consultant psychiatrists visit on a weekly basis to carry out reviews.

Role Summary:

The role of Technical Instructor is to work alongside the Occupational Therapist and to carry out either individually or group activities, identified by the occupational therapist which will be aimed at enabling individuals to become more independent, confident and able to cope with problems they encounter because of their mental health problems. The activities which the Technical Instructor plans alongside the occupational therapist are practical activities and will be carried out either within the day hospital or in the community. The activities will include relaxation, gaining confidence in using community facilities, social activities and practical living skills such as preparing food and drinks.

You will work with the full multi-disciplinary team and provide groups as part of the Orchard House Team to ensure that the service which we offer helps our patients to regain as much of their independence as possible and to play an active role within their families and the community in which they live.

Key Responsibilities of the Post:                                          

Under the direction of a registered Occupational Therapist the post holder will be expected to:

  • Deliver and implement planned & prescribed OT assessment, interventions, treatment programmes, group activities and care packages, within a structured OT model, under the direction of a registered Occupational Therapist, but without direct supervision.

  • Work as an integrated member of the MDT.

  • Follow the O.T. Process of Assessment/Planning/Intervention/Evaluation within the O.T. framework and the Model of Human Occupation, (MOHO), with regular senior O.T. supervision.

  • Contribute to MDT assessments and O.T. assessments that measure clinical outcomes.
  • Work within Mental Health Service for Older People, to support OT interventions for service users who have complex and challenging needs.
  • Receive clinical and professional supervision from Registered O.T.

  • To carry out administrative duties as required.
  • Work to a recovery model in a day and community setting and promote socially inclusive practice, in community day services and the wider community. e.g. schools, leisure resources, communities facilities.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification: 

  • Technical qualifications, e.g. City & Guilds, or NVQ3 in Health & Social Care or equivalent technical/life skills gained through work or personal experience.
  • Experience working with clients with mental health needs.
  • Interest and the ability to learn, practice and apply the role of Occupational Therapy TI with older age clients with mental health needs.
  • Knowledge of wide range of therapeutic activity for clients in older age with mental health needs.
  • Keen interest in working with older people in a mental health setting.
  • Competency in leisure/creative technical activities.
  • Ability to teach practical skills to clients.
  • Ability to work with indirect supervision with clients with complex needs on an individual and group basis.
  • Awareness of age-related issues.
  • Observation skills.
  • Ability to use own initiative and manage use of own time effectively.
  • Ability to deal with distressed clients/carers.
  • Ability to deal with clients/carers with challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Positive inter-personal skills.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Liz Lawton

Orchard House Manager

Tel 0161 716 3610