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Deputy Head of Therapies - Band 8a | South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust posted by South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust

Full Time
£44,606 - £50,819 pa plus HCAS

Job Description

Deputy Head of Therapies

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including high secure services, at Springfield Hospital.

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

About the role:

This is a newly created role to be the professional lead for occupational therapists, activity workers and other non-registered roles such as experts by experience / volunteers across the inpatient and specialist liaison / home treatment teams.

The post holder will work closely with the senior management team for Acute and Urgent Care Services reporting directly to the Head of Service Delivery while being professionally managed by the Head of Therapies. The role focus is on ensuring the quality of recruitment, training, supervision and clinical interventions offered by occupational therapists and associated therapy staff in the service line meets all the professional standards. The post holder will also undertake specific project work agreed with the service line management team that supports Trust strategy and service line objectives.

Applicants should have some management experience at band 7 level & a minimum of 4 years clinical post-graduate experience in a senior role, some of which involves working in mental health services. We are looking for an energetic, innovative occupational therapist who has a flexible approach and is highly motivated. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will also need to have the ability to influence and manage change and support staff through this process.

This is an ideal opportunity to further develop managerial skills and expand specialist clinical knowledge within a supportive environment. For experienced band 7’s stepping up to a more senior position we can offer a supportive leadership and development programme.

You will work closely with the Head of Therapies to ensure implementation of the Occupational Therapy Strategy and deputize for this post as and when required. You will take a lead on identified projects across the Trust and work with the senior management team to shape service improvement and clinical governance within acute services. There is an expectation that the role will retain a clinical component to help develop the skills of occupational therapy staff in practice and the applicant will have a key role with developing opportunities for band 5 Occupational Therapists working in Acute Services.

The Trust has a large occupational therapy service and there is an emphasis on being actively involved in continued learning such as clinical projects, QI projects and teaching as part of our occupational therapy strategy / framework.

We offer quarterly learning events and ensure all our therapies staff have access to professional supervision.

About the location:

Our Trust headquarters is located within the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting and we also operate in nearly 100 other locations throughout the UK. This is easily accessible via the Northern Line (Tooting Bec Station) and via private transport. The Trust provides subsidised parking fares for all our substantive staff. Our main site is located immediately next to Tooting High Street where staff can easily access a range of shops, cafés, restaurants etc.


We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
• Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
• Work life balance,we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
• Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
• Subsidised car parking- You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
• NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
• Eye examinations
• Looking after your health
• Cycle to work scheme
• Car lease scheme
• Season ticket loan
• Childcare vouchers
• Staff restaurants
• Free gym membership

We look forward to receiving your application.

This advert closes on Tuesday 28 Jan 2020

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