Lead OT for Community Mental Health - Older adults

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year Per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023
Job summary

The Tower Hamlets Mental Health Care of Older People Services (MHCOP) is looking to appoint a highly motivated and dynamic Occupational Therapist Band 7 to work in the Community Mental Health Team for Older People with Mental Health Support needs.

The Occupational Therapist is part of the established multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively to support the person to achieve their goals in self-care, productivity and leisure to continue to live at home; another aspect of the role is holistic psycho-social assessment and collaborative working with other members of the CMHT.

The post-holder will have excellent assessment and individual and group intervention skills, and will have the opportunity to provide client-centred assessments and interventions in a flexible and creative way.There are also opportunities to develop the service in line with Mental Health Community Transformation

As a Senior Occupational Therapist in the MHCOP services you willtake the lead for Occupational Therapy services for older people with functional and organic mental health needs in collaboration with the Head Occupational Therapist, you will also be involved with the development of the Occupational Therapy service and provide supervision to junior Occupational Therapists.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality evidence based and person-centered Occupational Therapy service to older people with functional and/or organic mental health problems living in the community.
  • To provide expert advice to the Community Mental Health Team on Occupational Therapy issues and to raise the profile of Occupational Therapy approaches to care within the Team.
  • To manage difficult clinical situations and advise occupational therapy colleagues on working with clients with emotional and behavioural needs. The post may initiate group activities within the community as necessary
  • To work in collaboration with the Head OT in the development of clinical and professional practice and support the implementation of research, evidence based practice, quality standards and audit within the OT service / MDT
  • To contribute to the on-going development and transformation of the care system in line with Community Mental Health Transformation
  • To deputise for the Head OT and CMHT Operational leads as requested/in their absence.
  • To develop and maintain links with relevant, statutory and non-statutory agencies throughout Tower Hamlets

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Care Professionals Council Registration
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy



  • At least three years post qualification in clinical mental health setting and/or demonstrable experience highly related to the clinical field, some experience of major adaptations would be beneficial.
  • Experience of CPD and role development activities
  • Experience of staff supervision

Skills and Page 8 of 11 abilities


  • Ability to independently manage/care coordinate a complex clinical caseload of OT specific clients
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients with complex needs.
  • Analytical and clinical reasoning skills in order to assess client's complex needs (including risk assessment and mental capacity assessments) and complete a holistic formulation to guide interventions.
  • Ability to apply specialist skills in individual and group based OT assessments, interventions and evaluations.



  • Applied social, health and medical sciences required for the practice of Occupational Therapy including psychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology
  • Applied psychological perspectives relevant to OT in mental health including behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives
  • The impact of mental health difficulties upon occupational functioning (self-care, productivity and leisure) and performance components (i.e. inter and intra personal, cognitive, physical)
  • Specialist clinical skills in order to carry out OT interventions - including psychotherapeutic, interactive and activity based interventions, cognitive behavioural interventions, psychosocial, psychoeducational and physical based interventions and environmental adaptations

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