Specialist Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Care of Elderly Specialist Occupational Therapist to clinically lead our in-patient (non-acute) units in West London.

If you are a Senior Occupational Therapist, either Band 6 or 7, who has an interest in Older People, wants a new challenge, and is looking to lead and develop a team, this post must be ideal for you.

The West London NHS Trust, Older People Service Line provides excellent care to those who are experiencing cognitive impairment and those over 70s who have other mental health needs. The service line covers London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow.

The community services are mainly based at St. Vincent's memory clinic in Hammersmith, Elm Lodge memory clinic in Greenford, Sycamore Lodge memory clinic in Acton and Hounslow memory clinic.

The inpatient units; Jubilee ward and The Limes are both located in Ealing and Meridian ward at Hammersmith.

The post holder will support the delivery of high quality care to patients across the three in-patient units. As Specialist Occupational Therapist, they will provide comprehensive and holistic assessments, interventions, and care planning for those patients having complex physical and mental health needs.

They will carry a defined caseload of patients with complex needs.

Main duties of the job

As a Specialist Occupational Therapist, they will be responsible for supervision, training and development of the occupational therapy staff in these units, as well as contributing to departmental and Trust improvements.

They will ensure the occupational therapy services in the in-patients are evidence based, and delivered with compassion and in person-centered manner.

The Post holder will support the OT Professional Lead in service development and audit to evidence efficiency and efficacy.

They will work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team including other AHP colleagues to ensure a high quality of care is maintained at all times.

They will be an integral part of the senior clinical team and also a part of the wider occupational therapy team across the service line.

Learning and personal development is encouraged and we have a well-established appraisal system and funding for relevant external and internal courses.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our organisation is driven by our strategic objectives and organisational values and we look for people who are strongly aligned with them.Our Team is tight knit and work well together.

The team has a dedicated Professional Lead OT who provides support in maintaining high quality service, identifying gaps and service improvements. We also have a very supportive AHP education and development lead who provide bespoke support to all AHPs tothrive in their current position and to progress up the ladder of their chosen career.

We have an excellent supervision and CPD program, relevant trainings andcourses offered internally and externally.

We welcome new and innovative ideas as part of our growing quality improvement (QI) culture as a Trust.Learning and personal development is extremely encouraged and we have a well established appraisal system and funding for relevant external and internal courses.

Free parking for staff is available on site as well as a subsidised staff restaurant which is open 7am-11pm 7 days a week.

Annual Leave starts at 27 days a year plus bank holidays.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registered
  • Evidence of post-graduate training in mental health
  • Clinical supervision training
  • Practice placement supervision training


  • Management / Leadership training
  • Post graduate training in older persons' mental health



  • Considerable post qualification experience as a Band 6 or equivalent Occupational Therapist
  • Clear indication of an interest in older persons' mental health
  • In-patient and/or community older persons' mental health OT clinical experience
  • Supervision of O.T.s and support staff
  • Supervision of O.T. students on practice placement
  • Demonstrated involvement in service development


  • Experience of occupational therapy in older persons' mental health and dementia
  • Understanding of the needs of older persons within community mental health services
  • Supporting effective change management within teams
  • Experience of line managing staff
  • Research and audit experience



  • Applied Knowledge of relevant policy and changes within wider NHS relevant to Older Persons' Mental Health
  • Awareness and knowledge of factors specifically relating to O.T. within older persons' mental health
  • Demonstrated application of Risk Assessment and management in clinical practice
  • Understanding and clinical application of Model of Human Occupation
  • Working knowledge and application of clinical governance


  • Extensive knowledge of the evidence base surrounding best practice in older persons' mental health

Personal Qualities


  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity
  • Able to communicate and negotiate effectively with staff at all levels.
  • Able to commit to and work effectively within teams, both MDT and profession specific
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Able to maintain the profile of occupational therapy within a multidisciplinary setting
  • Able to establish good working relationships across the Trust and other agencies


  • Computer Literacy
  • Good organisational skills and time management
  • Presentation and teaching skills

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