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Senior Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of HCA
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Full Time
Job summary

This is a unique opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the East London Forensic Specialist Community Team on a fixed-term basis. The post holder will be part of a large, dynamic clinical team across various East London localities, working with service users with forensic histories and severe and enduring mental health problems. We are especially keen to hear from applicants who are representative of the diverse population we serve. This post would be suitable for someone with experience in working as an OT, and who is looking to develop their skills further. The Forensic Community team deliver recovery-focused services with a strong therapeutic emphasis on care and treatment. There will be opportunities within this role for training and development of clinical leadership and specialist skills.

Main duties of the job

The East London Community Forensic Service (ELCFS) is a multidisciplinary service, developed for service users in the process of and following discharge from forensic inpatient services within East London.

This post is for a Senior Occupational Therapist based in the community forensic team. The successful candidate will be expected to hold a referral-based caseload, carry out OT assessments and plan interventions, with a focus on daily skills and engagement in meaningful activities. They will need to work closely with the wider therapy team and participate in the planning and delivery of the group programme. They will also have an important role in consulting with multidisciplinary teams, accommodation providers and partner organisations of ELCFS.

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


  • oDiploma or degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • oState Registration


  • oFurther training in relevant area



  • oPost qualification experience in Mental Health and/or a Forensic setting
  • oAbility to initiate and follow through projects and demonstrate Leadership skills
  • oExperience of Co-Production
  • oClinical practice that is aligned with the principles of Trauma Informed Care
  • oAssertive in clinical and managerial situations
  • oExcellent demonstrable written verbal and presentation skills


  • oExperience of clinically supervising OT staff and students
  • oExperience in participating in research or audit

Knowledge and Skills


  • oCarry out culturally sensitive Occupational Therapy Assessment and treatment process skills
  • oGood Interpersonal skills
  • oEffective time and project management skills
  • oEvaluate clinical work using formal and informal methods
  • oAbility to work collaboratively as part of a multi- disciplinary team.
  • oAbility to present information in a clear, concise manner.
  • oAbility to manage incidents of verbal and physical aggression
  • oNeeds and concerns of clients with mental health problems, broad knowledge base in professional clinical issues related to forensic OT.
  • oSkills in devising and implementing strategies to improve and monitor quality


  • oSpecialist assessment or intervention skills and training
  • oExperience of lone working
  • oAwareness of current legislation affecting Mental Health Services

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