Eating Disorders Occupational Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year Per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust are looking to recruit a band 6 Occupational Therapist, within the specialist eating disorders service based at St Ann's Hospital. The post holder will work as a member of the inpatient team, providing care and treatment to patients who are receiving treatment for an eating disorder, addressing patients' physical and mental health needs.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and gain experience in this specialist field and work alongside a knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated MDT, active in research, education and training. Specialist training and professional development, learning and teaching opportunities are integral to the post.

The post holder will provide a comprehensive occupational therapy service to persons with an eating disorder on a 20 bedded inpatient unit, focusing on functional daily living skills and specific mental health and risk issues. This will include the assessment, treatment and evaluation of clinical interventions, planning and running a range of therapeutic individual and group work, carrying out functional assessments and contributing to multidisciplinary team care planning and risk assessment. The patients are people with diverse and complex needs and presentations, often with secondary diagnosis of personality disorder, ASD, anxiety, depression who need significant and specialist support to achieve recovery goals.

Main duties of the job

  • Co-ordinate team intervention and ward based therapeutic group programme on specialist eating disorders ward
  • Hold a caseload of up to 20 patients, devising occupational therapy treatment plans in conjunction with clients, utilising specialist Occupational Therapy models and assessments for example MOHO.
  • To effectively be able to communicate and work with a client group with diverse and complex needs
  • To communicate treatment plans and clinical reasoning for interventions to other members of the multidisciplinary team and to work in collaboration with other disciplines and staff in clinical work.
  • To carry out standardised assessments and provide detailed feedback to the multidisciplinary team about clients' abilities and also information about future plans and requirements for progress.
  • To plan, run and evaluate treatment sessions on a group or individual basis, using graded activities to achieve treatment aims.
  • To actively contribute to the multidisciplinary teams risk assessment process and obtain agreement from the team before engaging clients in any activity that may require therapeutic risk taking.
  • To manage and lead a small team of junior staff as required.

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides local, regional and national award-winning healthcare services. We have more than 3.300 staff working out of 20 main sites serving a population of 1.2 million people.We provide community health services and mental health services for young people, adults and older people. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion; one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe spaces for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored.Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where youcan thrive and succeed.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity, and inclusion; one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe places for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification by clicking on the JD/PS attachment in the advert.

Person Specification



  • Dip. COT or BSc OT & Registered with HCPC



  • Post graduate experience of working with people with mental health conditions relevant to specialty of post
  • Experience of planning, monitoring and evaluating therapy programmes to ensure the most effective use of clinical priorities, within own and team practices.
  • Experience of using a range of treatment skills and to apply these to both group or individual work.
  • Experience of planning and facilitating a range of therapeutic groups.
  • Experience of being part of a multidisciplinary team and experience of contributing to multidisciplinary team care planning and risk assessments
  • Knowledge and experience using OT models of practice and assessments e.g. MOHO, MOHOST, AMPS, COPM
  • Experience of carrying out functional ADL assessments.



  • Ability to carry out comprehensive OT assessments and interventions
  • Ability to determine and record clear and relevant O T treatment plans and care plans

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