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Band 6 Occupational Therapist Rotation

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
10 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
OT Mental Health rotation band 6

Due to service development we are looking to recruit to our band 6 rotation which offers a range of experience across mental health placements within Kensington and Chelsea. We are looking for motivated and experienced occupational therapists who are ready for the next step in their career broadening their knowledge and skills in mental health.

During the rotation you will be supported by:
  • Regular clinical and managerial supervision
  • Band 6 development programme
  • A choice of Trustwide Clinical networks (including OT acute clinical network older adult network falls and frailty network)
  • Option to attend or participate in Trustwide OT to OT training programme

providing the opportunity to deliver and receive introductory training on specific topics such as OT and dementia, sensory integration Specific OT assessments.
  • Funding for attendance at placement specific courses and trainingg. Alzheimer's show

We also seek to develop the leadership skills of our staff so will provide:
  • 9 days protected study/training time for each rotation (including the development programme)
  • Opportunity to supervise band 5 OT's/ support staff and students
  • Leadership courses
  • Research network

Each rotation is 9 months and includes:
  • 12 bedded male psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Inpatient older adults - organic and functional illness
  • Older adult community mental health team

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Kensington Chelsea and Westminster Mental Health Band 6 Occupational Therapy Rotation

Each of the 3 placements will last for 9 months and they rotate in the following order:

Kensington and Chelsea older adult CMHT 3 Beatrice Place Nile ward K& C older adult CMHT

About us

Come and join us and be one of the friendly and supportive 300 Occupational Therapists (OTs) in CNWL. You could have a career for life with us and maintain your dual skills.

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and we invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and EBP is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

We actively support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce but have invested time in supporting and developing this further through our BAME OT group.

If you are an OT who strives for excellence and wants to develop to your full potential then we would welcome your application.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kensington and Chelsea older adult CMHT

The Kensington and Chelsea older adult community mental health team is a friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers and support staff with access to music and arts psychotherapists.

Our client group are a fascinating group of people. Some have dementia and can be of any age and others have severe and enduring mental health problems. The service users seen by our team often have complex problems and may have additional issues associated with aging or frailty. They are mainly seen in their own homes.

Our service is currently part of an older adult transformation bringing the service more in line with the NHS Long Term Plan (2019). Occupational therapy staff may act as named key workers for a designated caseload and support the duty triage function in the team. However, their main focus will be to respond to referrals for specific occupational therapy assessments and interventions. These might include assessments to assist in determining diagnosis or to assess environment. Interventions may include graded programmes to build confidence, exploring new leisure activities to reduce social isolation, support with addressing hoarding or managing behaviours that challenge. There are 3 occupational therapy posts within the team: band 5, band 6 and band 7. The band 6 post holder will provide supervision to the band 5 and will receive monthly supervision. They will act as practice educator to OT students on placement and support the education of other students and staff.

3 Beatrice Place

A five minute walk, from Kensington High Street, 3 Beatrice Place provides in-patient continuing care services for older people who have advanced cognitive impairment or severe and enduring mental health needs. They also frequently have physical health problems associated with ageing and frailty. The team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, physiotherapists, health care assistants and associate mental health practitioners.

The occupational therapist is responsible for carrying out occupational assessments to determine physical and cognitive functional level and appropriate interventions to maintain and optimise function and support wellbeing. They are encouraged and supported in developing projects to meet these goals. They will carry out assessments for equipment including seating, as required and work together with the physiotherapist regarding mobility. They are also responsible for the management of the activity programme and supervising the associate mental health practitioners who facilitate the activities. They will act as practice educator to OT students on placement and support the education of other students and staff. The post holder will receive monthly supervision from a band 7 occupational therapist in addition to supervision from the unit.

Nile Ward at St Charles Mental Health Unit

Nile Ward is a 12 bedded adult male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) located a 10-minute walk from Ladbroke Grove, within Kensington and Chelsea. It provides mental health care and treatment for people whose acute distress, absconding risk, and suicidal or challenging behaviour needs a secure environment beyond that which can normally be provided on an open psychiatric ward. High staffing ratios allow for intensive input to resolve issues quickly.

The ward Occupational therapist (OT) is a key member of the MDT and provides supervision to the ward activity coordinator, fitness nurse, Band 5 Occupational therapists and to OT students on placement. They also work alongside the ward Assistant Psychologist, Health care assistants, Nurses, Doctors and consultant. The Nile Ward OT also works closely with the female PICU OT and the 5 other OTs in the unit, including the Band 7 Lead OT who will provide monthly clinical supervision.

The Occupational therapist responsibilities include: meeting with service users to explore how they will spend their time on the ward, promote recovery & well-being, attend MDT and Ward Review meetings, discuss and assess ADLs, such as cooking, shopping, managing finances and help prepare service users to step down to an acute ward or for discharge. The OT will follow the OT process which includes carrying out functional assessments, using the Model of Human Occupation screening tool (MOHOST) and completing a full report recommending support on discharge when required.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist with Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
  • Completed preceptorship


  • Practice Educator training
  • Post qualification training in relevant mental health therapeutic skills.



  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team as a qualified Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of working with service users presenting with a range of complex mental health conditions & physical health needs
  • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments.
  • Experience in assessment and interventions related to physical healthcare needs.
  • . Experience in completing Risk Assessment Tools.


  • Experience of working in mental health community teams
  • Experience of working in a PICU
  • Supervision of OT students / non qualified staff.
  • Experience of setting up and facilitating groups
  • Experience in audit / research projects.
  • Experience of partnership working in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for patients.



  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice.
  • Good communication skills written, verbal, listening and use of up to date systems of communication i.e. IT systems, e-mail, telephone etc
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as part of an MDT.
  • Individual/group work skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and use initiative.
  • Able to work creatively to engage patients.
  • Timely reporting and record keeping.
  • To actively supervise both OT students and unqualified staff.
  • Regularly identify and undertake appropriate learning opportunities as part of ongoing CPD
  • Recovery focused approach to service delivery.
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
  • .To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service user's functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment and adaptations
  • Good understanding of the application of risk assessment and risk management strategies which facilitates a patient's recovery.
  • Good awareness of the principles of safeguarding and how to implement this in practice.


  • Research and development at graduate level.
  • Knowledge of the theory underpinning the Model of Human Occupation.
  • Completion of OT medication management training
  • To have completed practice placement educators course.



  • Membership of RCOT Specialist Sections



  • High level of personal motivation
  • Ability to work in a team setting i.e. collaborating/facilitating/directing and understanding diversity
  • Good organisational skills and ability to delegate effectively
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