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Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking to welcome you! - an experienced Occupational Therapist with knowledge and understanding of working with individuals during a mental health crisis. Working with service-users at a vulnerable time, we are looking for someone who is committed to making a positive difference in their lives.

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Teams (CATT) are an integrated, multi-disciplinary, community based teams offering initial assessments for service users referred to secondary mental health services. CATT offer pathway planning, brief interventions (up to 12 weeks) and crisis intervention in the community which could include intensive, short-term home based treatment where it is appropriately indicated. The team is responsible for gate keeping all inpatient admissions into West London's Acute Adult Mental Health Services, facilitating early discharge for the inpatient wards and community recovery house.

CATT work in partnership with people using mental health services and their families or carers, in order to prevent distress, deterioration and promote recovery. The post holder will have a defined caseload of clients with complex needs using evidenced-based/client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. The post holder will have the opportunity to develop groups and will work closely with the Occupational Therapy team based in the inpatient units.

Main duties of the job

To provide a client-centred occupational therapy service to a defined caseload of service users with complex needs, within the local services working with multi-disciplinary team members and the occupational therapy team.

To actively develop and implement a framework of care, which reflects a holistic approach to service user needs, and the seven pillars of clinical governance.

To use evidence-based principles to apply clinical skills and reasoning in occupational therapy, assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation which include individual and group orientated approaches.

To be a resource for the team, providing, occupational therapy professional guidance, and to lead on the evaluation and continued development of the occupational therapy service

To provide leadership and taking responsibility for the direct supervision for less clinically experienced staff, support staff and students including conducting Performance Development Review (PDR) as appropriate.

The post holder will work as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team with the opportunity to grow and develop the Occupational Therapy role, with the support of a Senior Occupational Therapist. The Occupational Therapists are part of a wider occupational therapy team within West London NHS Trust and are given the opportunity to link in and network with peers during our Band 5/6 AHP Development Program, AHP Forum and regular training and events.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We have a variety of services across many specialities, making us the perfect place for your continued development and career pathway.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country and we need you to make that happen.

This is West London NHS Trust showing the teamwork and compassionate care provided during the recent COVID pandemic.

Occupational Therapy is essential and valued across the Trust and we are committed to providing ongoing support, professional development and guidance throughout your time with us. Ably led by our Trust Wide Allied Health Professionals Lead and strong senior AHP leaders, we have created an AHP Strategy which reflects our forward thinking, creative and diverse AHP community.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This role will offer an array of learning and research possibilities enabling you to expand your experience and skills base. Training and development needs are also identified through appraisal and a well-developed supervision system is in place.

For further details or informal visits contact: or 07815 699852

Main Duties and Responsibilities

To ensure that the professional standards and ethics as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) are adhered to at all times.


  • All interactions with service users should be underpinned with empathy and a clear understanding of the effects of disability in the areas of productivity, leisure and activities of daily living (ADL).
  • All interactions should be sensitive and responsive to the service users ethnic, cultural and social background, using a range of communication and engagement skills as appropriate to the context.

  • To critically evaluate referrals to the occupational therapy service for occupational therapy intervention, particularly identifying priorities for treatment intervention.
  • To provide a comprehensive assessment and interpret a range of complex clinical findings to develop appropriate, treatment plans intervention and evaluation of the occupational therapy programme that includes risk assessment with particular reference to service user need within the speciality.
  • To analyse, grade and adapt individual and group activities to meet the occupational performance, environmental and vocational needs of service users.
  • To plan and implement appropriate discharge, transfer and case closure.
  • To work with service users and carers as part of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to implement and evaluate the individual treatment plans in keeping with CPA.
  • To critically evaluate outcomes including assessment and management of risk with particular reference to service users within the speciality.
  • To apply clinical reasoning skills to effectively manage clinical caseload.
  • To ensure that immediate concerns regarding service users are verbally reported to the relevant professionals and documented in medical/ MDT files.
  • To be responsive to the needs of service users, within the local setting and use an appropriate range of communication skills to engage service users in the OT process.
  • To provide and receive all relevant information and communicate effectively verbally, in writing or electronically with all relevant MDT members, service users, carers, voluntary and statutory agencies, being mindful of confidentiality.
  • To work as an active member of the MDT understanding profession specific roles and attending relevant clinical and case planning meetings.
  • To use a broad range of standardised and non-standardised assessment and treatment approaches and media in response to individual need appropriate to the relevant model of practice.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for service users with multiple needs in order to measure progress and ensure effective intervention.
  • To collaborate with non-clinically qualified support staff regarding clinical caseload and provide necessary support and supervision on clinical issues as appropriate.
  • To develop and facilitate clinical sessions with occupational therapists, other professionals and, other agencies.
  • To actively contribute to the CPA process and act as a CPA Care Co-ordinator (where relevant) and manage a caseload including service users with complex needs within level of competency.
  • To initiate clinical reviews for cases causing concern.
  • To undertake generic duties as a member of an integrated community team, e.g. duty and mental health assessments (where relevant).
  • To be a resource and support for the team, providing a range of information and advice to the occupational therapy team, the MDT, service users and carers.

  • To maintain accurate, clear and concise clinical records and provide verbal and written reports to the clinical team and other relevant parties, adhering to local procedures and professional standards and codes of ethics as related to documentation.
  • To accept and supervise occupational therapy students on practice placements, in negotiation with the teams and as outlined in practice placement guidelines.
  • To provide clinical supervision to staff within level of competency as agreed with head occupational therapist, and follow up and monitor effectively any complex supervision issues that arise.
  • To complete supervisees PDR and inform line management of KSF gateway achievements, training and development needs identified.
  • To take responsibility for facilitating identified learning forums and staff support groups for less clinically experienced qualified staff and/or support staff as appropriate.
  • To contribute to trust-wide occupational therapy initiatives.
  • To observe and apply relevant health, safety and security procedures, to ensure a safe working environment with particular reference to the treatment setting
  • To maintain and report accurate statistical data and information as required.
  • To accept to lead on specific projects as agreed with the head occupational therapist in relation to development of service, the individuals role and clinical governance.
  • To take a lead in clinical and operational protocol development for the OT service and MDT as appropriate.
  • To take a share of departmental organisation and administrative duties including responsibility for areas of stock control and petty cash.
  • To attend and participate in all appropriate meetings and forums as agreed with line manager/supervisor.
  • To develop specific trust and service initiatives by representing occupational therapy on relevant trust, directorate and service working groups and committees.
  • In conjunction with the occupational therapy team, participate in development of the occupational therapy service including quality standards, research and audit.
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary service developments in allocated clinical area using occupational therapy knowledge.
  • To contribute to the interpretation and implementation of national initiatives and policies within the local setting in line with trust and local government guidance.
  • To take a lead on developing specific service initiatives which may involve facilitating working groups and outreach work into the community, education and primary care.

  • To ensure adequate resources are available to carry out therapeutic activities within budget, including deputy signatory as appropriate
  • To assist in the staff recruitment, selection and retention process as appropriate

  • To lead, plan and assist in the induction of new and less experienced staff.

Professional Development:
  • To actively identify own continued professional development related to KSF full outline for Band 6, objectives set in supervision, PDR and service need.
  • To take active responsibility to ensure that supervision needs are met using reflective practice that relates to clinical practice and the development of others.
  • To actively participate and reflect in supervision regarding the exposure to distressing and emotional aspects of the work and how this affects clinical practice and ensure professional boundaries are maintained.
  • To participate in occupational therapy service, directorate and trust-led training initiatives and share these with the team on return.
  • To make use of resources available to increase and update knowledge and skills of occupational therapy in clinical practice, including critically evaluating and applying relevant research to clinical practice and disseminate within teams.
  • Undertake practice placement education training.
  • To take responsibility for the education of students and non-clinically qualified staff as relevant to level of experience.

  • To update and maintain knowledge of student education by attending relevant practice placement educators training opportunities.

  • To maintain links with higher education institutes and provide lectures and training sessions as agreed by the service and appropriate.


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