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Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Occupational Therapist Band 6

Low Secure and Community Directorate

If you are looking for a rare and exciting opportunity of a promoted post or consolidation of current skills, and have a particular interest in Forensic services then this is the position for you.

The Forensic Services based at St Bernard's Hospital on the Ealing site in London are comprised of a number of specialist areas including Women's and Men's services at both low and medium security. The post holder will join an already established Occupational Therapy service and will be base in the Low Secure and Community directorate.

As a specialist practitioner you will be a Senior OT within a wider team comprising of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, activity coordinators and Recovery Support workers. You will be supported by a Clinical Lead Band 7 OT to deliver an occupational therapy program within the Low Secure and Community services.

You will carry a clinical caseload and have responsibilities to provide a range of individual and group activities that develop the service user' skills and function in line with recovery principles and practice. These include social skills, transitions, life skills, cyber safety, and leisure management and vocational interventions. The post also offers an opportunity to develop clinical skills in assessment, case formulations and goal settings.

Main duties of the job

  • Completing clinical assessments and reports to a good standard.
  • To support service users with integrating back into the community through the use of education, employment and therapeutic activity.
  • Working with external agencies to create community resources and links
  • Supporting with supervision and teaching for junior staff members
  • To work within the clinical team, managing your own caseload including assessment, implementing and evaluating treatment and applying specialist skills to support patients presenting with varied and complex conditions.To initiate and carry out audits, to plan and implement changes as appropriate, and to understand the role of audit within clinical governance.
  • Contributing and leading to service development projects this including audits and quality improvement.
  • Taking the lead in chairing, writing, and reviewing the effectiveness of group meetings and minutes. This includes managing task allocations to the wider team.
  • Taking a lead for a vocational area ensuring risk management checks are in order.
  • Using ICT software to complete intervention plans that are accessible and visual for the client group you are working with.
  • Supporting with taking students throughout the year and providing teaching.
  • Facilitating groups and individual sessions.
  • Administration tasks and wider team responsibilities

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

A full detailed job description and the main responsibilities are attached in the Candidate pack for you to download.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration


  • Membership of a Special Interest Group e.g. COT SS Mental Health



  • Achieved Band 5 OT KSF sub-set (usually through 12 month preceptorship programme)
  • Achieved full KSF outline for Band 5 OT (usually second year post qualified)
  • Relevant post-qualified OT experience in Mental Health
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Experience of supervising /co-supervising students


  • Ability to apply (research) evidence-based practice
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise others performance



  • Organisational ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, carers and colleagues
  • Evidence of ability in OT assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision as part of a team
  • Groupwork skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Supervisory skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance



  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development needs
  • Understand the need for and actively participates in own supervision and constructive use of feedback
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Confidence to communicate across teams and sought opportunities


  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity
  • Open and willingness to experience changes
  • Support with teaching to wider

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