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Young Persons Home Treatment Team Occupational Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa (plus HCAS)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
Band 5 occupational therapist working within a core MDT alongside experienced team of OT's.

To provide occupational therapy assessments and interventions to support young people to remain and strive in their community.

Aim - to provide therapeutic interventions based on evidence based research to proactively support , access to meaningful occupations, social and educational reintegration, assess ADLs and functioning, provide psycho education, support with occupational activities and maintain routines.

The successful applicant will join a team of experienced OT's working on the YPHTT and will also work closely with the ward OT team.The OT post is part of a skilled multi disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, psychologists and social workers.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for undertaking comprehensive clinical assessments of service users.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate Occupational Therapy treatments for specialist case load, in a variety of settings, as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Provide specialist clinical advice to other team members on the suitability of various assessments and intervention methods where appropriate.
  • Act at all times as a role model for Occupational Therapy, raising the profile and value of the role.
  • Being creative and innovative in the design and facilitation of an inclusive and creative therapeutic programme
  • Using creativity and enthusiasm to motivate young people to engage with meaningful occupation.
  • Work cohesively with the OT team across all of Brookside services
  • Complete OT evidence based assessments and intervention's
  • Complete specialised OT assessments such as sensory profiles (training is provided)
  • Support and manage social and educational reintegration
  • Support MDT in therapeutic management of interventions
  • Support Brookside's on site school with school reintegration
  • Remain in date with mandatory training and be interested in exploring specialised training
  • Complete group protocols inclusive of risk assessments
  • Creating individualised care plans and remaining compliant with documentation
  • Provide OT interventions based on current and informed evidence based practice
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about ongoing training
  • Remaining up to date with supervision

  • About us

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff, and their families.

    Probationary Period

    This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

    Starting with NELFT

    NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process, new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop-in sessions focusing on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

    High-Cost Area Supplement - London

    This post also attracts payment for High-Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436).

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • Provide specialist OT interventions to service users as identified by the Manager and Senior Occupational Therapist.
  • Undertake day to day clinical prioritisation and work planning, supported by a Senior Occupational Therapist.
  • Contribute constructively to multi-disciplinary working to modify aspects of the environment in order to empower service users and facilitate optimal functional performance.
  • Manage a service user caseload as defined by the service under the supervisor of the Senior Occupational Therapist.
  • Apply knowledge of OT theory and evidence to in all OT assessments and interventions.
  • Ensure all OT care plans and treatments are developed in conjunction with clients and their carers communicating and negotiating in a style that positively engages them.
  • Undertake carers assessments and care plans in accordance with NELFT policy and guidance.
  • Make clear, clinically informed decisions in order to delegate aspects of care to all professional and non-professional colleagues.
  • Assess service users and carers capacity for consent at all times.
  • Review and evaluate the effectiveness of care plan interventions with service users and carers administrating outcome measures where expected and relevant.
  • Work with others to establish a service which facilitates the service users timely discharge from the service.
  • Demonstrate sensitive awareness to respond to challenging situations with service users and carers with appropriate supervision and support from senior staff.
  • Ensure treatment offered is based on the best available evidence for effectiveness in the specialist area where it is applied.
  • Exercise professional and clinical judgement in routine cases and refer to senior staff when necessary.
  • Promote recovery, empowerment and education of service users in relation to their holistic health and life course development.
  • Work within Trust policy and guidelines and HCPC/BAOT professional guidelines to monitor own and others quality of practice.

  • Please refer to the attached job description and person specification when completing your application. Please ensure you meet the person specifications and have the relevant qualifications required for the role.

    Person Specification



    • Occupational Therapist
    • Degree
    • Evidence of CPD


    • Mentorship



    • Extensive experience of working with young people with complex, acute mental health needs and challenging behaviours.
    • Providing staff supervision and appraisal to qualified and non- professionally aligned staff.
    • Risk assessment and management within a mental health inpatient setting.
    • Ability to perform under pressure, quickly and effectively, making timely managerial decisions and following through available agreed care pathways.



    • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and clinical governance priorities
    • Thorough knowledge of the 1983 Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Children's Act, and related legislation, codes of practice and guidance.
    • Understanding of and commitment to the principle of equal opportunities in service delivery



    • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area
    • Well-developed interpersonal skills especially when handling conflict and change.
    • Ability to lead and direct teams performance and activities.
    • Ability to cope with highly emotionally stressful situations on a day-to-day basis.
    • To be flexible, supportive and if required to take on management of new services as required

    Employer details

    Employer name

    NELFT North East London Foundation Trust



    107A Barley Lane


    IG3 8XQ

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