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Senior Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa inclusive of all allowances
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
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 6-9 month secondment 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 joining an experienced and dynamic team.

We have a wider Occupational Therapy service comprising of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, activity coordinators and Recovery Support workers.

You will be professionally supervised and supported by the Head of AHP and Rehab to deliver an occupational therapy program within Specialist Forensic Community services.

Main duties of the job

You will carry a clinical caseload and have responsibilities to provide a range of in-reach activity and predominately community based interventions that support the transition out of the inpatient setting by developing service user' skills and function in line with recovery principles and practice. These include social skills, transitions, life skills, goal setting, work, education and leisure management.

The post also offers an opportunity to develop clinical skills in assessment, case formulations and goal settings. We currently use the Vona Du Toit Model of Creative Ability. We would ensure that you receive the relevant training and support when you join the team.

We have clear clinical models and pathways for service users moving from our acute wards into rehabilitation and through into the community with occupational performance skills being central to the readiness for transition through each stage of a service user recovery.

About us

Forensic services are interesting and challenging areas to develop a career in Occupational therapy. We have a close knit team who are very supportive and have years of experience and expertise in this clinical area.

We have a wide range of services and facilitate cross service learning, teaching and development. We have a band 6/7 development group monthly that looks at project work and clinical development including Quality Improvement and audits.

As an Occupational Therapy Service we have a strong commitment to CPD within the trust and provide a range of opportunities for staff with the expectation that learning is shared and clinical excellence is achieved. We have regular AHP forums, study days and learning lessons conferences.

Our working hours are Monday to Friday 8-4pm or 9-5pm. However, we recognise the need to be flexible and support both compressed hours, full time and part time hours, depending on the role and also school hours 10 till 2pm will be considered

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a specialist practitioner, at a band 7, you will be a Senior OT and therefore, expected to be operationally aware of the day to day needs of the team, service users and the clinical teams. You will liaise with OTs in other areas of the service as service users are discharged into the community.

You will need to be aware of the local community, the 8 boroughs surrounding St Bernards Hospital which are placed within three hubs

EHH hub (Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon), BHH (Brent, Harrow, Hammersmith) and KCW (Kensington, Chelsea, Westminster).

You will be instrumental in ensuring service users are referred into the available work roles and gain the qualifications that they need to develop their skills and CVs and move into external work and educational options, we invest in our staff and use the IPS model (individual placement scheme), training staff in SCFT to follow this model.

Supervision of students is expected as a minimum of two students per year, however Forensic services has a very high number of student placements which are very proud of. As a department we feel it is a significant contribution to the future of Occupational Therapy and a high quality workforce.

Working with multi-disciplinary team members and the wider occupational therapy service. To provide a client-centred occupational therapy service to a defined caseload of service users with complex needs, within the West London forensic Low secure and community services.

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.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registered
  • Evidence of post-graduate training in mental health
  • Clinical supervision training
  • Practice placement supervision training


  • Management / Leadership training AMPS/SI
  • Training in CBT/ Psychosocial interventions



  • Minimum of 5 years post qualification experience as an Occupational Therapist
  • Clear indication of work forensic services
  • In-patient and/or community mental health OT clinical experience
  • Supervision of O.T.'s and support staff
  • Supervision of O.T. students on practice placement
  • Demonstrated involvement in service development
  • Ability to undertake risk assessments both standardised and non-standardised
  • Ability to care coordinate with CPA
  • Ability to network, collaborate and liaise with other agencies
  • Ability to manage conflict


  • Experience of specific mental health speciality
  • Understanding of the needs of the particular patients within setting
  • Supporting effective change management within teams
  • Experience of line managing staff
  • Research and audit experience



  • Applied Knowledge of NSF and changes within wider NHS relevant to Mental Health
  • Awareness and knowledge of factors specifically relating to O.T. within the particular setting
  • Demonstrated application of Risk Assessment and management in clinical practice
  • Understanding and clinical application of Model of Human Occupation
  • Working knowledge and application of clinical governance
  • Awareness of need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Relevant current legislation, NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management

Personal Qualities


  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity
  • Able to communicate and negotiate effectively with staff at all levels.
  • Able to commit to and work effectively within teams, MDT, and profession specific
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Good motivational techniques and abilities.
  • Clear effective planning and decision-making skills.
  • Able to maintain the profile of occupational therapy within a multidisciplinary setting
  • Able to contribute to in-service training.
  • Able to establish good working relationships across the Trust and other agencies
  • Demonstrates the ability to professionally role model, empower and motivate staff
  • Able to deal with stress appropriately and work under pressure
  • Good attendance record.
  • Commitment to life-long learning
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice


  • Computer Literacy
  • Good organisational skills and time management.
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Membership of professional body
  • Membership of Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


SCFT Non - Medical Central Hub



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