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Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per Annum Inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
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 is the position for you.

The Forensic Services based at St Bernard's Hospital in Ealing, 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.

You will be supervised and supported by the Clinical Lead Band 7 OT to deliver an occupational therapy program within Specialist Forensic Community services.

As a specialist practitioner, at a band 6, 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 OT's 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 Hopsital which are placed wtihn three hubs

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

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 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.

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 CV's 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 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.

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

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

Qualifications and Training


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


  • Membership of a Special Interest Group e.g. COT SS Mental Health
  • Training in CBT/ Psychosocial interventions



  • 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 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


  • Involvement in research and clinical audit
  • Experience of supervision of students and staff
  • A minimum of two and a half years post qualified experience as an OT (or equivalent role) in a health or social care or 3rd sector setting
  • Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences



  • Organisational ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, carers and colleagues
  • Evidence of ability in OT models, 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
  • Group work skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Supervisory skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Awareness of need to work within appropriate boundaries


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

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development needs
  • Ability to effectively manage, prioritise and organise workload, and work effectively under pressure
  • 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
  • Enthusiasm for developing and using new and better ways of working
  • 'Can do' positive attitude
  • Resilience to take on constructive action in the face of resistance
  • Able to deal with stress appropriately and work under pressure
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities


  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity
  • Open and willingness to experience changes

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


SCFT Non - Medical Central Hub



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