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Occupational Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata (plus HCAS)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Welcome Payment

This post is eligible for the Trust 'Welcome to NELFT' Payment, a lump sum of 10% of agreed basic salary (pro rata if part time and exclusive of HCAS payments) (subject to a minimum of �4,000 and maximum of �10,000) and is open to all new applicants who are successfully appointed. Payment of the incentive is 50% of the lump sum at the end of the probationary period (typically six months) and then 50% at the end of year two. This welcome package is applicable to external candidates only.

Calling all Mental Health Occupational Therapists

This is an exciting opportunity for a Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Redbridge Integrated Care Directorate invites applications for the post of Band 6 Community Occupational Therapist within the Redbridge Mental Health and Wellness Team (MHWT) - West.

NELFT has recently launched the mental health transformation programme. In February 2023 Redbridge completed the final stage of mental health transformation to become three Mental Health and Wellness Teams. Our integrated teams provide assessment, brief intervention, and recovery services to clients in Redbridge.

The team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, IPS worker,Peer support workers,STR workers, and Psychologists.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will join a team of Occupational Therapists to provide specialist functional assessments. This will include assessments of daily living skills using the Model of Human Occupational assessment tools to ascertain level of functional ability, related risk factors, level of support, and accommodation needs in order to implement community care plans, provide adaptive equipment and maintain a high standard of service user care.

> You will have the opportunity to jointly lead and support in the facilitation and delivery of group programmes alongside other OT staff, Support Time Recovery Workers, and Peer Support Workers.

> You would also have the opportunity to collaboratively work with the IPS employment workers to support service users with their employment goals.

> The service offers the opportunity to undertake mental health assessments, keywork and, to care coordinate clients in accordance with Care programme Approach (CPA) policy.

> Undertake comprehensive assessment of health and social needs together with the service users implement a plan of care and intervention to meet these needs, ensuring regular reviews are in place for evaluation of the care plan.

> To ensure carers and family are included and supported and in care planning.

> To facilitate and implement the Trust and Local Authority requirements in relation to safeguarding children and guidance legislation within the Care Act 2014. To adhere to the requirements of the Safeguarding Adults policy.

About us

COVID-19 VaccinationWe 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 PeriodThis 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 NELFTNELFT 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 in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis 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 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Come and join Redbridge MHWT-West if you want to:
  • Accept a role with protected OT work.
  • Undertake comprehensive OT assessments and intervention.
  • Promote recovery, social inclusion, relapse prevention, holistic health, and wellbeing.
  • Facilitate and provide group interventions.
  • Want to make personalised care a reality.
  • Promote and actively enable co-production in service delivery.
  • Work as part of an integrated team ensuring regular evaluation of individual care and recovery plans.
  • Undertake generic mental health assessments.
  • Further develop your leadership skills.

In line with our aim to promote recovery, the successful Occupational Therapist will receive protected OT specific work with half the caseload consisting of dedicated OT specific work and half caseload as an OT care coordinator.

Occupational Therapy has a key role to play within the team, taking the lead on promoting a recovery focused culture and maintaining a strong network with other statutory and non-statutory services to enable improved social inclusion outcomes for service users.

The teams operational working hours is Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm although some flexibility may be needed, and a car driver would be desirable but not essential for the role.

The post is full time, offering excellent opportunities to develop individual professional interests.

We are a supportive team, and the post holder would have support from the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, Team manager, Redbridge Lead Occupational Therapist, and would be invited to attend the Occupational Therapy mental health network in the borough that meets regularly to provide peer support.

Quality Improvement is promoted and there are opportunities for participating and leading on service development projects.

Please refer to the attached job description for further details on this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Qualified /registered Occupational therapist
  • Evidence of post-registration Training /qualification and continued CPD



  • To have proven and significant experience of working with people with complex, acute mental health needs.
  • To have experience of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating aspects of care.
  • To have significant experience as a caseworker and CPA Care Co-ordinator.
  • Experience of using MOHO and OT ADL assessments and Groups work
  • To have significant experience working with families and carers


  • Experience of providing staff supervision and appraisal



  • Understanding of government legislation and policy guidance pertaining to Mental Health e.g. Mental health act, care act, mental capacity
  • To demonstrate knowledge and competency of the Mental Health Act 1983 related legislation and is applications
  • To have a working knowledge of the requirements of specific OT assessment
  • Knowledge and understanding of Adult Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Be knowledgeable, demonstrate competency and work within the safeguarding children framework on best practice with particular regard to the voice of the child and the London Child protection procedures



  • Ability to assess, plan and implement programmes of care with Service User and Carers involvement
  • Clinical risk assessment and management skills
  • Ability to make complex decisions under pressure and demonstrate stress and crisis management skills
  • Effective and well-developed interpersonal skills especially when handling conflict and change.
  • Ability to resolve difficulties which affect working relationships and to offer support to staff, service users and carers on an ongoing daily basis
  • Ability to set up and run groups for people experiencing mental ill health

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Mellmead House

4 Orchard close


E11 2DH

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