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Band 5 Occupational Therapist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic full time Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join Camden and Islington's Hospital Division. The Hospital Division comprises of inpatient wards for working age adults who require acute treatment or rehabilitation and wards which specialise in the care of older adults. You will work on one of the adult acute inpatient wards.

Working closely with the multi-disciplinary team, you will provide Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention as part of the acute clinical pathway. You will work with other OTs, Arts Therapists and Activity Workers to deliver and develop a therapeutic programme within the service.The Trust-wide Occupational Therapy service supports training and regular CPD forums, providing the opportunity to network with colleagues and promote professional development. Training recently provided has focussed on Occupational Formulation within MoHO, Sensory Integration principles, alongside developing areas of interest within a mental health setting.

Main duties of the job

You will ensure that their practice meets the requirements of this clinical group, and assess the needs of service users with complex mental and physical health needs. This includes falls risk minimisation work and the issuing and provision of equipment, aids and minor adaptations.

You will ensure that their practice is in keeping with current evidence based practices, in accordance with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics, and will work with OTs, Arts Therapists and activity workers to provide a comprehensive treatment programme for service users.

You are expected to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with other staff members characterised by trust, mutual respect, and open, honest communication.

Supervision and mentoring will be provided by Band 6 OT colleague and you will have responsibility for supporting and supervising a Band 3 ward Activity Worker.

Although staff are allocated initially to work in one specific ward, all appointments are made to the Hospital Division, and there will be opportunity for further skill development within the Inpatient wards.

About us

At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

We have 3 key priorities which are:
  • Early and Effective Intervention
  • Helping People to Live Well
  • Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:
  • We value each other
  • We are empowered
  • We keep things simple
  • We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C& I Cultural pillars are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibilities
  • To undertake occupational therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing occupational and skill deficits. This may include ADL, work, leisure, community skills and home visit assessments.
  • To actively involve patients in identifying their needs and goals and provide a treatment plan that is appropriate to them as part of the multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • To plan and carry out individual and group interventions in appropriate settings using graded and meaningful activities to meet patients needs and achieve their goals.
  • To carry out group and individual interventions jointly with other members of the multi-disciplinary team as appropriate.
  • To provide information for patients and the multi-disciplinary team about local community resources and contribute to discharge and care planning.
  • To provide a goal directed outpatient service as part of the care programme approach plan, where appropriate and according to policy.
  • To monitor and evaluate treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention.
  • To apply a broad level of understanding of disability and mental health problems and recommend lifestyle changes or adaptations to patients social or physical environments.
  • To adhere to RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and local and national standards of practice.
  • To work flexible hours according to the needs of service delivery, as locally agreed.

  • To communicate effectively with service users, team members, carers, and other agencies, including taking an active role in developing links with community resources.
  • To participate in relevant clinical meetings regarding multi-disciplinary care planning.
  • To participate in occupational therapy meetings.
  • To maintain up to date clinical records and occupational therapy reports in case records in line with policies and professional standards.

  • To maintain up to date clinical and statistical records in accordance with Trust policy and professional standards.
  • To use petty cash responsibly and according to procedure.
  • To care for stock and equipment and alert appropriate staff when stock needs replenishing or repairs are required.
  • To participate in departmental and ward administrative duties as required.

Training Staff and Students
  • To participate in the induction, training and education of staff and students of all disciplines in this setting.
  • To assist OT Clinical Lead in identifying staff training needs and in creating an environment of reflective practice.

  • To provide day to day support and regular supervision to ward activity workers.

  • To undertake management of projects as delegated by senior staff within own area of competence.

Professional Development
  • To participate in the Preceptorship programme as required.
  • To actively participate in own supervision and appraisal process using the KSF.
  • To utilise opportunities to develop skills and knowledge, apply critical appraisal and keep up to date with current practise in the field.
  • To support other Occupational Therapists in the education and training of other professionals and visitors to the department.
  • To participate in education programmes for client/service groups.
  • To support health promotion and health education initiatives within the locality and within the community directorate.
  • To comply with all mandatory training i.e. fire, PMVA, CPR & AED, manual handling and safeguarding.
  • To maintain and update a Continuing Professional Development portfolio.
  • To participate in the individual performance review system.
  • To participate in and take responsibility for ongoing personal development through internal and external development opportunities, using the KSF.

Clinical Governance, Research and Practice Development
  • To participate in evaluation, audit and practice development activities within occupational therapy and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • To work with other staff on the implementation of national guidelines for practice.
  • To keep up to date by critically evaluating current research and applying it to practice where relevant.

Person Specification



  • Degree or Post-Graduate Qualification in Occupational Therapy
  • Professional Registration with HCPC



  • Experience of working in in-patient mental health environment
  • Experience working as part of MDT
  • Experience of using OT specific assessments



  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to verbally communicate with a broad range of service users

Knowledge and skills


  • Evidence and awareness of OT process
  • Evidence of ability to facilitate OT groups
  • Awareness of mental health conditions and relevant legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


Highgate Mental Health Centre

Dartmouth Park Hill


N19 5NX

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