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Senior Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Ealing Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities is a joint health and social care service for adults with Learning disabilities living in Ealing.

We are looking to recruit a Band 7 Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist. As an autonomous practitioner you will manage a specialist case load providing assessment and interventions of the health needs of adults with a learning disability. You will also have a very exciting opportunity to lead and develop the occupational therapy service and relevant clinical pathways.

You will have opportunities to develop your role, liaising and networking with wider occupational therapy services within Ealing Community Partners and West London Health NHS Trust.

If you are looking for a new opportunity, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by enabling people with learning disability then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

To develop and oversee the provision of a specialist evidence-based occupational therapy service for adults in the community who have learning disabilities.

To provide clinical leadership in the area of learning disabilities and dual diagnosis with mental health and/or physical disabilities.

To manage a caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence-based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate outcomes.

To provide specialist Occupational Therapy input to planning, development and evaluation of clinical services within learning disabilities, holding responsibility for defined projects.

To provide specialist consultation in the assessment and treatment of clients with sensory processing disorders and challenging behaviour.

To carry a specialist caseload and work with team members to assess, plan and implement appropriate individual and group Occupational Therapy rehabilitation programmes within a community setting. This will include close working with other agencies and providers within primary, social and community care.

To initiate research, teaching and clinical audit related to Occupation Therapy within the Learning Disability Service.

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

  • To accept the clinical responsibilities of a designated caseload of Learning Disability clients, prioritising clinical needs to provide an effective service.
  • To ensure that the occupational therapy service delivered in a client-centred, needs-led, evidence- based and non-discriminatory manner.
  • To be responsible for gaining informed consent for assessment and treatment interventions and to follow legal and professional guidelines when clients do not have capacity to consent.
  • To assess the occupational needs of clients with learning disabilities and establish and develop appropriate treatment programmes commensurate with local/client needs as identified in the care treatment/care programme approach, in collaboration with the clinical team.
  • To perform specific assessments of functional/ occupation and cognitive skills directly related to the needs of people with Learning Disabilities.

To identify O.T. goals as part of the overall care plan, using specialist assessment tools and outcome measures

Person Specification



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


  • Management / Leadership training
  • Training in Sensory Integration



  • Post-registration experience od working in an adult learning disability setting
  • Experience of working in community
  • Experience of working in a MDT
  • Experience of collaborative working with social services
  • Demonstrated involvement in service development


  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs
  • Supporting effective change management within teams
  • Research and audit experience



  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the national guidelines for Learning Disabilities, Long Term Conditions and relevant NICE guidelines
  • Advanced knowledge of models used by OT's working with people with learning disabilities
  • Knowledge of outcome measures and evidence based practice associated with people with Learning Disabilities
  • Demonstrated application of Risk Assessment and management in clinical practice

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Ealing Adult Learning Disability Services


W7 2PB

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