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Specialist Perinatal Occupational Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata (plus HCAS)
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic OT to join our expanding Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service

The Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service is a Trustwide service working with pregnant and postnatal women and their families with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, as well as with parents and babies where there is a bonding/attachment concern in the relationship between parent and child. The team works across the London boroughs of Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Barking & Dagenham and Havering. The service is multi-disciplinary, including an MDT of Consultant Psychiatrists, Speciality Doctors, Team Leads, Clinical Leads, Perinatal Nurses, Mental Health Practitioners, Nursery Nurses, Occupational Therapy, Social Workers, Specialist Pharmacists, Perinatal Psychologists and Parent Infant Psychotherapists.

Experience of perinatal mental health is desirable, however we are looking for applicants with a desire to learn and gain knowledge in this newly developed service area. Support in relation to training in this field will be available.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will have mental health experience and will exhibit exceptional clinical skills, assessment, intervention and evaluation skills. The applicant should be hard working and be able to independently manage a caseload of OT specific cases. They will be able to effectively assessment and manage risk and will understand the risk during the perinatal period and implement effective risk management strategies.

They will work as part of the MDT and contribute to MDT meetings, referrals meetings, children safeguarding processes as well as supervise the nursery nurses within the service.

The role covers the NELFT boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge, and you will work alongside an existing OT within the service who already covers the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We 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 Period

This 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 NELFT

NELFT 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 - London

This 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

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

Person Specification



  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Evidence of continued CPD


  • Member of COT MH specialist section



  • Minimum of 3years working in Mental Health as an OT
  • Experience working in community mental health setting
  • Experience of working in an MDT


  • Evidence of post grad training



  • Awareness of NHS plan
  • Demonstrate specialist clinical knowledge and experience in perinatal mental health and ability to adapt
  • understanding of OT models, processes and EBP
  • Knowledge of equipment and adaptations



  • Advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Time management skills - ability to prioritise and implement management strategies for self and others



  • Advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Time management skills - ability to prioritise and implement management strategies for self and others



  • Demonstrate awareness and implementation of the NELFT Trust Values

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Goodmayes Hospital, Barley Court

Barley Lane



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