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Occupational Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum Incl. of HCAs
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are a national specialist residential unit and we receive referrals from across the country for people with complex and treatment resistant anxiety disorders.

Residents stay in our unit for a period of four months during which they have regular CBT sessions in conjunction with compassionate mind group work, support from assistant therapists and occupational therapy. For many of our residents the opportunity to engage in consistent, frequent and active therapy can be a very significant step in their recovery.

Main duties of the job

To develop, provide, manage and evaluate OT interventions to the specialist service.To manage a complex caseload.To provide clinical leadership for junior staff and students through supervision and training.To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of clinical services using advancedclinical skills and knowledge.To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement.To provide advice on the assessment and intervention of clients' occupational needs.To develop specialist, targeted OT interventions relevant to the work of ADRU undertakingregular audit and research and development activitiesTo provide training and consultancy for OT within the specialty.To develop and run OT groups

To support the GUTs cafe and garden

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugsand alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. Thereare very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness.

Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.SLaM employ around 5000 staff and serve a local population of 1.1 million people. We have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. Currently, provideinpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark as well as substance misuse services forresidents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.By coming to work at SLaM, you will gain experience of being part of an organisation with a rich history and international reputation in mental health care. You will have access to professionaldevelopment and learning opportunities, and have the chance to work alongside people who are world leaders in their field.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a committed and compassionate team at the Anxiety Disorder Residential Unit ( ADRU) . You will have lots of scope to utilise your Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills and work closely with those suffering with severe and debilitating anxiety disorders.

You will work closely with a Band 5 Occupational Therapist, CBT therapists, Vocational enabler, housekeeper and admin staff to ensure that the clients feel psychologically safe during their stay at ADRU .

Person Specification



  • oRegistered Occupational Therapist.


  • Post graduate training relevant to specialist area.
  • Post registration qualification relevant to this post.
  • Training in Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Membership of OT professional body and/or special interest group.



  • Significant post registration experience working with mental health service users experiencing anxiety disorders especially Body Dysmorphic and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work.
  • Experience of supervising junior staff and students.
  • Experience of audit, research and clinical governance procedures and their application in practice.
  • Leadership and first line management experience.
  • Experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy especially Exposure Response Prevention.
  • Experience of cooking and teaching culinary skills.


  • Experience of working in an inner city, multicultural environment.
  • Experience of working with people with anxiety disorders.
  • GUT health knowledge
  • Barista and Sourdough skills (to support our GUT caf when required)



  • High level understanding of mental health disorders and treatment models, including CBT.
  • Expansive knowledge of the principles of risk assessment and risk management.
  • Working knowledge of the principles of CPA (Care Programme Approach) where appropriate. o
  • Understanding of OT Professional Code of Conduct and OT core skills and their application of practice.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships.
  • Extensive supervisory/appraisal skills.
  • Ability to respond efficiently to complex information when tight deadlines.


  • High level group work skills and knowledge



  • Ability to work flexibly and under pressure.
  • To be motivating and empathic to clients' needs and therapeutic goals.
  • To work independently, as part of a team, and with outside agencies.
  • To be engaging and flexible and help clients see future beyond their symptoms. oCommitment to student and staff supervision. oCommitment to lifelong learning. oOpen to new ideas and awareness of general issues that might have relevance to service users' involvement. o
  • Open to new ideas and awareness of general issues that might have relevance to service users' involvement.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Dower House

Monks Orchard Road



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