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Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Care of Elderly Specialist Occupational Therapist to clinically lead our in-patient (non-acute) units in West London. If you are a Senior Occupational Therapist, or a Band 5 looking for development opportunity, who has an interest in Older People, wants a new challenge, and is looking to lead and develop a team, this post must be ideal for you.

The West London NHS Trust, Older People Service Line provides excellent care to those who are experiencing cognitive impairment and those over 70s who have other mental health needs. The service line covers London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow. The community services are mainly based at St. Vincent's memory clinic in Hammersmith, Elm Lodge memory clinic in Greenford, Sycamore Lodge memory clinic in Acton and Hounslow memory clinic. The in-patient units Jubilee ward and The Limes are both located in Ealing and Meridian ward at Hammersmith.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the delivery of high quality care to patients across the three in-patient units. As senior Occupational Therapist, they will provide comprehensive and holistic assessments, interventions, and care planning for those patients having complex physical and mental health needs. They will be responsible for managing the caseload of a single ward - 18 bedded unit.

As a Senior Occupational Therapist, they will be responsible for supervision, training and development of junior team members in these units, as well as contributing to departmental and Trust improvements. They will ensure the occupational therapy services in the in-patients are evidence based, and delivered with compassion and in person-centered manner.

The Post holder will support the Specialist Occupational Therapist in service development and audit to evidence efficiency and efficacy. They will work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team including other AHP colleagues to ensure a high quality of care is maintained at all times.

They will be an integral part of the inpatients therapy team and also a part of the wider occupational therapy team across the service line.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Learning and personal development is encouraged and we have a well-established appraisal system and funding for relevant external and internal courses.
  • To carry out comprehensive functional assessments for patients within the locality who are experiencing cognitive and memory impairment. These assessments are necessary to inform potential diagnosis of Dementia. All assessments and interventions are predominantly carried out in patients home environment
  • To provide specialist occupational therapy to clients with complex needs using evidenced-based / client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions at all stages of the service users journey cognitive and functional assessment to support diagnosis, advising on dementia design, home modification, assistive technology, therapeutic activities and cognitive rehabilitation
  • To carry out comprehensive assessments and evidence-based interventions utilising the occupational therapy process. Deliver personalised and goal-orientated rehabilitation programme to enable timely discharges, reduce care package and delay care home placements.

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons), PG Dip, MSc or equivalent occupational therapy qualification
  • HCPC registration



  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working


  • Work experience in a health or social care or voluntary sector setting.
  • Involvement in research and clinical audit



  • Mental health/physical diagnoses/presentations
  • Awareness of main issues with client group
  • Core skills of OT process
  • Models of practice
  • Clinical and environmental risk
  • Equality and diversity
  • Awareness of the need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Principles of clinical governance


  • Relevant current legislation, including NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
  • Group work theory and practice



  • Organisational ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, carers and colleagues
  • Evidence of ability in OT assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision as part of a team
  • Group work skills
  • Computer literacy


  • Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences
  • Ability to apply (research) evidence-based practice
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Assessing for and prescribing equipment for physical impairment
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance

Other Requirements


  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development (CPD) needs
  • Understand the need for and actively participates in own supervision and constructive use of feedback
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Ability to travel between sites


  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Jubilee Ward

St Bernards



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