Senior Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapists, interested to join a team of enthusiastic and committed professionals in delivering the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia (2015) and the NHS Long Term Plan for Older Adults Mental Health services (2019) in the London Borough of Hounslow.

West London NHS Trust, Cognitive Impairment and Dementia services deliver specialist care to patients in the locality who are experiencing cognitive problems & dementia that impacts upon their abilities to carry out activities of daily living.

This post is a community-based Senior Occupational Therapist. They will work under the supervision of a B7 Specialist Occupational Therapist and they will be responsible in supervising a B5 Occupational Therapist, Therapy Assistant and OT students. They will also be part of the wider OPMHS Occupational therapy team across the three boroughs.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team and the wider occupational therapy team within the older people's mental health service line. Patients who are referred to this service are those with cognitive impairment who are requiring for dementia screening and potential diagnosis.

Occupational Therapy service also provide post-diagnostic supports including cognitive rehabilitation, advise on dementia design, equipment provision and advise to carers/family. They will also work alongside activity co-ordinators and psychology colleagues in facilitating group and individual therapeutic activities either in the clinic or through electronic platforms.

The older people's mental health service (OPMHS) was previously known as cognitive impairment and dementia services (CIDS). We still offer the same services with the addition of provision for older people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

OPMHS OT team is a large and diverse team, which includes team members who have trained overseas. We have a robust induction and training programme to integrate new team members in the Trust and the service line. We are passionate about our team members' health & well-being and career progression.

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

The post holder is responsible in screening referrals that come through to ensure they meet the service criteria and that they have clear occupational therapy needs. When a referral has been accepted for the OT service, the post holder will communicate the outcome and what are the occupational therapy treatment plan. They will assess and treat the patient ideally within 6 weeks period before they discharge or signpost the patient to other appropriate services, such as social services, community rehabilitation team and/or other voluntary sectors.

The post holder will carry a defined patient caseload and work alongside other members of the OT team to provide specialist occupational therapy to clients with complex needs, using evidenced-based / client-centred principles. Assessments and interventions include but not limited to cognitive and functional assessment to support diagnosis, advising on dementia design, home modification, assistive technology, therapeutic activities and cognitive rehabilitation.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration


  • Attendance at specialist short courses relevant to the post e.g Dementia Care, Older People's Mental health



  • Post qualified experience within Older people's services
  • Working within NHS Older People's services
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Relevant post-qualified OT experience in Mental Health


  • Experience of supervising /co-supervising students Involvement in research and clinical audit
  • Experience of supervision of students and staff
  • Post qualified experience as an OT (or equivalent role) in a health or social care or 3rd sector setting

Knowledge and Skills


  • Understanding of Clinical and environmental risk
  • Equality and diversity
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Awareness of need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Principles of clinical governance
  • Group work theory and practice
  • Evidence of post-qualified training in Mental Health
  • Relevant current legislation, NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
  • 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
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision as part of a team
  • Group work skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance


  • Clinical/case supervision training
  • Use of Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Practice placement education training
  • Research methodology Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences
  • Ability to apply (research) evidence-based practice
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise others' performance
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Supervisory skills

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development 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


  • Membership of a Special Interest Group e.g. COT SS Mental Health, COTSS older people
  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Hounslow CID

Lakeside MHU (West Mid)



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