Occupational Therapist - Band 5 to 6 Development Post

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 Per Annum inc HCAS
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an Occupational Therapist looking to take the next step within your career? Come and work to our pioneer Trauma Informed Service.

This is a Band 5 to 6 Occupational Therapy development role. We are looking to recruit a B5 Occupational Therapist with post graduate experience within mental health.

We have one vacancy within our supportive and outstanding Home Treatment Team based in Harrow, Northwick Park Hospital. The location base is easily accessible from Northwick Park Hospital and Harrow on the Hill tube stations and is well connected to other local transport services.

This post is a pure OT role with some generic responsibilities. You will develop skills in OT specific assessments, sensory assessments and interventions, trauma informed approaches, individual and group work and have the opportunity to learn from a varied of skills within our MDT, including nursing, psychology and the medical team. Within this role you will gain specialism and possibility of studying towards a post graduate diploma in sensory integration

This post will give you the opportunity to rotate to work in the adult services and other services within Harrow.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

The post is supported by the Lead OT within the team who will provide regular clinical/ management supervision.

The post will enable development of OT skills within this clinical group, increase understanding and application of the recovery framework and principles of social inclusion.

This is a career progression opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to develop a specialism within the Adult Mental Health.

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. Were always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career. With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for providing effective day-to-day mental health care and management to service users open to the HTT. The post holder will have a split caseload of OT-specific work in addition to generic HTT responsibilities.

To assess, co-ordinate and deliver a high quality mental health service for service users who require rapid response, crisis intervention and assessment, and / or in the absence of the team would require hospital admission.

The post holder together with the current HTT OT will offer a unique OT skillset to help facilitate early discharge from the in-patient service and provide occupationally-focussed interventions to support prevention of admission in the community.

It is expected that the post holder will be able to competently manage a caseload of service users with complex, severe and enduring mental health needs using evidence-based and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registered


  • Student supervision/mentoring qualification



  • Relevant work/voluntary experience in mental health or related setting
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Knowledge/experience of clinical supervision/appraisal. Experience of group facilitation.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working.


  • Work with people experiencing mental health crisis
  • Experience of integrated working with 3rd sector organisations.
  • Working with people who misuse alcohol and substances
  • Experience of working with individuals who experience health and social inequalities.



  • Verbal and written communication skills, including report writing and presentations / IT skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the OT process in mental health settings
  • Complex caseload management.
  • Awareness of risk assessment and management
  • Clear concept of OT and models of practice.
  • Ability to work creatively to engage service users
  • Ability to prioritise workload/use own initiative.
  • Able to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Ability to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using effective interpersonal and communication skills (colleagues and service users).
  • Knowledge and understanding of Code of Ethics and professional conduct.
  • Experience of developing a basic research proposal.


  • Skills in leadership: ability to motivate others, use initiative and manage change.
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed approaches.
  • Knowledge of theory underpinning MOHO.
  • Equipment and adaptation training.
  • Knowledge of physical health agendas in mental health policy

Values and Behaviours


  • Ability to maintain quality in own work and encourage others to do soThe ability to understand and behave at all times, towards service users, carers, visitors and colleagues, in accordance to the Trust values of compassion, respect, empowerment and partnership.
  • Practice within the regulated scope of practice for Occupational Therapists as defined by HCPC and the RCoT.
  • Ability to show motivation and punctuality.



  • Holder of full UK Driving Licence/Car Driver or cyclist.
  • The post-holder must have the ability to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.


  • Membership of BAOT and specialist sections

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Northwick Park Mental Health Centre

Watford Road



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