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Occupational Therapist - EIP

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Harold Wood
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa (plus HCAS)
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit to an Occupational Therapist position within the Havering Early intervention in psychosis team. We are looking for an OT that is motivated and enthusiastic Mental Health Practitioner with an interest in psychosis and the EIP model of working.

Havering EIP is a multi-disciplinary service, providing a range of specialist interventions guided by the NICE guidelines for psychosis interventions, within an integrated person-centred approach to people aged 14-65 resident in the Borough of Havering experiencing or suspected of experiencing a first episode of psychosis. This year we achieved Level 3 status in the national clinical audit for psychosis (NCAP)- proving the team is 'performing well' in relation to providing these NICE concordant intervention.

It is important to us that the successful candidate is an experienced professional, possessing a commitment to working within the EIP evidence base. You will need experience as a Care coordinator and following CPA process as well as sound knowledge of OT models, assessments and group work.

Main duties of the job

Come and join us if you want to:
  • Care coordination of a caseload - working to support NICE concordant interventions.
  • Work with a MDT with a wide variety of professions and roles.
  • Undertake comprehensive OT assessments and intervention.
  • Promote recovery, social inclusion, relapse prevention, holistic health, and wellbeing.
  • Facilitate and provide group interventions.
  • Want to make personalised care a reality.
  • Promote and actively enable co-production in service delivery.
  • Work as part of an integrated team ensuring regular evaluation of individual care and recovery plans.
  • Undertake generic mental health assessments.
  • Further develop your leadership skills.

About us

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.

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).

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of �4,108 to a maximum of �5,177).

Job description

Job responsibilities

To act as care coordinator to clients referred to the service, in accordance with Care programme Approach (CPA) policy. Undertake comprehensive assessment of health and social needs together with the service users implement a plan of care and intervention to meet these needs, ensuring regular reviews are in place for evaluation of the care plan.

To provide OT specific assessments, following MOHO model and assessments to support with housing applications and where possible care planning. To provide an OT perspective to clinical discussions in zoning meeting, complex case reviews and discussion with other team members.

To provide carer assessments to ensure carers and family are included and supported and in care planning. To participate in carer focused education, family intervention approaches, support programmes and carers groups providing information about relevant legislation and carers rights.

Within the CPA process monitor and assess the physical health of service users with mental illness in line with Trust policy and national guidelines

To facilitate and implement the Trust and Local Authority requirements in relation to safeguarding children and guidance legislation within the Care Act 2014. To adhere to the requirements of the Safeguarding Adults policy.

Person Specification



  • Qualified /registered Occupational therapist
  • Evidence of post-registration Training /qualification and continued CPD


  • Family Intervention/Therapy Certificate or equivalent



  • To have proven and significant experience of working with people with complex, acute mental health needs.
  • To have experience of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating aspects of care.
  • Clinical risk assessment and management skills
  • To have significant experience as a caseworker and CPA Care Co-ordinator
  • Experience of using MOHO and OT ADL assessments.



  • To demonstrate and knowledge of the NICE guideline for intervention for FEP and the NCAP audit.
  • To demonstrate knowledge and competency of the Mental Health Act 1983 related legislation and is applications
  • Excellent working knowledge of care programme approach
  • To have a working knowledge of the requirements of specific OT assessment
  • Knowledge and understanding of Adult Safeguarding policy and procedures



  • Experience of providing support to people with mental health needs.
  • Ability to assess, plan and implement programmes of care with Service User and Carers involvement
  • Clinical risk assessment and management skills
  • Ability to facilitate positive multi-disciplinary working relationships across all service areas
  • Ability to make complex decisions under pressure and demonstrate stress and crisis management skills

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Church Road

137-145 Church Road

Harold Wood


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