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Occupational Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata (plus HCAS)
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full Time
**12 Month Maternity Cover** Please note that this role is a fixed-term role to cover maternity leave.

An opportunity has arisen to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Band 6Occupational Therapist to join our Diagnostic Memory Service working with older adults in Waltham Forest. Our team is based at Red Oak Lodge which is close to Leytonstone High Street and a number of major transport links (Central Line, Overground and bus routes).

The Waltham Forest Memory Service provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment, support and education to those that are referred via their GP. The service is multi-disciplinary and works closely to deliver a service that meets the service users and carers' needs.

The successful candidate will use their evidence-based clinical skills to help with the diagnosis of dementia. You will have the opportunity to work within a diverse community in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, to develop quality services which improve the lives of local people.

The post holder will carry out high-quality initial assessments, including standardised cognitive testing formulate diagnoses and care plans in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team feedback diagnoses to service users and carers and signpost to appropriate post-diagnostic support.

B5 Occupational Therapists will be considered for shortlisting providing they have applicable knowledge or experience of working with older adults.

Main duties of the job

- Current HCPC registration as an Occupational Therapist.

- Demonstrate a clear interest in working with older adults with memory difficulties/dementia.

- To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different types of dementia and how they can affect service users.

- Support the Memory Service MDT in assessing ADL functional abilities of referred individuals, providing feedback on the impact of the individual's motor and process skills on occupational performance.

- Experience of working within the context of a multidisciplinary team liaising with other team members and with external agencies.

- Have good time management skills and be able to prioritise and work on own initiative.

- Be able to work autonomously in a safe manner in service user's homes.

- Have excellent communication skills - written & verbal.

- Be able to assess functional needs within service users' homes in order to prescribe suitable aids and minor adaptations.

- Contribute to and carry out risk assessment & risk management plans.

- Willing to supervise OT students or junior members of staff

- Demonstrate evidence of Continuous Professional Development.

- To be aware of Government strategies in relation to mental health and dementia in Older Adults.

- Be computer literate and have knowledge of data protection.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

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).

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.

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide high quality Occupational Therapy clinical expertise and service.
  • To manage a clinical caseload.
  • To work as a member of the Memory Service MDT.
  • Responsible for the delivery of a range of evidence-based Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions.
  • To provide specialist Occupational Therapy advice to the MDT.
  • Critically evaluate effectiveness of therapy interventions, in collaboration with service users, carers and other professionals.
  • To supervise the work of junior staff and/or OT students on fieldwork placement.
  • Work in partnership with a range of other services to provide support and treatment to service users to facilitate the safe management of their needs.
  • Work within the safeguarding adults and children frameworks across the Trust.
  • Take responsibility for an evidence-based clinical audit.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy



  • Experience in the NHS


  • Experience working with older adults



  • Basic understanding of dementia



  • Good written and verbal communication


  • Used RIO

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Red Oak Lodge

17 Thorne Close


E11 4HU

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