Occupational Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The South Promoting Recovery Team in Southwark are looking to recruit a dynamic, creative, forward thinking and hard-working Occupational Therapist to work on a full time basis.

Main duties of the job

Occupational therapy provision is established within the team. The post holder will receive line management supervision from the team manager and profession specific supervision from the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist for community services.

The successful applicant will be enthusiastic about this client group and committed to working with both a recovery and rehabilitation approach. You will have the opportunity to work with service users in a variety of community based settings. It is an opportunity to develop your assessment and intervention skills and work closely with the care coordinators in the team to develop shared care plans that address any occupational needs. The team is based in Camberwell and has good transport links..

About us

The South Promoting Recovery Team is a multidisciplinary community mental health team, working with a population of service users in the borough of Southwark, offering support with recovery goals.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Purpose:
  • To work in collaboration with a caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate occupational interventions.
  • To ensure service users recovery goals and plans are at the centre of occupational therapy practice and foster the skills and confidence of people to enable them to live as independently as possible.
  • To support Promoting Recovery team Care Coordinators through the provision of occupationally focused assessments, formulation of service users needs and intervention plans
  • To contribute to the development of Recovery and Support plans, including relapse and crisis management plans
  • To take a leading role in supporting service users with physical health needs as a Trusted Assessor and interfacing with London Borough of Southwark Occupational Therapy colleagues to provide a continuity of care including the prescription of minor aids and adaptations.
  • To provide leadership for junior staff, through supervision and appraisal.
  • To regularly supervise Occupational Therapy students on practice placements
  • To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of Occupational Therapy/ multidisciplinary services, holding responsibility for defined/delegated projects.
  • To carry out multidisciplinary activities as requested e.g. generic assessments and duty responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

a. Clinical

To select and apply Occupational Therapy assessments for

a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the client in areas of

self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.

To work as part of the multidisciplinary team within CPA and Mental Health Act frameworks.

To work with service users to identify occupationally focused recovery goals as part of the overall care plan working within the CPA process.

To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the client, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

To promote and use an evidence-based approach to service user management that critically evaluates and applies research findings pertinent to patient care management and outcomes.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for service users with multiple needs in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To demonstrate and apply a broad / high level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the clients physical and social environment.

To be trusted assessor trained in order to prescribe minor aides and adaptations, liaising with Southwark Council Occupational therapy colleagues (including Telecare).

To assess occupational / vocational needs of a defined client group.

To undertake risk assessments and risk management plans as appropriate.

Provide clinical training and supervision to clients extended support network as appropriate.

b. Communication

To demonstrate effective / apply a comprehensive range of

communication skills with users and carers, team members,

Occupational Therapy colleagues and external agencies.

To effectively work as a member of the multi-disciplinary

team and contribute to / implement core decisions with

regard to service users care programmes

To actively support and educate service users and carers

regarding aspects of Occupational Therapy provision

c. Documentation

Maintain appropriate, up-to-date, written and electronic

records and activity data in accordance with Professional

and Trust standards.

Participate in departmental and corporate administration

through collection and completion of statistics.

Provide specialist Occupational Therapy / other reports as


d. Leadership, supervision and appraisal

To review, reflect and change own practice through effective

use of professional and operational supervision and


To undertake the supervision and appraisal of junior staff as

delegated by a senior member of staff

To demonstrate basic leadership skills through the

management of dedicated projects.

To apply clinical leadership skills through the management of dedicated projects.

e. Training staff and students

To demonstrate the ability to / undertake to initiate, plan and

implement the induction, training and education of students

and other staff.

To regularly be responsible for the supervision and written

assessment of Occupational Therapy students on practice

placement within the Trust.

To participate in inter-professional training within the Trust

f. Professional ethics and development

To comply with the COT code of ethics and Professional

Conduct and national and local procedures and guidelines.

To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious

diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service

sensitive to those needs.

To demonstrate the ability to reflect on complex ethical

issues and to provide guidance to junior staff as necessary

Demonstrate an ability to apply increasingly complex skills

and knowledge commensurate with establishing higher level

professional practice.

Demonstrate on going personal development through

participation in internal and external development

opportunities, recording learning outcomes through

maintaining and developing a professional portfolio for CPD

g. Service Development and delivery

To actively participate in and be responsible for relevant

planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways

and protocols within service area and Corporate

Occupational Therapy service as required.

To actively participate in the delivery and review processes

of the Occupational Therapy Strategy and Business Plan

and local service delivery.

To participate in local Occupational Therapy service

development under the supervision of Occupational Therapy

staff and the operational planning and implementation of

policy and service development

h. Clinical governance and Quality Standards

To contribute to the Trusts, Directorates and Teams Clinical

Governance activities and be involved in setting the quality


Demonstrate / apply an understanding and application of

national guidance and legislation relating to health and social

care in Mental Health service provision

i. Line Management, staff and budgets

To exercise good time management, punctuality and

consistent, reliable attendance.

Be responsible for maintaining stock, advising on resource

allocation and responsibility for managing petty cash

Co-ordinate day-to-day activities of junior staff, Technical

Instructors and volunteer staff where applicable.

j. Research and practice development

Demonstrate the ability to evaluate current research, apply it

to practise and disseminate findings at a local level.

To engage in and develop or broaden research skills through

involvement in local audit and research projects


This job description is an outline of the key tasks and responsibilities of the post and the post holder may be required to undertake additional duties appropriate to the pay band. The post may change over time to reflect the developing needs of the Trust and its services, as well as the personal development of the post holder.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Post-graduate training relevant to Mental Health
  • Membership of OT professional body and / or special interest group
Experience Essential
  • Post registration experience as an OT
  • Working in groups / Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work
  • Working with mental health service users (pre or post qualification)
  • Advising and supporting junior staff / Experience of supervising junior staff and students
  • Practice Placement Educators course
  • Experience of working in an inner-city, multi-cultural environment
  • Experience of working with people with challenging behaviours
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Broad / high level understanding of Mental Health disorders and treatment models
  • Sound / detailed knowledge of legislation relevant to Mental Health
  • Applied / working knowledge of the principles of CPA (Care Programme Approach)
  • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions and outcome measures, relevant to client group
  • Experience of planning and co-ordinating treatment

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