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Occupational Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Orpington Kent
£32,720 to £39,769 Per Annum
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Occupational Therapist, Band 5 Permanent - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary ward team, which is professionally supported by a Head OT. There is a mix of band 5, band 6 and band 7 occupational therapists across the acute and crisis mental health service, as well as other professions, including Lived Experience Practitioners and Occupational Therapy Technical Instructors. It is a friendly and supportive team and we welcome new staff and the ideas and skills they bring.

The post involves occupational therapy specific work with a mix of opportunities including:
  • Carrying an inpatient caseload, including doing assessments and 1:1 interventions to build functional and social skills.
  • Working closely with the ward Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT)
  • Group interventions.

We offer:
  • To cover the subscription fee for the Royal College of Occupational Therapy for your first year of employment.
  • Line management, professional and clinical OT supervision in line with Guidance from the RCOT
  • Enhanced support with the Allied Health Professionals Preceptorship Programme
  • Annual Personal Development Review (PDR)
  • Quarterly Trust-wide Band 5 OT Support Group
  • Career development opportunities
  • Encouragement to join service development and quality improvement projects
  • Invitation to the Annual Therapies Conference

We warmly welcome New Graduates, Return to Practice and International Occupational Therapists.

Main duties of the job

  • To manage a clinical caseload
  • To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team
  • To support the development of evidence-based practice
  • To provide OT specific assessment and interventions via groups and individual work in the three core areas of:

- Self care

- Work/Education

- Leisure
  • To contribute to service development
  • To work independently without direct supervision
  • To develop skills, knowledge and experience through participation in Preceptorship and the Trust-wide Band 5 Occupational Therapy Development Programme.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people. Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage a caseload of service users with mental health needs
  • To work with service users to identify OT goals as part of the multi-disciplinary care plan, OT assessment tools & treatment techniques
  • To work with service users in a variety of settings in order to provide the most effective assessment & interventions
  • To plan & implement service user led individual and/or group interventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals
  • To ensure service users health, social, cultural and spiritual needs are considered at all times
  • To assess for and provide equipment to enhance independence in daily living skills for service users with a physical disability in addition to their mental health needs
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and identify outcomes
  • To plan and deliver services within the Care Programme Approach framework
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on life skills to maximise functional ability
  • To assess the occupational needs of service users and establish and evaluate appropriate treatment interventions
  • To identify appropriate & inappropriate referrals and prioritise workload
  • To manage effective discharge ensuring service user and all relevant agencies are given relevant information
  • To contribute to and carry out risk assessment & risk management plans
  • To work as part of the MDT and attend all relevant clinical meetings

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration



  • Willingness to undertake training in clinical area

Clinical experience


  • Clinical experience in health and/or social care setting

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Green Parks House

Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough Common

Orpington Kent


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