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Deputy Community Lead OT (Band 7)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
East Ham, London
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa
Closing date
18 Apr 2024

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Newham Occupational Therapy Department are pleased to share an exciting opening to join our community mental health services as the Deputy Lead for community Occupational Therapy, following our current post holder moving on to a new role within ELFT.

Occupational Therapy is a core role in the Community Recovery Teams, and well established within the service. The primary focus of this role is direct clinical through individual and group OT interventions, alongside responsibility to oversee the OT provision for one Community Recovery Team (North). Support and supervision for senior OT and support staff will be provided by the post holder to ensure that the OT resource is directed effectively and in line with the needs of the diverse Newham community. The post offers leadership opportunities within the wider Newham OT department, including scope for ongoing service improvement and team development. The candidate would have the support and supervision of the Community Lead for Occupational Therapy, and can expect to form close working relationships with the Operational Lead, seniors, and MDT colleagues within Community Recovery Team North.

This post would be suited to an experienced mental health Occupational Therapist who is committed to the values of the Recovery model, and the Community Mental Health Transformation. We welcome applications from individuals with skills and attributes that support leadership, and continuous improvement to benefit the community that we serve.

Main duties of the job

Leadership: To play a lead role as part of the integrated Occupational Therapy team, operating across the community and inpatient settings, with a particular focus on ensuring the Community Mental Health OT Service delivers its goals.

To lead on community mental health OT provision for one CRT (North or South) to liaise with the Community Lead OT (who will lead the other CRT) on borough-wide provision, smooth operation of the pathway, including links with external agencies, appropriate prioritisation and use of resources. To play a significant role in community service development and quality improvement. Deputise for the community lead in their absence.

Clinical: To primarily provide an Occupational Therapy Service, for community mental health service users of the CRT. In addition to provide OT input for inpatient service users where OT intervention is likely to continue post admission and/or need is complex to provide sessional brief input to community mental health service users as appropriate.

The role has particular focus on service users' recovery and social inclusion goals, via both individual and group work. There are no care-co-ordination responsibilities, but in addition to service user outcomes and satisfaction, the success of the post-holder will be measured by the degree to which OT input facilitates the wider service in moving service users on from secondary mental health care.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Experience of CPD and role development activities


  • Practice Placement Educator training
  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy



  • Experience of mental health Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Experience of working in community settings or equivalent
  • Evidence of Service Development activities
  • Experience of working as part of a Multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of managing own caseload
  • Experience of individual and group work
  • Experience of staff/student supervision

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of applied social, health and medical sciences including psychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology
  • Knowledge of how mental health difficulties impact upon occupational functioning and performance.
  • Knowledge of current National legislation, policies and guidelines relevant to adult community mental health and their application
  • Working knowledge of Clinical Governance and its application
  • Knowledge of RCOT standards of practice and its application
  • Knowledge of Equal Opportunities, confidentiality and consent issues

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Passmore Edwards Building

Shrewsbury Road

East Ham, London

E7 8QR

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