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Occupational Therapist (Band 5)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist with a keen interest and some previous experience in mental health to work on one of the adult inpatient mental health wards at St Charles Mental Health Unit. The post holder will be based on one of the adult treatment wards as an integral member of the ward multi-disciplinary team, working alongside medical staff, nursing staff, an activities coordinator, peer support worker, fitness instructor and arts psychotherapy colleagues.

You will need to be a motivated and flexible team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will hold a current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

St Charles Mental Health Unit in Kensington & Chelsea has four adult inpatient wards plus two PICU wards that provide a safe and therapeutic environment for people with acute mental health problems. The unit is a short walk from Ladbroke Grove station with good transport links.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will develop, facilitate and evaluate therapeutic groups and individual interventions as a part of the multi-disciplinary ward programme. The Occupational Therapy role is to provide assessment and intervention to individuals, identifying barriers to discharge and supporting individuals to gain maximum independence throughout their admission and the right level of support when they leave the unit. This may include the assessment of activities of daily living, the use of standardised assessment tools, prescribing equipment and making recommendations for future accommodation or care packages.

There will be opportunity to develop supervision skills through providing supervision for the ward activity coordinator and providing placements to OT students.

The ward OT is a key member of ward multidisciplinary meetings, care formulation meetings and supports the overall work of the ward. There are established links with Home Treatment Teams, CMHTS and various local agencies.

There will be professional development opportunities and the chance to expand your skills. There is an OT for each of the six wards at St Charles Mental Health Unit, supported by a Lead OT. The Occupational Therapy posts are ward based although there are regular meetings and informal liaison with other OT staff.

About us

Come and join us and be one of the friendly and supportive 300 Occupational Therapists (OTs) in CNWL. We work in many different teams in both physical and mental health, as well as a number of specialist areas. You could have a career for life with us and maintain your dual skills.

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

There are opportunities to be involved in the CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College by facilitating inpatient snapshot courses.

We recognise that the step between student and professional needs support so we have invested fully in our Band 5s development through robust supervision, a preceptorship programme and internal training. Success at preceptorship enables them to then be an educator for OT students. Career development opportunities are available and many of our Band 5s chose to stay with us in senior posts. There are regular borough-wide Band 5 support groups and a K& C and Westminster OT forum meetings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Thank you for your interest in our Band 5 Occupational Therapy post.

Please see the job description attached for further information.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registered with HCPC



  • Undergraduate experience in inpatient mental health
  • Experience of using a range of standardised OT assessments
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Demonstrate ability to be an effective and flexible member of a team.


  • To have completed OT preceptorship
  • Experience in acute mental health as a qualified OT.



  • Can demonstrate an application of OT process
  • Good communication skills within various networks of disciplines.
  • Individual/group work skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload and use initiative.
  • Able to work creatively to engage patients.
  • Timely reporting and record keeping
  • Patient centred approach to service delivery
  • Ability to assess physical needs and prescribe equipment as required to maximise independence.
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
  • Experience of promoting recovery and social inclusion
  • Ability to make constructive suggestions as to how services can be improved.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical audit and evidence based practice


  • Research and development at undergraduate level.
  • Involvement in projects and quality improvement.
  • Previous experience of supervising students or other staff.



  • Excellent communication skills, written, verbal, listening and use of Technology.
  • High level of personal motivation
  • Ability to work in a team setting i.e. collaborating/facilitating/directing and understanding diversity
  • Ability to encourage client participation and ensure a high delivery of customer service.
  • Flexible in approach in providing groups and interventions in line with patient needs.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and an ability to use initiative
  • Ability to manage conflict constructively within the staff and client setting
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on own practice and take responsibility for own personal development
  • Flexible approach to service needs and ability to adapt to change


  • Experience of promoting equality and diversity
  • Experience in reflective practice



  • Membership of BAOT and Specialist Sections

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


St Charles mental health unit

Exmoor Street


W10 6DZ

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