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Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
CNWL are offering an exciting opportunity to work within a hospital for Older Adults, based at 3 Beatrice Place, a short distance from High Street, Kensington.

3 Beatrice Place is currently developing a new model of care to meet the needs of older adults with complex dementia or mental health needs. The aim of the new proposed model is to provide a holistic, structured and person-centred approach to enhance a person's overall well-being, function, and quality of life and to prepare and support them with the next steps in their treatment journey. The goal is to optimise independence, manage symptoms, and improve the individual's ability to engage in daily activities.

Experience or skill in working with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and conducting postural and seating assessments is desired and a robust awareness of risk, good verbal and written communication skills is essential.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an enthusiastic and compassionate Occupational Therapist who is committed to providing person centred care and evidence-based practice with an occupational focus . The role includes:

individual assessment of occupational function and intervention planning including seating, positioning and optimising mobility.

evaluation of programmes of care in individual and group settings

overseeing the group programme run by activity coordinators

provide advice or teaching to staff/colleagues

support relatives and/carers to enable understanding of residents needs

provide supervision and appraisal of junior staff and students

take responsibility for defined projects contributing to the development of the service

liaise with care homes and other organisations in the community

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.

About us

There are around 300 Occupational therapists in CNWL and we arefortunate in having a long, established professional structure which includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This ensures representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT Research and Development (R& D) strategy, R& D and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and evidence-based practice is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work as part of a passionate and supportive multidisciplinary team. They will work within the recovery framework encouraging independence, social integration and achievement of personalised recovery goals.

The ideal candidate would have a minimum of a 1 years post qualifying experience in mental health preferably with older adults. Although working closely with the MDT is key to this role you would be required to work autonomously but with ongoing support from your peers, ward/team manager, matron, reflective practice groups as well as receiving individual Occupational Therapy supervision.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Professionals Council (HPC) registered Occupational Therapist.
  • Fieldwork Educators accreditation.


  • Post qualification training in relevant mental health therapeutic skills.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Paid/unpaid relevant to job


  • Post qualification experience working in mental health settings as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Experience of working with service users presenting with a wide range of complex mental health conditions.
  • Experience of delivering healthy lifestyle interventions.
  • Experience in assessment and interventions related to physical healthcare needs.
  • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience of drafting group protocols and setting up / facilitating groups / group programme.
  • Supervision of OT students / non qualified staff.
  • Experience of partnership working in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for patients.
  • Experience in completing Risk Assessment Tools.


  • Experience of care coordination.
  • Experience of working in adult mental health community team.
  • Personal experience of using mental health services
  • Experience in audit / research projects.



  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice
  • Good communication skills written, verbal, listening and use of up to date systems of communication i.e. IT systems, e-mail, telephone etc.
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as part of an MDT.
  • Individual/group work skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and use initiative.
  • Able to work creatively to engage patients.
  • Timely reporting and record keeping
  • To actively supervise both OT students and unqualified staff.
  • Regularly identify and undertake appropriate learning opportunities as part of ongoing CPD.
  • Recovery focused approach to service delivery
  • 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.
  • To have completed practice placement educators course.
  • To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service user's functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations
  • Good understanding of the application of risk assessment and risk management strategies which facilitates a patient's recovery
  • Good awareness of the principles of safeguarding and how to implement this in practice.


  • Research and development at graduate level.
  • Knowledge of the theory underpinning the Model of Human Occupation
  • Training in seating and positioning



  • High level of personal motivation
  • Ability to work in a team setting i.e. collaborating/facilitating/directing and understanding diversity.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to delegate effectively.
  • Ability to encourage patient participation and ensure a high delivery of customer service.
  • Flexible in approach.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and an ability to use initiative
  • Ability to manage conflict constructively
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop knowledge and skills
  • Ability to take on responsibility.
  • To act as a positive role model for junior staff.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


3 Beatrice Place - Older Adult Services

Marloes Road


W8 5LP

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