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Clinical Occupational Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Oxleas NHS Foundation is proud to be part of the South London Partnership (SLP) Forensic Programme along with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and South West London and St George's NHS Trust as an NHS England New Model of Care. One of the aspirations of the SLP is to strengthen the interface between the forensic acute inpatient men's service enabling a smooth transition and improved experience in South London by actively linking in with prison healthcare.

In response to this, Oxleas is seeking a Band 6 Clinical Occupational Therapist to be based at the Bracton Centre in Dartford, Kent. The Band 6 Clinical Occupational Therapist will provide occupational therapy assessment, treatment, and interventions individually and in groups with responsibility for providing clinical supervision of junior colleagues and students.

The post holder will work with both individuals and groups and contribute directly to the Seven Day Therapies Programme on average one in four weekends, either a Saturday or Sunday on a rota basis.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide OT specific assessment & interventions via groups & individual work related to self- care, work and leisure.
  • Work as a member of the multi-professional team.
  • To manage a clinical caseload.
  • To support the development of evidence-based OT practice.
  • To contribute to service development.
  • To participate in research/audit activities.
  • To provide OT advice to the multi-professional team.
  • To work independently without direct supervision.
  • Supervise the work of junior staff including OT students on clinical placement.
  • Contribute to and carry out risk assessment and management plans.
  • Provide OT assessment and interventions for the service user group.
  • Contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust wide OT Service.
  • Work within the social inclusion and recovery agenda.
  • To attend all relevant mandatory training as directed by the Trust.
  • To maintain and update a CPD portfolio.

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 complex mental health needs.
  • To work with service users to identify OT goals as part of the multi-disciplinary care plan, using specialist mental health & OT assessment tools & treatment techniques.
  • To work with service users in a variety of settings to provide the most effective assessment & interventions.
  • To plan and implement service users led individual and/or group interventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To ensure service users health, social, cultural, and spiritual needs are always considered.
  • To assess for and provide equipment to enhance independence in daily living skills for offenders with a physical disability in addition to their mental health needs.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment 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 and inappropriate referrals and prioritise workload.
  • To manage effective discharge ensuring service users and all relevant agencies are given relevant information.
  • To contribute to and carry out risk assessment and risk management plans.
  • To work as part of the MDT and attend all relevant clinical meetings.
  • To ensure that up to date electronic and written records are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.
  • To actively contribute to service & policy review and implementation and participate in the operational planning, implementation, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical care pathways and protocols within own clinical area.
  • To raise awareness of the OT service within own clinical area.
  • To participate in the development of the OT service within own clinical area.
  • To apply increasingly complex skills and knowledge to establish professional competence and fitness to practice as a Band 6 OT.
  • To attend all relevant mandatory training as directed by the Trust.
  • To contribute to CPD through participation in internal and external training and other development opportunities.
  • To maintain and update a CPD portfolio.

Person Specification



  • oDiploma/degree in OT oUK HCPC Registration



  • Skills - Demonstrate evidence of leadership skills



  • Experience - Significant clinical experience in Forensic and / or Mental Health setting

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


The Bracton Centre

Bracton Lane



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