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Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
A fabulous opportunity has arisen for a band 5 Occupational Therapist within the Kensington and Chelsea older adult community mental health team.The post holder would work alongside two experienced Occupational therapists and the role would include OT specific assessments and interventions and you would be a named worker for a small generic caseload. Candidates would preferably have worked as an Occupational Therapist for at least a year in mental health and have experience of older adult care.The multi-disciplinary team has close links and is co-located with our social work colleagues. It is a friendly and supportive team and is welcoming of new staff. Research and service development is encouraged and supported both by the team and the Trust.

You do not need to be car driver for this community post as all visits are done by public transport in this interesting and diverse borough.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for service users within the team in order to establish and meet their occupational needs.
  • To select and use validated standardised assessment tools routinely exhibiting clinical reasoning skills to include the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments.
  • To support service users and colleagues to ensure that care plans are developed in partnership with the individual and that they reflect 'recovery goals'
  • To apply clinical knowledge and skills to carry out evidence based occupational therapy interventions which are underpinned by relevant theoretical approaches and in line with the Trust's Research and Development Strategy.
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions against clear aims, objectives and outcome measures in line with evidence-based practice and in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals.
  • To apply a level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service user's social and physical environment.
  • 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.
  • To provide OT consultation to other professionals within the team.

  • About us

    There are over 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. There are plenty of opportunities to develop your career with us and maintain your dual skills.

    OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having an established professional structure including 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.

    Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by research groups and OT clinical networks. We 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 can 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.

    We actively support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce.

    If you are an OT who strives for excellence and wants to develop to your full potential then we would welcome your application.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To provide a comprehensive mental health assessment for service users allocated via duty.
  • To build and maintain therapeutic relationships with service users and carers and involve them in drawing up recovery focussed care plans to address their psychological, physical & social needs.
  • To implement appropriate interventions within skill level and to review the outcome of these with the patient and carer.
  • To refer or signpost service users to other professionals, services or voluntary agencies as appropriate.
  • To provide monitoring of medication, in line with the CNWL OT Medication Management Guidelines.
  • To identify carers needs in line with CPA policy and national requirements.
  • Together with client and carers plan appropriate packages of care and if necessary arrangements for suitable placement and prepare the necessary assessments for presentation at social services panel.

  • For all clients on caseload
  • To undertake risk assessment and ensure risk management strategies are applied.
  • To alert the line manager to any increase in risks to individual service users on a regular basis or immediately as required and will seek advice on appropriate action.
  • To be aware of and sensitiveto the safeguarding needs of the client and those associated with them. To understand potential indicators of abuse or neglect and about what to do if they had concerns.
  • To support service users in relation to their physical health, housing and welfare benefits issues referring to specialist provider services as necessary.

  • Person Specification



    • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
    • Registered with HCPC
    • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.



    • Experience of working with older adults
    • Experience of working in mental health


    • Previous experience of using MOHO assessment tools.
    • Experience working as an Occupational Therapist in mental health.
    • Experience of working in Community Mental Health.
    • Experience of partnership working with 3rd sector and voluntary providers.



    • Can demonstrate an application of OT process
    • Good standard of presentation skills
    • Is able to undertake caseload management
    • Clear understanding of risk assessment and management
    • Clear understanding of the assessment process and use of assessment tools.
    • Demonstrates reflective practice.
    • Demonstrates person-centred practice
    • Interest in a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques: practical/creative/psycho-educational
    • Ability to work creatively to engage service users.
    • Ability to prioritise workload/use own initiative.
    • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person.
    • Ability to build constructive working relationships (colleagues and service users).
    • Demonstrates effective communication skills both written and verbal.


    • Use of standardised assessment tools



    • Has knowledge of OT theory related to practice
    • Can demonstrate clear clinical reasoning skills.
    • Knowledge of mental health conditions.
    • Awareness of local and national issues and relevant legislation.
    • Has a clear concept of clinical models of practice.
    • Demonstrates a clear understanding of Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
    • Has an understanding on the Recovery in mental health and Recovery principles.


    • AMPS Trained.
    • Supervision of students.



    • Demonstrates an understanding of evidence based practice.


    • Research experience
    • Audit experience.
    • Implementing and overseeing research.
    • Experience of MOHO.
    • Publications



    • Can work autonomously
    • Is able to take responsibility.
    • Is a team player.
    • Has excellent time management and organisational skills.
    • Has good political acumen.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    St Charles Hospital, 1st floor Nightingale Building

    Exmoor Street


    W10 6DZ

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