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Occupational Therapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post will involve delivery of the OT provision to service users in the outpatient service, focusing on functional daily living skills and specific mental health and risk issues. This will include the assessment, treatment and evaluation of clinical interventions, planning and running a range of therapeutic individual and group work, carrying out functional assessments and contributing to multidisciplinary team care planning and risk assessment. The patients are people with diverse and complex needs and presentations, often with secondary diagnosis of personality disorder, ASD, anxiety, depression who need significant and specialist support to achieve recovery goals. The post holder will work closely with the MDT and will be required to provide leadership for defined staff and students through the provision of regular and robust supervision and appraisal systems.

Main duties of the job

  • To carry a caseload of patients requiring OT assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, HCPC Professional Standards and Trust Policies.
  • To work alongside the outpatient nurses, doctors and therapists to provide a specialist occupational therapy service and expertise for patients with an eating disorder, including the related physical and psychiatric co-morbidities.
  • To integrate evidence-based practice and skilful use of assessments and interventions with personal recovery principles, both with individuals and in groups, which are underpinned by relevant theoretical approaches and in line with the Trust policies
  • To facilitate recovery focused groups for the service users to support them to manage their illness alongside accessing helpful resources in the community, such as recovery colleges, voluntary agencies and mainstream agencies, to assist service users to build a bigger life outside of their illness/ mental health problems.
  • Facilitate effective links with community resources in order that a socially inclusive focus towards treatment and discharge-planning is maintained.
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and physical conditions providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to service users' social and physical environments. This will include undertaking assessments and making recommendations.

About us

The Eating Disorders Service at St Ann's Hospital in Haringey provides comprehensive care for patients 18 years old and above with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder. It is one of the largest units in the country providing services to a catchment area that includes North Central London, and East London. The service provides intensive inpatient treatment on Iris ward which is located in a newly built state of the art mental health building, Blossom Court. Our 20 bedded unit features en suite bedrooms, more daylight and views of nature to help reduce patient stress, anxiety and pain as well as a sensory room. The service also includes our outpatient services, community liaison services, and a day programme whilst our MDT consists of Psychiatry, Community Liaison Nursing, Dieticians, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Admin and Peer Support.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity, and inclusion one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe places for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored. Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes, and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where you can thrive and succeed.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job description and Person Specification for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • Dip. COT or BSc OT
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of CPD/reflective practice.


  • Masters or post graduate papers in relevant areas.
  • Further relevant training or study.



  • Post graduate experience of working with people with mental health conditions relevant to specialty of post.
  • An understanding of presentation of eating disorders symptoms.


  • Experience in promoting and/or contributing to formal education of OT students e.g. workshops, presenting at open days etc
  • Ability to instruct others on professional standards.



  • Ability to carry out comprehensive OT assessments and interventions.
  • Experience in managing a small caseload.


  • Experience of using electronic patient information systems e.g. Rio
  • Experience of working with carers/ family members.



  • Commitment to work as a proactive team member.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to manage fluctuating work demands.


  • Ability to promote positive image of OT.
  • Experience with service user involvement.



  • An understanding of service user empowerment.
  • A commitment to anti-discriminatory practices.


  • Ability to work some flexible hours.
  • Lived experience.

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


St Ann's Hospital

St Ann's Road


N15 3TH

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