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Occupational Therapist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum inc. Outer HCAS
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist with a keen interest and some previous experience in Learning Disability (LD) to work in our Community Learning Disability team, providing service to Adults with LD in a range of community environments across the borough of Brent.

The post holder will be based at Kingswood Centre in Kingsbury as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team, working alongside the Lead occupational therapist, physiotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and a range of other carers and community staff. The Community LD service is based on the outskirt suburb areas of London. Brent offers a green scenery surrounded by beautiful parks and is well connected with good transport links including underground train links and buses taking you right outside our office and on-site parking available at Kingswood Centre.

You will need to be a motivated and flexible team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills and responsible for providing high standards of clinical assessment and intervention relevant to your specialist area. You will hold a current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

To manage a caseload of clients with learning disabilities who have a range of health needs, using evidence-based/person-centred principles to plan, implement and evaluate interventions within the Community Learning Disability Team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for service users in the community in order to establish and meet their occupational needs. The Occupational Therapy role is to provide assessment and intervention to individuals, promoting occupational participation and engagement and supporting individuals to gain maximum independence to live a fulfilling life in the community. This may include the assessment of activities of daily living, the use of validated standardised and adapted assessment tools, skills development, advocating for the service user, promoting access to the community and mainstream service.

To establish and maintain effective communication networks with service users, that may have complex learning and communication needs, emotional and behavioural needs, their carers, other professionals and agencies in order to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to client care.

To determine the impact of mental, physical and sensory conditions on service user's functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of interventions.

There will be professional development opportunities and the chance to expand your skills, including opportunity to develop supervision skills through providing supervision to Junior staff and OT students on clinical placements.

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 Brent OT forum meeting.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The ideal candidate:

Has a desire to focus on their OT skills while working in an Adult Community LD team

Keen to work holistically to meet the needs of people with Learning Disabilities

Newly qualified OT or Band 5 wanting to develop experience in LD

Likes working as part of a big MDT

Able to work autonomously and manage their workload effectively

Likes working in an environment of change and the opportunities that brings for improvement and development

Has ideas and skills to contribute to our OT offer

Our offer to you:

Practice solely as an OT within a Learning Disability service with no care coordination or duty

Receive monthly supervision from the lead OT

Great development opportunity within the trust

Get involved in the established Research and Development structures in Occupational Therapy, including specialist forums and valuable networks.

Represent OT and the trust by attending conferences and relevant opportunities or events.

Practice educator opportunities

Regular OT meetings that include CPD activities such as reviewing new research/articles, sharing best practice, reflective space

A bespoke 1:1 induction by Lead OT lead tailored to your specific needs.

A truly inclusive and diverse workspace

Nationally leading trust wide staff networks

Staff health and wellbeing schemes

Offer you training to develop into a specialised role, for instance sensory integration (SI), autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS), autism diagnostic interview- revised (ADI-R) etc.

Access to the Trustwide Sensory Clinical Network and Trustwide Band 5 OT forum

QI training and support to bring your strengths and skills to service development

Flexible working

Person Specification



  • BSc Hons/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration


  • Membership of professional body
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
  • Field work educators course



  • You do not need previous experience as a registered occupational therapist
  • Previous experience of working in the community / mental health services/ health care setting, as a student, health care assistant or support worker.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context
  • Experience of maintaining a written record of continual professional development
  • Experience of individual and groupwork


  • clinical experience relevant to learning disabilities, community or mental health
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of service user

Skills and knowledge


  • Good communication skills: to include ability to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team, present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively. Speaking face to face but also by telephone and writing letters and reports.
  • Proficient standard of written communication skills - able to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English.
  • Maintaining accurate, timely, and concise clinical records both electronic and handwritten which adhere to the CNWL policies
  • Able to produce high quality reports
  • Able to talk to people about sensitive issues in a supportive manner but also challenge others assertively where necessary
  • Ability to advocate for the rights and needs of patients
  • Able to maintain electronic patient records Use Microsoft Word for letter and report writing
  • You are expected to have the skills required to act as a professional, HCPC registered Occupational Therapist and adhere to the RCOT Code of Conduct. These will vary from service area to service area
  • Ability to assess complex mental health & well being needs/conditions & develop, monitor and review care plans to facilitate an individual's recovery
  • Knowledge and experience of standardized and non-standardized occupational therapy assessments
  • Knowledge of the Model of Human Occupation theory and it's various assessments
  • Ability to offer a wide range of appropriate interventions and to negotiate, set and review therapy goals.
  • Knowledge of the legislative framework within which occupational therapists work.
  • Ability to manage time and conflicting demands and prioritize workload accordingly
  • Understanding of therapy outcome measures


  • Awareness of different communication strategies for working with individuals with learning disabilities
  • Makaton Training
  • Experience of using powerpoint Presentation skills
  • Awareness and understanding of NHS structure, current issues and developments
  • Experience of working with clients with complex and additional needs.
  • Knowledge of the role of the OT in a community LD team.
  • Knowledge of learning disability and Austim
  • Knowledge of assessing physical health conditions and prescribing equipment.
  • Awareness of sensory processing and sensory integration, and how this might affect a person's performance/participation in occupation.
  • Experience of delivering training to others
  • An understanding of emotional and physical impact of LD and additional difficulties on the individual and their family/carers
  • Enthusiasm for contributing to service development
  • Membership of relevant professional networks, such as COTSSPLD or SI Network

Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics


  • Caring for the people who use our services, their families and carers, and other staff
  • Respectful of others and genuinely treating them how you would want to be treated
  • Able and willing to work with service users, family and carers, and other staff in a way which empowers and supports others and makes them feel better about themselves Able and willing to work in partnership with service users, their friends and family as well as other health care professionals
  • Ability to apply equal opportunities & anti-discriminatory intervention that respect the service users' customs, values and spiritual beliefs
  • Ability to promote a culture of recovery and social inclusion



  • Ability to travel between sites and visits in a timely and efficient fashion.


  • Able to work efficiently in the community

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


the kingswood center

134 honeypot lane



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