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Occupational Therapist

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a. (plus HCAS)
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
'Are you a newly qualified or existing Band 5 Occupational Therapist looking for an exciting career opportunity in community mental health? If so, the Barking & Dagenham community Mental Health and Wellness Team (West) is keen to recruit you to one of our new teams. These provide multi-disciplinary community-based support for service users living in the borough who have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness, the focus being on person centred recovery focused care within the individual' s home and local community. Successful candidates will be enthusiastic and motivated to support service users with complex mental health needs to reach their recovery goals.

The post holder will deliver Occupational Therapy provision to a small, designated caseload focusing on functional daily living skills and the empowerment of mental health recovery. This will include the assessment, treatment, and evaluation of occupational therapy interventions, the carrying out of functional ADL assessments and the contribution to multidisciplinary team care planning and risk assessments.

Main duties of the job

Effective written and verbal communication skills with a working knowledge of the occupational therapy process and application of the Model of Human Occupation are also essential.

Newly qualified Occupational Therapists will be supported through the Trust Preceptorship Programme. With direct supervision and line management support from the team's Occupational Therapists, the opportunity exists for the successful applicant to further develop their skills and experience enabling them to look forward to dynamic career progression within NELFT.

The team offers a blended approach of working from home with office-based work, whilst flexible working patterns are also supported. Free staff parking is available on site. We also have excellent public transport links to our base, Upney Lane Underground Station being on our doorstep!'

NELFT welcome applications from international candidates who if successful, will be support by the trust in their transition to the UK.

About us

Starting with NELFTNELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Probationary PeriodThis post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role and working at North East London NHS Foundation Trust. We encourage you to refer closely to this when completing your application.

We welcome your application even if you do not meet all the criteria listed in the person specification. Any development needs to help you succeed in the role, can be discussed at the interview stage.

Certificates of Sponsorship

Although we are a registered sponsor organisation, we are unable to offer sponsorship for all job roles. Please check your eligibility under the UKVI points based system

Use of AI

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy


  • Post Grad courses/training in paediatric OT



  • Working on inpatient mental health ward/forensic mental health/community
  • Work with people who present challenging behaviour


  • engaging community based partners and agencies in achieving outcomes for users of services
  • Casework or CPA care co-ordinator/case manager



  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge and experience and adapt to various settings
  • Thorough understanding of OT processes, models and evidence based practice


  • Knowledge of basic equipment and adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Barking Community Hospital

Upney Lane


IG11 9LX

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