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Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Redbridge Integrated Care Directorate invites applications for the post of Band 7 Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist within the Mental Health and Wellness Team South.

Occupational Therapists work as an integral part of the MHWT, providing specialist bio-psycho-social interventions. This exciting opportunity requires strong leadership and motivational skills it will provide the right candidate with rewarding managerial, clinical and operational challenges.

Occupational Therapy has a key role to play within the team, taking the Lead on promoting a recovery focused culture and maintaining a strong network with other statutory and non statutory services to enable improved social inclusion outcomes for service users.

The post holder will care coordinate a small caseload of services users whilst supporting the team as one of the clinical leads.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT 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 on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead on the provision and delivery of OT interventions within the MHWT South. You will work as a senior member of the multidisciplinary clinical team responsible for the assessment and provision of specialist bio-psycho-social interventions of service users with serious mental illness.

The post holder will lead alongside other senior colleagues in the continuing development and delivery of a high quality service that is underpinned by evidence based practice and NICE & DH guidance, providing day to day professional and clinical leadership, evaluation and monitoring across the service

You will lead a team of OT's to provide specialist functional assessments. This will include assessments of daily living skills using the Model of Human Occupational Assessment tools to ascertain level of functional ability, related risk factors, level of support, and accommodation needs in order to implement community care plans, provide adaptive equipment and maintain a high standard of service user care.

The post holder will have the opportunity to lead and support in the facilitation and delivery of group programmes alongside other OT staff.

The successful post holder would also be expected to collaboratively work with the IPS employment workers to support service users with their employment goals.

In delivering your duties you are expected to display behaviours that are aligned with the Trust values and required in accordance with the NHS Constitution at all times.

About us

Probationary Period

This 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

This 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) pro rata for part time staff.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

NELFT fully promotes OT professional/personal training and development, monthly supervision, CPD, annual appraisal, audit, research and work based Quality improvement and innovation. There is the opportunity to support junior staff, OT students and apprentices. As part of the OT workforce, you will work in collaboration with the Borough Lead OT to contribute towards the development of the OT services in the community teams.

In alignment with the Community Mental Health Framework for Adults, our aims include a greater focus on prevention, wellbeing and delivering more integrated and personalised care closer to home. At the core of the framework is the idea that primary, secondary, specialists, and social care along with housing, voluntary sectors and commissioned providers work together in a unified way with people who use services at the centre of service provision and much more involved in their care. All team members will receive training in recovery and social inclusion, Open Dialogue and Trauma Informed approaches to care. In addition, groups of staff will also be invited to undertake further specialised training in an area of chosen expertise. We will support additional training and have a skills matrix to support existing and all new staff.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • NVQ level 2 or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy
  • BSc/MSc/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Evidence of the post- registration education and training


  • Practice Placement Educator
  • Relevant post registration courses



  • An understanding of the implications of providing mental health services to residents of a multi demographic borough
  • An understanding of current governmental policy in relation the provision of mental health and community care.
  • The content and application in practice of the OT Code of Conduct
  • Able to undertake service user assessment and care planning
  • Knowledge of MOHO and other OT assessment tools
  • Knowledge of Recovery and Social Inclusion in MH
  • Able to work with service users and carers as partners in care
  • IT literate e.g. Word processing, internet and e-mail use.


  • Understanding of Integrated Care Services
  • Knowledge about Mental Health Act.



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Able to provide evidence based care that is responsive to service user need
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions
  • Experience of coping with change



  • To be aware and demonstrate the Trust Values
  • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area
  • Commitment to Professional development
  • Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Team player
  • Professional attitude and appearance
  • Effective role model
  • Able to motivate others
  • Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the service



  • Demonstrates comprehensive clinical experience enabling the post holder to manage a caseload of patients with complex needs in this specialty.
  • Significant experience of working in an acute hospital/community mental health setting at band 6 or above within the relevant clinical area
  • Experience of team/service development
  • Experience of supporting and supervision of junior therapists, student therapists and assistants.
  • A specialist knowledge across a range of therapy practices, routine and non-routine, requiring expertise within the field of therapy.
  • Good understanding of working within community mental health service.
  • Understanding of current legislation and application to Occupational Therapy.
  • An ability to prioritise and organise own workload, demonstrating ability to prioritise clinical and managerial duties
  • An ability to cope with a range of complex options, finds solutions, analyse, compare and decide on appropriate course of action
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including an ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive and contentious information.
  • Working as a band 6 OT for a minimum of 18 months.
  • Management and Leadership skills


  • Experience of producing reports / data analysis

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Mellmead House

4 Orchard Close


E11 2DH

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