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Perinatal Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum Inc HCAs
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Perinatal Mental Health Team is a specialist multi-disciplinary service in ELFT NHS Foundation Trust. The team has developed assessment, treatment interventions and seamless care pathways for women who have mental ill health in the perinatal period. The service is essential as the perinatal period is a critical time of development for a baby and the baby's parents and siblings. It can also be a time of accentuated risk

The Service provides assessment, treatment interventions and seamless care pathways for women experiencing mental ill health during the Perinatal period, up to a year postnatally. The Service works closely with Maternity Services, Adult Community Recovery Teams, Home Treatment Teams, Adult Psychological Services, Primary Care Services and Social Services.

As well as offering direct clinical interventions, the team is establishing expert consultancy and support and supervision frameworks for a range of professionals across all tiers of intervention in the statutory and non-statutory sectors locally.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a qualified Occupational Therapist to provide mental health interventions to pregnant women and/or their partners/significant others.

As a member of the multidisciplinary Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service, the post holder will work constructively with colleagues to ensure a carefully planned 'safety network' of care is available for parents and babies. The post holder will work collaboratively with multiagency colleagues to ensure a carefully planned 'safety network' of care is available for parents and babies.

You must have post qualification experience within a mental health setting and experience of working in the community as a qualified Practitioner and working with Safeguarding children cases.

Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is desirable, and/or a keen interest in this specialist area. An Awareness of Antenatal and postnatal Nice Guidelines is also desirable

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. To manage a complex clinical caseload

2. To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team

3. To provide perinatal occupational therapy specific assessment (mental and physical health) & interventions via groups & individual work

4. Contribute to and carry out risk assessment & risk management plans

5. To provide specialist occupational therapy advice to the MDT

6. To work independently without direct supervision

7. To specialise in and have in-depth knowledge of occupational therapy assessment & interventions for this patient group

8. To undertake identified generic responsibilities for an agreed percentage of time [if required by the team] which reflect professional competencies

9. To work within the social inclusion agenda as relevant to area of practice

10. To actively contribute and participate in multi-disciplinary development across the Trust linked

to clinical specialism

Person Specification



  • oDiploma/degree in OT o
  • CPPD portfolio containing evidence of active involvement in CPPD activities
  • UK HCPC Registration o


  • oInterest in under taking further relevant studies / training courses
  • oFieldwork Educators training
  • oWillingness to learn and develop skills for research and clinical audit



  • oExperience which demonstrates competencies to meet the job description
  • oApplying and interpreting standardised OT assessments
  • oClinical experience including individual and group work reflecting patient group
  • oAssessing and providing aids of daily living
  • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.



  • oAbility to establish rapport with difficult to engage patients/carers
  • oAbility to build effective working relationships
  • oEffective written verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • oAbility to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • oAbility to work autonomously, set own priorities and manage time effectively
  • oRisk assessment and management skills
  • oDetailed knowledge of the principles of clinical quality and its application in practice
  • oSpecialist knowledge and application of current best practice in OT in perinatal mental health
  • oSpecialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions relevant to perinatal mental health.
  • oUnderstanding of OT outcome measures.
  • oComputer literacy.
  • oDetailed knowledge of mental health legislation and current practice.
  • oAwareness and acceptance of diversity.



  • oWell-developed people skills, respectful and empathic towards others
  • oCommitment to lifelong learning and an ability to direct own professional development
  • oCommitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice



  • oAbility to engage in physical activity groups and frequent community / home visits
  • oAbility to meet the demands of a patient group with complex needs which requires a high level of concentration and an ability to adapt quickly to a variety of emotional/ physical situations.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Tower Hamlets Perinatal Mental Health Team Burdett House, Ground Floor, Mile End Hospital,

275 Bancroft Road,


E1 4DG

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