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Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Newham Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) for Older People has an opportunity for an Occupational Therapist (Band 6) to come and join the team on a full time basis. This is a rewarding role, working with older adults who have mental health conditions and/or dementia in the diverse London borough of Newham.

This role could be a great opportunity to further develop your skills and to apply experience gained in other mental of physical health settings. We would therefore also consider an internal secondment from within ELFT if you would like to join us for a fixed period of time.

The role is based at the First Avenue resource centre in Plaistow, Newham. It is conveniently located next to the Greenway (especially popular with cyclists and walkers!), with public transport options nearby.

Occupational Therapists are valued members of the multi-disciplinary CMHT. The emphasis for Occupational Therapy in our team is to support individuals to focus on what matters most to them- often this is to remain living at home. Occupational Therapy is provided both in individual sessions as well as groups. These take place in community settings, service users' homes and at First Avenue.

By joining us, you will not only have the support of the CMHT, but also be linked with the co-located memory services and the wider Mental Health Occupational Therapy service in Newham.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess and treat older people with mental health/dementia support needs, enabling individuals to remain within their home environment/ community whilst taking into account their wishes
  • The Occupational Therapy (OT) role will undertake initial assessment and OT specific assessment/intervention including advice and basic environmental adaptation and provide a range of individual and/or group treatments.
  • To develop and maintain links with MHCOP OT service, relevant statutory and non-statutory agencies throughout Newham
  • To provide clinical supervision and support practice education when required

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

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Practice Placement Educators Training


  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy



  • Post qualification in clinical mental health setting and/or demonstrable experience highly related to the clinical field
  • Experience of CPD and role development activities
  • Experience of working of part of a Multidisciplinary team


  • Experience of working of part of a Multidisciplinary team

Skillls & Abilities and Knowledge


  • Ability to independently manage a complex clinical caseload
  • To have developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients who have complex needs.
  • Analytical and clinical reasoning skills to assess clients' complex needs (including risk assessment) and complete a holistic formulation to guide interventions with significant support and supervision.
  • Ability to apply specialist skills in individual and group based OT assessments, interventions and evaluations.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and coordinate a range of complex activities in relation to clinical work
  • Ability to communicate complex and specialist information with OT staff and other professionals including undertaking supervision, chairing meetings, training and presentations

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


First Avenue Resource Centre

103 First Avenue


E13 8AP

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