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Occupational Therapist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic Occupational Therapists who are committed to delivering patient-focused care and treatment to work in our inpatient Learning Disability service. The post-holder will work across our adult and young person's units as a valued member of the therapies team. They will be part of a team focused on improving out patients' quality of life and ultimately helping people return to the community.

We are keen to invest in the development of new practitioners joining our service to enhance their knowledge, skills, clinical practice, leadership and confidence in working in this area.

We are therefore looking for applicants who either have experience working in inpatient settings with people with Learning Disability or have a good foundation of transferable skills and an interest to develop in this area.

We especially welcome applications from candidates with the valuable experience of the diverse social and cultural communities the Trust serves. The successful candidate will be supported to develop their career and flourish as a valued member of the Occupational Therapy staff group. We would welcome applications from OT's at Band 5 looking to develop to Band 6.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen through the creation of a Band 5 - 6 Development Post in our vibrant and friendly inpatient Learning Disabilities unit. The successful applicant will be based at Kingswood Centre having the opportunity to work across both our adult and young person's wards.

This is an ideal opportunity for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist who is considering developing into a senior OT role or also for a Band 6 OT who would like to gain experience in the only Learning Disability Inpatient unit in London - one of four in the UK!

The post holder will be a team-player working closely alongside other colleagues such as Nursing staff, Speech and Language therapy, Psychology, Art and Music Therapy, Positive Behavioural Support, Activity Co-ordinators and Sports technician to provide an effective occupational therapy service.

OTs will provide occupational focused assessments, have a knowledge of sensory modulation and provide individual and group work guided by the Model of Human Occupation. The Kingswood Centre has a fantastic purpose built therapy department which includes a large therapy room, gym, kitchen and gardens.

Occupational Therapy in the trust benefits from having a Professional Trust wide Head of OT and Borough Head OTs. This enables robust support, supervision, training and development opportunities. The profession has a new R& D strategy with close links to universities.

About us

Come and join us and be one of the friendly and supportive 1500 Therapists / AHP's 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.

CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes a Head of Therapies, an AHP associate director, Trust wide Professional Leads for all professional groups and borough and specialist professional leadership.

This has the benefit of ensuring representation of our profession and therapies as a whole at all levels, strategically and operationally. Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession, this enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our therapists / AHP's reach their full potential at every stage of their career.

Our commitment to research, audit and evidence-based practice is made possible by our strong links with local universities and our CNWLAHP Research Network.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are a priority for us in CNWL we expect staff to be culturally competent, reflective and open to culturally diverse CPD opportunities. We are working hard support the recruitment and development of staff from all protected characteristics and welcome applications from any interested applicants.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work as a qualified Occupational Therapist in inpatient learning disability wards
  • OT practice guided and supported by senior staff within the clinical area.
  • To be an autonomous practitioner assessing patients, defining needs in relation to Occupational Therapy and carrying out these interventions, and maintaining clinical records.
  • To be responsible for own continuous professional development build on previous experience enabling further development of clinical, administrative and leadership competencies.
  • To supervise and support assistants and students.
  • To be involved in service audit projects.
  • To attend relevant departmental meetings and in-service training opportunities.
  • To complete the Pan-London AHP Preceptorship Programme.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Evidence of relevant CPD


  • Post Graduate qualification in Sensory Integration and/or other relevant clinical area.
  • Training and/or previous experience in Model of Human Occupation theory and assessments.
  • Autism assessment training (e.g. ADOS, ADOS-2, ADIR)
  • Preceptorship training
  • Member of RCOT specialist section



  • Relevant pre-qualifying and/or post qualification experience of working in at least 3 different clinical settings.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context and being aware of equality and diversity needs.
  • Previously worked in a multidisplinary team within a multiagency environment.
  • Pre-qualifying and/or post qualifying experience of working with adults and/or young people with mental health concerns and learning disabilities.
  • Experience of maintaining a written record of continual professional development
  • Experience of facilitating relevant assessments, individual and groupwork in line with risk management plans, procedures and policies.
  • Experience in managing resources e.g. financial, stock, equipment.
  • Experience in using evidence based outcome measures.
  • Experience and skills in effective conflict resolution.


  • Experience of using mental health services/Learning Disabilities services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.
  • Experience of delivering specific OT focused in-service training to the MDT and junior staff.
  • Experience in service user involvement projects
  • Experience of supervising therapy assistants and/or facilitating practice placements for students.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed & maintained with service users who have multiple & complex needs.
  • Experience of undertaking specialist OT assessments and writing specialist OT reports including ADL, MOHO, Environmental, Sensory
  • Experience of leading and running evidence based-group activities for service users with complex and diverse needs.
  • Proficient standard of written communication skills
  • Proficient in IT skills
  • Ability to promote and maintain the profile of OT within the MDT and wider organisation.
  • Experience in the provision of physical health interventions including psychoeducation in line with NICE Guidelines, assessment and provision of minor aids and adaptations, moving and handling skills.
  • Ability to and experience in assessing and managing risks in relation to tasks and workplace.
  • Ability to develop and implement OT specific/clinical protocols as appropriate.


  • Training in stabilisation and trauma informed care.
  • Training in communication techniques e.g. Makaton.
  • Delivery of formal presentations and teaching to a range of disciplines
  • Auditing skills (particularly if applying at Band 6 level)
  • Ability to act as a preceptor to support the transition and development of newly qualified staff through acting as part of Preceptorship programmes.

Personal and Professional


  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities in line with service needs.
  • Evidence of self-directed learning, reflective practice and commitment to personal development
  • Ability to reflect upon and critically appraise own performance.
  • Ability to maintain judgement under pressure
  • Enthusiastic and highly motivated
  • Empathetic, friendly and approachable
  • Ability to enable staff to develop and apply their knowledge and skills in practice.
  • Ability to use supervision effectively.
  • Ability to role model positive professional behaviour.
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues in the MDT and other agencies.

Equality and Diversity


  • Ability to apply equal opportunities & anti-discriminatory interventions that respect the service users' customs, values & spiritual beliefs.
  • Ability to identify concerns in relation to equality and diversity in the workplace and act accordingly in a timely manner.
  • Ability to promote a culture of recovery & social inclusion.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


The Kingwood Centre

134 Honeypot Lane



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