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Occupational Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen in Croydon for a full-time Band 6 OT to work on our female acute ward: Gresham 1. You will be working alongside a full-time activity coordinator and an experienced, supportive MDT. You will be managing the varied therapeutic activity programme on the ward with the activity coordinator and ward psychologist. You will be working with the MDT to support discharge plans through OT ADL reports and regular planning ward meetings.

There are great opportunities to be part of the wider inpatient network of Activity Coordinators and OTs with monthly meetings and CPD opportunities. You will also be well supported with regular professional supervision from onsite band 7 OT.

The Bethlem Royal hospital grounds and main OT department offers a wealth of activity opportunities for clients.

We also welcome applications from experienced band 5s who are interested in taking the next step into a band 6 role.

If you would like to hear more about the role please don't hesitate to email

Main duties of the job

The post holder will oversee and provide occupational therapy assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation to a designated group of people accessing a female only acute ward based in Croydon to promote well-being, recovery and social inclusion. They will be required to hold and integrate both the occupational therapy specific and generic elements of their job, whilst complying with the College of Occupational Therapists' Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

This will be achieved by:
  • Working collaboratively with service users with complex needs, using evidence based / client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • Providing leadership for defined staff, students and volunteers through the provision of regular and robust supervision and appraisal systems, as required
  • Participating in the planning, development and evaluation of both the Occupational Therapy and MDT services, as required
  • Supervising Activity Co-Ordinators and Occupational Therapy students on practice placements

About us

The South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provides comprehensive, complex mental health services both locally and nationally. The Trust has approximately 4,000 staff and a budget in excess of £330 million. It is part of King's Health Partners, the Academic Health Sciences Centre, (AHSC) we have established with King's College London, King's College Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trusts.

The Occupational Therapy workforce and associated Allied Health Professions workforce consists of approximately 150 staff based in all the Trust

Job description Job responsibilities


The post holder is expected to achieve the following outcomes:

Delivering Clinical Excellence
  • To undertake occupational therapy assessments for a designated caseload, assessing health and well-being from an occupational perspective.
  • To contribute to assessing and completing risk assessments within the multi-disciplinary team to support a persons recovery.
  • To hold an up to date knowledge of a range of occupational therapy standardised assessments, the models on which they are based and how to carry these out.
  • To identify occupationally focused goals taking into consideration the mental, physical, spiritual, psychological and social needs of the service user and that it is sensitive to age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality and disability.
  • In collaboration with the service user, to plan and implement individual or group therapeutic interventions using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals which support their recovery.
  • To use outcome measures that give clear evidence that occupational therapy has made a difference to peoples occupations and ultimately support social inclusion and promote recovery.
  • To hold an up to date knowledge of safeguarding principles and know how to respond to any safeguarding concern related to the service user.
  • To display an understanding of the potential for distress caused by, and social and personal consequences of mental illness for the service user, their families, carers and support networks.
  • To interact with service users, families, carers and support networks in an empathetic fashion and demonstrate a clear understanding of the effects of disability in the areas of productivity, leisure and activities of daily living.
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.
  • To assess and prescribe small aids and equipment and recommend adaptations to maximise independence for service users in home and community environments, where appropriate.
  • To analyse, grade and adapt individual and group activities to meet the occupational performance and participation, environmental and vocational needs of service users.
  • To routinely implement occupationally focused pathways that clearly identify what service users can expect from their occupational therapy interventions whilst working collaboratively with individuals to ensure treatment is targeted to their specific needs.
  • To ensure all occupational therapy equipment and materials are maintained and stored responsibly and advise on resources needed to carry out group and individual treatments including financial.

Communication and working relationships
  • To utilise a comprehensive set of skills to effectively communicate with service users and their family using a range of communication and engagement skills.
  • To actively promote relationships with colleagues that support open communication and collaborative working, taking personal responsibility for ones contribution to the process of multi-disciplinary team working.
  • To articulate the meaning and value of occupation in relationship to well-being, recovery and social inclusion to service users, carers and colleagues and the occupational therapy contribution to this.
  • To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards / policies.
  • To use electronic recording systems to document high quality interventions that enhance occupational performance.
  • To participate in local and corporate requirements of data collection.
  • To provide occupational performance data or other reports as required.

Service and practice development
  • To participate in service and occupational therapy evaluations, clinical pathways development and implementation, benchmarking and audit activities and to contribute to implementation of service modernisation and improvement projects as required.
  • To actively participate in the delivery of the Trust Occupational Therapy Strategy and via the specific occupational therapy implementation plan in the Acute Care Clinical Academic Group.
  • To hold a firm understanding and application of national guidance and legislation relating to Mental Health service provision in the context of well-being, recovery and social inclusion.
  • To be able to evaluate current occupationally focused research and to base practice on best available evidence.
  • To contribute to the occupational therapy research agenda by participating in local audit and research projects.

Self-awareness and professional development
  • To have a solid understanding of and demonstrate skill in the supervision process through ones own supervision and in the provision of supervision to staff and students.
  • To represent and act as an ambassador and role modelfor the Occupational Therapy profession.
  • To participate in the induction, training and education of students and other staff as required
  • To utilise leadership skills, contributing to decision making about practice using training and development opportunities provided by the Trust.
  • To adhere to the COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and local policies.
  • To demonstrate ongoing personal development through participation in internal and external development opportunities and recording CPD in a professional portfolio fulfilling HPC and KSF requirements including mandatory training.
  • To hold an awareness of the effects of and ones own limitations in fulfilling some aspects of the role on the mental well-being of oneself and demonstrate ability to seek assistance and guidance from colleagues.
  • To demonstrate self-awareness and an ability to reflect and discuss emotions and thoughts in relation to care of service users seeking assistance and guidance from colleagues as necessary.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and challenges of working in a multi-professional team and be able to maintain a clear occupational focus to ones work for the benefit of the service user.
  • To exercise and thus, actively role model, good time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.


  • Local Multidisciplinary team: Local

    Clinical lead Occupational Therapist: Local

    Unit Manager: Local

    Other Trust departments, external agencies and other links: As required

    Person Specification Skills Essential
    • registered as qualified occupational therapist
    • Post-graduate training relevant to Mental Health
    • Post registration experience as an OT at Band 5 level
    • Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work
    • Working with mental health service users (post qualification)
    • Advising and supporting /supervising junior staff and students
    • High level understanding of Mental Health disorders and treatment models
    • Extensive knowledge of the principles of risk assessment and risk management
    • Experience of planning and co-ordinating treatment
    • Specialist knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions and outcome measures, relevant to client group
    • Comprehensive Group work skills
    • Ability to build and sustain effective working relationships
    • Ability to manage own workload and determine / set own priorities
    • Ability work flexibly
    • Practice Placement Educators course
    • Experience of working challenging behaviour within Mental Health settings
    • Training and facilitation skills

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