Band 6 Occupational Therapist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team co-ordinate and develop Occupational Therapy input for service users on designated wards according to service needs. They will supervise and support junior staff and contribute to the provision of the Occupational and Arts Therapy Group Programme in conjunction with other members of the team, to meet the needs of the service users.

The post holder will provide a variety of group and individual treatments, promoting a recovery approach and social inclusion. He/she will provide assessments and treatment, on the ward, through the Therapy Group Programme and in community settings as appropriate. They will contribute to clinical evaluation and promote use of evidence based practice to inform service improvement.

The post holder will be managed by the OT Clinical Lead. The post holder will have supervisory responsibility for junior OT staff and student practitioners working in the unit. Although staff are allocated initially to work in one specific unit, all appointments are made to the Adult Mental Health Acute In-Patient Services.

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Band 6, Hospital Division

Full time - permanent

We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced Band 6 Occupational Therapists to join our Inpatient Occupational and Arts therapy team, based at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital. There are wards across the two sites including one male and one female psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU), older adult and rehabilitation wards.

The post holder will have proven clinical skills in working with service users with complex needs including physical health and mobility issues. They will take on a clinical caseload and will work closely with the MDT to support recovery. Additionally, there will be responsibility for supervision of junior staff, deputising for the band 7 team leaders and elements of practice development. The team works to recovery principles with a community focus to support robust discharge plans.

The post holder will work with the team to provide a comprehensive off ward Therapy programme for service users. They will be expected to ensure that their practice meets the requirements of this clinical service and is in keeping with current evidence-based practices.

Enquires about the post: please contact Rhona Ablett (07989 225240) or Sheila White (07812 494857), Head OT, Hospital Division (job share).

About us

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) provides high quality, safe and innovative mental health care to our patients in the community, in their homes or in hospital. We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area. We currently deliver the majority of our care to residents in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. However, we also provide substance misuse services in Westminster, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to people living in Kingston. Our trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world's leading academic health science partnerships. In addition we have specialist programmes which provide help and treatment for: veterans living in London, young people caught in the cycle of gang culture, older people living with dementia and other age related mental health conditions. For more information, please access the following link:

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To co-ordinate the day-to day activities of OT staff and/or students as applicable and agreed with the Lead OT.
  • To facilitate effective communication and working relationships between Therapists and other Multi-disciplinary team
  • To demonstrate basic leadership skills through the management and delivery of designated tasks and projects.
  • To ensure and maintain a safe working environment for service users, staff and visitors in accordance with Trust
  • To keep, and maintain safely, tools and equipment in use with particular regard to any noxious
  • To keep necessary inventories, stock records, cash records in accordance with the service
  • To be responsible for monitoring of and ordering of occupational therapy materials and equipment for the unit as delegated by the Head
  • To participate in the implementation of clinical governance initiatives as
  • To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocol in the in-patient
  • To participate in the delivery of the service development
  • To participate in the planning and implementation of policies and procedures for the In-patient and Occupational Therapy
  • To carry out audits of service as required and to participate in relevant audits or research in acute mental health work as

  • Working with clients and multi-disciplinary team members, to be responsible for identifying occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan for an agreed caseload of service users, using a programme of advanced occupational therapy skills, mental health interventions and assessment tools.
  • To plan, facilitate and evaluate client centred individual and group activity programmes in the unit, using graded activity to achieve treatment goals. To apply knowledge and evidence-based practice acquired through ongoing training and clinical development.
  • To work with the Occupational and Arts Therapy staff and all members of the multi- disciplinary team, contributing advice and specialist knowledge to improve functioning, well-being, social inclusion and vocational activities
  • To participate in clinical reviews and contribute to the multi-disciplinary treatment planning for service
  • To comply with legislative
  • To select and apply Occupational Therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the patient in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure. This will include group-work and individual sessions on the ward, in the department or in the
  • To work alongside ward staff and activity workers to support the provision of activities to improve the therapeutic environment of the
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for patients with multiple needs in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of
  • To maintain notes and records of contact and clinical interventions to the required Trust and Professional standards, completing written reports as
  • To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of mental ill- health and disability and recommend adaptations to the clients physical and social environment and strategies to improve functioning and well-being.
  • To build a knowledge base of local resources (statutory and non-statutory), and to liaise with relevant services in the interest of the patients, their relatives and
  • To work flexible hours according to the needs of service delivery, as locally agreed

    • To maintain high standards of Occupational Therapy, liaising with the ward manager and Lead OT on limitations in the provision of the
    • To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and local policies and
    • To respect the individuality, values, and cultural and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these
    • To demonstrate the ability to reflect on ethical issues and to provide guidance to junior staff as
    • To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and
    • To promote appropriate opportunities to develop inter-disciplinary links and the positive benefits of Occupational Therapy intervention for in - patients in the
    • To attend relevant Occupational Therapy, Unit and Trust
    • To demonstrate continuous professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a

  • To fully participate in clinical supervision with supervisor, to review and reflect on own practice and
  • To be responsible for the regular supervision, appraisal and Preceptorship, as appropriate, of junior staff as delegated by the Lead
  • To be responsible for supervision of Occupational Therapy students on placement and to contribute to the education of students and staff of other disciplines in the service as appropriate.
  • To contribute to and participate in any in-service training programmes, Occupational Therapy Continuing Professional Development meetings and training initiatives as required.
  • To utilise opportunities to develop skills and knowledge further, to keep up to date with current practice and treatment in this field

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Registered with HCPC in date
    • HCPC registered
    • DIP COT/ BSC/ MSC occ Therapy.
    Expereince Essential
    • Acute In patient experience MH
    Supervisory Essential
    • supervision of staff /students
    • management experience.
    • evidence of leadership

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