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Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Full Time
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Two new opportunities have arisen for band 5 occupational therapist roles within Bedfordshire Community Mental Health Teams (bases to be confirmed).

We have successfully established a Band 5 Development Programme which enables Band 5 OTs to work towards developing the skills required to practise as a Band 6 OT over the course of 18 months. Throughout your employment, you will be supported by an experienced Senior OT to develop a personalised CPD plan, with the aim of enabling you to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of a senior practitioner.

You should have some demonstrable experience of working within a mental health setting and with adults with mental health needs as well as an ability to independently carry an OT clinical caseload.

You will offer specialist occupational therapy interventions utilising the Model of Human Occupation and have the opportunity to implement group-based programmes with other OT colleagues. The OT assessments and interventions will be recovery focused and client centred, supporting and enabling the person to achieve their goals in self-care, productivity and leisure.

Benefits of working for the Trust include the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), Child care vouchers, Relocation packages and Wellbeing sessions.

All enquiries are welcome. For further details please contact: Danielle Maule, Head OT for Community Mental Health Services, on 07827 939209 or via email at:

Main duties of the job

To promote OT within the service to staff and clients.

To be involved in planning and initiating a group programme in collaboration with other professionals geared to the clients' needs.

To design culturally and religiously sensitive needs led aims and objectives in collaboration with clients, carers and other agencies.

To apply equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory interventions that respect the clients' customs, values and spiritual beliefs at all times.

To follow all Trust and OT Service policies and procedures and the College of Occupational Therapy (COT) Professional Standards in Clinical Practice.

To encourage user involvement in service development.

To attend staff and business meetings within the OT service, relevant MDT meetings and other clinical specialist groups.

To actively participate in clinical audits related to service evaluation and review.

To participate in the development of culturally sensitive OT services responsive to the ethnic diversity within the borough.

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

Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Full UK driving licence and use of car
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a mental health and/or community setting
  • Evidence of previous CPD, service development activities and role
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of the needs and rights of service users and/or carers in planning and service development
  • Applied social, health and medical sciences required for the practice of Occupational Therapy including psychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology
  • Applied psychological perspectives relevant to OT in mental health including behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives
  • The theory and practice of occupational therapy including occupational science and holistic models of OT practice
  • Clinical reasoning skills to carry out OT assessments and interventions
  • Current National Guidelines and their application
  • Ability to apply specialist skills in individual and group based OT assessments, interventions and evaluations with supervision.
  • Ability to communicate with OT staff and other professionals and agencies
  • Ability to manage a clinical caseload
  • Good interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed with clients.
  • Ability to manage frequent distressing clinical interactions with clients who have serious mental health problems.
  • Awareness of potential hazards including verbal aggression and risk of physical aggression ensuring safety of self, client and members of the public.
  • Word-processing/IT skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
  • Skills in group work, teaching and counselling.
  • Research and auditing
  • Risk assessment and its application to practice
Other Essential
  • Ability to take responsibility, work independently and demonstrate reliability
  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity
  • Self-Motivated, committed and open to new ideas and experiences.
  • Ability to undertake physical activities required

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