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Occupational Therapist Band 5

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 a year p.a inc HCAS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist with a keen interest and some previous experience in mental health to work on one of the adult inpatient mental health wards at St Charles Mental Health Unit. The post holder will be based on one of the adult treatment wards as an integral member of the ward multi-disciplinary team, working alongside medical staff, nursing staff, an activities coordinator, peer support worker, fitness instructor and arts psychotherapy colleagues.

You will need to be a motivated and flexible team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills. You require a current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

St Charles Mental Health Unit in Kensington & Chelsea has four adult inpatient wards plus two PICU wards that provide a safe and therapeutic environment for people with acute mental health problems. The is an Occupational Therapist based on each of the six wards who also receive clinical supervision from the senior and Lead OT.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will develop, facilitate and evaluate therapeutic groups and individual interventions as a part of the multi-disciplinary ward programme. The Occupational Therapy role is to provide assessment and intervention to individuals, identifying barriers to discharge and supporting individuals to gain maximum independence throughout their admission and the right level of support when they leave the unit. This may include the assessment of activities of daily living, the use of standardised assessment tools, prescribing equipment and making recommendations for future accommodation or care packages.

There will be opportunities to develop supervision skills through providing supervision for the ward activity coordinator and providing placements to OT students.

The ward OT is a key member of ward multidisciplinary meetings, care formulation meetings and supports the overall work of the ward. There are established links with Home Treatment Teams, CMHTS and various local agencies.

There will be professional development opportunities and the chance to expand your skills. After completing the 3 month probation period there will be an opportunity to complete a Postgraduate certificate in Sensory Integration.

About us

Come and join us and be one of the friendly and supportive 300 Occupational Therapists (OTs) 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 and maintain your dual skills.

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

There are opportunities to be involved in the CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College by facilitating inpatient snapshot courses.

We recognise that the step between student and professional needs support so we have invested fully in our Band 5s development through robust supervision, a preceptorship programme and internal training. Success at preceptorship enables them to then be an educator for OT students. Career development opportunities are available and many of our Band 5s chose to stay with us in senior posts. There are regular borough-wide Band 5 support groups and a K&C and Westminster OT forum meetings.

Job description Job responsibilities

Thank you for your interest in our Band 5 Occupational Therapy post.

Please see the job description attached for further information.

Key ResponsibilitiesCentral and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing patients and families with a positive experience.

Clinical1.1 To provide specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for service users on the Treatment ward in order to establish and meet their occupational needs.1.2 To provide full vocational needs assessment, advice and on-going intervention related to an individuals vocational needs.1.3 To select and use validated standardised assessment tools routinely and in practice, exhibiting clinical reasoning skills; to include the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) assessments.1.4 To apply clinical knowledge and skills to carry out evidence based occupational therapy interventions, both individual and in groups, which are underpinned by relevant theoretical approaches and in line with the Trusts Research and Development Strategy.1.5 To plan, implement and review individually tailored programmes of intervention using individual and group work approaches.1.6 To support service users and colleagues to ensure that care plans are developed in partnership with the individual and that they reflect recovery goals. These should be strengths-based and oriented towards reinforcing a positive identity and developing valued social roles.1.7 To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions against clear aims, objectives and outcome measures in line with evidence based practice and in conjunction with service users, carers and other professionals.1.8 To establish links with the CNWL Recovery College.1.9 To apply a level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service users social and physical environment.1.10 To determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on service users functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.1.11 To be aware of medication issues in line with the CNWL OT Medication Management guidelines.1.12 To follow local protocol and obtain recommended equipment and/or liaise with local providers of equipment to ensure provision as appropriate.1.13 To proactively undertake and ensure rigorous risk assessment & risk management strategies are applied. To ensure maximum risk tolerance facilitates the individuals recovery, in line with risk policies and local guidelines.1.14 To work in partnership with other agencies and offer supervision and guidance to external agencies as required.1.15 For Practitioners to be aware of and sensitive to the safeguarding needs of children and adults in their work, and knowledgeable both about potential indicators of abuse or neglect and about what to do if they had concerns about a child's or adult's welfare.1.16 To identify carers needs in line with CPA policy and national requirements.1.17 To support service users in relation to their physical health, employment, and housing and welfare benefits issues; referring to specialist provider services as necessary.1.18 To provide OT consultation to other professionals within the team.1.19 To provide all service users on caseload with a full adult mental health assessment and offer regular monitoring of mental state.1.20 To complete the HONOS screening clustering tool and implement subsequent identified OT care package.

1.21 To facilitate effective links with community resources in order that a socially inclusive focus towards treatment and discharge planning is maintained.1.22 To facilitate smooth transitions between the ward and community settings for service users being discharged from the ward.

Person Specification Education and qualificaitons Essential
  • Degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health Professionals Council (HPC) registered Occupational Therapist
Experience Essential
  • Experience of Occupational Therapy in a mental health setting (qualified or as student)
  • 1.Undergraduate experience in inpatient mental health
  • 2.Experience of using a range of standardised OT assessments
  • 3.Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • 4.Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • 5.Demonstrate ability to be an effective and flexible member of a team
  • 6.Experience of using MOHO Assessments
  • 1.To have completed OT preceptorship.
  • 2.Experience in acute mental health as a qualified OT.
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice
  • Individual/group work skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload and use initiative
  • Able to work creatively to engage patients
  • Timely reporting and record keeping
  • Patient centred approach to service delivery
  • Ability to assess physical needs and prescribe equipment as required to maximise independence.
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach that considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.
  • Experience of promoting recovery and social inclusion
  • Ability to make constructive suggestions as to how services can be improved
  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical audit and evidence based practice.
  • Good communication skills within various networks of disciplines.
  • Research and development at undergraduate level.
  • Involvement in projects and quality improvement.
  • Previous experience of supervising students or other staff
  • Excellent communication skills, written, verbal, listening and use of Technology.
  • High level of personal motivation
  • Ability to work in a team setting i.e. collaborating/facilitating/directing and understanding diversity.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to delegate effectively.
  • Ability to encourage client participation and ensure a high delivery of customer service.
  • Flexible in approach in providing groups and interventions in line with patient needs.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and an ability to use initiative.
  • Ability to manage conflict constructively within the staff and client setting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on own practice and take responsibility for own personal development
  • Flexible approach to service needs and ability to adapt to change
  • Experience of promoting equality and diversity
  • Experience in reflective practice
Other Essential
  • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust
  • Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health department to perform the duties of the post.
  • . The post holder must have the ability to understand and implement National Policies, Equal Opportunities and the Code of Ethics at level appropriate to the job.

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