Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
21 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and forward thinking occupational therapist to join West London NHS Trust's community team. The team has had a planned expansion and development into the three boroughs it serves, Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham. We require a dynamic and hard working Band 6 specialist occupational therapist to support the delivery of the rehabilitation pathway for referred service users to achieve their recovery goals, improve function and live the best life possible.

The rehabilitation team works with adults of working age with severe and enduring mental illness to help maximise independent functioning and actively promote recovery and social inclusion through the use of evidence based and person centred interventions.

With the team expansion, this will be a perfect opportunity for the successful applicant to contribute, make a difference and shape community occupational therapy in the rehabilitation service, to make it more flexible, responsive and accessible. This role will offer you a chance not only develop your clinical skills but also give you opportunity to contribute to service development.

Main duties of the job

The role is solely occupational therapy with no care co-ordination and your occupational therapy specific work will include assessment, individual interventions and delivering the service innovative group programme. Opportunities exist to co-work with other professions including psychological therapies, and you will work closely with the wider clinical team, inpatients services, Early Intervention Service, community mental health team, housing sector as well as a wide variety of local 3rd Sector organisations.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will receive line management supervision from the team manager and profession specific supervision from the clinical lead. West London NHS Trusts also has a commitment to enable staff to access tailored personal development, including executive and career coaching. Unlike other NHS organisations we have not reduced our training budgets, and as a result you will have access to several continued professional development opportunities including:
  • PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Assessment of Motor and Process Skills
  • Sensory Integration
  • Open Dialogue
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Quality Service, Improvement and Redesign
  • Practise Educator Training
  • Leadership and Management

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration
Experience Essential
  • Achieved Band 5 OT KSF sub-set (usually through 12 months preceptorship programme)
  • Achieved full KSF outline for Band 5 OT (usually second year post qualified)
  • Relevant post-qualified OT experience in Mental Health
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • MOHO/ MOHO ExpLOR theory and assessments
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Experience of supervising /co-supervising staff and students
  • Involvement in research and clinical audit
  • Experience of mental health community setting
  • Case Formulation
Knowledge Essential
  • Mental health diagnoses/presentations
  • Ability to articulate and apply relevant experience to mental health setting
  • Research methodology
  • Core skills of OT process
  • Models of practice
  • Clinical and environmental risk and risk assessments
  • Equality and diversity
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Awareness of need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Principles of clinical governance
  • Group work theory and practice
  • Practice placement education training
  • Evidence of post-qualified training in Mental Health
  • Relevant current legislation, NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
  • Clinical/case formulation training
Skills Essential
  • Organisational ability
  • Creativity and problem solving skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, carers and colleagues
  • Evidence of ability in OT assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision as part of a team
  • Group work skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Supervisory skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences
  • Ability to apply (research) evidence-based practice
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise others performance
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development needs
  • Understand the need for and actively participates in own supervision and constructive use of feedback
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Membership of a Special Interest Group e.g. COT SS Mental Health
  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

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