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Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Fountains Court is a 26-bed acute assessment unit for older people with mental illness. It has an experienced and dedicated multidisciplinary team which includes the medical and nursing team, a team of occupational therapists and psychology.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a qualified Occupational Therapist with knowledge and experience of mental health and working with older people. The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention for the treatment of older people within the unit, utilizing assessment and evaluation tools drawn from the Model of Human Occupation. 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. As part of the multi-disciplinary team your assessments will be essential in informing and planning positive discharge for the client.

The post holder will work within the already well-established multi-disciplinary team to develop the role of Occupational Therapy, and to enhance the OT programme both on the ward and in the community through 1:1 intervention, group work, and enabling clients in accessing relevant local community resources which would support their discharge.

There are regular Ward meetings and Trust wide Occupational therapy meetings, opportunities for clinical and professional development, supervision and yearly appraisal and support from the unit manager and the Head Occupational Therapist

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

If you have these skills and wish to work with a supportive team who strive to achieve high standards please apply.

For further information or a visit please contact Isobel Clough Specialist Occupational Therapist on 07557087780 or via

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy
Experience Desirable
  • Previous experience in a related clinical field
  • Experience of CPD and role development activities
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Ability to manage a clinical caseload
  • Good interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed with clients.
  • Clinical reasoning skills to assess clients needs (including risk assessment) and guide interventions.
  • Ability to apply specialist skills in individual and group based OT assessments, interventions and evaluations with supervision.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and coordinate a range of complex activities in relation to clinical work.
  • Ability to communicate with OT staff and other professionals
  • Awareness of potential hazards including frequent verbal aggression and risk of physical aggression in settings such as the clients home, community venues, public transport etc.) whilst ensuring safety of self, client and members of the public.
  • Ability to liase with other services, statutory and non-statutory around clinical issues.
  • Word-processing/IT skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
  • Knowledge of the needs and rights of services users and/or carers in planning and service development
  • Knowledge of applied social, health and medical sciences required for the practice of Occupational Therapy including psychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology
  • Knowledge of applied psychological perspectives relevant to OT in mental health including behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of occupational therapy including occupational science and holistic models of OT practice
  • Knowledge of theoretical knowledge of holistic models of OT practice and skills in group work, teaching and counselling.
  • Knowledge of specialist clinical skills in order to carry out OT interventions
  • Knowledge of the impact of mental health difficulties upon occupational functioning (self-care, productivity and leisure) and performance components (i.e. inter and intra personal, cognitive, physical)
  • Knowledge of Equal Opportunities related to staff and clients
  • Ability to manage frequent distressing clinical interactions with clients who have serious mental health problems.
  • Knowledge of current National Guidelines e.g CPA, NSF and their application
  • Knowledge of research and auditing
  • Knowledge of of risk assessment issues and its application to practice
Other Essential
  • Physical skills required to facilitate a wide range of activities both on a one-to-one and group basis, including using equipment as required.
  • Mental and emotional effort required to undertake clinical consultations and interventions on both a one-to-one and group basis
  • Concentration required to undertake holistic formulations & report writing Ability to work out of hours including evenings and weekends

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