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Senior Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a full time Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work as part of our in-patient rehabilitation services

An exciting opportunity has become available for a suitably experienced Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the team at Horton Rehabilitation Service. Based in Epsom, Surrey, Horton Rehabilitation Service provides inpatient rehabilitation to adults with complex and enduring mental health needs. The hospital is situated within spacious grounds and is a short distance from Epsom Town providing good transport links, free onsite parking and access to local amenities.

Occupational Therapists hold a key role within the ward multidisciplinary team (MDT) providing expertise to support clients on their mental health recovery journey to discharge. This includes individual and group work, assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. The service is founded on recovery principles with a very strong evidence base, use of outcome measures and regular service involvement and partnership.

Main duties of the job

CNWL Rehabilitation Service provides community and high support inpatient units in London and Surrey. We consider that occupational therapy is central to rehabilitation

There are four inpatient units onsite at Horton consisting of two High Dependency Units, one Managed Access Unit and The Cottages which provides open rehabilitation

The post holder would provide a holistic approach to both physical and mental wellbeing and manage a defined clinical caseload, using evidence based and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment in individual and group settings. Whilst working in a multi-disciplinary, which includes Nurses, Arts Therapists, Psychologists, Employment Specialist, Activity Coordinators, Health and Fitness Instructor and Peer Support Worker.

In addition, the post holder would support the provision of Occupational Therapy and the onsite Recovery Centre. There is also the opportunity to work alongside the trust's Recovery and Wellbeing College, liaising with colleagues from the College and co-facilitating courses with peer trainers. Ensuring the provision of a programme of courses onsite, as part of the Horton Spoke.

We recognise that Band 6's are the backbone of our clinical teams and we will therefore support their development both clinically and managerially. You will have the opportunity to supervise staff, be an educator and will have access to both internal and external training.

About us

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT R&D strategy, R& D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, QI and EBP is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

We actively support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce but have invested time in supporting and developing this further through our BAME OT group

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.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. 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.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide specialist, culturally appropriate, evidence based occupational therapy assessments for service users in order to establish baseline functional assessment from which recommendations can determine further on-going care and treatment, to enable optimum functioning and meet their occupational needs.

To plan, implement and review individually tailored programmes of intervention using individual and group work approaches.

To apply a high 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.

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.

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.

To support service users in relation to their physical health, employment, housing and welfare benefits

issues; referring to specialist provider services as necessary.

To establish and maintain effective communication networks with service users, with complex learning, emotional and behavioural needs, their carers, other professionals and agencies in order to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to client care.

To promote the role of OT within the rehabilitation unit representing an OT clinical perspective in all clinical meetings.

To attend and contribute to OT specific meetings and Team clinical and business meetings.

To work in close co-operation with OT colleagues within the Trust contributing to relevant OT

business/training meetings, both locally and trust-wide.

To provide input into the recruitment and induction of new staff where appropriate.

To provide regular and qualitative supervision and appraisal for junior staff and volunteers.

To offer support and guidance to junior members of staff, in the absence of seniors, on a day-to-day basis and co-ordinate the day-to-day activities of junior staff, support staff and students as appropriate.

To act as a practice placement educator for OT students, attending all relevant meetings and liaising with universities as appropriate.

To be responsible for the supervision and written assessment, in accordance with the required

number of weeks per academic year from the trust, for occupational therapy students on practice


To demonstrate effective leadership skills through the management of designated projects.

To be responsible for the monitoring and effective use of physical resources and supplies including stock and petty cash and equipment.

To contribute to development of, review and implementation of policies impacting on Treatment/ward OT specific working practice and contribute to the writing of local protocols and guidelines.

To undertake, participate in and disseminate research and QI/audit activities in line with local service development priorities and the Trusts OT R&D Strategy.

As part of the Tamarind resource to facilitate sessions and interventions to support the Brent Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team in preventing admission and supporting discharge. For example to provide access to the community based groups, 1:1 work, external agencies facilitated by the Tamarind Centre.

If you have applied previously please dont re-apply.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree (or Diploma) in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice and community OT
  • Training in the theory and application of the Model of Human Occupation
  • Practice Placement Educators Course/Development activities
  • Leadership and/or management training
  • Training in motivational interview techniques
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy
  • Member of relevant specialist section
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of post graduate working in a range of mental health settings
  • Has demonstrable experience of the assessment and management of risk
  • Experience of leading, managing and running evidence based group activities for service users with complex and diverse needs in a mental health setting
  • Experience of undertaking specialist OT assessments and writing specialist occupational therapy reports
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
  • Experience of individual and groupwork
  • Experience of partnership working in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for patients
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.
  • Experience of improvement processes
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • Good communication skills i.e. written, verbal, listening, IT systems e.g. reports MDT meetings
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of team

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