Senior Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Band 6 Occupational Therapist (OT) to work in the Intensive Support Team (IST), which provides multi-disciplinary assessment, short-term treatment, training, advice and practical support for adults with a learning disability who are experiencing a crisis in relation to a behaviour that challenges, and/or requiring support with their mental health.

You will provide specialist OT assessment and intervention to the service users of IST across Bedfordshire and Luton, using evidence based practice to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions with a focus on enabling an individual's occupational functioning. You will work within a multidisciplinary community based team and see service users in their homes, day care settings and/or work places.

You should have some demonstrable experience of working with adults who have a Learning Disability and up-to-date knowledge of current OT provision for this client group.

Regular managerial and professional supervision will be provided along with monthly opportunities to participate in OT Service-wide CPD events. Professional development and training are actively encouraged, and we also offer specialist training opportunities and a Band 6 Support and Development programme.

For further details / informal visits, please contact:

Sherean Owusu, Head OT, at or on 07557256825, or Sharon Grant, Clinical Team Manager at or on 07500122279

Main duties of the job

  • To be an active member of the Learning Disability Occupational Therapy Service and Intensive Support Team (IST) within Services for People who have a Learning Disability.
  • To provide a person-centred Occupational Therapy (OT) Service for Adults with Learning Disabilities and complex healthcare needs
  • To manage a defined caseload, using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To provide leadership, supervision and day-to-day management for other staff within the OT team as designated.
  • To regularly supervise OT students on practice placement.

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

For more information on this vacancy please refer to the JD&PS, alternatively please get in contact.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oBsc OT or equivalent
  • oHCPC registration
Experience Essential
  • oPost registration experience as an Occupational Therapist; with some experience of working with people who have a learning disability.
  • oExperience of community/lone working
  • oDocumented evidence of continuing professional development
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oApplication of the OT process with designated client group
  • oUtilisation of relevant OT assessment techniques/tools to assess individual's abilities and difficulties in relation to their desired goals in everyday activities.
  • oApplication of MOHO; including use of assessment tools
  • oApplication of a variety of OT treatment modalities to provide specialist intervention to those with LD and complex needs.
  • oRelevant post grad training and application of this eg autism, assessment/intervention tools
  • oPlanning and co-ordination of treatment with designated client group
  • oUse of Outcome measures
  • oBroad knowledge of current best practice in OT and learning disabilities
  • oApplied knowledge of relevant National Guidance relating to LD healthcare and OT
  • oAbility to integrate theory and practise and demonstrate creative problem-solving processes.
  • oEffective written and oral communication skills
  • oGood IT Skills, including use of Word and Microsoft Outlook
  • oAbility to manage own workload and determine priorities
  • oAbility to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • oApplication of Health, Safety and Risk Management policies
  • oCommitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • oApplied knowledge of SOVA
Other Essential
  • oEffective team player
  • oAbility to present a confident professional persona
  • oAbility to work under pressure
  • oPositive attitude
  • oWillingness to work flexibly
  • oFull driving license with access to a car

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