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Occupational Therapist Band 5

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

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Full Time
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Would you like to join a robust programme to support you to develop the skills required to take on a Band 6 role within 18 months? Do you have a desire to gain experience in a community mental health setting and become a skilled and valued member of the MDT? If so we may have just the opening for you!

New opportunities have arisen for Band 5 occupational therapist roles within Bedfordshire Community Mental Health Teams, based at:

Bedford CMHT, Florence Ball House, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PU;

Dunstable CMHT, Beacon House, Regent Street, Dunstable, Beds LU6 1LP;

Biggleswade CMHT, Spring House, Potton Road, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 0EL &

Leighton Buzzard CMHT, Crombie House, 36 Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 1HJ

Main duties of the job

We have successfully established an effective Band 5 Development Programme which enables OTs who are newly qualified or who have completed their preceptorship to work towards developing the skills required to practise as a Band 6 OT over the course of 18 months or less. Throughout your employment, you will be supported by an experienced Senior OT to develop a personalised CPD plan, with the aim of enabling you to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of a senior practitioner.

You should have some demonstrable experience of working within a mental health setting and with adults with mental health needs as well as an ability to independently carry an OT clinical caseload. You will offer specialist occupational therapy interventions drawn from the Model of Human Occupation and have the opportunity to implement group-based programmes with other OT colleagues. 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. This is an exciting time to be part of community mental health services, with the ongoing programme of transformation under the 10-year plan for the NHS with a focus on working in partnership with local Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

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

You will be part of a large OT service, where we place a high value on staff wellbeing and investment in teams to ensure a high quality service provision. A planned, supportive induction period will be developed to enable you to reach your full potential in your role. Regular managerial and professional supervision will be provided and you will have monthly opportunities to participate in the services OT CPD events and shape service development through quality improvement. Professional development and training are actively encouraged through the appraisal process.

Benefits of working for the Trust include the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), Relocation packages and Wellbeing sessions.

All enquiries are welcome. For further details please contact: Danielle Maule, Head OT for Community Mental Health Services, on 07827 939209 or via email at:

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oDegree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • oRegistration with HCPC
  • oFull UK driving licence and use of car
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working in a mental health and/or community setting
  • oEvidence of previous CPD, service development activities and role
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oUnderstanding of the needs and rights of service users and/or carers in planning and service development
  • oapplied social, health and medical sciences required for the practice of Occupational Therapy including psychology, anatomy, physiology and sociology
  • oapplied psychological perspectives relevant to OT in mental health including behavioural, cognitive, psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives
  • othe theory and practice of occupational therapy including occupational science and holistic models of OT practice
  • oClinical reasoning skills to carry out OT assessments and interventions
  • ocurrent National Guidelines and their application
  • oAbility to manage a clinical caseload
  • oGood interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed with clients.
  • oAbility to apply specialist skills in individual and group based OT assessments, interventions and evaluations with supervision.
  • oAbility to communicate with OT staff and other professionals and agencies
  • oAbility to manage frequent distressing clinical interactions with clients who have serious mental health problems.
  • oAwareness of potential hazards including verbal aggression and risk of physical aggression ensuring safety of self, client and members of the public.
  • oWord-processing/IT skills
  • oGood organisational and time management skills
  • oAbility to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
  • oskills in group work, teaching and counselling.
  • oresearch and auditing
  • orisk assessment and its application to practice
Other Essential
  • oAbility to take responsibility, work independently and demonstrate reliability
  • oAble to demonstrate a strong professional identity
  • oSelf-Motivated, committed and open to new ideas and experiences.
  • oAbility to undertake physical activities required

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