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Substance Misuse Outreach Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inc. Outer HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Substance misuse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a well-established drug and alcohol team operating in the community across the London Borough of Hillingdon.

We are seeking an Occupational therapist to support a multidisciplinary team to help engage with the homeless population who struggle with substance use within the borough of Hillingdon. The team uses holistic assertive outreach techniques to support service users to access community-based drug and alcohol treatment and to secure long-term accommodation.

Main duties of the job

  • To undertake specialised assessment and provide interventions to adults in the community who present with complex and diverse problems developing negotiated goals and addressing impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.
  • To advise, instruct and teach patients, relatives, carers, and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of therapy interventions and to empower patients and carers to self-manage the condition and optimise potential.
  • To manage a delegated caseload and work as an autonomous practitioner in the assessment and treatment of patients within their place of residence and or ward, evaluating clinical practice and managing clinical time effectively by caseload prioritisation to meet service and patient needs and balancing other professional demands.
  • To communicate information of a complex and sensitive nature and deal with highly stressful, emotional or hostile situations with empathy and professionalism.
  • To organise group activities for service users that would empower service users to build on their independence skills by enabling them to access local services
  • To use a trauma-informed approach in helping service users to overcome the stigma attached to mental and substance use by increasing their confidence in accessing meaningful activities, such as work or education.

About us

Come and join us and be one of the friendly and supportive 1500 Therapists / AHP's in CNWL. We work in many different teams in both physical and mental health, as well as a number of specialist areas. You could have a career for life with us and maintain your dual skills.

CNWL is very fortunate in having a long-established professional structure and this includes a Head of Therapies, an AHP associate director, Trust wide Professional Leads for all professional groups and borough and specialist professional leadership. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession and therapies as a whole at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession 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 therapists / AHP's reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and evidence-based practice is made possible by our strong links with local universities and our CNWL AHP Research Network.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are a priority for us in CNWL we expect staff to be culturally competent, reflective and open to culturally diverse CPD opportunities.

Job description Job responsibilities


To provide the multidisciplinary team (MDT) with an occupational therapy service and expertise.

To manage a caseload of service users/patients to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment.

To liaise and work collaboratively with carers/families, and statutory and 3rd sector partners when required.

To provide leadership for junior/unqualified staff through supervision and appraisal as required.

To act as fieldwork educator to students on practice placement.

To contribute to service development of local & Trust wide OT services.
  • Clinical

  • 1.1 To provide occupational therapy assessments for service users/patients in order to establish and meet their occupational needs.

    1.2 To apply specialist clinical knowledge and skills to carry out evidence based occupational therapy interventions, both individual and in groups to support rehabilitation and recovery.

    1.3 To assess the impact of mental and/or physical conditions on an individuals functional ability with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.

    1.4 To work in partnership with carers/families when required.

    1.5 To be aware of the safeguarding needs of children and adults in their work and refer if required.

    1.6 To provide OT consultation to other professionals within the team.
  • Communication

  • 2.1 To demonstrate excellent communication skills and form positive therapeutic relationships

    2.2 To demonstrate skills in communication when barriers to understanding are present, including utilising interpreting resources.

    2.3 To promote the role of OT within the Team, representing an OT clinical perspective in all clinical meetings.

    2.4 To develop and maintain robust partnership working with other statutory and non-statutory providers.

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

    3. Documentation

    3.1 To ensure timely, accurate clinical notes are recorded on Systm One.

    3.2 To provide occupational therapy reports on service users assessments and treatments when required.

    3.3 To maintain accurate supervision records (junior staff and students).

    4. Leadership/Management

    4.1 To provide input into the recruitment of staff where appropriate.

    4.2 To offer support and guidance to junior members of staff.

    4.3 To undertake specific leadership roles and responsibilities within the team that have been identified by the team manager.

    4.4 To be an educator to OT students a minimum of once a year.

    4.5 Participate in the promotion of the profession through visiting schools and colleges to expand the profession and encourage increased applications for training from those in protected characteristics.
  • Clinical Governance

  • 5.1 To comply with and implement relevant trust and national policy legislation and guidance

    5.2 To maintain and observe confidentiality of all information relating to service users/patients and to adhere to CNWL Information Governance Policy
  • Research and Development

  • 7.1 To participate in and disseminate research and audit activities in line with local service priorities and the Trusts OT R&D Strategy.
  • Personal and Professional Development

  • 8.1 To undertake activities of Continuous Professional Development including identifying own learning needs and recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.

    8.2 To assume personal responsibility for maintaining a working knowledge of new statutory guidelines that influence clinical practice.

    8.3 To participate in mandatory and statutory training.

    8.4 To review own occupational therapy performance through effective use of professional supervision, CPD opportunities and annual appraisal; ensuring own learning and development needs are identified.
  • Professional Ethics

  • 10.1 To apply expert skills and knowledge to demonstrate professional competence and fitness to practice as an occupational therapist; as required by the HCPC.

    10.2 To comply with the RCOT Code of ethics and Professional Conduct, HPC Professional Standards and CNWL Mental Health Trust Policies.

    10.3 To maintain knowledge of national and international legislation that effects clinical practice

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • oDegree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
    • oRegistered with HCPC.
    • oEvidence of Continuing Professional Development.
    • oFieldwork education/student supervision course.
    Experience Essential
    • oPostgraduate occupational therapy experience.
    • oExperience in group facilitation.
    • oExperience of ADL assessments and provision of equipment.
    • oExperience of working in a multi cultural environment.
    • oExperience of MDT working.
    • oExperience in interfacing with primary care and 3rd sector organisations.
    • oPrevious experience in relevant clinical area.

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