Occupational Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Thank you for your interest in the Occupational Therapist role with the Community Rehabilitation Service (CRS) at West London NHS Trust.

The Trust has grown significantly in the last two years with investment in mental health services and this growth is set to continue over the next five years. In 2019, the Trust expanded its portfolio to include community services in Ealing and beyond, through our integrated care services. We are incredibly proud that more staff than ever would recommend us a place to work and we have seen a 28% increase in staff engagement in the national staff survey over the last 5 years.

Main duties of the job

The CRS has been developed to transform the local rehabilitation services so that they function as a key component in the overall pathway from acute inpatient care to community living for people with complex mental health difficulties, reduce the need for acute care admissions, and the cycle of re-admission, and improve longer term outcomes and quality of life.

With its expansion and development into the three boroughs it serves- Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham, the CRS aims to provide a less restrictive alternative to inpatient rehabilitation by offering intensive support for service users with complex care needs related to psychosis and (where relevant) co-existing substance use and physical health problems.

Importantly, our care will be provided close to their communities, social networks and homes, enabling people to transition away from restrictive settings. Therefore, the teams will be key partners in supporting the flow of patients from inpatient to supported and independent accommodations.

The Occupational Therapist work with service users to collaboratively develop realistic and achievable, recovery orientated, goals and staying well plans that support their recovery journey.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary

To provide client-centred occupational therapy to service users with complex needs within the community rehabilitation service.

To be a key member of the multi-disciplinary team and the occupational therapy team, supporting service users to achieve maximum independence through the use of evidence based occupational therapy assessments and interventions.

To actively develop and implement a framework of care, which reflects a holistic approach to service user needs, and is underpinned by relevant evidence and policy.

To work under the supervision of a senior or professional lead/head occupational therapist, to apply clinical skills in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation, which include individual and group orientated approaches.

To contribute to the evaluation and continued development of the occupational therapy service, as well as taking responsibility for the direct supervision of less clinically experienced qualified staff, support staff and occupational therapy students.

To collaborate with colleagues from other professions, support workers, experts by experience and others both inside and outside the rehabilitation service, in order to provide a seamless and integrated service that provides the best possible outcomes for service users.

To ensure that the professional standards and ethics as set out by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) are adhered to at all times.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration
Experience Essential
  • Experience in a mental health setting
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • MOHO/ MOHO ExpLOR theory and assessments
  • Experience of supervising /co-supervising staff and students
  • Experience in mental health community setting
  • Case Formulation
  • Involvement in research and clinical audit
Knowledge Essential
  • Mental health diagnoses/presentations
  • Research methodology
  • Core skills of OT process
  • Models of practice
  • Clinical and environmental risk
  • Equality and diversity
  • Awareness of the need to work within appropriate boundaries
  • Principles of clinical governance
  • Group work theory and practice
  • Practice placement education training
  • Relevant current legislation, including NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management
Skills Essential
  • Organisational ability
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport with service users, carers and colleagues
  • Evidence of ability in OT assessment, treatment planning, intervention and evaluation
  • Use of standardised assessment tools and outcome measures
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision as part of a team
  • Group work skills
  • Computer literacy appraise own performance
  • Ability to prepare and present papers at study days and conferences
  • Ability to apply (research) evidence-based practice
  • Contribution to service development and the training of others
  • Supervisory skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to reflect, identify and take responsibility for continuing professional development needs
  • Understand the need for and actively participates in own supervision and constructive use of feedback
  • High levels of initiative, innovation and self-motivation
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

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