Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year per annum inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic Acute Adult Mental Health team at the Riverside Centre in Hillingdon. The role provides an excellent opportunity for both newly qualified and experienced OTs aspiring to develop into band 6.

You tell us what opportunities and experiences you would like and we will work with you to achieve this. Flexible options are available.

We have experienced senior staff in each area who would supervise and support you and a robust preceptorship programme. Internal training is also offered. We have a great record of retaining staff and supporting our Band 5's into Band 6 posts (which is why we have many of these vacancies).

Come and talk to us and let's support you to take that next step in your career.

Main duties of the job

To provide the multidisciplinary team (MDT) with an occupational therapy service; this will include individual and group work, assessment, intervention, and evaluation in accordance with the College of OT Code of Ethics.

To manage a caseload of service users; using evidence-based practice, and recovery principles and to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment.

To integrate evidence-based practice and skillful use of assessment interventions with personal recovery principles in order to improve the service users' quality of life and to support them to do the things they want to do and live the life they want to lead. This will include the completion of functional assessments from which recommendations can determine further ongoing care and treatment to enable optimum functioning.

To apply a level of understanding of the effects of mental and/or physical health conditions; providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the service user's social and physical environment. This will include undertaking assessments and making recommendations with regard to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.

To undertake the Preceptorship process as outlined by RCOT guidelines and CNWL Trust policy where applicable.

To contribute to service development of local OT services

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

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. We are working hard support the recruitment and development of staff from all protected characteristics and welcome applications from any interested applicants.

Hillingdon is a London borough easily assessible from inner London and surrounding boroughs and counties.


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.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
Previous Experience Essential
  • Placement experience as a student.
  • Experience of working in a multicultural environment
  • Previous health, social care or voluntary experience
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Can demonstrate an application of OT process
  • Able to undertake caseload management
  • Clear understanding of risk assessment and management.
  • Clear understanding of the assessment process and use of assessment tools
  • Demonstrates reflective practice
  • Demonstrates service user/patient centred practice.
  • Interest in a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques:
  • Ability to work creatively to engage service users/patients.
  • Ability to prioritise workload/use own initiative.
  • Ability to treat service users/patients with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Ability to build constructive working relationships (colleagues and service users/patients, families and carers).
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Use of standardised assessment tools
  • Presentation skills
Specialist Knowledge Essential
  • Has knowledge of OT theory related to practice
  • Can demonstrate clear clinical reasoning skills.
  • Knowledge of mental and physical health conditions.
  • Awareness of local and national issues and relevant legislation.
  • Has a clear concept of clinical models of practice.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
Research and Development Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding of EBP
  • Research experience
  • Audit experience
Professional Conduct Essential
  • Can work autonomously
  • Is able to take responsibility.
  • Has excellent team skills.
  • Has excellent time management and organisational skills.

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