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NHS East London Foundation Trust

Occupational Therapist

Job Type



Social Work



£28,407 - £34,581 per annum Inc HCAs

Posted Date

23 October 2023


Closing Date

26 October 2023

Job overview
This is an opportunity for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to work in a Recovery Orientated Low Secure Ward. You will hold a full clinical caseload on an inpatient unit, with a focus on supporting individuals to transition back into the community. You will be part of a dynamic OT team providing OT provision on a unit wide level as well as ward based. The ideal candidate will have experience of working in mental health and / or a forensic setting.

Please contact Rachel Kitten on 020 3222 7203 or for further information.

Main duties of the job
To manage a service user caseload on the low secure rehabilitation ward under supervision.
To empower and educate service users about their holistic health and well-being to enhance quality of life and prevent relapse, considering the need for rehabilitation, social inclusion and health promotion.
To undertake both one-to-one and group interventions with service users within the Forensic Service independently with support through reflection and supervision.
To use clinical reasoning to assess the impact of long term conditions such as a service user’s mental health of learning disability diagnosis, on the occupational areas of self-care, productivity and leisure and the performance components of inter / intra personal, cognitive and physical abilities.

Working for our organisation
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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile

Person specification
Education/ Qualification/ Training
Essential criteria
Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy.
State Registration
Desirable criteria
Member of RCOT
Further training in relevant area
Essential criteria
Previous experience in a clinical mental health setting, learning disabilities setting and/or demonstrable experience highly related to the clinical field
Desirable criteria
Experience of CPD and role development
Experience in a forensic setting or working with offenders
Experience of supervising unqualified / junior staff
Knowledge and Skills
Essential criteria
Clinical reasoning skills to assess service users’ needs (including risk assessment) and guide interventions
Good organisational and time management skills
Ability to manage distressing clinical interactions with service user’s with severe personality disorder.
Ability to deal with conflict on a clinical and organisational level.
Word-processing/IT skills
Ability to manage a clinical caseload under supervision
Ability to prioritise activities in relation to clinical work
Ability to liaise with other services around clinical issues.
To have knowledge of the impact of long term conditions such as mental health or learning disabilities on occupational functioning (self-care, productivity and leisure) and performance components (inter/ intra personal, cognitive, physical) with particular reference to working in a forensic setting
To have knowledge of Recovery based approaches and co-production principles.
Desirable criteria
Ability to apply specialist skills in individual and group based OT assessments, interventions and evaluations under supervision.
To have knowledge of the needs and rights of service users and / or carers in a forensic setting.
Making Things Better

Quality Improvement is a key part of our work to improve our services and refine how we do things. We have a global reputation for our quality improvement work and we don’t stand still! So we offer a fantastic opportunity for our staff to learn, lead and contribute towards improving our services.

We launched our Five Year Strategy in April 2018, which identified four main strategic outcomes to improve: population health outcomes, experience of care, staff experience and improve value. This complements the NHS Long Term Strategy and sets out our direction of travel.

Our Community

We provide a wide range of community health and mental health inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, and older adults in The City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We also provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, and provide Forensic services to the whole of North East London. We provide services in urban and rural settings, sometimes in our inpatient units, but mostly in the community close to where people live. Integrated care is key in making the best use of resources and providing effective care.

Aiming High

We were rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC in 2016, were proud to be rated ‘Outstanding’ again in 2018 and continue to be rate 'Outstanding' in 2021.. We were named in the HSJ’s Top 10 best places to work in healthcare and were voted Provider Trust of the Year in 2018.

Staff and Service Users United

We strive to ensure that staff feel valued by the Trust and as they are truly pivotal in delivering better outcomes for our patients and service users. Our aspiration is to help to make ELFT the best place to work. This Trust is clinician-led and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services. We pride ourselves on our service user involvement. A service user will be on your assessment centre and interview panel if you are invited to meet us.

We especially welcome people with lived experience of health difficulties, with insight and understanding of different backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles in our population as we believe that this will equip staff to deliver a high standard of care to our service users and patients.


ELFT Is committed to being a diverse organisation and our workforce is reflective of the population and communities we serve. We believe that having colleagues with a range of backgrounds and life experiences enriches and adds value to the outcomes we have set out to achieve. Having partnered and endorsed by organisations who are representative and experts in various areas of equality and diversity, we can ensure we are meeting the pre-set standards all the way from recruitment stage throughout the career journey of our employees by being accessible, having fair inclusive practices and a host of staff networks to support, nurture and celebrate our valued staff in the workplace.

Other reasons to apply

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

As part of the relocation scheme we presently have, the Trust could support you with offering up to £10,000 for removal and associated expenses. This is subject to change and terms and conditions apply.

What Next?

If you like the sound of ELFT, don’t waste a moment. We sometimes close adverts early if there is a high response, so apply now!

As part of our recruitment process we may be required to share information you provide on the application form with NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) and/or other organisations for the purpose of the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of fraud or any other unlawful activity affecting the NHS. We also use third party providers to check and verify your qualifications who may be contacting you on our behalf to verify the same..

If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please consider that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. You must provide professional email addresses for all referees as we will contact them as soon as an offer has been made. Please note we do not request references prior to interviews. All applications made through NHS Jobs account will be processed by TRAC System. Please note that some emails may go to your spam/junk mailbox so make sure you check this regularly.

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