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Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Additional Clinical Services
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Lucas House
£37,152 - £43,994 per annum (inc Outer London HCAS)
Salary period
05/12/2021 23:59
Interview date
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Enfield. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

Job overview

These are new roles created to help us deliver our plans to transform our community mental health services, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.  The transformation of our community mental health services will lead to truly integrated health and social care for adults in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey who have serious mental illness.

Our transformation plans are supported by £25m in funding and will mean the roll-out over the next three years of multi-disciplinary teams of experts working within the new Primary Care Networks and offering wraparound, holistic care to our service users and wider community.  Our aim is to support the whole person as they live with, or recover from, mental illness and to offer them support with other challenges they may face, such as debt, relationship problems, housing, education or training.  We will also focus resources on reaching those who currently face obstacles in getting the help they need.

Main duties of the job

Working closely with the Enfield Locality Teams to establish occupational therapy specific roles in the team. Holding a case load and work as an OT across Enfield locality hubs, to provide assessment, plan and implement interventions, evaluate treatment and ensure safe discharge.  Provide both specialist OT assessments and offer a strength based, recovery focused approach with the aim of enhancing daily living skills and engagement in meaningful and purposeful activities for service users across the community.   The OT will provide specific time limited interventions with clear goals established with the service user and in conjunction with the supporting clinical team. 

Working with service users who have complex and substantial needs, often working with persons with dual diagnosis and coexisting conditions including physical health needs.  Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, 1983 (amended 2007) to support service users return to or adjust to new accommodation in the community following admission to hospital with the aim of preventing hospital admissions.    

Working closely with the Multi-Disciplinary Teams and relevant outside agencies, as well as with other therapist in the team to provide a quality service, which is responsive to client’s occupational needs.

Working for our organisation

At Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Community and Mental Health Trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

The Trust’s values are:

  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Being Positive
  • Working together

By coming to work at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust you will be joining a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification by clicking on the JD/PS attachment in the advert.

Person specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Dip. COT or BSc OT
  • Registered with HCPC
Desirable criteria
  • Qualifications in specific activities e.g. craft, gym etc.
  • Mandatory Training

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of group and individual occupational therapy interventions
  • Experience of working in an MDT
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate experience of working with people with mental health conditions relevant to specialty of post
  • Experience of using standardised assessments, e.g. MOHOST

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Working knowledge of the occupational therapy process
  • Ability to apply and develop core OT skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of using MOHO assessments i.e. MOHOST, ACIS.
  • Experience in Recovery principles, e.g. Recovery Star

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to promote self and profession
  • Empathy for people with mental health problems
Desirable criteria
  • Experience with service user involvement
  • Experience with external network involvement
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Olumuyiwa Ajiga
Job title
Clinical Practice Specialist
Email address
Telephone number
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