Job Overview

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic and forward thinking occupational therapist to join West London NHS Trust’s Mental Health Community Rehabilitation Team.

 The role is a combination of occupational therapy and care co-ordination (Lead Professional). Your occupational therapy specific work will include assessment, individual interventions and delivering the service innovative group programme.

West London NHS Trust has a commitment to enable staff to access tailored personal development, including executive and career coaching. Unlike other NHS organisations we have not reduced our training budgets, and as a result you will have access to several continued professional development opportunities including:

  • PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Assessment of Motor and Process Skills
  • Sensory Integration
  • Open Dialogue
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Quality Service, Improvement and Redesign
  • Practise Educator Training
  • Leadership and Management
  • And other personal requests, which can be discussed at interview

Also, we are keen to progress people in these posts to more senior positions in the service where there are existing vacancies. The post holder will receive line management supervision from the team manager and profession specific supervision from the clinical lead.

Main duties of the job

The community rehabilitation teams will provide support for people with complex care needs related to psychosis and (where relevant) co-existing substance use and physical health problems. With a multidisciplinary and whole-team approach, these services will have an emphasis on delivering individualised and recovery-focussed care for people.

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.

With the team expansion, this will be a perfect opportunity for the successful applicant to contribute, make a difference and shape community occupational therapy in the rehabilitation service, to make it more flexible, responsive and accessible. This role will offer you a chance not only develop your clinical skills but also give you opportunity to contribute to service development

Please note we are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this post.

Working for our organisation

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and   Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is £426m.

The Trust is rated as ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as ‘Outstanding’.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.



Person specification


Essential criteria

  • BSc (Hons) or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • HCPC Registration




Essential criteria

  • Post-qualified experience as an OT
  • Achieved Band 5 sub-set KSF outline (usually through preceptorship programme)
  • Application of core OT skills and OT process
  • MOHO/ MOHO ExpLOR theory and assessments
  • Multidisciplinary team working


Desirable criteria

  • Experience of working in mental health community setting
  • Experience of supervision of students and staff
  • Involvement in research and clinical audit
  • General case load management (care coordination)




Essential criteria

  • 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
  • Group work theory and practice


Desirable criteria

  • Practice placement education training
  • Clinical/case supervision training
  • Relevant current legislation, including NICE guidelines, CPA, risk assessment and risk management



Essential criteria

  • 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
  • Groupwork skills


Desirable criteria

  • 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 criteria

  • 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


Desirable criteria

  • Able to demonstrate a strong professional identity

As an employee of West London NHS Trust, you have a responsibility to maintain a sound understanding of, and a commitment to uphold the National Health Service values and principles set out in the NHS Constitution.

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment checks which can take between 4-8 weeks . After which your  information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system (ESR ).

Please ensure you include email addresses for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process.

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants

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