Occupational Therapist




Job Title:                Occupational Therapist

Band:                     6

Salary:                    Per annum inclusive of allowances

Superannuation:       6% of salary (optional) (5% if ancillary staff)

Hours:                    37.5 hours per week

Terms & Conditions Of Service:   In accordance with the Agenda for Change NHS Terms &  Conditions of Service.

Responsible to:          OT Clinical Lead, Acute

Accountable to:        Acute Divisional Manager

Professionally:            Head of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapy

Responsible for:       Junior staff and students.


2.        JOB SUMMARY


The post holder will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team co-ordinate and develop Occupational Therapy input for service users on the psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) or other designated wards in the Unit according to service needs. They will supervise and support junior staff and contribute to the provision of the Occupational and Arts Therapy Group Programme in conjunction with other members of the team, to meet the needs of the service users.


The post holder will provide a variety of group and individual treatments, promoting a recovery approach and social inclusion. He/she will provide assessments and treatment, on the ward, through the Therapy Group Programme and in community settings as appropriate. They will contribute to clinical evaluation and promote use of evidence based practice to inform service improvement.


The post holder will be managed by the OT Clinical Lead. The post holder will have supervisory responsibility for junior OT staff and student practitioners working in the unit.

Although staff are allocated initially to work in one specific unit, all appointments are made to the Adult Mental Health Acute In-Patient Services.






  1. Working with clients and multi-disciplinary team members, to be responsible for identifying occupational therapy goals as part of the overall care plan for an agreed caseload of service users, using a programme of advanced occupational therapy skills, mental health interventions and assessment tools.
  2. To plan, facilitate and evaluate client centred individual and group activity programmes in the unit, using graded activity to achieve treatment goals. To apply knowledge and evidence based practice acquired through ongoing training and clinical development.
  3. To work with the Occupational and Arts Therapy staff and all members of the multi-disciplinary team, contributing advice and specialist knowledge to improve functioning, well-being, social inclusion and vocational activities
  4. To participate in clinical reviews and contribute to the multi-disciplinary treatment planning for service users.
  5. To comply with legislative requirements.
  6. To select and apply Occupational Therapy assessments for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the patient in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure. This will include group-work and individual sessions on the ward, in the department or in the community.
  7. To work alongside ward staff and activity workers to support the provision of activities to improve the therapeutic environment of the ward.
  8. To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for patients with multiple needs in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  9. To maintain notes and records of contact and clinical interventions to the required Trust and Professional standards, completing written reports as required.
  10. To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of mental ill-health and disability and recommend adaptations to the client’s physical and social environment and strategies to improve functioning and well-being.
  11. To build a knowledge base of local resources (statutory and non-statutory), and to liaise with relevant services in the interest of the patients, their relatives and carers.
  12. To work flexible hours according to the needs of service delivery, as locally agreed



  • To establish and maintain effective relationships with service users, carers, colleagues and other professionals.
  • To attend relevant multi-disciplinary assessments, reviews and business meetings. To organise appropriate case conferences, care plan reviews and progress meetings.
  • To provide and receive complex information related to service users, carers, their conditions and treatment interventions, through case-notes and by liaising with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To work closely with the Ward Manager in developing close working relationships across the sectors, including the Acute Day Units, Community Mental Health Teams and Crisis Teams.
  • To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with professional and Trust standards.
  • To promote awareness and knowledge of Occupational Therapy within the service.
  • To participate in forums which enable service users to express their views about the service and enable them to contribute to service planning and development.
  • To advocate, as appropriate, on behalf of service users


Managerial/ Administrative

  • To co-ordinate the day-to day activities of OT staff and/or students as applicable and agreed with the Lead OT.
  • To facilitate effective communication and working relationships between Therapists and other Multi-disciplinary team members.
  • To demonstrate basic leadership skills through the management and delivery of designated tasks and projects.
  • To ensure and maintain a safe working environment for service users, staff and visitors in accordance with Trust policy.
  • To keep, and maintain safely, tools and equipment in use with particular regard to any noxious substances.
  • To keep necessary inventories, stock records, cash records in accordance with the service policies.
  • To be responsible for monitoring of and ordering of occupational therapy materials and equipment for the unit as delegated by the Head OT.
  • To participate in the implementation of clinical governance initiatives as appropriate.
  • To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practice, clinical pathways and protocol in the in-patient service.
  • To participate in the delivery of the service development plan.
  • To participate in the planning and implementation of policies and procedures for the In-patient and Occupational Therapy services.
  • To carry out audits of service as required and to participate in relevant audits or research in acute mental health work as required.


Professional Development, Service Development and Delivery

  • To maintain high standards of Occupational Therapy, liaising with the ward manager and Lead OT on limitations in the provision of the service.
  • To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and national and local policies and procedures.
  • To respect the individuality, values, and cultural and religious diversity of patients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.
  • To demonstrate the ability to reflect on ethical issues and to provide guidance to junior staff as required.
  • To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.
  • To promote appropriate opportunities to develop inter-disciplinary links and the positive benefits of Occupational Therapy intervention for in - patients in the service.
  • To attend relevant Occupational Therapy, Unit and Trust meetings.
  • To demonstrate continuous professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.


Supervision, Teaching and Training

  1. To fully participate in clinical supervision with supervisor, to review and reflect on own practice and performance.
  2. To be responsible for the regular supervision, appraisal and Preceptorship, as appropriate, of junior staff as delegated by the Lead OT.
  3. To be responsible for supervision of Occupational Therapy students on placement and to contribute to the education of students and staff of other disciplines in the service as appropriate.
  4. To contribute to and participate in any in-service training programmes, Occupational Therapy Continuing Professional Development meetings and training initiatives as required.
  5. To utilise opportunities to develop skills and knowledge further, to keep up-to-date with current practice and treatment in this field



This post is subject to the requirements of a six month probationary scheme for new staff only.



Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust & the London Boroughs of Camden & Islington are working in partnership to provide mental health services.  Employees from all the participating organisations work closely together and have joint management and supervision arrangements.  In addition you will be expected to collect and report data relating to performance indicators for both organisations.




All information concerning patients/clients and staff must be treated as strictly confidential at all times.



It is the aim of the Trust to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital/partnership status, race, religion, age, creed, colour, ethnic origin, disability, part time working status and real or suspected HIV/AIDS status and is not placed at a disadvantage by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.  To this end the Trust has a Valuing Diversity in the Workplace Policy and it is for each employee to contribute to its success.




            The prevention and control of infection is the responsibility of everyone who is employed by Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.  Employees must be aware of infection control policies, procedures and the importance of protecting themselves and their clients in maintaining a clean and healthy environment.



9.       HEALTH & SAFETY

All staff must comply with all Foundation Trust Health & Safety Policies and Procedures.  Staff must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), and to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.



There is a smoke free policy in operation in the Trust.  In accordance with this policy smoking is positively discouraged and is not permitted anywhere within the buildings, on the premises or grounds.

Designated smoking areas or smoking rooms are not permitted.  Support is provided for staff members who wish to stop smoking.



If you have contact with computerised data systems you are required to obtain, process and/or use information held on a computer or word processor in a fair and lawful way.  To hold data only for the specific registered purpose and not to use or disclose it in any way incompatible with such purpose.  To disclose data only to authorised persons or organisations as instructed.



All staff who contribute to patients’ care records are expected to be familiar with, and adhere to, the Trust’s Standards of Records Keeping Policy.  Staff should be aware that patients’ care records throughout the Trust will be subject to regular audit.

All staff who have access to patients’ care records have a responsibility to ensure that these are maintained efficiently and that confidentiality is protected in line with the Trust’s Confidentiality of Health Records Policy.

All staff have an obligation to ensure that care records are maintained efficiently and that confidentiality is protected.  Staff are also subject to this obligation both on an implied basis and also on the basis that, on accepting their job description, they agree to maintain both patient / client and staff confidentiality.

In addition, all health professionals are advised to compile records on the assumption that they are accessible to patients in line with the Data Protection Act.



All staff who contribute to patients’ health records are expected to be familiar with, and adhere to, the Trust’s Standards of Records Keeping Policy.  Staff should be aware that patients’ records throughout the Trust will be subject to regular audit.

All staff who have access to patients’ records have a responsibility to ensure that these are maintained efficiently and that confidentiality is protected in line with the Trust’s Confidentiality of Health records Policy.

All staff have an obligation to ensure that health records are maintained efficiently and that confidentiality is protected.  Staff are also subject to this obligation both on an implied basis and also on the basis that, on accepting their job description, they agree to maintain both patient/client confidentiality.

In addition, all health professionals are advised to compile records on the assumption that they are accessible to patients in line with the access to Health Records Act 1990.



All Trust staff are expected to use and to enter data onto the Foundation Trust Clinical Information System and to use other required IT applications where it involves their work.    All Foundation Trust staff will also need to have the essential IT skills in order to use the Foundation Trust Clinical Information System as well as other required IT related applications in their jobs.   Initial and on-going IT applications and IT skills training will be provided to underpin the above.



All staff must ensure that waste produced within the Foundation Trust is segregated and disposed of in such ways that control risk to health, or safety of staff and the public alike in accordance with relevant legislation and procedures contained within the Foundation Trust policy.



i)        If you are employed in an area of work which requires membership of a professional body in order to practice (e.g. Nursing & Midwifery Council for nurses), it is a condition precedent of your employment to maintain membership of such a professional body.  It is also your responsibility to comply with the relevant body’s code of practice.  Your manager will be able to advise you on which, if any, professional body of which you must be a member. 


  1. You are required to advise the Foundation Trust if your professional body in any way limits or changes the terms of your registration.


  2. Failure to remain registered or to comply with the relevant code of practice may result in temporary downgrading, suspension from duty and/or disciplinary action, which may result in the termination of your employment.


  3. If you are required to have registration with a particular professional body or to have specific qualifications you must notify your manager on appointment of such fact and provide him or her with documentary evidence of them before your employment commences or, at the latest, on your first day of employment.Furthermore throughout your employment with the Foundation Trust, you are required on demand by your manager to provide him or her with documentary evidence of your registration with any particular professional body or in respect of any required qualifications.




All Trust employees are accountable, through the terms and conditions of their employment, professional regulations, clinical governance and statutory health and safety regulations, and are responsible for reporting incidents, being aware of the risk management strategy and emergency procedures and attendance at training as required.


All staff have a responsibility to manage risk within their sphere of responsibility.  It is a statutory duty to take reasonable care of their own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by acts or omissions.


All managers through out the organisation have a responsibility to ensure that policies and procedures are followed, that staff receive appropriate training, that a local risk register is developed and monitored on a quarterly basis and any changes reported to the Clinical Governance Committee and Risk and Assurance Committee.


Managers are responsible for implementing and monitoring any identified risk management control measures within their designated area/s and scope of responsibility.  In situations where significant risks have been identified and where local control measures are considered to be potentially inadequate, managers are responsible for brining these risks to the attention of the Clinical Governance Committee or Risk and Assurance Committee if resolution has not been satisfactorily achieved.




            The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff are expected to implement the Trusts’ Safeguarding policies and procedures, act promptly on concern, communicate effectively and share information appropriately.




This job description is intended as an outline indicator of general areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.  To be reviewed in conjunction with the postholder on an annual basis.




           RA 28/07/16


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