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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/12/2020.

Occupational Therapist

Job Reference: 222-LS-228-OU

West London NHS Trust
Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy H&F, Hammersmith & Fulham
£31,365 - £37,890 £36,481 to £44,044 pa pro rata i

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Ealing as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

Job Title: Occupational Therapist Grade: Band 6 Hours: 37.5

Department: Occupational Therapy Service - Local Services (Acute Mental Health Service)

Location: Hammersmith and Fulham Mental Health Unit (Charing Cross Hospital site)

Are you are looking for an interesting and rewarding Band 6 Occupational Therapy role? Then keep reading! We are looking for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist, who wants to come and work in vibrant West London.

As an Occupational Therapist in West London NHS Trust you will be part of the wider Allied Health Professions (AHP) community, and as a group we have a strong commitment to continuing professional development. Within the trust we provide a range of training and development opportunities for staff, with the expectation that learning is shared as we strive towards excellence. To further support you there is a robust supervision structure in place and an Inpatient Senior OT development group. We also have a Trust Occupational Therapy AHP forum twice a year as well as shared development days within the Inpatient service and across the Trust. We have a five year AHP strategy which aims to support our clinical delivery and identify training and development opportunities for our staff. A copy of the strategy is available on the Trust internet pages.

West London NHS Trust, Local Inpatient Services comprises of three acute units across three Boroughs, based in Ealing, Hounslow and, Hammersmith & Fulham. These provide a wide range of clinical services for adults with diverse mental health needs. The Inpatient Services provide OT assessment and treatment for a variety of service users from the age of 18 and above who are experiencing acute, as well as, severe and enduring mental health problems, promoting recovery at all stages of an individual’s admission.

We are currently looking for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Inpatient Service in Hammersmith and Fulham (based on the Charing Cross Hospital site).

In St Bernard’s Hospital (Ealing Hospital site) a Band 6 Occupational Therapist post is also available and advertised under its own campaign number (222-LS-381 -B). We can consider applicants for both posts under this campaign and will interview for these together.

Both posts will be providing Occupational Therapy for one of our male admission wards. Knowledge and skills of Occupational Therapy interventions with adults with mental health conditions and a keen interest in working within an inpatient mental health setting is essential for this post.

The inpatient OT team has an Occupational Therapist allocated to each clinical area (that’s 3 Band 6 posts and 2 Band 5 posts), in addition to an Activity Co-ordinator, as well as an over-arching Band 7 Clinical Lead OT. Supporting this structure is a Head Occupational Therapist who oversees all three inpatient services across the three boroughs. We work closely with Arts Therapies and other members of the MDT.

The role includes managing a caseload, providing comprehensive assessment, group work and clinical expertise, whilst supporting the delivery of the In-Patient OT service. Within West London Trust Occupational Therapists are embedded into the wider multi-disciplinary team, and are a highly respected part of the work force.

The post holder will support both the Band 7 Clinical Lead OT within the unit, as well as the Head OT and other Band 6 and Clinical Lead OT’s within the Inpatient service to develop the new ways of delivering Occupational Therapy within Local Services.

We pride ourselves on our co-production with service users across the trust and from within our Recovery college and hold regular events to celebrate our successes. We also involve services users in a variety of other ways including recruitment, user forums and consultations.

We have excellent relationships with local universities and provide many student placements throughout the academic year. This supports our commitment to the AHPs of the future and ensures we have up to date knowledge of the profession, whilst keeping abreast of the positives and challenges our newly qualified staff are experiencing.

This is a particularly exciting time to join the Trust as we are embarking on a quality improvement programme to ensure that we are always striving to provide the best care and treatment possible. As an Occupational Therapist within the Trust, you will have the opportunity to be involved in this programme of work.

The post holder will need to work flexibly with change in terms of the post as it currently stands and potential evolvement of the role in line with Local Services and Occupational Therapy service changes.

We offer: Staff support, supervision and performance review

Further training and educational opportunities

In your supporting statement please outline how you meet the person specification criteria for this post (essential and desirable criteria outlined on last page of the job description).

If you are appointable but the post is filled on interview by another candidate, you can be placed on a reserve list. This means we can offer any additionally arising band 6 posts within the organisation, within 3 months of interview. If interested, we can discuss this with you, when informing you of the outcome of the interview,

For further details / informal visits contact:

For an informal discussion or to arrange an informal visit, please contact:

Jude Taylor, Clinical Lead OT (Hammersmith and Fulham Inpatient services)

Tel 020 7386 1173 or e-mail

Alternatively ring Lynn Cleminson, Head OT to discuss on 0208 354 8121 or e-mail


We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications. If you do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

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 check which can take between 4-8 weeks. After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers 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. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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