Community Occupational Therapist - Bedford

Band 5

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Band 5
12 months fixed term
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
BED Bedford CMHT (West), Florence Ball House Bedford Health Village 3 Kimbolton Road Bedfordshire Bedford MK40 2NT.
£22,460 to £29,608 pa
27/07/2018 23:59

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


Band 5 OT development opportunity
Do you have a real desire to work in a community mental health team and become a skilled and valued member of the MDT? Would you like the opportunity to apply for a Band 6 CMHT OT post in just 12 months time? If so we may have just the opening for you!
We are looking to recruit onto our band 5 development programme. At the beginning you will be supported by an experienced Senior OT to develop a personalised CPD plan; with the aim being to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of a senior practitioner within a 12 month period. On completion of your fixed term contract you will have the opportunity to apply for a band 6 post within the CMHT.
You should have some demonstrable experience of working within a community setting and with adults with mental health needs as well as an ability to independently carry an OT clinical caseload. You should have completed your preceptorship, or be planning to do so, before commencing this role.

You will offer specialist occupational therapy interventions utilising the Model of Human Occupation and have the opportunity to implement group based programmes with other OT colleagues.

As well as being supported to apply your OT skills and knowledge within this setting you will also have the opportunity to learn to care coordinate a small caseload where the service users have a specialist OT need.
Regular managerial and professional supervision will be provided and you will also have monthly opportunities to participate in the OT Services CPD events.
Benefits of working for the Trust include a Holiday of a Lifetime Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), Child care vouchers, Relocation packages and Wellbeing sessions.

Interviews will be held 08 August 2018

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Johnson OREDEIN, telephone 01234 310 985, email

If you have problems applying, contact

0207 655 4158