Occupational Therapist

Band 5

Main area
Mental Health
Band 5
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Forensics SIte
£26,554 to £34,495 pa. incl. HCA
22/02/2018 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.


The Forensic Directorate is a specialist mental health service within East London NHS Foundation Trust which has been rated as Outstanding by CQC. The service provides low and medium secure inpatient care. We have services for Acute and Rehabilitation care, specialist provision for Women, Personality Disorder and patients with Learning Disability. Our medium secure services are based at John Howard Centre and our low secure services are located in our purpose-built recovery unit Wolfson House.

The Occupational Therapy service is looking to recruit a permanent Band 5 Occupational Therapist to deliver high quality occupational therapy provision. The post will be based within our low secure services. However, there may be opportunity or need to work on the medium secure site in the future.

This post will involve working with people with severe and enduring mental health needs who have been detained under the mental health act; to provide interventions which will support our service users in maintaining and developing their existing skills with the explicit aim of making safe and timely progress towards discharge.
You will work as part of a well-established, high quality team to provide robust occupational therapy assessment and treatment and you will need to work transparently within a multidisciplinary team. You will provide a range of interventions in response to the identified needs for the service users on your aligned ward. You will also facilitate groups as part of the treatment programme. You will be expected to carry a full caseload and to liaise with outside agencies as needed. As a band 5 therapist you will be expected to contribute to clinical supervision, line management, service development and clinical governance.

We are looking for candidates who have excellent communication skills and a comprehensive understanding of managing risk, in addition to being highly motivated, able to work within an emotionally demanding environment and with a high degree of autonomy.

East London NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive induction programme and ongoing support to develop your professional skills. You will receive regular supervision and there are extensive in-house training and CPD opportunities as well as access to external training.

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Heldi McCaskill Lead Occupational Therapist of Low Secure Services: h.mccaskill@nhs.net

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