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Senior Occupational Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Young Persons Home Treatment Team
Band 6
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
£30,401 to £37,267 pa (plus HCAS)
18/09/2019 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

The Young Persons Home Treatment Team is looking for an enthusiastic Band 6 OT that would like the experience of working within an exciting innovative team (the first to be developed in this country) The Young Persons Home Treatment Team has been established to work with young people between the ages of 12-18years that require a Tier 4 service providing Hospital at Home.

The newly developed, multiple award winning service provided by NELFT that has been supported by NHS England and is seen as ‘Hospital at Home’ –Young person Home Treatment Team (YPHTT). It provides hospital at home and community based interventions for young people whose mental health crisis is so severe that they may otherwise have required treatment at a day hospital or inpatient unit (Tier 4). YPHTT provides Intensive treatment allowing safe, high-quality alternatives to in-patient care for young people who may have only received this by hospital admission. Young people referred will be aged between 12 to 18 years and residing (with local GP) in the relevant NELFT catchment area (Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham or Havering), at the time of the crisis

Brookside’s OT team is looking to recruit an; enthusiastic, skilled, innovative and caring OT who has a keen interest in promoting positive mental health and valuing young people’s wellbeing. This is a great opportunity for a motivated and inspiring individual to join an established and forward thinking team. The post holder will work within a team of occupational therapists alongside an innovative and inclusive Multi-disciplinary team. The priority for this post is direct clinical work, providing individual occupational therapy assessments and interventions based on the needs of the young people and their families. The post holder will also be required to work closely with the ward and ward OT’s to facilitate effective transfer of care through both services. There is also opportunity to work on the ward to provide groups and in

You will be expected to meet the changing needs of the population we work with and provide high quality, flexible therapeutic assessment and intervention for our varied caseload. The role will provide opportunities to work with a wider MDT to deliver a range of interventions with a focus on supporting young people to stay within their community and prevent them from requiring hospital admission.

There is a priority to work closely with education, health and social care colleagues to minimise the social exclusion risks for the young people.

This post would suit an individual who enjoys spending time with young people, has a sense of fun and is able to bring innovation and creativity to their work.

It is desirable that the applicant is able to drive and has access to a car they can use on a daily basis due to the distance covered for effective home visits.

All occupational therapists receive professional supervision from an OT and will be expected to attend mandatory training and keep up to date with their CPD.
We work closely with our inpatient ward and as YPHTT work within NICE guidance in regards to treatment pathways treatment can therefore continue in either Tier 4 service.
This is a well-established and continually developing service with a large energetic multidisciplinary team, committed to fully extending the range of therapeutic services offered.

Brookside is on a green field site, has easy parking and is rapidly accessible from North and East London. There are also good connections on the rail and tube.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).


Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement – London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,722 to a maximum of £4,743).

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Applicant requirements

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

Chelcie Teasdale - Clinical Lead Specialist Occupational Therapist

0300 555 1156