Home Treatment Team Senior Occupational Therapist

Central and North West
Northwick Park Hospitals Centre for Mental Health, Harrow
Competitive salary
11 Jun 2021
15 Jun 2021
Role Type
Start Date
CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing intiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

The specific skills of an OT is being sought to complement Harrow's Home Treatment Team (HTT). This is an excellent opportunity to develop specific elements of the service including groupwork, co-facilitating recovery and wellbeing college courses and integrated working with our voluntary sector partners.

We are looking for a well-organised individual who is committed to a trauma-informed, recovery-based approach and is able to work creatively and effectively in this busy and demanding role. The successful candidate will have the ability to effectively manage a rapidly changing caseload of service users who require time-limited interventions.

The Team:

The HTT supports people living in Harrow over the age of 18 with complex mental health problems who are experiencing an episode of mental health crisis. The function of the team includes assessment, first-response interventions, gate-keeping and home treatment as an alternative to hospital admission. This includes facilitating early discharge from hospital.

The HTT is comprised of Nurses, Social Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Psychologists and a Consultant Psychiatrist. The Team is welcoming an OT to join their multi-disciplinary team in order to enable recovery principles and to offer a unique skillset to the existing diverse workforce.

Clinical Caseload:

The aim of OT in the HTT is to help individuals to prevent escalation of health and/or social care needs and to maintain their roles during mental health crisis, thereby reducing the need for hospital admission. You will work closely with OT colleagues from the in-patient and community teams to facilitate the transition from acute to community services in addition to the recovery & wellbeing college and our voluntary sector enterprises.

The caseload involves both OT-specific and generic working. The generic element of the role includes providing mental health assessments and short-term interventions to support this client group. The post holder will actively contribute to team formulations and risk assessments.

Senior Responsibilities

We recognise that Band 6's are often the backbone of our clinical teams and we will therefore support their development both clinically and managerially. You will have opportunities to supervise staff, be a practice educator and have access to both internal and external training.


Train: Northwick Park Hospital a short walking distance from Northwick Park Tube station Metropolitan line). Kenton station (Bakerloo and London Overground services) is a 10-15 minute walk away.

Bus : the 186, 223, H9, H10, and H14 buses stop inside the hospital grounds. 182, and N18 buses stop a short distance away on Watford Road. H18, H19 114 and 183 buses stop on Kenton Road, a 10-minute walk away.

Car : parking is available on-site including staff parking access.

Professional Development:

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long established professional structure and this includes an Allied Health Practitioner Director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT R&D strategy, R&D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and EBP is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

We actively support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce but have invested time in supporting and developing this further through our BAME OT group.

If you are an OT who strives for excellent and wants to develop to your full potential then we would welcome your application.

Interview date: TBC

For further details / informal visits contact:

Tallis Murphy Interim Borough Lead Occupational Therapist for Harrow tallismurphy@nhs.net 07784293639

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