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Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Sutton and Cheam Recovery and Support Team
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Jubilee Health Centre
£37,152 - £43,994 plus HCAS
Salary period
26/01/2022 23:59

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and the wellbeing of our colleagues.  From 1st April 2022, it will be a requirement for everyone joining South West London and St Georges in a CQC regulated patient facing role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a qualifying exemption.  Applicants are further advised that it is a condition of employment that evidence of their vaccination status is provided, as part of the pre-employment checks.

Job overview

Occupational Therapist/Care Co-ordinator

Sutton and Cheam RST

Jubilee Health Centre, Wallington

Full-time Band 6 plus London allowances pro rata per annum 

About the team:

This role is within the Sutton and Cheam Recovery and Support Team (RST) which is a community mental health team supporting clients within these boroughs.

About the location:

The position is based at the Jubilee Health Centre in Wallington, but due to the nature of the role, a significant amount of the role will be based in the community. The Jubilee Health Centre is based just off of Wallington High Street with numerous shops, cafes and transport links including Wallington train station. The centre is also surrounded by residential roads which are free to park in.

Main duties of the job

About the role:

This is an exciting time to join SWLSTG’s Sutton community mental health service. We are currently undergoing transformation under the NHS Long Term Plan and reviewing the effectiveness of our Community Mental health services to consider improved ways of working and supporting our clients with their recovery. We are now at our implementation stage and are inviting you to potentially join us in this journey.

This role sits within our Community Service Line which includes all community based mental health teams, such as our Recovery and Support teams and Early Intervention services. These teams follow the Care Programme Approach (CPA) which involves having a holistic care and support role with a caseload of clients with complex needs.

In addition, the successful candidate will have focused Occupational Therapy specific activity as well as hold a reduced caseload in their teams, promoting recovery goals and progress towards stepping down from Mental Health services. The post involves working closely with carers and external community organisations to developing our partnership working, which is an integral part of the Occupational Therapy role.

Working for our organisation


We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

We look forward to receiving your application.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The successful candidate will join our supportive and friendly group of community Occupational Therapists. We use the Model of Human Occupation as well as other assessment tools to review the client’s environment, sensory preferences and physical disability.

We offer tailored 1:1 interventions, such as GLOW, an evidence based stepped intensity intervention delivered over 16 weeks, which is fully supported by the author who has worked in an academic partnership with us in the Trust. We offer group programmes, such as an occupationally focused anxiety management group and an eight- week evidence-based group programme, to help clients develop their lives beyond Mental Health services.

Within the community Occupational Therapy team, we are committed to developing the Occupational Therapy role, including supporting staff to contribute to our evidence base to ensure the clinical effectiveness of the interventions we provide.

We are developing expertise to offer a menu of high-quality OT interventions, that deliver consistency and clarity across the Community Service line. We aim to deliver a high-quality service, and to proactively promote Occupational Therapy within teams.

The successful candidate will be offered professional supervision from their lead Occupational Therapist to focus on their Occupational Therapy practice, while line management supervision is provided by the team manager.

The successful candidate will join our wider Occupational Therapy service which includes our acute and urgent care, learning disability, specialist, national and forensic service lines. We are working as a Trust to meet our Occupational Therapy Framework, which focuses on four main areas; career development, evidence-based practice, partnership working and putting occupation at the heart of our practice.

We meet quarterly for Occupational Therapy training events which have recently included training around sensory needs and sensory profile assessments and the Model of Human Occupation, focusing on volition. We have regular borough-based OT forums for professional support and development and can arrange for staff to shadow OTs in other services, as development opportunities. We are also committed to training future Occupational Therapists and take students regularly throughout the year.

As a Trustwide Occupational Therapy service, we follow the Model of Human Occupation and provide staff with a centralised online system to access all these assessments, manuals and helpful guidance.

We have a close working relationship with our Involvement team who support Service Users and carers to get involved in our work in the Trust, including in any Occupational Therapy service development. We have also collaborated with St George’s Hospital Occupational Therapy department, whom share their physical health knowledge and offer training for our staff and we have reciprocated by sharing our mental health knowledge.

We support Occupational Therapists to become disability champions within teams to ensure client’s disability, views on disability and reasonable adjustments are documented and met by the teams. We provide an active role in promoting disability awareness within the Trust.

We are a vibrant, friendly and innovative service and we hope that if you share our vision, we will be hearing from you soon!

Person specification

Education, Train Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration to practice in the UK
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to mental health practice
  • Training in the theory and application of the model of human occupation within the first 4 months of appointment
Desirable criteria
  • Practice placement educators course within one year of appointment
  • Apple registration


Essential criteria
  • Experience of carrying a caseload in a mental health setting
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of maintaining a written record of continual professional development
  • Experience of individual and group work
  • Experience of writing specialist occupational therapy reports
  • Experience of participating in a service development project
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in a range of mental health settings
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
  • Successful completion of preceptorship
  • Experience of being a practice placement educator
  • Experience of using mental health services as a service user, or carer, relative, friend of a service user.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Heidi Philips
Job title
Team Manager
Email address
Additional information

For further information please contact:

Contact name: Joanne Stagg
Contact job title: Lead Occupational Therapist 
Email address: Joanne.Stagg@swlstg.nhs.uk