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At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

We have 3 key priorities which are:
  • Early and Effective Intervention
  • Helping People to Live Well
  • Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:
  • We value each other
  • We are empowered
  • We keep things simple
  • We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C&I values are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, skilled community band 6 Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist to work in our rapidly expanding Perinatal Mental Health Team.


The North London Partners Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service is a community mental health service for pregnant and postnatal women with severe and complex mental illness. The aim of the team is to detect, prevent and treat perinatal mental health problems to improve the experience of pregnancy and the first year postpartum for women and their families.


Camden & Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust jointly with Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust secured investment to develop perinatal mental health services across five boroughs in the North Central London area. The service has been running since 2017 and provides specialist perinatal mental health services across the boroughs of Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. The model consists of an Administrative Hub, currently based at St Pancras Hospital NW1, with the Clinical Spokes operating at the five maternity sites; University College London Hospital, Whittington Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and North Middlesex University Hospital. Clinics are also run at children's centres and community centres across the boroughs as well as home visits.


Due to newly commissioned money, the service is undergoing significant expansion. The Occupational Therapy team will comprise of two band 6 Occupational Therapists and one band 7 Occupational Therapist providing Occupational Therapy provision across the five boroughs. Under the guidance of the Clinical Lead band 7 Occupational Therapist the post holder will contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of perinatal mental health clinical services.


The post holder will formulate, implement and review plans for the treatment and management of women with a full range of clinical presenting problems and thoroughly assess risk, formulate safe and effective risk management plans and document and communicate these clearly and concisely. Specialist Occupational Therapy interventions will be applied utilising specialist assessment and evaluation tools drawn from the Model of Human Occupation.


The post holder will be responsible for assessing and treating service users in up to two boroughs. 50% of their clinical caseload will be generic mental health assessment and case-loading and 50% will be OT specific assessment and interventions. They are expected to hold a complex caseload.


The post holder will be supervised by the Clinical Lead band 7 Occupational Therapist.


In line with NHS protocols, only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.  We regret that it is not possible to contact all applicants for every vacancy. If you have not been contacted within 4-6 weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted for the next stage

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions, when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. We are an employer committed to Equal Opportunities and Diversity, with a range of family friendly policies.

For more information please go to Camden & Islington NHS FT website.

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