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The role

This is a dynamic role that requires an Occupational Therapist with excellent skills in communication, organisation and creativity with the drive to enhance high quality services.

The role will promote safe and innovative approaches to meeting the needs of both service users and carers in line with best practice and quality assurance. Together with the team manager you will ensure occupational therapy is embedded within the team’s work and associated pathways are enhanced.

You will hold a small caseload and offer OT consultation across the department, provide professional supervision to the department’s 3 OTs and also supervise a small number of other social care staff.

The team:

The Care and Support Team (CAST) provides specialist assessment, review and interventions to mental health service users via person centred and strengths based approaches. We aim to ensure needs are met via tailored interventions, promoting independence, safeguarding and enabling choice/control over support so people can achieve their goals and improve wellbeing.

The team comprises Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Assistant Practitioners and Business Support. This inter-professional approach allows the sharing of skills to ensure that we work flexibly and constructively to support service users and carers. We work in collaboration with colleagues in the local mental health NHS trust and a range of partners and providers.

About you:

We are looking for an innovative and skilled Occupational Therapist with a proven track-record of making a difference within a culturally diverse, inner city area.

You will be a registered Occupational Therapist and have experience of supporting others within a health and/or adult social care setting. You will have a genuine passion for the provision of high quality services and demonstrate a commitment to strengths based support.

You will have a working knowledge of the MOHO and the Care Act 2014 and a commitment to continuing professional development.

You will have an understanding of the application of the principles of Equality and Diversity and a proactive approach to its practice.

You will have knowledge of mental health social care and the social model.

About Southwark:

We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population.

At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities. Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do.

Additional details

In recognition of the contribution of Occupational Therapy, this post attracts an additional one-off recruitment and retention payment of £2300.

The first payment is made when the post holder starts, and the second payment is made after the probation period ends, and will be made to those continuing employment with Southwark Council after that review*

*full terms available upon request

Please note this role requires a Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level.

We welcome applications from NHS colleagues and appreciate that moving from the NHS to Adult Social Care can feel a big step, if you have any concerns or queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss ways to support your transition.

For more information please contact Alex Waddington, Team Manager on 020 7525 2751 or

Benefits and more information:

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a motivated, driven and supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving development team that is making a real difference to the lives of residents in the borough. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme:

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

•  Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
•  Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
•  If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition


Recruitment timetable

Closing date: 11.59pm on 25th February 2024

Interview date: Week commencing 4th March 2024


We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.