About Nightingale Hospital

Nightingale Hospital is the only private mental health hospital in Central London, with over 30 years of experience in delivering specialised, evidence-based treatments in outpatientday patient, and inpatient settings.

Our dedicated team of specialists is committed to diagnosing and treating all types of mental health conditions, including eating disorders and addictions. Conveniently located, we are a two-minute walk from Marylebone mainline and Underground stations, and within a ten-minute walk of Baker Street and Edgware Road Underground stations.

We are owned by the international medical group Orpea, delivering the full spectrum of psychiatric care, and high-quality care home and rehabilitation services across the globe.

The main purpose of the job

We are looking for an occupational therapist to manage a caseload of patients with complex needs using evidence based and patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. Reporting to the Senior Occupational Therapist, the post-holder will provide group and individual interventions for a designated caseload.

The post-holder’s duties will include:

  • Working collaboratively with patients to identify and select an appropriate specialist intervention plan (group and individual treatments) which aim to achieve therapeutic goals, maximising functional ability and wellbeing and balancing the complex mental health needs.
  • Providing occupational therapy interventions as part of inpatient care in the General Psychiatry inpatient service.
  • Applying a high level of understanding of the effects of complex mental health conditions and provide psychoeducation.
  • Assuming professional accountability and responsibility for specific aspects of service delivery.
  • Providing information, advice, support to carers/families/others as appropriate.
  • Working in close cooperation with other staff on the therapy department, and with the wider hospital, providing advice and support to other therapists, ward staff and consultant psychiatrists as appropriate.
  • Providing occupational therapy in settings most appropriate to the patient/activity e.g., ward, therapy area, community (working flexible hours if required).
  • Being aware of and making use of specialist occupational therapy assessment tools to assess and help to formulate a treatment plan.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and modifying treatment using outcome measurement tools to ensure effectiveness.
  • Planning and developing opportunities for patients to engage in a group programme and/or individual interventions using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • Establishing links with local resources that will sustain patient’s recovery and assist in facilitating their timely discharge.
  • Attending regularly and participating actively in a variety of meetings, both clinical and professional, offering verbal reports on treatment interventions and service developments as appropriate. To
  • Maintaining accurate and up to date written and electronic records and activity data.
  • Providing copies of reports/correspondence to patients consistent with hospital guidelines.
  • Providing specialist 1:1 occupational therapy assessments and occupational therapy reports as required.

Salary: Up to £37,000 per annum plus a London Allowance of £4,000 per annum added to all permanent posts.

Job type: Full-time (37.5 hours per week), rostered to meet the needs of the business.


The following skills and qualifications are essential:

  • A BSc or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered Occupational Therapist with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of RCOT
  • Document evidence of continued professional development
  • Experience of working autonomously and co-operatively within a team
  • Recent experience of working in acute patient psychology service
  • Previous exposure to working in an acute inpatient psychiatric setting, including working with general acute adult mental health
  • Experience working with individuals and groups with a range of complex presentations in an inpatient and day patient setting
  • Knowledge of the area of specialism; clinical skills in assessment and intervention
  • Clear understanding of occupational therapy and occupational science
  • Ability to communicate information sensitively
  • Communicate in an effective, calm and timely manner in a way that respects the views, autonomy and culture of others
  • Ability to work autonomously and set priorities
  • To be non-judgemental
  • Ability to organise and respond to complex information
  • Commitment to client-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Demonstrate a professional approach including emotional resilience and boundary keeping in relationships with staff and patients
  • High level of self- confidence, speech, manner, persuasiveness and smart appearance
  • Good time-keeping skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the business

Main benefits

We offer a comprehensive range of benefits, including:

  • Competitive salaries + an additional London allowance of £4,000 per annum added to all permanent posts (pro-rata for part-time roles).
  • Negotiable relocation allowance
  • 25 days’ annual leave pro-rata (increasing up to 30 with long service), plus bank holidays
  • A ‘refer a nurse scheme’ paying £2000 per successful recruit
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) and training
  • Generous company pension scheme with The People’s Pension
  • 100% of NMC registration renewal paid (subject to meeting the criteria)
  • Travel loan scheme
  • Annual staff bonus (discretionary)
  • On-site restaurant with subsidised staff meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • An extensive Perkbox staff benefits package, offering a comprehensive range of discounts and access to well-being apps
  • Access to Perkbox Medical, which provides 24-hour access to a private GP service
  • Free life assurance cover (4x salary)
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards the cost of glasses (if required)
  • Long service recognition*
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay*
  • Long-term disability insurance*

*Subject to T&Cs

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  • Marylebone, London

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