Occupational Therapist

  • Job Reference: 216980HLL
  • Date Posted: 25 June 2024
  • Recruiter: Social Interest Group
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £41,000
  • Role: Other jobs
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job Description


Based at a 27-bed residential property in Croydon, we are hiring an Occupational Therapist to join the team to support individuals with specific needs, and provide occupational therapy assessment through a level of contact, support, and supervision to enable and empower our residents to achieve their maximum levels of functional independence and enhance their sense of wellbeing.

Penrose Croydon: A 27-bed residential property specialising in forensic mental health, complex needs and dual diagnosis. We offer psychologically-informed housing and resettlement support that comes with additional help for individuals’ specific needs. Our forensic mental health step-down services consist of four individual sites which cater for high and medium support for both, men and women.

Rota: This role is Pro Rata £41,000 across three working days (22.5 hours per week) between Monday and Friday.


We are looking for someone who has a Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy, or professional equivalent, HCPC registration, and with previous experience of working with people with multiple complex needs, with the ability to apply theory to the practical working environment. We provide a trauma-informed, non-judgmental approach in everything we do, so are looking for someone who can integrate well within the team, and build trusting relationships with others. You will be able to apply your knowledge of relevant guidance and protocols to the working environment.

Benefits, including Non-Contractual Perks

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing with the length of service
  • Training and Development, including access to courses, upskilling, and progression plans
  • Medicash includes discount gym memberships, routine optometry care, dental treatments, and physiotherapy treatments
  • Employee Assistance Programme, including counselling
  • Reflect Practice regular sessions with a therapist provided by an external provider to support Mental Health and Wellbeing.
  • Life Assurance Scheme
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Annual Staff Awards

If you have the passion, creativity, and tenacity to make a real difference in people's lives, challenge stigma and make our communities safer, we would love to hear from you!


  • Provide specialised occupational therapy assessment and treatment for residents/participants.
  • Work in adherence to Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and Consultation Observation Tool (COT) and other practice guidelines.
  • Identify activity needs and wishes through various approaches such as assessments, observations, and discussions then use these to implement plans of action.
  • Recognise signs of deteriorating mental health, physical health, or other health implications and initiate appropriate interventions to prevent crisis or other risks.
  • Equip residents/participants with the relevant life skills, knowledge, and resources to support their journey to achieve independence and their desired goals.
  • Develop, participate in, and encourage residents/participants to participate in the running and development of various projects and group engagement activities.

Other responsibilities than those described above may be required to be undertaken from time to time and will be expected to be performed to as long as it is within the capability and level of the position. 

What we are looking for:

  • IT Proficiency, ability to learn new software programs, basic Microsoft experience
  • Appropriate Professional Qualification: Diploma or Degree (Hons) in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Previous experience of working with people with multiple complex needs and/or a good understanding of their needs
  • HCPC Registration
  • Experience of effective support planning and risk assessment
  • Knowledge of relevant NICE and DoH guidance and protocols
  • Knowledge of regulatory frameworks for social care and treatment, and the ability to apply this in the working environment

What we would like, but not essential:

  • Ability to support managers in organising and planning high quality service delivery to a CQC standard

Please refer to the JDPS attached for more details on the vacancy and our requirements/key criteria.



Social Interest Group (SIG) believes good care and support improve lives. Our values of ambition, empowerment, transparency, and inclusivity drive everything we do. Our mission is to empower people who are marginalised by building powerful partnerships and creative solutions that bridge gaps in provision and aid recovery, reablement and resettlement.

SIG is a not-for-profit organisation providing thousands of people with good-quality support and care in residential, drop-in centres, community floating support settings (including people's own homes), probation settings, and hospitals awaiting discharge. We do so across London, Brighton, Bedfordshire, Luton, and Kent. We believe in the power of well-planned, well-managed services to make a difference. We work with high standards and external and internal regulatory frameworks.

Want to know how we work? Watch our short Theory of Change video to see how we support people towards a brighter future: Theory of Change - YouTube.

Further details can be found on our website here: Theory of Change - Social Interest Group - Social Interest Group

Our Values

Ambition – Eager to succeed and to accomplish as much as possible for our people

Empowerment – Giving staff and the people we support the tools, training, and information they need to achieve their potential

Transparency – Upfront and visible about our actions and open to scrutiny from stakeholders, service users, and staff

Inclusivity – Listening to, understanding, and including all our stakeholders to ensure we make a difference and get things right


Please note that this job advert may close early due to screening applications on an ongoing basis. We advise applying as soon as possible for your application to be taken into consideration at the early stages.

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For Recruitment related enquiries, please email recruitment@socialinterestgroup.org.uk 


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