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We have many opportunities for therapists at our Trust.

There are many opportunities for therapists working in in-patient and community teams within our adult, older people’s, CAMHS and specialist services as well as training and practice development roles, and in team and service management posts at all levels in the Trust. 

If you have any questions about Therapies at our trust, please contact our Head of Therapies, Helen Miles -




Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists enable children and adults of all ages to overcome mental health related challenges and achieve their full potential in doing all the things they need or want to do.This can include supporting people to develop skills, confidence and motivation in looking after themselves (self-care), doing something productive like work or education (productivity), and being involved in hobbies and activities to relax and enjoy (leisure).Occupational Therapists help people develop a daily and weekly routine of everyday activities which supports their recovery and gives them a sense of purpose.

Occupational Therapy in the Trust

There are many opportunities for occupational therapists in the Trust, working in in-patient and community teams within our adult, older people’s, CAMHS and specialist services. Occupational Therapists also work in training and practice development roles, and in team and service management posts at all levels in the Trust.

All OTs are supported by a strong leadership structure that delivers professional supervision, enables service development & facilitates continuing professional development. Quality, improvement and innovation are a priority and support is given to OTs wishing to develop new ways of doing things to improve quality. The OT service is involved in a variety of research projects and pilots of innovative mental health interventions including Graduated Living outside the ward (GLOW), Increasing participation in everyday life (IPEL) and Valuing active life in dementia (VALID).

The Trust has adopted the Model of Human Occupation as its main model of practice to ensure that staff deliver high quality evidence based assessments and interventions.

We also draw on a range of frames of reference including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and provide the role of disability champions to our services.

Occupational Therapists may be involved in the following interventions:
  • Functional assessment: assessment of a person’s ability to manage the practicalities of everyday life
  • Activities of daily living: skills training; aids & environmental adaptations
  • Lifestyle planning: exploring occupation-related options; setting goals; activity scheduling
  • Leisure enablement: working collaboratively with a person to resume or take up a valued leisure activity as part of their mental health recovery
  • Vocational & educational interventions: as above but with work or education as the focus of the intervention
  • Activity as Therapy: using activity media (often as groups) for therapeutic benefit, including using activity to optimise a person’s sensory environment
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Occupational Therapy in Acute and Urgent Care

Occupational Therapists work on in-patient units split over three hospital sites:
  • Tolworth Hospital
  • Springfield Hospital (Tooting)
  • Queen Mary’s Hospital (Roehampton)

The purpose of hospital admission is to provide care and treatment where it is not safe or appropriate to provide this in the home or other residential setting. Occupational Therapy takes an instrumental role in the assessment, treatment and discharge planning process to ensure safe and effective transitions for patients and their families.

Occupational Therapists have the following roles and responsibilities:
  • Individual assessment & interventions re independent living skills
  • Coordinating the activity / therapy provision & ensuring patient involvement / feedback
  • Acting as Disability Champion for the ward

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Occupational Therapy in the Community

Occupational Therapists work in many of the community teams including
  • Recovery support teams (RSTs)
  • Early Intervention services (EIS)
  • Primary care services (Sutton Uplift)
  • Recovery college( as trainers)
  • Specialist- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) / Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) service
  • Community Mental Health Learning Disability team
  • Home treatment teams
  • Assessment teams

Occupational Therapists are integral to the multidisciplinary team. They offer time- limited recovery focused interventions, supporting individuals to maintain their roles and to develop strategies for managing their symptoms. They often work in care coordinating roles and have protected time to offer specific Occupational Therapy assessment and deliver evidenced based interventions. They use outcome measures to demonstrate the value of Occupational Therapy.

Occupational Therapy in cognition & mental health in ageing

Occupational Therapy in this service helps older people with dementia, depression, and other serious mental health conditions to overcome the barriers they are experiencing in doing the things they need or want to be able to do. We also work with carers supporting them to develop coping strategies.

Occupational therapists have an important role in helping older people with mental health needs cope with the impact of their illness/disability and to equip them with the skills and confidence to prepare for safe discharge. We carry out functional assessments and advise on the need for community support, aids/adaptations or possible placement. We also provide interventions designed to improve quality of life and social inclusion.

Occupational Therapists are based in a range of in-patient and community services

We work on the in-patient units at:
  • Tolworth Hospital (Jasmines Ward)
  • Springfield (Crocus Ward)
  • St Helier Hospital (Liaison Psychiatry team)

Occupational Therapists also work in older peoples’ community services including:
  • Memory Services - providing assessment and short term input around the diagnosis and treatment of mild to moderate dementia.
  • Recovery & Support Teams – providing longer term support to older people with severe and enduring mental health conditions.
  • Care Home Liaison Services - providing support to care homes to meet the psychological and physical needs of residents with dementia or mental health difficulties, using the Newcastle Model

Occupational Therapy in Forensic, Specialist and National Services

The Forensic, national and specialist (FNS) services are a unique group of services providing highly specialist mental health care to adults.

There are opportunities for Occupational therapy staff in the following areas:
  • Medium secure inpatient forensic male and female wards
  • Low secure male inpatient unit
  • Forensic step down/ rehab unit.
  • National inpatient OCD/ BDD unit.
  • Deaf Adult Inpatient unit
  • Deaf Adult Community Team
  • Inpatient adult eating disorders
  • Adult eating disorders day hospital
  • Adult eating disorders outpatient team

The FNS Occupational Therapists have been involved in many innovative projects and partnerships including the development of a forensic recovery college Links are being built with SLAM and Oxleas NHS Trusts as part of the South London Partnership providing exciting opportunities for learning and service development across South London.

The Forensic OT team were recognised as team of the year in the annual Trust quality awards and Occupational Therapy is a highly valued and respected part of the service line.

Occupational Therapy in CAMHS

The CAMHS Occupational Therapy team provide input to the Adolescent mental health inpatient service, the adolescent eating disorders unit and to the National Deaf CAMHS inpatient unit.

Occupational therapists also work in the National Deaf CAMHS community teams based in London and Kent.

The CAMHS OTs have close ties with the national and London and SE east OT CAMHS interest group and regularly attend study days to build links and share learning.

Careers and Recruitment at the Trust

South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust is the leading provider of mental health services across south west London and a beacon of excellence for many of our national services.

We serve 1.1 million people across the London Boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and provide care and treatment to over 20,000 people at any one time.

With over 100 clinical teams, you will have the opportunity to work with a range of mental health services as part of a skilled multidisciplinary team.

Occupational therapists use the Model of Human Occupation and the recovery framework to underpin their practice. The Trust has an active research and development strategy and there will be opportunities to engage in a number of practice development initiatives. We offer:
  • Preceptorship for newly qualified OTs
  • Dynamic OT research and innovation programme.
  • Preceptorship plus to support OTs moving from Band 5 to Band 6 roles.
  • Innovative new roles such as Home Treatment teams.
  • Professional supervision.
  • Return to practice.
  • Opportunities for observed practice to promote peer reflection.
  • Profession-specific as well as mental health CPD opportunities.
  • A well-established network of speciality-based OT development forums to share & support best practice facilitated by a practice development lead.
  • Opportunities to supervise students from four universities supported by a practice placement coordinator.
  • Model of Human Occupation e-learning packages and tools within the electronic record.
  • As well as a range of other staff benefits.
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Occupational Therapy Pioneering Practice

The Occupational Therapy service at SWLSTG has been at the cutting edge of Mental Health Occupational Therapy practice for over a decade. Here are just a few of the practice initiatives that have been embedded locally and shared nationally.

Promoting Professional Growth
  • Preceptorship programme and handbook developed in SWLSTG and adopted by RCOT.
  • ‘Working Smarter, not Harder’ framework and CPD portfolio to support HCPC CPD requirements.
  • Observed practice programme to advance reflective practice for OT and allied health professionals.
  • Preceptorship Plus: innovative new programme to support Band 5s to transition into Band 6 roles.
Delivering Practice Development
  • All OTs use Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) to promote occupationally focused practice.
  • MOHO tools and OT care plan library in the electronic record highlight OT contribution to patient care and facilitate audit of occupationally focused practice.
  • Prioritisation protocols to meet occupational need introduced into local OT care pathways and shared across UK.
  • Training and resources for OTs taking on the role as disability champions to promote equality
  • Piloting of an OT hub with agreed OT pathway and manualised interventions in CMHTs in two boroughs in the locality.
Leading on Research and Innovation
  • England wide project to develop OT indicative care packages for use within Mental Health Payment by Results.
  • Multisite research study of occupational need across forensic settings with University of Illinois, Chicago.
  • Development and piloting a manualised OT intervention ‘Increasing Participation in Everyday Life’ (Birken, Parkinson and Morley)
  • Research studies funded by Health Foundation and by UKOTRF to evaluate a manualised OT intervention, ‘Graduating Life Skills Outside the Ward’ with people with mood disorder and personality disorders. (Birken and Morley)
  • Opportunities to be involved in OT research and evaluation, to collaborate on publications and presentations.

Career Development

We believe that all staff should have access to continuing professional development (CPD) activities and career development opportunities. We demonstrate this commitment through:
  • Regular professional supervision and appraisal
  • An annual CPD conference
  • Encouragement to share best practice through publications and conference presentations
  • Practice forums
  • Preceptorship
  • Preceptorship Plus
  • Clinical and management secondments at all levels
The future development of:
  • Apprenticeships across all levels
  • New roles e.g. advanced clinician, perinatal & psychiatric liaison roles
  • A recognised career pathway

Current roles in the Trust

Occupational Therapist Band 5: In-patient Role

The Band 5 Occupational Therapist is part of a multi-disciplinary team providing care and recovery focused assessment and interventions to individuals facing a broad range of mental health conditions who require the short term intensive support of an in-patient unit. The role is responsible for:
  • Identifying and prioritising individuals requiring occupational therapy assessment following the OT pathway.
  • Designing and delivering profession specific individual or group interventions to those identified as meeting the prioritisation criteria to ensure discharge is safe and timely.
  • Planning and co-ordinating the group programme, working alongside activity coordinators and other staff to ensure this meets the needs of the individuals on the unit and is of the highest standard.
  • Engaging in regular professional supervision (individual and peer based) and development opportunities to increase your skills. The senior occupational therapy team will train and support you through the band 5 Preceptorship programme if appropriate.
Occupational Therapist Band 6: In-patient Role

Band 6 Occupational Therapist roles can be found on in-patient units within the local boroughs and in regional/ national services for a particular specialism. The services cover all age groups and include acute admissions, forensic and rehabilitation. The role is responsible for:
  • Working as a core member of the multidisciplinary team and contributing to service development and profession specific service innovation.
  • The delivery of care and treatment to service users with various complex mental health conditions.
  • Providing a seamless, recovery focused occupational therapy pathway via professional assessment of need and where identified delivering a range of evidence based interventions.
  • Overseeing the group programme.
  • Providing leadership to junior staff supervising and developing band 5 OTs, activity workers and volunteers.
Occupational Therapist Band 6 Community Roles

Recovery Support Team: There are a range of band 6 OT roles across the boroughs working in multidisciplinary Recovery Support Teams. These teams undertake a range of assessment and treatment interventions in line with the Care Programme Approach and Social Inclusion strategy. The roles include:
  • The responsibilities of a care coordinator, holding a caseload for a defined number of service users and their carers. The emphasis is on enabling individuals to receive the highest level of co-ordinated health and social care plans to meet their individual needs.
  • Developing clinical skills such as psychosocial interventions and family work agenda.
  • Delivering evidence based occupational therapy assessments and time limited treatment interventions and recording clinical outcomes to show effectiveness.

Home Treatment Team: These innovative band 6 Occupational Therapy roles have been established across most of the boroughs. The Crisis and Home treatment Team practitioner has a focus on providing safe and effective treatment to service users in their own home and providing an alternative to in-patient admission and/or facilitating early discharge for hospital. The role involves:
  • Working generically as part of the team to undertake initial assessments and be involved in the gate keeping process, linking in with bed management services. You will build on advanced assessment and liaison skill to work in a recovery focused way to support individuals in crisis and self-management.
  • Working as an occupational therapist within protected time to complete occupational therapy assessments and evidenced based OT interventions, signposting to key services.
  • Enhancing skills such as psychosocial interventions and risk assessments.
Occupational Therapist Band 7: Lead Role: Band 7 Lead roles are found in inpatient and community settings across the 5 boroughs and specialist services posts. Most have a split role component between professional managerial responsibilities and a clinical specialism dependent on the area of work. The roles are responsible for:
  • Professional leadership and governance to the occupational therapy staff under their remit.
  • The development of the occupational therapy team via individual supervision
  • Contributing to the development of the profession within the Trust by shaping new services and / or improving systems and services with innovative thinking.
  • Actively taking part in the senior leadership team and representing the occupational therapist team at internal and external forums.
Occupational Therapist Band 7: Team Manager Role: There are opportunities across the trust for occupational therapists to work as team managers. The role involves managing and leading a multidisciplinary community team to ensure that holistic care is provided. The roles are responsible for:
  • Ensuring that performance and quality standards of the team are met and the team provide safe & effective services.
  • Coordinating the team and working with them to put into action the values of the Trust’s Recovery and Social Inclusion Strategy.
  • Overall clinical and managerial responsibility for the team caseload.
  • The leadership and development of the team.

Occupational Therapy Students

You can find out more about student placements here.


Who We Are

Who we are

Lived Experience - driving change and improvement

Do you have lived experience of accessing Trust services, or supporting people who have, within the last 5 years?

Are you passionate about improving mental health services so that they better meet the needs of people, now and in the future?

Join our Lived Experience Network

The Lived Experience Network is a group of more than 270 people who have lived experience of accessing Trust services and supporting people who have, within the last 5 years.

Our Lived Experience Members have many reasons for joining the network, including a passion to use their experience and perspective to improve services for others; the opportunity to challenge stigma and raise awareness of diverse perspectives, and the opportunity to work alongside staff and other people with lived experience.

People interested in joining the Lived Experience Network can meet with the Involvement Team to find out more about how involvement works. We aim to support people to become involved in opportunities that align with their lived experience and interests. You can choose what you get involved in.

Examples of Coproduction and Involvement opportunities include, inviting people with lived experience to work alongside staff on:



Quotes from Lived Experience Members

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Who are the Involvement Team and what do we do?

We are a team of people with lived experience of mental and emotional distress; accessing mental health services and supporting people who have. Our lived experience means that we have an appreciation of the perspectives of people who access services, and this helps us to support people in their involvement. It also can help to bridge the gap that can exist between people who access services and people who provide services.

We oversee four priority areas of lived experience involvement across the Trust that support the creation of opportunities for people with lived experience to share their perspectives to shape how services are developed and improved.

We support the Trust to implement the Involvement Plan which aims to:

  • Change the culture of the Trust so that coproduction and involvement are a first thought. Where it isn’t taking place, the Trust asks why not?
  • Increase service user and carer control so that people can see the impact of their involvement in improving services.
  • Providing personal opportunities to people who are involved that are meaningful and rewarding and that value and make use their lived experience; skills and expertise.
  • Extend our reach so that we involve and hear the voices of a more diverse group of people who use Trust services, and their carers.
  • Have Coproduction at the heart of everything we do, in terms of the way that services are designed, commissioned and delivered.

What are Co-production and Involvement?

Involvement and Coproduction are about people with lived experience of services, and staff, working together to improve the mental health support we offer. They are about creating opportunities that ensure that the organisation listens to people who have first-hand experience of accessing our services; of what they need, what works well, what doesn’t.

Through seeking, reflecting on and being responsive to the perspectives, experiences and needs of people, the Trust will be more able to improve, develop and deliver safe, high quality patient care.

“Co-production means delivering public services in an equal and reciprocal relationship between professionals, people using services, their families and their neighbours. Where activities are co-produced in this way both services and neighbourhoods become far more effective agents of change” Boyle and Harris 2009

Coproduction is an approach to working together in equal partnership, towards shared goals. It has six guiding principles:


Our Model for Coproduction & Involvement

Our multifaceted model offers enhanced training and support to our Lived Experience Members, and new and improved ways of working collaboratively that aim to support the Trust to develop meaningful and impactful opportunities for involvement and coproduction.

The model has been coproduced with our Patient Quality Forum members and staff and has four key elements.

The implementation of the new model is an ongoing co-productive process through which we are codesigning ways of working. Rather than having a fixed idea about how to implement the model, we will do what is most impactful and achievable, maximising the commitment and enthusiasm of staff, Lived Experience Members and other stakeholders.

The aim of the model is to develop a trust wide structure that supports a proactive, planned and consistent approach to the development of impactful involvement and coproduction.

Alongside the development of our new Trust Wide Lived Experience forum, we have two main forums.

Patient Quality Forum

The Patient Quality Forum (PQF) was launched in December 2015 to provide us with a cross-section of views about quality and the experience of our services from the people who use them. Members of the PQF live in the five boroughs we cover and meet bi-monthly to consider quality and patient experience.

Carers Friends and Families Reference group (CFFRG)

This long-standing group meets bi-monthly to consider quality and patient and carer experience. Individual members of the CFFRG live in the five boroughs we cover and has representation from organisations that support carers within the Boroughs including the five Carers Centres.

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Our Vision, Values and Priorities

Trust Board meetings

The Trust Board meets in public on the second Thursday of every other month. This meeting is open to members of the public and all staff and we always have time for questions.  Come along and be a part of the meeting.

If you have a disability and need help to come to meetings or have any questions, contact us in advance on 020 3513 6385 or

The agenda, board papers and minutes of these meetings are posted on the Trust website as they become available.  


The Trust Board meetings are held in public on a bi-monthly basis. You will be given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the meeting, as is usual. 

Meetings will commence at 1.30pm.  The location of meetings are detailed below however in the main these will be held at Springfield Hospital, Glenburne Rd, London  SW17 7DJ.  

The current schedule is set out below. 

2022- 2023 dates

Board date

Papers published by

09 March 2023 - Trinity Building, Springfield Hospital


03 March 2023

11 May 2023 

 05 May 2023

13 July 2023

 07 July 2023

14 September 2023

 08 Sept 2023

09 November 2023

 03 Nov 2023

11 January 2024

05 Jan 2024

14 March 2024 

08 March 2024


Written questions for the Board meeting

Members of the public may ask the Chair of the Trust Board a question on any matter which is within the powers and duties of the Trust.

Questions will be taken at the end of the public section of each Board meeting. The Trust will seek to deal with questions during this part of the agenda, however if this is not possible a written response will be provided to the questioner and copied to all Board members within seven working days of the meeting. In exceptional circumstances, the Chair may extend the time period for public questions.

Notice of questions

A question may only be asked if it has been submitted in writing to the Trust by 9am on the working day before the date of the Board meeting. Each question must give the name and address of the questioner. If a question is being asked on behalf of an organisation then the name of the organisation should be stated. Written questions are to be submitted by email to Only one written question may be submitted by each questioner.


At the Board meeting the questioner, if present, will be invited to read out the question. If absent, the Chair may read out the question. A written answer will be provided to a written question and will be given to the questioner and to members of the Trust Board before being read out at the meeting by the Chair. Copies of the questions and the responses will be recorded in the minutes.

Additional Questions

A questioner who has submitted a written question may, with the consent of the Chair, ask an additional oral question arising directly out of the original question or the reply.

An answer to an oral question will take the form of either:

  • a direct oral answer; or
  • if the information required is not easily available a written answer will be sent to the questioner and circulated to all members of the Trust Board.

Unless the Chair decides otherwise there will not be discussion on any public question.

Written questions may be rejected and oral questions need not be answered when the Chair considers that they:

  • are not on any matter that is within the powers and duties of the Trust;
  • are defamatory, frivolous or offensive;
  • are substantially the same as a question that has been put to a meeting of the Trust Board and been answered in the past six months; or
  • would require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.

Safe staffing levels

Safe staffing levels

One of the objectives of the The Mental Health Staffing Framework is to give mental health leaders the skills and knowledge to plan and deliver safe staffing for inpatient services.

All trusts must publish information about the number of nursing staff working on each ward. This is required by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We have information boards on each ward, indicating planned and actual staffing levels for every shift. We also publish a month-by-month, cross-site summary on this website.

Work is underway on a guide for community mental health services. It will add to the work of the Mental Health Taskforce on establishing the right balance of staff when dealing with those with mental health conditions. 



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