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Highly Specialist CAMHS Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist (OT) to join the Neurodevelopmental CAMHS team in Cambridge. This is a new post which is welcomed by the team, to improve the CAMHS offer for young people with moderate to severe mental health disorders with comorbid ASD, LD and ADHD.

We are seeking someone with experience working with children and young people, who is passionate about making a difference and demonstrating the value that OT can bring. The trust provides monthly peer OT clinical supervision, specifically focusing on sensory-based interventions and assessment, in additional to individual monthly clinical supervision.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

*DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be part of the leadership team to support service development and improvement, and to provide clinical leadership. You will provide supervision to others and independently manage your caseload consisting of both OT specific work and generic mental health work. You will be able to effectively contribute to meetings, bringing an OT lens to team discussions.

We will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff based on their individual needs identified throughout appraisal process. This may include training in Single Session Therapy, ADOS training and other therapeutic modalities, in addition to our ongoing monthly CPD programme.

You will join a supportive team who are passionate about making a difference to young people and their families. If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting young people and their families, then we want to hear from you.

If you're interested to come and join our dedicated and friendly team please do apply! Part-time applicants will also be considered.

We'd be happy to discuss informally - please contact Lee Revelles (Team Manager and Occupational Therapist) on 01223 465100.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share out vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disable people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide highly specialised Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment for children, young people and their families. .
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, holding responsibility for their own caseload and working without direct supervision.
  • To formulate and deliver individual treatment based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment approaches using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment modalities available, e.g. MOHO, CBT, DBT, sensory integration therapy (in line with strongest evidence) and other alternatives.
  • To organise the caseload in such a way as to make optimum use of personal skills in the context of multi-disciplinary/multi-agency work.
  • To assess, treat and evaluate children/young people referred to the service to include individual, parent/carer, network liaison and/or other appropriate group work. This will include those accessing a neurodevelopmental diagnostic assessment or with diagnosiss of ASD, Learning Disability or ADHD.
  • To participate in the planning and delivery of evidence-based therapeutic programmes particularly Positive Behaviour Support and Parenting Programmes on both an individual and group basis to children and young people and their families.
  • To develop formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon OT theory and evidence which incorporates developmental, interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To evaluate and make treatment decisions in collaboration with the CAMHS Multi-disciplinary Team about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To network and develop partnerships with child and adolescent mental health professionals and other professionals within Social Services, Education, General Practitioners, Health Promotion Agencies and the Voluntary Sector.
  • To attend clinics, school reviews and meetings as appropriate.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


  • Member of the Children & Young People & Family Specialist Interest Group.
  • Post graduate training related to the field of Children's or Mental Health Occupational Therapy.



  • Substantial post graduate experience as an Occupational Therapist with clear knowledge and understanding of child development and neurodevelopmental conditions.
  • This experience will include consolidation of the OT process occupational therapy assessment, goal setting and intervention.
  • Experience of the EHCP process.
  • Sensory Integration knowledge.
  • Experience of assessment of children with neurodisabilities and ASD.


  • Experience working within a CAMHS service.
  • Experience of staff management and evidence of application of managerial skills and knowledge

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge of common mental health conditions (such as Depression, anxiety, OCD) & neurodevelopmental conditions (ASD, ADHD, LD). An understanding of associated conditions which will impact on function/intervention.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of safeguarding issues

Physical Requirements


  • The physical ability to perform & cope with all aspects of manual handling as demanded by the job role.



  • Ability to travel for business purposes between sites within the Trust or to patients' residences, school settings, as demanded by the job role.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Brookside Family Consultation Clinic

18 Trumpington Road



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