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Advanced Occupational Therapist

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an Occupational Therapist with clinical leadership skills with a specialist interest in children, young people's mental health in the Learning Disabilities service.

This job is within Forward Thinking Birmingham's (FTB) Learning Disabilities Team based at Finch Road, Lozells. The role will be to provide Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention for 0-19 year old children and young people with moderate to profound learning disabilities in the community who have complex mental health needs and behaviours of challenge towards themselves and those who care for them.

The Learning Disabilities service reflects a full MDT Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nurses, Support Workers. You will have the opportunity to work with our children, young people and families within their homes, schools, colleges wherever there is a need for meaningful intervention!

Come and join a dynamic service led and supported by specialist and highly experienced Occupational Therapists within our 0-25 service. We hold true to our trust values of being ambitious, brave and compassionate and are very committed to being OTs for Equity challenging individual as well as systemic barriers to mental wellness that impact our young people. Join us and bring a dynamic presentation of Occupational Therapy and provide great outcomes for our children and young people!

Main duties of the job

This post-holder will manage a defined Occupational Therapy caseload. They would also provide training on specific subjects and will work to develop and champion the role of Occupational Therapy across FTB.

This role will allow the development/ consolidation of specialist Occupational Therapy skills independent working, managing an Occupation Focused caseload, supporting the wider MDT through generic tasks such as initial assessments.

This is an amazing opportunity to join a growing Occupational Therapy service developing our specialist core hub offer. We will be supporting our team to develop Occupational Formulations, Occupation focussed interventions, sensory pathways and strategies. Members of our team have been supported to develop core OT skills as well as additional specialist modalities such as DBT, Systemic training, BUSS, ADOS.

This post will work closely with the multidisciplinary team, the wider Occupational Therapy service and with external partner agencies involved in the care of the young people with learning disabilities.

Core working hours are Monday-Friday 9-5 however flexibility to meet the needs of our children, young people and families is essential. A driving license and access to a car daily for work purposes is also essential as the service is citywide.

As an Occupational Therapy team we provide
  • Monthly in-service CPD
  • Pathway lead workshops
  • Professional Development 1:1 sessions with Head of OT
  • Supportive peer groups

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity within FTB Learning Disabilities Service (employed by Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust)

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details.

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapy degree and Professional Registration as an Occupational Therapist
  • Completion of specialist modality (e.g. Sensory Integration)
  • Post qualification experience of working with children and young people, young adults with mental health needs
  • Post qualification experience of working with children, young people, young adults with learning disabilities


  • Relevant MSc learning
  • Fieldwork Educators Course
  • Membership of relevant special interest groups
  • Experience of using occupational case formulation

Knowledge and Experience


  • Extensive post-graduate experience of CAMHS and/or paediatric experience including learning disability and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of audit and understanding of research principles
  • Advanced knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to child/mental health occupational therapy within Learning Disability setting
  • In -depth knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the LD client group including the utilisation and interpretation of standardised tests
  • Knowledge of attachment theory and implications on physical, social and emotional development and functional skills

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Experience of audit and understanding of research principles
  • Experience of contributing to planning and evaluation of services

Professional / Managerial / Specialist Knowledge


  • Experience of using specialist mental health approaches including working with neurodiversity, complex trauma and learning disabilities/difficulties
  • Experience of working with mental health risk and positive risk taking such as increasing protective factors
  • Experience representing Occupational Therapy at management/strategic level in Trust meetings and external forums

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


1st Floor Finch Road Primary Care Centre,

Finch Road, Lozells


B19 1HS

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