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Occupational Therapist, Children's CTPLD

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Children's Learning Disability Team in Northamptonshire.

The Community Team for People with a Learning Disability (CTPLD) delivers specialist multi-disciplinary healthcare assessment and treatment services locally for children who have a learning disability presenting with physical health needs, a mental illness and/or challenging behaviour. The service provided is person centred and tailored to the individual and their environment, considering their ethnic and cultural backgrounds and needs. We provide this through direct support, joint working with other services and/or through offering consultancy to other professionals involved.

The team works in close partnership with the service user, family/carers, and other agencies, e.g., mainstream health services, independent and voluntary services, Advocacy Services and Commissioners. You will be expected to work within a value driven, recovery-based approach that embeds the Positive Behaviour Support framework. Post holders will have experience of working with people who have a learning disability and either mental ill-health and/or complex behavioural needs.

Main duties of the job

  • To manage a caseload of children with complex Learning Disabilities who may also have additional health needs
  • To work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • To work with children and their families to identify OT goals as part of the overall care plan, using specialist Learning Disability and OT assessment tools, including sensory based approaches and functional assessments, such as the Model of Creative Ability
  • To plan and implement child cantered individual and/or group interventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify interventions for children with multiple needs, to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention
  • To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training, advice, and adaptations to ensure the availability of meaningful occupations for service users and those who support them
  • To assess the occupational needs of a defined service user group and establish and evaluate appropriate intervention programmes
  • To support the delivery program for positive behaviours support (PBS) workshops and PBS plans
  • To provide training and support to families and carers on sensory based approaches and interventions

About us

The post holder will work as part of the Children's Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities providing Occupational Therapy (OT) under the direct supervision from the Lead Occupational Therapist to support individuals with a broad range of needs, the post holder will provide specialist Occupational Therapy assessments and intervention and will work in collaboration with the person, their network of care, mainstream health services, and the multidisciplinary team to enhance, optimise and maintain the person's health and quality of life.

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools.We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Degree (or equivalent) level professional AHP qualification
  • Current HCPC registration
  • 3 years post registration experience of working as an OT including at least 2 years within a learning disability and/or mental health/ASD setting


  • Experience of working within community setting (desirable)
  • Sensory integration training - as part of a modular program

Behaviours and Values


  • Ability to work under pressure, the ability to work in a busy, sometimes pressurised environment, prioritising and working to deadlines
  • Ability to work in a flexible way and respond to change


  • Effective negotiation skills that demonstrate a flexible and patient friendly approach
  • Non-judgmental, honest, strives for consistently high clinical standards

Skills and Abilities


  • Advanced understanding of complex needs/challenging behaviours in relation to care
  • Excellent problem solving and time management skills
  • Car driver essential as this a community-based post


  • Basic IT skills
  • Teaching skills using a range of methods

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Base can be negotiated (Northampton/Kettering) but work will be countywide

Carey Suite, St Mary's Hospital, London Road


NN15 7PW

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