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Occupational Therapist

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 hours per week. We are looking for an enthusiastic occupational therapist (OT) to join our multi-disciplinary CAMHS Inpatient Adolescent Team.

Plym Bridge House is a 12 bed, regional Tier 4 inpatient unit. We work with young people aged between 12 and 18 years, with severe and complex mental health presentations such as PTSD, psychotic states, eating disorders and severe depression/anxiety conditions.

There is an experienced therapy team comprising of occupational therapy, clinical psychology and family therapy. There is also large nursing, medical and education teams.

We are seeking an OT who is passionate about working with children and adolescents and has experience of supervising and developing junior staff. You will be expected to shape and develop the therapy service in line with clinical need. Also to use their own technical/creative skills to provide a flexible, client-centred programme of therapeutic activities, for individuals and groups of young people at Plym Bridge House. You will also provide specialist occupational assessment and treatment of young people to contribute to the clinical understanding of patients within the multidisciplinary team.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a respected team who engage in rewarding and intensive work with children who experience a range of complex issues and challenges. The service is part of the broader Plymouth CAMHS and the post-holder will be part of the child mental health occupational therapy department.

Main duties of the job

Plym Bridge is a 12 bed adolescent inpatient unit staffed by nurses, therapy staff, medical staff and teachers. The unit is part of Plymouth CAMHS but has contracts with Devon and nationally. It offers admission for acutely unwell young people aged between 12 and 18 years old. Typical presentations include psychosis, self-harm/suicide attempts, PTSD, depression and eating disorders.

The post holder will ensure that:

Young people and their occupational functioning are considered within the familial, social and institutional context. Various models of group work will be applied, along with individual programmes of care as part of the overall treatment package within the unit.

Specialized Occupational Therapy skills with both individuals and groups are applied.

Joint work with other team members (nursing staff, therapists and medical staff) and to play a vital role in the shared assessment and treatment of young people at Plym Bridge.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide an Occupational Therapy service at Plym Bridge House in accordance with the overall aims of the unit and multidisciplinary team.

This will include leading of a group programme on the unit specialist individual and group assessment and treatment of young people contributing to the clinical understanding of patients within the multidisciplinary team.
Key Activities:
To provide clinical leadership within the OT team ( OTA)

To plan appropriate assessments and interventions, evaluating the progress of adolescents in accordance with the aims of the multidisciplinary team.

To provide specialized group and individual work for adolescents on the unit.

To liaise with the multidisciplinary team by attending necessary clinical meetings and providing verbal and written reports as required.

To support the development of therapy services and promote a therapeutic milieu within the unit.

To develop individual programmes of care, working with the young person, their families/ carers and members of the multidisciplinary team in accordance with patient-centred principles.

To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant protocols and procedures, including risk assessment and clinical governance procedures.

To participate in clinical reviews and discharge planning meetings as appropriate, providing specialist advice to other members of the multidisciplinary team.

To provide specialist Occupational Therapy ADL and CPA reports relevant to the practice setting.

To communicate complex information with clarity and sensitivity to young people, their families or carers and to ensure that information is shared appropriately with other professionals within the multidisciplinary team and from external agencies.

To assist in the advising and training of all staff across the multidisciplinary team in relation to the role of Occupational Therapy within the inpatient unit.


To take responsibility for further postgraduate development through the process of supervision and appraisal.

To ensure continuing professional expertise and standards through attending relevant courses, in service training, conducting literature reviews and research to promote evidence-based practice.

To take the lead in the training, supervision and assessment of Occupational Therapy students on clinical practice rotation.

To maintain and regularly update knowledge and training in relation to Child Safeguarding.

To maintain a professional portfolio in line with post registration requirements. This will include planning for and undertaking postgraduate training programmes appropriate to career path and the needs of the service.

To conduct all communications and behaviour in a professional manner, in line with the guidelines and protocols of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy and the Health and Care Professions Council. To adhere to all policies and procedures as required by Livewell SouthWest.


To be responsible for planning and delivery of Occupational Therapy within the adolescent unit, prioritizing clinical needs in order to ensure delivery of an efficient and effective service.

Post holder fully engaged with activities relating to Policy, Service Development and Clinical Governance.

To demonstrate autonomy and initiative in managing the Occupational Therapy Team workload and liaising with other members of the multidisciplinary team in relation to delivery of group work and individual sessions.

To ensure that comprehensive records for patients are kept, including information on their attendance for treatments and stored using the relevant data collection system.

To organise the necessary equipment used in the assessment and treatment of the young people in the unit. This will include demonstrating and teaching the safe use of materials and equipment to young people or members of the multidisciplinary team.

To take an active role in the ongoing development of the Tier 4 inpatient service, working closely with all members of the multidisciplinary team and providing specialist input in relation to the development of Occupational Therapy within the unit.

To support and lead the Occupational Therapy Assistant and band 5 OT with their roles on the unit.


To take the lead in the training, supervision and assessment of Occupational Therapy students on clinical practice rotation.

The development of innovative occupational therapy assessment and intervention procedures and work related to the better care of children, adolescents and families and is supported by appropriate research.

The provision of a valuable resource for others in terms of knowledge and expertise relating to research knowledge and practice in the occupational therapy field.

Person Specification



  • Minimum of two years clinical experience as an OT working in mental health
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Group work experience
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation


  • Tier 4 experience
  • Experience of DBT within clinical work
  • Clinical supervisor
  • CAMHS experience
  • Leadership skills
  • Fieldwork supervisor for OT students
  • Experience of working with ethnic minorities



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Professional Registration (HPC)
  • Plus Evidence of Specialist short courses/training


  • Child protection training
  • De-escalation and control and restraint training
  • Member of Children Young People and Families specialist section
  • Food Hygiene

knowledge and skills


  • Knowledge of team and group dynamics
  • Knowledge of OT-specific assessment tools and interventions
  • Knowledge of acute mental illness in young people
  • Knowledge of child and mental health related legislation and how this translates to practice.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients of all ages, in difficult circumstances
  • Self-motivated and a team player
  • Enthusiastic about the service and delivery of OT to young people in an inpatient setting
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work within an unpredictable environment and adapt interventions
  • Ability to manage stressful situations, with a capacity to reflect and contain intense feelings that are evoked by exposure to distressing situations
  • Personal integrity, with values compatible with the philosophy of the service


  • Complex computer skills.
  • Presentation skills
  • Enthusiasm to take part in research and service development
  • Full and Current Driving License

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


Live Well South West

4 William Prance Road



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