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Recruit to Train (RTT) Autism/ learning disabilities (OT)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Osborne, Fareham
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for someone to develop their clinical skills in a role that makes a positive impact in people's lives within an innovative and pioneering CAMHS service. This one-year fixed term training post is for Occupational Therapists with post registration experience to work as a 'Recruit to Train' therapist and Senior Mental Health Practitioner within a community CAMHS team or within a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) with other clinicians delivering evidence-based interventions.

This post provides the opportunity to complete the Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) training in psychological therapy for young people with ASC/LD that is being run in collaboration with Anna Freud Centre and undertaking training at University College London. This is an excellent training program provided by Leading Practitioners in this field. The successful candidates will study at University College London, learning how to deliver IPT for adolescents with depression. The trainee will also be working as Senior Mental Health Practitioner within one of the varied CAMHS community teams for the duration of the one year course and would split their time between attending university teaching days and carrying out clinical work within their teams. After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within the service.

Main duties of the job

The Autism Spectrum Conditions with or without a Learning Disability (ASC/LD) training will provide a broad range of skills and practical strategies required to meet the mental health needs of CYP with ASC and LD (particularly Anxiety and Depression). The course aims to provide trainees with Consideration of and Positive Behaviour Support, Adaptations to the application of the CBT model and associated manuals for varying presentations alongside Environmental Adaptations are part of the key toolsets that will be taught. This course is looking for creative and flexible individuals who are able to adapt and increase the accessibility to mental health interventions for CYP with ASC and LD across the age range 5-19.

The training involves teaching blocks within the school terms as well as weekly teaching and supervision days at UCL. Applicants must be willing to travel to both London and must be comfortable with community working across a range of settings to include clinic, schools and MHST bases.

The clinical work involves being part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS team and successful candidates will carry their own caseload of training cases. Workplace supervision will be provided weekly by ASC LD Lead, with Line Management provided weekly by locality manager initially, moving to monthly after new starter appraisal.

About us

In Hampshire CAMHS we value our Occupational Therapists having a strong professional identity and encourage clinicians to be part of this with annual 'away days', regular CPD opportunities, a robust leadership with an OT lead steering this and access to unique learning and development opportunities.

Trainees will build upon key Occupational therapy skills such as engagement, holistic assessment of the person, the environment and their occupations to inform intervention. Trainees will deliver both practical family and individual interventions to support vulnerable CYP, whose Autism and or Learning Disability impacts upon their mental health and wellbeing and the development of functional coping skills through meaningful occupations.

By coming to work at Hampshire CAMHS you would be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which has a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

Hampshire CAMHS is committed to exploring ways of providing timely, locally delivered, high quality and effective interventions. These aim to maximize mental health and maintain children and young people within their home and educational environment. Hampshire CAMHS places supervision of its staff as a priority. It also uses audits, evaluations and routine outcome measures to continuously improve our service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will continue to utilise and develop Occupational Therapy core skills within the scope of casework, however the focus of the course will be to provide teaching upon core CBT manuals using a 'Flexible with Fidelity' approach to approach to CBT theory and interventions. Trainees within the ASC LD modality will provide a more flexible and accessible type of intervention with CYP using their occupational frame of reference.

Casework will include the monitoring, establishing and evaluation of appropriate occupationally informed programmes, ensuring the effectiveness of intervention is measured. In addition, the trainee will be expected to provide psychoeducation in the form of training and advice regarding any reasonable adjustments for CYP in line with their Autism and or Learning Disability needs, across a range of settings.

The candidate will have a qualification in Occupational Therapy and will be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), adhering to Occupational Therapy Standards & Code of Ethics.

This is a training position and so all candidates will need to apply for both the trainee role with our organisation and the UCL Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy in order to be shortlisted (for more information about the course and minimum entry criteria, please see the course page: Please complete your university application using the UCL University Application Guidance supplied.

It is very important to mention which modality/modalities you are applying for and why you are qualified & interested in them.

As this is a training position, please be aware that this is a dual application process where you must be employed in a Recruit to Train funded job to also receive a place on the course, and vice-versa. If you are ineligible for the University Course, you will be unable to be offered the role. If you withdraw from an employment offer but you have accepted a university offer, you will be unable to join the course.

This role will be best suited for applicants that are able to balance a busy work and study schedule. You will be an employee at the service but also enrolled for 2-3 days a week on a Postgraduate Diploma course. As this is a Postgraduate level diploma, you will also be required to be able to study and write academic material at this level. Applicants must be prepared to study and write assignments outside of protected study time (such as on weekends and after work).

Please note that when you apply to this role, your name will be shared with the Higher Education Institute (HEI) running the course. The service will usually be the Course Teams main way of contacting you until you have been sent an Offer, and so the Course Team at the HEI may ask for information if it is missing but relevant to deciding eligibility. Other information that might be shared is:
  • Reason behind ineligibility for the course.
  • Queries regarding application (such as if you claim to have a professional registration without submitting certificates, course may ask service to pursue more information)
  • Name change if you may have registered with a different name than HEI was given, they will confirm with service to ensure that they are reviewing the correct candidate.

This is an integral part of the process to confirm that you have applied to the University and that you meet their course requirements. Please apply to the University at the same time as applying to this job position.

If you apply to this job, you are giving permission for information to be shared between the Course Team at the HEI and the Recruitment team at the Service. The only information that is shared will be relevant to establishing eligibility for the job/course. No irrelevant information will be disclosed or discussed in relation to your application.

Former EMHP and CWP graduates (or graduates from any other HEE funded course) need to be 2-years post-graduation to be eligible to apply (graduated by January 2022) and are able to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and a commitment to ASC LD.

Please note in this instance the course is not optional there will be a joint interview process including UCL to appoint to these roles. The roles are dependent on meeting all course requirements.

All applicants will need to be available to start in their roles from Tuesday 2nd January 2024.

Person Specification



  • Bachelor's degree (at least second class) from a UK university or equivalent in a relevant subject e.g. psychology, social work AND a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, social work, counselling, nursing, psychotherapy) from a UK university or equivalent. OR Applications may be considered from those with a relevant first degree who do not have a registerable professional training if they have substantial experience in a CAMHS or equivalent setting and evidence of meeting the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) requirements of BABCP.



  • Autism/Learning disabilities and a High level of motivation to improve mental health, emotional well-being and self-realisation in this client group.
  • At least two years experience of working within a professional setting concerned with the mental health of children and young people or families (e.g. as a mental health worker).
  • Basic level of clinical competence and experience of having worked with young people with autism/learning disabilities for at least one year.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust



Osborne, Fareham

PO16 7ES

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