Advanced Occupational Therapist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle upon Tyne
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen at Alnwood Children and Young People's Medium Secure inpatient service. We are seeking to recruit a highly skilled and experienced Advanced Occupational Therapist to join the service.

You would be joining at an exciting and pivotal time as we develop the clinical pathways for young people coming into our service experiencing acute Mental Illness, Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or neurodevelopmental condition.

Main duties of the job

This role will include leading on the development of the medium secure pathway, with leadership and providing clinical input into the other clinical pathway where needed, and providing leadership support to the clinical and operational leads.

The post holder will require advance clinical knowledge and skills in secure environments with young people with mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity needs. The post holder would be expected to possess a high level of skill and experience in understanding the impact of mental illness, learning disability, autism spectrum and neurodevelopmental conditions upon occupational functioning.

The role will involve providing advanced Occupational Therapy assessment and other related assessments, dependent upon the needs of young people, and treatment and recommendations for improving performance in managing the demands of activities of daily living, daily routines and the impact of environmental factors. With working alongside the multi-disciplinary team members in devising care and treatment plans for meeting the needs of young people.

The successful candidate will be required to possess (or develop through commitment to training) advanced knowledge and skills in theories and approaches utilised in meeting the needs of this patient group including sensory processing strategies, positive behaviour support and relevant standardised assessments. As well as relevant occupational therapy approaches and models of practice.

About us

The successful candidate will work alongside the Occupational Therapy team and AHP assistant practitioners, and the wider AHP team including Dietetics and Speech and Language Therapy. As well as the wider multi-disciplinary team made up Psychiatry, Nursing, Psychology, Family Therapy, Teachers and Education staff.

The service has a robust supervision structure, therefore the post holder will benefit from excellent training and development opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to a highly specialist and experienced group of health professionals, as part of wider multi-disciplinary team, working in this specialist service.

CNTW CYPS service is invested in providing training to the Occupational Therapy service to develop each individual to specialise their OT skills. Specialist OT training has run over the years and continues to respond to clinical needs. Examples of training Model of Human Occupation assessments, Coaching, leadership programmes, Positive Behavioural Support training, Sensory Integration levels 1, 2 and 3, and Sensory Attachment training.

CNTW CYPS service has the first established accredited specialist training which allows study to Degree level in subjects related to Children and Young People's Mental Health. Clinical staff are encouraged to participate in both training and delivery of training.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Advanced Occupational Therapy skills, knowledge and expertise to work with young people in a collaborative style.

Assessment of functional needs and working together with the young person to develop care plans and treatment plans, which focus on the young persons strength and goals.

Occupational formulation sharing with the young person, carers/family and the MDT.

The use of best evidence and practice throughout practice.

The use of outcome measures to assist with reflecting on goals, using advanced clinical reasoning and having the young persons needs at the heart of practice.

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 13th September 2023

Closing date : 27th September 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification



  • Occupational Therapy Degree or MSc
  • Registered with HCPC


  • Training completed in line with UK standards



  • 4 years upwards clinical experience
  • Recent and active clinical experience
  • Knowledge and practice of OT specific models and non-OT models.
  • Involvement with service development projects
  • Demonstration of using best evidence
  • Demonstration and understanding of RCOT standards


  • Demonstration of clinical knowledge and skills in specialist CYPS area
  • Children and young people experience
  • Experience working in Inpatient setting
  • Model of Human occupation Children and Young people assessments
  • Service User and Carers Involvement
  • Positive and Safe involvement



  • Formal and informal knowledge and experience of leadership
  • Experience of supervisor role
  • Experience of operational management


  • Team lead role
  • Supervision of staff or OT students
  • Respectful Resolution training
  • motivational training
  • Values based training or modelling

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


St Nicholas Hospital

Jubilee Road

Newcastle upon Tyne


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