Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist - Children & Young People's ARFID

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (S-CAMHS), ARFID Service.

Hywel Dda University Health Board is looking to appoint an innovative, proactive and passionate Occupational Therapist to join our new specialist service for children and young people with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). This is an exciting opportunity to join this new service as the Clinical Lead for Occupational Therapy within this new and evolving area of practice. This service is based within the S-CAMHS Eating Disorder Service with professional occupational therapy support from the Service Lead for Occupational Therapy services with Children and Young People.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to carry a complex caseload working within clinic, education and home environments and will be required to liaise closely with the MDT within the ARFID service along with occupational therapists within other roles supporting Children and Young People within the Health Board.

You will also be required to liaise with professional networks across Wales and the United Kingdom relating to your area of specialism as part of both service development, clinical governance and to improve clinical practice.

The post holder will also be expected to offer training and support to the wider Occupational Therapy Service for Children and Young People, supervise staff and offer clinical placements to support the development of occupational therapy students within Wales.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will lead on the planning, coordination, delivery and evaluation of high-quality evidenced based and person centred specialist occupational therapy provision for children and young people with ARFID and related eating difficulties who require assessment and or intervention from the S-CAMHS Eating Disorder Service.

You will work as part of a Multi Disciplinary Team, which includes Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics, Psychology and Therapy Support Staff The successful post holder will be required to support with the design and establishment of this new service, developing patient focused pathways within ARFID. The role will require the post holder participate within multi-disciplinary assessments and clinics along with completing specialist Occupational Therapy assessments jointly with other members of the ARFID service as required.

The successful post holder will be expected to engage in relevant service and professional networks across Wales and the United Kingdom as part of service design, service development, clinical governance and to improve clinical practice.

The post covers the three counties of the footprint Hywel Dda Health Board but there is a need for the post holder to be work in Carmarthen for two to three days per week in order to meet with other members of the MDT.

As this is a new area of practice, training will be provided as required to the successful candidate.

Applications are invited from occupational therapists with demonstrable experience in working with children and young people, or from occupational therapists with experience in working with people with Eating Disorders.

An exciting, innovative and supportive occupational therapy service, we are passionate about delivering a high standard of service to the children and young people that we work with. We have a strong focus on compassionate leadership and innovative service improvement. There is a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience within the team and we are committed to supporting the professional development of staff. We have an established CPD programme and are willing to support formal training opportunities where required.

The post holder will be expected to travel across the Health Board footprint with mileage allowance payable and a lease car scheme is available.

We look forward to receiving informal enquiries and your application.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 10.10.2023

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Professional registration as recognised by HPC
  • Evidence of attendance on specialist short courses and advanced training up to Master's level equivalent e.g. Sensory Integration, training in posture management, Bobath


  • MSc or post graduate diploma level training in relevant area. This could include Masters modules e.g. Sensory Integration
  • Splinting and its application to children and young people
  • Fieldwork Education Training
  • Member of BAOT
  • Leadership training



  • Extensive post - graduate experience, including relevant experience with children & young people
  • Managing a complex caseload
  • Inter-professional and multi-agency team working
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
  • Negotiation of service development
  • Evidence of supporting service compliance with clinical governance requirements
  • Therapeutic handling and risk assessments in relation to care including complex children and young people
  • Experience of appropriate delegation, supervision and oversight of staff
  • Evidence of teaching/In Service Training


  • Student supervision
  • Key worker/Case Manager
  • Negotiation of multidisciplinary working arrangements
  • Leadership of clinical networks/ clinical practice groups
  • Leading service developments & change



  • Flexible approach to the needs of the service
  • Ability to travel across the health board in a timely manner

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


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