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Advanced Occupational Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

You will lead Occupational Therapy Assessment and intervention within Adel Beck Secure Childrens Home. Adel Beck Secure Childrens Home is home to up to 24 young people, remanded or sentenced, or placed under S.25 of the Childrens Act, 1989.

You will be expected to work alongside care and education professionals as part of the team around the child, to promote and embed trauma informed ways of working, and influence external professionals in seeking appropriate transition packages for young people.

The pathway provides assessment and intervention to some of the most complex children who have a wide variety of needs including mental illness, trauma and neurodevelopmental needs.

You will be required to manage a caseload of young people, using evidence-based practice to support the needs of young people, and support the wider service to embed best practice. Qualification in Sensory Integration (or commitment to train) and experience working with complex neurodiversity would be a strength.

You will be able to embrace the fast pace of a Secure setting and the value of leading within a truly multi-disciplinary team that promotes a holisitc approach to caring for children & young people within a complex environment, providing professional leadership to the team.

Main duties of the job

You will lead the occupational therapy CAMHS service to young people within Adel Beck SCH. This includes supporting colleagues to recognise where occupational therapy input and assessment would be indicated, completing specialist assessment and intervention, assessment of mental health and neuro-diverse presentation and contribution to risk assessment/management.

Sensory Integration Therapy Training would be useful given the high neurodevelopmental needs across the estate, or a commitment to undertake the training.

Maintain a high standard of clinical work when carrying clinical duties.

Demonstrate effective leadership skills, championing occupational therapy within the MDT and across the secure estate.

Contribute to clinical MDT meetings and wider forums regarding the care needs of young people.

Provide professional support and supervision to junior OT colleagues.

Lead on embedding occupational therapy interventions within custodial and educational settings, supporting occupational staff in understanding the needs of young people.

The role works across 7 days, providing a service from 8am 8pm and there is an expectation that you will contribute to this. Additionally, you will be expected to contribute to the clinician on-call rota on weekends.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for the day to day co-ordination and management of occupational therapy within the designated clinical area, undertaking a complex, multi-functional role, combining managerial, clinical and professional duties and responsibilities.

To have an identified clinical role for highly complex cases within their designated service.

To provide advice and support to other therapy staff and members of the multi-disciplinary team within the service

To facilitate collaborative working across occupational therapy, maximizing on the skills of the therapists, therapy assistants and other staff.

In the capacity as a representative of the therapy services to liaise with the consultants and other medical, therapy and nursing staff, social services, voluntary agencies and the private sector.

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.



To comply with the College of Occupational Therapists and Health Care Professions Council code of ethics and professional conduct and to adhere to national and local policies and procedures.

To work in a specialised autonomous capacity accepting referrals for patients/service users referred to your clinical area. Giving advice and support to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

To be professionally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work, including management of patients with complex needs.

To plan and prioritise own patient caseload (where appropriate), with highly complex needs, using highly specialist occupational therapy skills.

Assess and analyse occupational performance to identify problem areas in order to plan and carry out goal orientated intervention programmes with the patients. Balancing risk, safety and patient choice in order to promote maximum independence.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy.
  • Current valid HCPC registration.
  • Practice Education/Practice Assessor Preparation Certificate (or to achieve within 12 months).


  • MSC/Diploma in relevant area.



  • Extensive appropriate post-registration experience relevant to clinical area.
  • Experience in supervising and managing staff.



  • Evidence of continuing professional development and post graduate training in relevant area.
  • Have demonstrable competence to work at Masters or Advanced Level.


  • Management or leadership training.
  • Risk Assessment training.
  • Audit training.

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Excellent teaching skills.
  • Supervision skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate highly specialised clinical reasoning and treatment skills.
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Proven experience of time management.
  • Excellent Prioritisation skills.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Knowledge of local and national guidance relevant to clinical area.


  • Basic IT skills.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to risk assess and deal with health and safety matters for own and others work area and caseloads.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to role.
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service possibly including evenings and weekend working.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Adel Beck Secure Childrens Home

East Moor Lane


LS16 8EB

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