Occupational Therapist, Autism Intensive Support Service

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Title: Occupational Therapist, Autism Intensive Support Service

In December 2022 Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS setup the Children and Young peoples Autism Intensive Support Service (CYP AISS) as a new initiative to provide specialist intervention for autistic children and young people who may be experiencing difficult periods in their life. Some of these challenges may prevent them from being able to access education, activities of choice and from functioning as intended. Some children and young people that we work with may be at risk of admission to a Tier 4 hospital and others at risk of their placements breaking down. In such circumstances, CYP AISS offer person centered intervention, in an approach tailored to individual need to support the individual and their support network to achieve further understanding about their experiences and seek to achieve a period of stability.

Our team delivers holistic, formulation driven care planning derived from multidisciplinary decision making for autistic children aged between 4 and 18 years old whose needs cannot solely be met by existing services, who are in crisis and therefore presenting as distressed. To date we have supported autistic young people and their support networks who have experienced a number of challenges including high levels of anxiety, unforeseen changes within their life, challenges with transitions and sensory and communication differences which haven't yet been fully explored and understood.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the assessment, treatment, planning, delivery and evaluation of evidence - based specialist Occupational Therapy intervention within the Children's Autism Intensive Support Service.

The post holder will promote health and reduce inequalities for all patients accessing the service, so that they may be able to maximise their potential in terms of health education and social well-being through personalisation and keeping the child at the heart of the family.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • BA/ BSc/ MSc in Occupational Therapy HCPC registered Compliance with regulatory bodies and codes of professional conduct



  • Knowledge of current key NHS developments and policies and implications for service delivery Knowledge of wide range of clinical assessments and intervention/treatment techniques for children with Autism Working knowledge of the Mental capacity Act and implications for professional practice Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance, including record keeping and confidentiality



  • Evidence of continuing development of professional clinical Knowledge, skills and experience Experience working as an independent and autonomous practitioner managing own caseload Show initiative, enthusiasm and motivation for excellence and the development of self and others. Experience of partnership working across a range of agencies and professional boundaries Experience of working with children with Autism Experience of working as part of a MDT Experience of effectively working with children and families

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


LD Children's Autism Intensive Support Team

Lancashire, Blackpool and Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay, South Cumbria and Blackburn with Darwen.



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