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South Manchester CAMHS Occupational Therapist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum, (Pro Rata)
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic and forward thinking CAMHS team. As an autonomous practitioner you will play a key part in the delivery of high-quality service provision that promotes and improves the mental health and well-being of children and young people, their families, and carers.

You will work collaboratively within our multidisciplinary CAMH Service and other Mental Health Services across the system as well as Acute & /or Specialist Hospitals, Education and Social Care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide specialist occupational therapy assessment, treatment, intervention and evaluation for children/young people with mental health difficulties. This will include assessment and intervention for children and young people who have mental health difficulties and neurodevelopmental conditions, with the aim of enabling children and young people and those who care for them to participate meaningfully in everyday activities and maximizing independence.

This is a diverse and challenging role that requires the development of specialist skills to deliver recovery focused interventions to children and young people. You will manage a caseload of complex cases. Using evidence-based practice, you will be able to utilize a range of specialist occupational therapy assessments within your practice. You will support the MDT and will participate in the service duty rota.

The post holder will be available for advice and consultation within their specialist area.

As part of working together you will actively liaise and support robust partnership working arrangements between the CAMHS Team and community partners and other key stakeholders involved with the child across agencies in order that an integrated package of care is developed.

Within the role you will support the development and promotion of occupational therapy in community CAMHS.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • HCPC registered

Education and Qualifications


  • oDiploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • oDocumented evidence of CPD through relevant Paediatric post graduate, short specialist training courses and clinical experience in a range of settings including home, education and community settings


  • oClinical supervision qualification
  • oSpecific training in either family work or psychological approaches to helping young people.
  • oLeadership qualification/training
  • oTeaching/training qualification/certificate or equivalent experience



  • oSignificant post graduate OT experience at a senior level in mental health and /or children and adolescent Occupational Therapy Services
  • oExperience of working in a setting relevant to CAMHS
  • oExperience of risk assessment and management
  • oComplex caseload management
  • oManaging, supervising and delegating work to students, and unqualified and qualified staff
  • oMulti-agency working/working across service interfaces.


  • oClinical Leadership.

Knowledge & Skills


  • oEnhanced skills in assessing, formulating and working with children and young people (& their families).
  • oCommunicating (oral and written) complex/highly technical and clinically sensitive information
  • oClinical risk assessment and contingency planning/management plans
  • oThe ability to demonstrate excellent clinical skills relevant to the clinical area
  • oThe ability to work across a number of IT systems
  • oAn understanding of the current integrated multi-agency models used by agencies working with children, young people and their families, e.g. I-Thrive, Think Family, etc.
  • oKnowledge of current research and evidence based practice in clinical work relevant to the job role/Service
  • oSound knowledge of Safeguarding responsibilities and procedures.


  • oBrief psychological interventions/strategies for managing crises.
  • oKnowledge or awareness of operational systems of service delivery in Community CAMHS
  • oKnowledge of Audit and research techniques

Personal attributes


  • oWorks flexibly.
  • oMotivated, reliable and committed to team working with the ability to work autonomously
  • oExcellent planning and organisational skills
  • oValues opinions of others. Innovative and pioneering approach to new ways of working.

Work Related Circumstances


  • oUse of a car or access to a means of travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • oWilling to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


South Manchester CAMHS, Carol Kendrick Centre

Southmoor Road


M22 9XD

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