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Occupational Therapist *New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
�1500 - New Hire Bonus

The permanent posts are eligible for a �1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of �500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible to receive this bonus. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

The Cambridgeshire Lifespan Autism Spectrum Service (CLASS) is a well-established specialist diagnostic and post diagnostic service for adults with suspected Autism.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we expand our Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) so you will have the opportunity to work with an experienced team of highly specialised staff. If you were previously a registered Occupational Therapist and you have ever thought about returning to practice, now is the time to do so.

Are you looking at Returning to Practice?

CLASS Team at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) has the opportunity to support an Occupational Therapist who wants to Return to Practice following a break in their career.

The post offers the opportunity to be supervised by a Senior Occupational Therapist who is also an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner whilst updating your clinical practice in a Specialist Autism Diagnostic Clinic. This experience can be used to count towards your practice hours and submitted to the HCPC as evidence for registration which can support your re-registration.

Main duties of the job

If you would like to know more, please visit our Return to Practice Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation trust website Return to Practice | CPFT NHS Trust or email us at to see if we can help with your Return to Practice journey.
  • To contribute Occupational Therapy knowledge, skills and expertise within a specialist Adult Autism Assessment, Diagnostic service and Post diagnostic service.
  • The Post holder may be responsible for various clinical elements of the diagnostic assessment process, including structured developmental interviews with parents and carers, autism observational assessment, contributing to the full clinical assessment for autism after receiving relevant training.
  • Conducting other specialist assessments to aid understanding of service users' functional skills and sensory sensitivities under supervision of a Senior OT.
  • The post holder will contribute to the facilitation of Occupational Therapy led groups at CLASS under the Supervision of a senior Occupational Therapist

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Offering OT input into the Psychoeducational group, and being involved in OT led practical groups and some individual work. You will be expected to contribute to the Occupational Therapy knowledge, skills and expertise within the Adult Autism Assessment, Diagnostic service and post diagnostic service.
  • Managing a caseload under the supervision of a seniorOccupational Therapist, within the multidisciplinary context of the diagnostic service.
  • Work collaboratively with all disciplines as part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) and across partner agencies to assure a high standard of care for service users and their relatives/carers.
  • Plan and implement individual and/or group interventionscollaboratively, to enable service users to achieve valued goals and satisfactory occupational performance outcomes.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree or equivalent e.g., BSc. MSc or diploma entry qualification in occupational therapy.
  • HCPC registered


  • Experience or additional training in sensory integration
  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and relevant specialist sections.



  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.

Personal Qualities


  • Self-motivated completer / finisher able to persist and see things through to their conclusion.
  • Able to work well within a busy environment.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with service users.
  • Knowledge and/or use of the Model of Human Occupation
  • Skills with working with others within a multidisciplinary team under supervision


  • Experience of running groups, in person or online



  • Willing to complete the RCOT career development programme


  • Experience of working with autistic adults or children

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Chitra Sethia Centre

Fulbourn road


CB21 5EF

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