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Specialist Occupational Therapist - Adult AFRID

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Part Time
It is an exciting time for shaping and developing Nottinghamshire Eating Disorder Service. Most recent developments include the commissioning of a service which will initially begin with scoping the needs of adults presenting with ARFID in Nottinghamshire

This role is fundamentally to contribute to the scoping of the development of an Adult ARFID Service within Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The post holder will work alongside other disciplines to develop a comprehensive Adult ARFID pathway. They will lead on matters related to OT provision of the local Adult ARFID population, this will include offering professional consultation to other professionals and services, alongside the gathering of data to inform future model of provision for adults presenting with ARFID.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist OT role within the Adult ARFID Service, will sit within the Eating Disorder service within The Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The role requires a high level of clinical and professional expertise in order that in the longer-term needs of clients and their carers benefit from a well-coordinated pro-active, specialist, efficient and effective Adult ARFID Service.

The post holder will be invited to play a key role in local strategic developments of ARFID provision. As an emerging area, there is scope and need for research and evaluation. Through established networks and platforms, the post holder has the opportunity to influence and shape ARFID provision on a wider and national level.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

For further details please see full job description and person specification within the attached documents.For a conversation about the post, roles and responsibilities please call.

Person Specification

Physical Requirments


  • Excellent speech and hearing


  • Physical skills in line with MVA Breakaway



  • Recognised OT Degree/diploma RCOT Registered HCPC Registered

Contractual requirements


  • Car driver A full UK driving license and vehicle for business use is required for this post Ability to travel between sites


  • Highly specialist skill in working with young people and adults with ASD / DLD / ID



  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD including specialist knowledge of Sensory attachment / Integration and the impact on service users with a range of Neurodevelopmental / Developmental disabilities such as Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, etc


  • Post-graduate training specific to client group - People with ID / Autism



  • Working experience of assessing and managing a complex caseload with young people and adults with MH needs
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary/agency working and established interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience of designing and delivering different learning and development opportunities for staff teams.
  • Experience of delivering environmental approaches to OT service delivery and evaluating them
  • Experience of providing professional consultation


  • Highly specialist experience of working with people with autism / Asperger syndrome complex intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses/personality disorders
  • Experience of working with children / adults with sever eating disorders
  • Experience of leading / managing project work.
  • Experience of supporting students and other staff
  • Experience of linking communication to risk issues
  • Post basic dysphagia training or completed competencies
  • Experience in developing evaluation / audit tools and resources as part of OT team



  • Specialist applied knowledge of working with young people / adults with sensory / attachment / trauma with Autism, Intellectual Disabilities
  • Knowledge of appropriate tools, assessments and interventions relating to the client group.
  • Knowledge of National Policy and guidance and impact on local practice.
  • Applied leadership knowledge.


  • Highly specialist experience of working with people with autism / Asperger syndrome complex intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses/personality disorders



  • Empathetic and psychologically
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well organised and able to prioritise a high turnover caseload
  • Good reasoning skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Motivated and a motivator
  • Team builder and team member Autonomous and able to work without direct supervision
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to manage own wellbeing with access to supervision to sustain this.


  • Highly specialist skill in working with young people and adults with ASD / DLD / ID
  • Experience of supporting other staff and students
  • Experience of managing a project or service initiative.

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Mandala Centre

Gregory Boulevard



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