Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Fulbourn, Cambridge
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you ready for a new challenge? Would you like to develop your current skills within CAMHS ED services?

The Phoenix Centre provides specialist treatment for young people aged between 13-18, with complex eating disorders. We offer 12 inpatient beds including a high dependency room and are at Ida Darwin.

We view eating disorders, particularly anorexia nervosa as chronic illnesses. While recovery is usual, we know this tends to take a long time. We therefore see the goal of treatment at the Phoenix Centre as helping young people improve the degree to which they can control their illness, rather than be controlled by it. This allows for more normal family, social and educational experiences and reduces the risk of young people being lost to mainstream life.

We are looking for highly motivated staff who wish to progress in their career and develop the specialised skills necessary to support the young people under our care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team within the Tier 4 in-patient environment managing a caseload of adolescents who have a range of Mental Health needs.

The post holder will also be expected to provide advice and teaching within their area of expertise. They will also be expected to promote and develop the role of the Occupational Therapist and develop, together with the team, a specific programme to support treatment of Young People with Eating Disorders.

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.

CPFT encourages and supports vaccination uptake, as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To be responsible for the management of a specialist clinical caseload, with guidance from the Lead Specialist OT within Tier 4 as necessary.
  • To ensure effective assessment and treatment of adolescents admitted to the unit, contributing these skills and knowledge to the MDT. Work in a client-centred way to help identify goals for intervention.
  • To decide on appropriate Occupational Therapy intervention, being guided by principles and policies applicable to Tier 4 services.
  • Assist in maintaining high professional standards by monitoring workload and treatment methods. Advise Supervisor of unrealistic caseload levels.
  • To attend case reviews, conferences, CPA meetings, ward rounds and other meetings relevant to the young person.
  • To be aware of incident reporting procedures for Child Protection, asking for support from Supervisor in order to report the incident.
  • To plan and carry out group therapy and/or one to one sessions in conjunction with the Multi-Disciplinary Team.
  • Develop and evaluate new group treatment approaches used for the development of life skills, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • Flexible working arrangements required to support the therapeutic needs of the client group and support rotational shift patterns alongside Nursing Team.

  • Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc, MSc or Diploma entry level qualification into the OT profession.
    • Current HCPC registration
    • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development.
    • Willingness to undertake Fieldwork/ Practice Educator qualification
    • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
    • Specialist courses in CAMHS, SI, COPM &/or behaviour management
    • Fieldwork Educators certificate
    Experience Essential
    • Previous work experience as an Occupational Therapists in Mental Health with Young People or similar setting where experience can be transferred
    • Previous work experience as an Occupational Therapists in Mental Health with Young People or similar setting where experience can be transferred
    • Previous experience of working with people with physical health needs
    • Previous CAMHS work experience
    • Lived experience of Mental Health conditions
    • Experience of working with mental illness and disorder in CAMHS, including patients with Eating Disorders
    • Clinical supervisor
    • Practice educator experience
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Awareness of other approaches used with adolescents, e.g. Sensory integration
    • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
    • Time management/ prioritisation skills
    • Good communicator - both oral and written
    • Child and family focussed
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Computer literacy
    • Ability to keep accurate up to date clinical records and statistics
    • Group work skills
    • Engage with CPD opportunities
    Knowledge & Understanding Essential
    • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act.
    • Knowledge of current best practice in CAMHS OT
    • Understanding of Child Protection issues
    • Specialist knowledge of MOHO standardised assessment tools
    • Understanding of equality and diversity issues
    • Understanding of National Guidelines and Legislation related to Health and Social Care
    Physical Requirements Essential
    • Occupational Health clearance
    • Professional appearance
    Other Essential
    • Positive approach to client group
    • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
    • Genuine interest in Mental Health issues in Young People/ Adolescents
    • Interest to further develop in specialist area
    • Membership of Special Interest Group

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