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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are seeking to recruit an experienced, creative Occupational Therapist to join an exciting new collaboration between health and social care in East Sussex. You will be a founding member of a small Clinical Multi-Disciplinary Team (CL-MDT) supporting the work of the Connected Families (CF) Coaching Team. Located within SWIFT Specialist Family Services, the focus of the Coaching Team is on providing timey, targeted and effective interventions to increase the number of young people on the horizon of care to remain (or return to live) safely in the care of their families.

The aim of the Cl-MDT is to complement existing multiagency resources and bridge the current gaps in provision for young people and their families. You will work closely with an Advanced Social Work Practitioner, Systemic Therapist and Clinical Psychologist, alongside those who have established relationships with the young people and their families. You will support the Coaching Team and wider network of professionals to assess, formulate, plan and deliver interventions to stabilise, reduce risk, support recovery and resilience building and enhance relationships.

To support your development in the post we have allocated funding to purchase one module of the Sensory Integration Training (SI Module 1,2 or 3 as appropriate) on appointment

Main duties of the job

Working alongside colleagues as part of the Cl-MDT you will be responsible for the provision of Occupational Therapy assessment, consultation and interventions. You will support the young person alongside the parent and/or coach to explore and/or return to meaningful and valued activity through the provision of support to understand sensory need, sensory strategies, adaptive strategies, re-motivational process and occupational adaptation and environmental modifications.

You will also be welcomed as a key member of the well-established SWIFT Children's Assessment Team (CAT) Neurodevelopmental Clinic, which is to be developed to include the Connected Families Coaching Team cohort of young people. You will be responsible for the Occupational Therapy contribution to a multi-professional assessment of neurodiversity.

The post is at band 7 and full time.

About us

You will employed to work as part of SWIFT Specialist Family Services (SWIFT), a well-established integrated multi-agency service between East Sussex Children's Services and Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust. SWIFT is led by the local authority, who will have oversight of the direction and performance of the CF Cl-MDT.

As a heath practitioner you will be employed by Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and integrated into the existing governance arrangements for CAMHS posts within SWIFT.

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex. The trust is rated as 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC.

East Sussex Children's Services are a high-performing authority that has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

SPFT encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/lie balance brings about huge health related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful Occupational Therapist in our team you will be:
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role
  • Able to communicate effectively in complex and challenging circumstances to support professional decision making
  • Adaptable, organised, compassionate and a team player
  • Experienced working in a multi-disciplinary children and young person's environment
  • Experienced working with families who are facing tough times and have a particular affinity for working with young people aged 11-17.

It would also be advantageous if you have your own car as the role will involve direct work with young people and their families in their homes and communities across East Sussex.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the role.

You will receive supervision from the CAMHS Occupational Therapy professional lead within the wider CAMHS services and have opportunities to network with Occupational Therapists across young people services in Sussex.

The trust

This is an excellent time for Occupational Therapists to be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as we have launched our first AHP Strategy and can offer the following to you:
  • Regular professional supervision
  • The opportunity to participate in a range of quality improvement work and service innovations.
  • Access to a wide range of training and CPD opportunities including
    • A programme of AHP specific training
    • Quarterly Occupational Therapy CPD Hubs
    • Communities of Practice (AMPS and Sensory Strategies)
  • Have a look at our AHP strategy and view our film at

Informal discussion is encouraged prior to application. Please email Rachel Swann, Consultant Clinical Psychologist - - to arrange a time to speak about the wider team, service and role.

You are also welcomed to contact Stephanie Hutton, Lead Occupational Psychologist - - to discuss the role and working as an Occupational Therapist within the trust.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Practice Education training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools



  • Extensive experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools ?? and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health and trauma informed care

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Specialist Family Services

Maywood Avenue


BN22 0UT

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