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Occupational Therapist

Livewell Southwest CIC
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Part Time
25 hours per week. The CAMHS Neurodiversity pathway is a dedicated service for CYP referred with diagnosed or suspected neuro developmental conditions including learning disability. In line with NICE guidance and NHS England standards, the team deliver timely assessment and evidence based treatments. This is a perfect opportunity to gain experience in a very specialised area of Occupational Therapy to:
  • To provide specialist clinical practice to the team, delivering practice within best evidence and to the highest possible standard. Included in this is the CAMHS Neurodiversity pathway.
  • To work with families, young people, schools and community settings. Working as part of multi-agency services in partnership to promote the mental health of all children and young people, to provide specialist intervention, and meet the needs of children and young people with established or complex problems.
  • Ensure that all children, young people and their families have access to specialist mental health services and support that is based upon the best available evidence, meets minimum core standards and is needs based. Sustained where appropriate, and provided by staff with an appropriate range of skills and competencies
  • To deliver as part of a team therapeutic group and individual interventions and assessment to children and young people with a diagnosis or undergoing diagnostic assessment for a neurodiversity.

Main duties of the job

To provide: Clinical assessment and formulation. Assess and manage risk. Care planning. Intervention using a range of therapeutic modalities. Hold a case load as identified in the post holders job plan. Determining the point of discharge and agreeing this with the child, young person and family. Communicating appropriately the clinical information to the General Practitioner, relevant professionals and parent/carers where appropriate. Specialist sensory based assessments.

To participate in: multi-disciplinary meetings. Clinical supervision. Outcome measures and audit. In the planning and delivery of OT with the Neurodiversity service. Mentoring and supervision of students across all health elements.

please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

Job Share(s) Considered

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This post holder will work within the Neurodiversity Pathway as an Occupational Therapist


Work with families in their homes, education and community settings and at base as appropriate/required by children/young people and their families.


To provide specialist occupational therapy assessments and reports regarding children and young peoples daily living skills and occupational performance.


Demonstrate effective skills in the assessment and reassessment of risk and communicate concerns accurately in a timely fashion.


Organise own workload and be responsible for managing time effectively


The Post holder will be aware of NICE guidance relevant to post.


To work closely with the wider stakeholder group, by attending multi-agency meetings such as, child protection case conferences, Early Help Assessment, Education Health Care plan meetings


The post holder may support colleagues on the CAMHS Duty Response rota which operates on a daily basis.


To contribute to the development of team protocols and clinical practice, proposing changes for discussion.


Keep up to date with safeguarding training and policies


To co-facilitate therapeutic groups for an identified group of children and young people and evaluating the outcomes and progress for the children attending.


To communicate complex information with clarity and sensitivity to families or carers and to ensure that information is shared appropriately with other professional within the multidisciplinary team and from external agencies.


To provide

a. Clinical assessment and formulation

b. Assess and manage risk.

c. Care planning

d. Intervention using a range of therapeutic modalities

e. Hold a case load as identified in the post holders job plan

f. Determining the point of discharge and agreeing this with the child, young person and family.

g. Communicating appropriately the clinical information to the General Practitioner, relevant professionals and parent/carers where appropriate.

Person Specification



  • GCSE grade A to C in English and Maths.
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Professional Registration HCPC.
  • Demonstrate commitment to Continuing Professional Development.


  • Child Protection Training
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapist (BAOT)
  • Evidence of post qualifying training relevant to CAMHS
  • Working toward or completing Sensory Integration training



  • Minimum of two years experience as an Occupational Therapist working either in Mental Health or Paediatrics
  • Experience of supporting children and young people who have complex social emotional, neurodevelopmental and/or learning disability.
  • Experience of working with a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of group work.
  • Experience of using sensory processing and modulation techniques supported by evidence based practice.


  • Experience of being a clinical supervisor
  • experience in developing and facilitating group work
  • Experience of Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts



  • Ability to travel across Plymouth
  • Ability to work flexibly both as an individual and with other colleagues in Livewell Southwest and with partner agencies.
  • Able to undertake the demand of the post with reasonable adjustments where required.


  • Car owner/driver
  • Adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act.



  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application.
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation.



  • Self-motivated
  • Good ability planning and organisational skills.
  • Computer literacy
  • Enthusiastic about the service and delivery of Occupational Therapy to children and young people with highly complex needs
  • Ambitious hardworking, with a proactive approach to work.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to work within an unpredictable environment and adapt interventions.
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to represent OT within the multidisciplinary team.
  • Enthusiasm to take part in research and service development.


  • Presentation Skills

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


200 Mount Gould Road

Mount Gould




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