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CAMHS Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full Time
37.5 hours per week Band 6 OT

Fixed Term 18 months

Are you looking for a new challenge and rewarding career in Children and Young peoples Mental Health Services within an evolving team? CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment Pathway are looking for resilient, innovative, and motivated Occupational Therapist who is passionate about improving the lives and mental health of our young people.

Our pathway provides crisis support and intensive home treatment to young people who are experiencing mental health crisis and emotional distress. The service can be fast paced, and the ideal applicant will be extremely organised and self-motivated to provide high quality assessment and formulation for the young people within the service. We provide evidence-based assessments and interventions for young people keeping with the principles of the iTHRIVE model. The team provide a creative, trauma informed and pro-active approach in engaging young people and their families. The individual will be able to work independently but also work well in a team.

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.

Main duties of the job

The pathway has five functions which you will have the opportunity to train and gain experience in all areas:

Crisis Liaison

To respond to CYP presenting in mental health crisis at the local general hospital using a psychiatric liaison model to facilitate safe and timely discharge.

Crisis Community

To respond to CYP who present in crisis within the community that have been referred in. Clinicians will complete a psychosocial assessment, risk management and signpost.

Home Treatment

The team offer CYP an intense community approach to avoid hospital admission and provides step down support when discharged from a mental health inpatient unit.


CYP who have experienced multiple and complex trauma which is impacting on their mental health. Clinicians will further assess need with the aim to get the CYP therapy ready as well as liaising with their professional network.

You will be well supported, with continuing opportunities for professional development, support from your line manager and the rest of this dedicated team. We have access to several relevant and excellent training programmes which include AMBIT, Solution Focus, Motivational Interviewing, DBT and other tools appropriate for this role.

You will be offered a robust staff induction period where you will be supported to build on your knowledge and skills.

Please refer to the relevant job description which is attached to this job application/ vacancy for further information.

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 CAMHS Crisis and HTT as an Occupational Therapist, however the role will focus more on the home treatment and therapeutic side of the pathway.


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 daily.


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.

h. All documentation must be compliant with Livewell Southwest policys including CPA


To participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings.


To arrange own clinical supervision.


To be aware of and familiar with Livewell Southwests policies and procedures and operate within that e.g., lone working policy.


Ensure the agreed outcome measures are adhered to within the post holders area of work.


Ensure participation with children and young people to improve service provision is included within CAMHS and undertaken at every opportunity

B. Management of Resources


To ensure that relevant sections of CAMHS policy and clinical pathways and referral criteria are kept up to date and shared with the multi-agency network.


To be responsible for planning and delivery of occupational therapy within the service, prioritising clinical needs in order to ensure delivery of an efficient and effective service.


To demonstrate autonomy and initiative in managing the occupational therapy service and reviewing workload, liaising with other members of the multidisciplinary team in relation to delivery of group work and individual sessions.


To take an active role in the ongoing development of the occupational therapy service, working closely with families, children and young people and members of the multidisciplinary team to provide specialist input.


To organise the necessary equipment prescription as appropriate following a period of assessment and intervention. This will include demonstrating and teaching the safe use of materials and equipment to children, young people, their families, and the multidisciplinary team.

To ensure comprehensive records for patients are kept, including information on their attendance for treatments are stored using relevant data protection systems.

C. Workforce and managing people


To promote a culture that fosters staff involvement and a progressive attitude to service improvement, is free from harassment and bullying and respects the dignity and diversity of all staff.


Organise and mentor students and placements within CAMHS.


To provide supervision to junior clinicians.

D. Corporate and Other Responsibilities


To undertake duties in a corporate role as may be reasonably expected in accordance with the grade of the post and in line with other Senior Practitioners to ensure the attainment of team and service objectives.


To ensure that all duties within the role are delivered in accordance with LSW policy and procedure and professional registration.


This job description is indicative of the range of responsibilities of the post holder. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties and will be subject to review.


To take responsibility for further post-graduate development through the process of supervision and appraisal.


To maintain a professional portfolio in line with HCPC requirements and guidance from the College of Occupational Therapy (COT). This will include planning for and undertaking postgraduate training programmes appropriate to career path and the needs of the children and young people who access the service.


To establish and maintain OT CAMHS networks, attend relevant professional meetings both locally and regionally.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills


  • 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.



  • 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
  • Member of the Sensory Integration Network.



  • 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 working with developmental problems
  • Currently or working toward becoming a Clinical Educator
  • Experience of being a clinical supervisor.



  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


200 Mount Gould Road

Mount Gould




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