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Senior Occupational Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum (Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experience Occupational Therapist with a passion for supporting young people and their families?

Are you looking for a varied role within a flexible, supportive team who consistently rate their job satisfaction highly?

We are looking for a Senior Occupational Therapist to join our very well-established All Age Eating Disorders Service .We have a full time vacancy in our Children's Team but as we are an all age service there is potential to work across both Adults and Children.

You will be responsible for the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of care plans, and activities to support young people referred to the Berkshire CYP Eating Disorders Service.

Our service, covers Berkshire with two community clinics which are community out-patient services that provide evidence-based assessment and treatment for young people under the age of 18 presenting with an eating disorder, including where these disorders are co-morbid with neurodevelopmental diagnoses.

The working pattern for this role is Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 17:00pm.

Main duties of the job

Therole includes delivering care to young people both individually and ingroups,on site or via digital media.You will be expected to work with this complex patient group without direct supervision,butreporting to and in collaboration with senior colleagues, todeliver a high standard of evidence-based care and treatment in order to maximise each young person's individual potential..

This post includes workingwith families and/or carers in collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary teamand also with community CAMHS,children'ssocial care and other Local Authority and voluntary sector colleagues.The Service is an integral part of the wider specialist CAMHs service in Berkshireand is managedalongside and closely linked tothe CAMHS Specialist Community Teams.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.Hear what our people say about working for our CAMHS service:]

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Be a qualified Occupational Therapist with HCPC registration
  • Previous experience working with children / young people with mental health problems
  • Experience of individual and group work OTintervention
  • Previous experience in a community role with the willingness and ability to operate from different sites

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to contact Emma Regan via email: wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Good standard of general education
  • HPC Registration


  • Previous experience of COT preceptorship programme
  • Further relevant qualification in the field of mental health

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuous professional development

Previous Experience


  • Post-qualification experience which may include role of a supervisee for junior staff or students, and leadership experience, which may be gained if you have been working as a qualified O.T. for 2 years or more
  • Experience of working with children and young people with mental health problems
  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems
  • Experience of individual and group work OT intervention
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Experience of working in a community mental health service


  • Experience of supervising staff and students

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Thorough working knowledge of mental health problems and their management
  • Knowledge of OT assessment and treatment approaches
  • Knowledge of current mental health policy
  • Ability to offer a range of good quality OT assessments and treatment interventions to individuals and groups
  • Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities within caseload management
  • Ability to apply patient-led principles and form non-discriminatory therapeutic relationships with the service users and their parents/ carers
  • Ability to take responsibility appropriate to senior clinician role, and make decisions
  • Ability to contribute creatively to the development of the service.
  • Ability to work within a changing and progressive environment
  • Ability to deal with emotionally demanding situations, and to remain calm under pressure


  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Computer literacy

Additional Requirements


  • Able to commit to flexible working patterns, including weekend working and shift work
  • Ability to travel independently and efficiently to deliver clinical care from multiple sites including service user homes.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Eating Disorder CAMHS

Nicholsons House



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