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Occupational Therapist - Mental Health Support Teams in Schools

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Are you a dynamic and motivated Band 5 Occupational Therapist, passionate about empowering children & young people? An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Herefordshire Wellbeing & Emotional Support Team (WEST). Working across aligned primary & secondary schools you will be instrumental in increasing access to mental health support for children & young people.

We are a supportive team & you will be given a full induction with an aligned Buddy, robust supervision model and appraisal process alongside varied development & training opportunities. Supported to develop Low-Intensity CBT skills. Other benefits include relocation package, Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme, travel expenses (car driver essential).

Working Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, your day may include:
  • Delivering Low-Intensity CBT interventions with children, young people & parents
  • Delivering workshops, groups, staff training & assemblies, providing advice to teaching staff,
  • Is this role right for you? Contact the Recruiting Manager which can be found on the top right of the advert

Main duties of the job

We are a busy team, covering 38 schools and expanding into higher education colleges in Herefordshire. You will be delivering low intensity CBT interventions (1:1 or group) in your aligned schools as well as delivering Whole School Approach activities, keeping the CYP at the heart of everything you do.

Under the support of operational lead, clinical lead & senior practitioners you will manage a caseload of patients and complete assessments, care plans & other relevant documentation whilst maintaining the fidelity of the low intensity CBT model.

An understanding of risk management & safeguarding is imperative for this role, and you will be supported with managing this within the team.

You will also receive regular case management & clinical skills supervision to support you clinically as well as participate in MDT/screening meetings.

You will work closely with families, school staff & other professions and at times deliver consultations & signposting advice to other agencies. Thus, strong interpersonal skills are key.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • You will work in partnership with Educational Settings & Partners to improve the outcomes for CYP 5-18 years of age.
  • You will provide a high- quality service to CYP, families and school staff and will have regular communication with all.
  • You will promote knowledge of mental health & the prevention of mental health with children and members of the public.
  • You will be an active member of the team and support with service development as well as engage in service meetings.
  • You will act as a role model to colleagues and always seek to maintain the highest standards.
  • You will use your initiative and take responsibility for the quality of your work and the service you provide to patients.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Specific qualification in a relevant therapeutic speciality e.g. counselling, Family Therapy, CBT, substance misuse relevant post graduate study or be able to demonstrate further skills based training

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Basic IT competency
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role



  • Working knowledge of health services
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues in CAMH Services
  • Knowledge of safeguarding & risk issues
  • Knowledge of capacity and consent including Gillick competence
  • Experience in the delivery of evidence-based and CBT interventions for children and adolescents.
  • Good knowledge of recognised disorders and illnesses in the field of mental health


  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act



  • Experience of working in a variety of specialities
  • Application of the Occupational Therapy process
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis


  • 12-month minimum post registration experience in child health or mental health care
  • Working with children and young people.
  • Experience of working with children and families is an educational setting.
  • Working in a Multi-disciplinary team.
  • Working within a community/public health team

Additional Criteria


  • Awareness of personal strengths and limitations

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Benet Building

Ruckhall Lane, Belmont



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