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Highly Specialised Occupational Therapist - CAMHS

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist with the passion, knowledge and skills to work within a specialist mental health service for children living in care? Do you share our ambition to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in care?

If this sounds like you, then we would welcome your application to work with us in the Nottingham City Looked After Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CLA CAMHS).

We are jointly commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire NHS Trust and works specifically with children and young people who are in the care of a Local Authority and living with foster carers or in residential care.

We work with children who have experienced disrupted attachments and developmental trauma. The service supports children and young people directly, and their wider network to create goals and tailor interventions according to their needs using evidence-based practice. CAMHS recognise the importance of the contribution of Occupational Therapists and Allied Health Professionals working with this population.

Main duties of the job

Our multi-disciplinary team includes specialist social workers, a Consultant Psychiatrist, a Clinical Psychologist and an Art Psychotherapist. You will initially need to develop a highly specialist Occupational Therapy pathway, recognising how children's sensory systems and motor skills are affected by trauma. You will provide specialist assessment or signposting to relevant services, alongside supporting the team around a child to help develop strategies to better negotiate life at home and school.

You will work closely with a range of other disciplines and agencies, including schools, social workers, Police and Hospitals. This will include helping children transition successfully to other services if they move out of Nottinghamshire or when they reach their 18th birthday.

It is hoped that the post holder has or is willing to participate in sensory training

You must hold a relevant degree and be HCPC registered.

You will enjoy close links with OT colleagues within the East Midlands, and benefit from excellent levels of support, supervision, IT and CPD opportunities.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a fantastic opportunity for an Occupational Therapist with an interest in trauma, attachment and sensory processing.

Clinical Practice
  • To take an active part in organising, planning and developing OT services within Nottinghamshire CAMHS and attend departmental meetings
  • To be aware of and implement as appropriate all Trust, Department and Team policies, including Health and Safety and Child Protection policies
  • To keep appropriate clinical records and to produce timely, high-quality correspondence and reports.
  • To ensure data on client contacts is entered into the data collection system promptly and to advice manager as to appropriate alterations to data set.
  • To work as a CAMHS Care co-ordinator, managing risk and lead or partake in CAMHS Assessments and OT assessment and treatment.
  • To develop and provide specialist packages of care
  • Developing protocols, guidance and resources for other clinicians within CAMHS
  • To work collaboratively with leads to further embed OT processes within CAMHS and to work with them on appropriate service developments as requested.

A full UK driving license and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

For an informal discussion please contact the team manager:

Person Specification



  • Recognised OT Degree/diploma
  • RCOT Registered
  • HCPC Registered



  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD including specialist knowledge of Sensory attachment / Integration and the impact on service users with a range of Neurodevelopmental / Developmental disabilities such as Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, etc


  • Post-graduate training specific to client group - People with ID / Autism / DLD



  • Working experience of assessing and managing a complex caseload with children and young people and/or adults with MH needs
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary/agency working and established interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience of designing and delivering different learning and development opportunities for staff teams
  • Experience of delivering environmental approaches to OT service delivery and evaluating them
  • Experienced Occupational therapy clinical educator with evidence supporting students and other staff


  • Highly specialist experience of working with people with autism / Asperger syndrome complex intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses/personality disorders
  • Experience of working with children / adults known to the judicial pathway
  • Experience of leading / managing project work
  • Experience of supporting students and other staff
  • Experience in developing evaluation / audit tools and resources as part of OT team



  • Specialist applied knowledge of working with children / adults with sensory / attachment / trauma with Autism, Intellectual Disabilities
  • Knowledge of Autism Diagnostic tools
  • Applied knowledge of appropriate tools, assessments and interventions relating to the children and adolescents group
  • Knowledge of National Policy and current key drivers around working with younger people and impact on local practice
  • Applied leadership knowledge


  • Knowledge and understanding of Mental Health Diagnosis, attachment Disorders, Trauma and the impact on CYP



  • Empathetic and psychologically minded
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well organised and able to prioritise a high turnover caseload
  • Good reasoning skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Motivated and a motivator
  • Team builder and team member
  • Autonomous and able to work without direct supervision
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to manage own wellbeing with access to supervision to sustain this


  • Highly specialist skill in working with young people and adults with ASD / DLD / ID
  • Experience of supporting other staff and students
  • Experience of managing a project or service initiative

Contractual Requirements


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010
  • Car driver

Trusts Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Physical Requirements


  • Has the physical ability to perform the full range of duties


  • Physical skills in line with MVA Breakaway

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


CAMHS CLA City Children's Services

Crabtree Children's Centre, Steadfold Close,



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