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Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are seeking to recruit a passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Occupational Therapist to join our Specialist Sussex-Wide Family Eating Disorder Service (SFEDS). SFEDS works with young people aged 10-18 with Anorexia Nervosa/ Bulimia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa and their families, and supports recovery through Evidence Based Interventions such as Maudsley Family Therapy models, group work, and CBT-E. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality evidenced based treatment in accordance with NICE Guidelines and National Access and Waiting Time Standards.

You will be joining a service of highly skilled and experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, Psychiatry, Paediatrician, Clinical Psychology and Assistant Psychologists, Nurses, Support Workers, Dietitian, and Social Workers with support from an outstanding administration team. Our team is responsible for covering all of Sussex, operating as a hub and spoke model with Crawley Down Health Centre as the main team hub.

Due to an exciting service expansion we are recruiting to a number of new positions, including an Occupational Therapist.

Main duties of the job

The Home Intervention Service provides a discrete additional intervention that SFEDS provide as an alternative service to young people and their families who are at high risk of hospital admission.

As an Occupational Therapist in our Home Intervention team you will identify and deliver relevant treatments and interventions; liaising where appropriate with families, carers and the professional network. You will conduct assessments of young people referred to SFEDS, as well as support existing patients and their families with completing meals at home according to their treatment plan.

A primary goal of the role is to support treatment in the community and prevent hospital admissions. In doing so, you will be a key player in liaising with family, school, medical staff and all professionals involved in the young person's recovery. You will be supported within the team by senior clinicians and will work closely with other specialists within the service.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • With a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • Easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Occupational Therapist in our team you will:
  • Hold a Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy and be HCPC registered
  • Comfortable in providing intervention and treatment for young people with eating disorders
  • Experienced in working with people presenting with mental health problems

It would also be advantageous if you have:
  • Experience within an Eating Disorders team/ service

SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

  • To provide occupational therapy interventions for referred clients using evidence based, client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions
  • To promote and develop the role of Occupational Therapy within the home intervention team in SFEDS.
  • To act as Lead Practitioner and be part of the MDT in providing meal supervision and support with families including risk assessment planning and collaborative care plans.
  • To offer support and advice to carers of young people with eating disorders.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • ?Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • ?Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HCPC as an occupational therapist
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapist in mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience of multi-agency work
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health
Skills Essential
  • Able to communication complex condition related information to service users, carers and colleagues
  • Work with others in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practices including policies and strategies.
  • Develop partnership working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies
  • Delegate work to others
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a participatory way so that shared decision making and conversations around formulation/diagnosis and ongoing care are a collaborative endeavour with the people who access our service
  • Ability to use Trust IT systems including e-mail and electronic clinical records (standard keyboard skills)

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