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Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Crawley Down,
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
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.

You will be joining a service of highly skilled and experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, Psychiatry, Paediatrician, Clinical Psychologist 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.

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

Main duties of the job

As an Occupational Therapist in the SFEDS Paediatric Liaison service, you will aim to reduce length of stay and facilitate safe discharge once physical health needs have been addressed. The role requires Multiagency working as well as sign posting and referral onto other services.

You will provide advice and consultation on appropriate mental health care planning to support a holistic care and discharge plan (including risk and safety) to acute care colleagues as a liaison function for young people with eating disorders that are admitted to acute paediatric wards. Training relevant to your post will be offered.

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:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, 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
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. 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
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

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 HPC registered
  • Comfortable in providing consultation to colleagues, and 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 specialist assessment and interventions using evidence based, client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To promote and develop the role of Occupational Therapy within SFEDS
  • To act as lead practitioner for young people updating care plans and risk assessments.
  • To work as part of the SFEDS paediatric liaison team working with hospital staff and others to ensure safe discharge into the community and working closely with the provider collaborative

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in occupational therapy
  • Registration with the HPC as an occupational therapist
  • Practice Education training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Extensive 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 in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessment tools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health
Communication/Relationship skills Essential
  • Able to communication complex condition related information to service users, carers and colleagues
  • Lead others in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practices including policies and strategies.
  • Develop partnership working with individuals, groups, communities and agencies.
  • oDelegate work to others
  • oDemonstrate 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

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