Occupational Therapist/MH Practitioner with Interest in ASC

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Hampshire CAMHS (Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) are looking to recruit for an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, highly skilled and experienced Occupational Therapist or a Mental health practitioner with an interest in neuro conditions to join Basingstoke CAMHS for 0.6 WTE. The focus of this role is to work within a multidisciplinary CAMHS Team to provide evidence based, NICE compliant assessment for children and young people with suspected social and communication difficulties. In addition, supporting some of these young people with case management and therapeutic offer for their comorbid mental health difficulties alongside progressing assessments. There is also scope to take on non-ASD cases as a caseholder and for Occupational Therapy specific input where deemed suitable in the wider team.

We are hugely interested to hear from applicants who are interested in developing these skills and can demonstrate how their core competencies could be adapted and honed with the support of additional training (provided by the trust).

Main duties of the job

Your main duties will involve;

Offering evidence based, NICE compliant assessment for children and young people with suspected social and communication difficulties on our Autism diagnostic pathway.

Supporting some young people with co-morbid mental health difficulties in case holding and therapeutic intervention by identifying with the young person, their family, carers and professional network to explore and / or return to meaningful and valued activity.

To contribute to the wider CAMHS MDT in supporting the assessment of a young person's mental health needs to inform a shared formulation around the young person's presenting difficulties and needs to recommend suitable therapeutic intervention.

To support the professional development of junior Occupational Therapists through supervision within the wider Hampshire CAMHS services

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.

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

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

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

The Basingstoke specialist CAMHS team is looking to recruit a highly skilled Occupational Therapist or Mental Health Practitioner with an interest in and significant experience of working with children and young people with ASC (autism).

The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is friendly and innovative, and would provide the right candidate with an opportunity to work in an exciting and challenging environment, with high levels of complexity and risk.

As with other community teams across Hampshire, you would join a strong MDT, offering assessments and interventions to children, young people and their families. The team works in partnership with specialist teams county-wide, including the single point of access, eating disorders and crisis teams, to best support the children and young people in its care.

Hampshire CAMHS values the contributions that allied health professionals bring and has a well-established structure and strategy. Robust and supportive supervision and governance arrangements are in place so that staff are able to practice safely and effectively. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is supportive of clinicians' professional development and provides access to quality training opportunities.

The service prioritises staff wellbeing and we encourage our colleagues to maintain a healthy and positive work-life balance. Leadership is strong and supportive, and our ethos is to encourage people to work creatively and be innovative in their thinking to support new and different ways of working. Please note that this advert contains two Job Descriptions; please ensure that your application reflects one or the other.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Mental Health
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Current professional registration
  • Management/Leadership training
  • Training /experience in Neuro conditions
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

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