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Clinical Specialist- Occupational Therapist in TEDS

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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With a big national focus on improving services for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, there has never been a better time to join Oxford Health CAMHS and make a positive difference to children and young people's life chances. The All Age Eating Disorders Service in BSW is going through a period of expansion. We are excited to offer the opportunity for two Band 7 Occupational Therapists to work in our CAMHS Eating Disorders Service (TEDS) and develop occupational therapy within TEDS and the All Age ED service. TEDS is a passionate multi-disciplinary team across 5 bases in BSW delivering NICE recommended treatments for children and young people with eating disorders and is accredited by the Quality Network for Community CAMHS (QNCC). You will work in Marlborough TEDS and Swindon TEDS. Marlborough TEDS is embedded in Marlborough CAMHS in Marlborough and Swindon TEDS is embedded in Swindon CAMHS in Swindon.

Main duties of the job

You will be contributing to the assessment and treatment of Children and Young People who have eating disorders, using a wide range of skills and methods. There will be opportunity for individual case work, group work and audit and research. There will be opportunity to receive training in evidence-based eating disorder treatments such as Family Based Therapy (FBT) and CBT-E, and CBT-T and join established supervision groups across BSW. As one of two lead specialists within the five TEDS teams, you will take a lead role in the development and provision of Occupational Therapy in this service.

About us

You will have the opportunity to make an active and meaningful contribution to our service modernisation and redesign that is based on the Thrive model, ensuring children and young people get the right support, at the right time, in the right place, from individuals with the right skills. Marlborough and Swindon CAMHS are supportive teams who offer assessment, treatment, and consultation either in the clinic base or out in the community. The teams are passionate in providing evidenced based care to young people and their families. You can expect a comprehensive induction programme, including a range of shadowing opportunities to support you in your role and ongoing in-house training. The teams support and deliver regular managerial, peer, clinical, and safeguarding supervision to build upon confidence, competence and commitment to developing self and the role. You can learn more about us by looking at our recruitment video:


Find out more about living and working in BSW here:Living and Working | Oxford Health

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be working 30 hours a week and part of an experienced multi-disciplinary team inputting into clinical pathway developments, delivering high quality care and working alongside highly experienced colleagues including, clinical leads, psychologists, senior mental health practitioners, dietitians, support workers and consultant psychiatrists. You will be a motivated individual with a degree in Occupational Therapy, current registration with the HCPC as an Occupational Therapist and previous experience of working in childrens services and/or as a Mental Health practitioner is essential.

You will:
  • Provide specialist eating disorder assessment and interventions (including delivering evidenced based treatment in group format) to Children and Young people with eating disorders in an outpatient setting.
  • Provide NICE recommended therapy for eating disorders.
  • Champion best practice in Eating Disorders as per MEED/ NICE guidelines.
  • Operate as a specialist occupational therapy practitioner and manage an appropriate clinical caseload, acting as Care Coordinator for agreed cases.
  • Undertake specialist occupational therapy assessment of Children and Young with eating disorders using enhanced clinical skills.
  • Promote evidence-based practice in occupational therapy and eating disorders.
  • Participate in the delivery of service improvement plans for occupational therapy across CAMHS.

The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the CAMHS 24 hours out of hours on call rota. There is a robust system of support provided by Managers, Consultant Psychiatrists and Senior Managers.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities in attached Job Description/Person Specification

Person Specification Knoweledge Requirements Essential
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree/diploma supplemented by further training, short specialist courses to masters or equivalent level.
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge, underpinned by theory and experience, in the range of mental health disorders in children and adolescents.
  • A good understanding of eating disorders, aetiology, presentation, and treatments.
  • Strong knowledge and skills in assessing risk and developing safety/management plans
  • Experience of working with eating disorders patients.
Qualifications - Academic/Skills/Professional Essential
  • Occupational Therapist with Dip RCOT qualification or degree
  • Current and up to date registration with relevant professional body- HCPC.
  • Therapeutic qualifications, e.g. IAPT, CBT, CBT-E.
  • Practice Educator Training
  • Awareness and/or training in eating disorder specific therapies.
  • Qualification in management and leadership
Experience Essential
  • Experience and evidence of promoting the role of Occupational Therapy
  • Substantial experience as an Occupational Therapist working in a mental health, learning disability service or relevant field of practice.
  • Experience of caseload management of complex conditions & cases.
  • Substantial risk assessment and management skills of self-harm/risk/crisis management/safeguarding
  • Experience of delivering clinical supervision for registered and non-registered staff, including students.
  • Experience of providing high quality assessments and interventions for people with an eating disorder
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Able to communicate complex condition related information to patients, families/carers and colleagues.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Highly developed communication and team working skills and ability to work with a range of other professionals and agencies.
  • Able to manage a caseload, set priorities and work with members of a multi-disciplinary team.

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