Occupational Therapist - AMHT

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year Depending on experience if band 6
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Occupational Therapist - AMHT

The AMHT is a well functioning multi-disciplinary team, composed of a Mental Health Nurse, a Systemic Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologists, an Occupational Therapist (this post) and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. It is commissioned to provide early intervention in psychosis (EIS) for 13 to 18 year olds as well as to offer mental health care to young people presenting with high risk of severe life threatening self-harm.

The team model includes joint working as well as individual working with young people and their families. The team offers a range of interventions including therapeutic care coordination, systemic family therapy, individual therapy (CBT, psychoanalytical psychotherapy, narrative therapy) and psychiatric support.

The team works within a Care Pathway model of service delivery within a multidisciplinary framework, holding weekly MDT meetings where all high risk cases are discussed. It incorporates a developmental approach in its formulation of young people's presentation and an understanding of adolescent personality development. Due to the nature and severity of their mental health difficulties, young people are often engaged in longer term interventions with the team.

Main duties of the job

  • To take a creative and collaborative role in the development and implementation of Occupational Therapy provision within the Adolescent Mental Health Team.
  • To provide Occupational Therapy expertise in the assessment, formulation and treatment of adolescents with severe mental health difficulties including psychosis, severe depression/suicidal behavior, emotional dysregulation, trauma and life threatening self harm.
  • To provide effective interventions to young people, taking into consideration the cultural and social needs of the young people and their family.
  • To provide care coordination, using a Care Programme Approach, for young people within the AMHT; to complete regular care plans and risk assessments.
  • To provide appropriate group interventions to support the improved functioning of young people with severe and/or long standing mental health difficulties.
  • To work as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team and to contribute an occupation-focused understanding of a young person's difficulties and needs.
  • To provide clinical supervision to qualified staff and students where necessary.
  • Line management will be provided within the team structure and professional supervision will be provided from within the Occupational Therapy discipline.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Please take time to watch this video from our young people and their parent/carers.


Job description Job responsibilities

  • To effectively manage a caseload of clients with highly complex mental health difficulties using a Care Programme Approach.
  • To work collaboratively within a cohesive MDT and to contribute to team meetings, care plans, treatment reviews and CPAs. To work jointly with other professionals within the MDT to provide assessments and interventions to clients.
  • To contribute to a team duty system and be able to confidently respond to young people who present in crisis.
  • To plan and provide specialist occupational therapy assessment and both individual and group interventions in a varied range of settings as appropriate (e.g. clinic, clients home, community, school/college).
  • To adopt a client centred and highly sensitive approach to therapy; collaborating with clients (and/or carer(s) where appropriate) in all aspects of the therapeutic process and the OT intervention.
  • To select and conduct specific specialist Occupational Therapy Assessments, addressing the mental, physical, psychosocial, behavioural, perceptual, cognitive, sensory and environmental needs of the clients.
  • To consult with family or other carers as appropriate.
  • To maintain accurate records of Occupational Therapy Individual and group programmes, providing specialist occupational therapy reports to clients (and/or carers), relevant professionals and agencies where appropriate.
  • To respond to, record and report any incidents relating to therapy or client care in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • To respond to unpleasant or highly distressing conditions or behaviour in a professional manner, demonstrating empathy and sensitivity.
  • To be alert to safeguarding concerns and to follow local and national processes in responding to such concerns; to seek support from the MDT and senior colleagues as needed.
  • To maintain professional standards and keep up to date with professional registration.

For a more detailed job description and person specification please see attached JD & PS.

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Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Professional Registration.
  • At least 2 years' experience in a mental health setting.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
Experience Essential
  • To have experience of using specialist clinical skills to carry out therapeutic, activity-based, psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions
  • To have experience of using health promotion and rehabilitation interventions in order to promote social inclusion and recovery.
  • Experience of working with diversity.
  • To have experience of joint working and of being part of an MDT.
  • Experience of providing individual and group mental health therapeutic intervention.
  • Experience of providing care coordination within a Care Programme Approach.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • To have knowledge of psychosis and other mental health difficulties and their impact upon functioning and performance.
  • To have an understanding of adolescent development and the impact of mental health difficulties during the adolescent period.
  • To have highly developed interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients who have complex mental health needs.
  • Ability to apply effective interpersonal and communication skills in both individual and group therapeutic interventions.
  • To be able to adapt communication to young people who may have significant impairments in their communication or/and verbal ability.
  • Ability to use sophisticated interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively within emotive environments and with distressing material.
  • Ability to exercise judgement, and make interpretations regarding complex issues.
  • Ability to communicate complex information to clients, carers and other professionals.
  • To have specialist occupational, vocational and sensory assessment skills.
  • To be able to use supervision and support from colleagues to maintain safe practice.
  • To have knowledge and skills in working with young people with neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • To have specialist occupational, vocational and sensory assessment skills.
  • To have knowledge of current National legislation, policies and guidelines. (Mental Health Act 1983, NICE guidelines, National service Framework for Mental Health).

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