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CAMHS Specialist Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen at Collingham Child and Family Centre for a full-time Band 6 Occupational Therapist. You will need to be motivated, resilient, enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills.

Collingham Child and Family Centre is a one of six National CAMHS inpatient units for children aged 5-13years. The team provides intensive assessment and treatment for children with complex emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties including intensive work with families/parents/carers.

Our highly experienced and dedicated multidisciplinary team is committed to offering the highest standards of care to help children and families regain their self-confidence. Adopting a solution focused approach to manage challenges and steer a course towards optimism, newly realised potential and a positive future for the child and their family network.

Our approach is holistic, solution and function-focused, and our multidisciplinary ethos aims to make each admission as short as possible. This approach enables each child and family to return to their community with greater strengths and the ability to sustain positive changes.

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Wherever you wish to work and whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.


Main duties of the job

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

With support from the Lead OT you will be completing Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions. In your OT role you will provide individual interventions and group work, using assessment tools and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment. You will also have opportunities to provide supervision of fieldwork placements to OT students and supervision of Activities Coordinators. There are established links and network meetings with other OTs within the CAMHS & ED Service Line and CNWL, with opportunities for continued professional development.

About us

Come and join us and be one of 300 Occupational Therapists (OTs) in CNWL. We work in many different teams in both physical and mental health, as well as a number of specialist areas.

OT in CNWL is very fortunate in having a long established professional structure and this includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This has the huge benefit of ensuring representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT R&D strategy, R& D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and EBP is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

We actively support the next generation of OTs through apprenticeships, student placements and the promotion of the profession as a career in schools. We are proud of the diversity in our workforce but have invested time in supporting and developing this further through our BAME OT group.

If you are an OT who strives for excellent and wants to develop to your full potential then we would welcome your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide the multidisciplinary team (MDT) within the Child and Family Unit with an occupational therapy service and expertise; this will include individual and group work, assessment, intervention and evaluation in accordance with the College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics.

Specific to assessment the Occupational Therapist (OT) will utilise professional specific, evidence based assessment tools in order to establish a childs/ young persons baseline functional and performance capacity; from which recommendations can determine further on going care and treatment to enable optimum functioning, and social and educational participation.

To establish links with other Occupational Therapists and Child and Family workers in interfacing acute and community CAMHS teams to enable effective continuation of Occupational Therapy input if required.

To manage a defined caseload of children and young people with complex mental health needs; using evidence based and recovery principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate treatment.

To integrate evidence based practice and skilful use of assessments & interventions with personal recovery principles in order to improve the child/young persons quality of life and to support them to do the things they want to do and live the life they want to lead.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of mental illness and physical conditions; providing training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the child/young persons social and physical environment. This will include undertaking assessments and making recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.

To contribute to service development of Local CAMHs & Trust wide OT services.

To provide leadership for junior / unqualified staff through supervision and appraisal as required.

To act as fieldwork educator to students on practice placement.

To liaise with the Inter-professional team, children and young people, families, carers, statutory and voluntary organisations, occupational therapy colleagues, local primary, secondary services and other relevant professionals, community CAMHS services

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
  • Health& Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered Occupational Therapist.
  • Evidence of an active interest in further professional development with CAMHS, Paediatric &/or Mental health specific workshops and short courses
  • Post graduate training in Sensory Integration.
  • Practice Placement Educator's Course.
  • Registration with RCOT.
Previous Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience of working with children or young people with emotional and behavioural issues as well as sensory processing difficulties
  • Experience in using a range of standardised OT assessments.
  • Experience of effective partnership working, with external providers, in promoting socially inclusive opportunities for children and young peoples
  • Experience in managing resources e.g. financial, stock, equipment etc
  • Experience working within a CAMHS setting.
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and application of OT assessments and interventions (individual and group) and outcome measures, relevant to client group.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures.
  • Skills in producing timely, accurate and informative reports and notes.
  • Excellent communication skills i.e. written, verbal, listening and proficient use of up to date systems of communication i.e. IT systems, e-mail, fax, telephone etc.
  • Knowledge of personal recovery principles and their application to service delivery.
  • Clear concept of Occupational Therapy and models of practice.
  • Ability to work autonomously, on own initiative and under pressure to meet deadlines; & to prioritise workload.
  • Ability to regularly identify and undertake appropriate learning and development opportunities as part of ongoing CPD.
  • Ability to ensure the application of risk assessment and risk management strategies which facilitates children and young people's recovery.
  • Ability to determine the impact of mental and physical conditions on a children and young people's functional ability and undertake assessment/make recommendations with regards to the provision of equipment/aids and adaptations.
  • Ability to provide leadership for junior / unqualified staff through supervision.
  • Research and Development experience at post graduate level.
  • Delivery of formal presentations and teaching sessions.
  • Experience in working with Information Systems
  • Experience in monitoring untrained staff and students

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