Occupational Therapist - Band 6-Suffolk Autism Diagnosis Youth Service

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pay award pending
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Do you want to work with a friendly, motivated, caring and experienced MDT who strive to provide NICE compliant autism diagnostic assessments for young people with their families in Suffolk. We want to improve on our waiting times for young people, to avoid delays. We are looking to recruit a skilled registered Occupational Therapist with experience of working with young people or adults, who may have autism and/or other complex conditions or disabilities.

Main duties of the job

Undertaking interesting complex assessments and sharing formulations. You will have the ability to work flexibly to manage the complexities relating to the significant age range of young people we work with, age 11-17. You will enjoy working with others, sharing views and being constructive and supportive with families, schools and other team members, incorporating a whole systems approach.The team will be able to consult with you and gain knowledge and support from your skills and experience.

As part of the MDT you will enjoy preparing diagnostic reports to inform others of the needs of young people we see. Their parents/care givers and schools will benefit from your advice and young people themselves should gain better understanding of their needs with signposting to post diagnostic services.

About us

The CQC rated our service as 'Good' in January 2020.

The team covers the whole of Suffolk with an office base in Stowmarket. Your role will enhance the existing resources and skills in the team provided by Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language therapists, Assistant Practitioners, a Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker and Medical colleagues.

The team also provides a learning environment to facilitate professional development, we attract training posts from the UEA Clinical Psychology course. We would also welcome OT students under your supervision. You would be supported through the Trust Management and Clinical Supervision structure, as well as the MDT.


Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • A comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • Career progression
  • Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • Staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The post is 1.0 wte, 37.5 hours a week, working across Suffolk in a clinic-based team model. Undertaking autism diagnostic assessments and using theoretical knowledge to inform clinical decision making within the MDT, ensuring a holistic formulation in line with NICE guidelines. To assist in identifying interventions with a focus onsensory integration issues and motor coordination difficulties. To contribute to development and running of group interventions.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

Person Specification
  • Diploma/BSc in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Demonstrable knowledge relating to the assessment and treatment of Auistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or equivalent assessment skills

  • Post registration specialist training in autism diagnostic tools i.e. ADOS

  • Able to communicate effectively with a range of individuals, clients, professionals and organisations
  • Experience of working to maintain and promote the safety of vulnerable children and families
  • Ability to demonstrate good analytical and reflection skills

  • Understanding of Mental health conditions
  • Groupwork skills

  • Awareness of other therapeutic approaches and application
  • Awareness of safeguarding principals

  • Demonstration of clinical interventions to aid diagnostic assessment i.e communication skills sensory integration understanding and making adaptations
  • Knowledge and experience of the impact of a child's developmental difficulties on occupational performance and the child's family / carers

  • Experience and working knowledge of Paediatrics as a specialist area

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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