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Specialist Mental Health Practitioner - Occupational Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,637 a year
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A new and exciting opportunity has become available to join the Learning Disability & Autism Crisis service, delivering a new way of supporting Children and Young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or a Learning Disability (LD) and their family/carers.

The post holder will form part of the newly developed CAMHS Managing Risk pathway, supporting children and young people, their family/carers and professionals to timely access and support when they need it the most, and ensuring local systems are responsive to meeting their needs in a holistic and joined up way.

We are looking for an energetic and forward thinking Band 7 Occupational Therapist who has the skills and experience of working with this cohort of young people , who might be interested in joining this innovative team and contribute to its ongoing development.

Our pathway uses an AMBIT ( adaptive mentalisation based integrative therapy) approach, and you will have access to this training to support your role . AMBIT is an approach to support teams to develop systems of help around particularly vulnerable, excluded, and underserved children and young peoples who may have little confidence or trust in the possibility of help being helpful in their lives, and whose many difficulties often attract large numbers of different teams and professionals around them, that can make it complicated to coordinate who does what, and when, and may sometimes be rather overwhelming to the very people we are trying to help.

Main duties of the job

This exciting role will also include many other training opportunities to support your ongoing development and the shape of the service we deliver for young people and their parent/ carers.

The post holder will be a Specialist Occupational Therapist who, as part of the team, be offering rapid assessment and support to CYP/ parent/ carers and wider systems when in crisis. The post holder will work closely with professionals and key people who know the CYP/ Parent/carer best, avoiding a re-telling of their story during a crisis period.

The post holder will ensure timely access and care planning to the CYPs identified needs is in place, preventing deterioration of their functioning through active across network care planning, and being an active contributing member of our pathway multi-disciplinary team .

The post holder will work across many Child and Family Health Pathways, recognising that people both with and without formal autistic spectrum diagnoses have neurodiversity to varying degrees, supporting the relevant needs for a wide range of presentations in crisis, or with severe and complex presentations, by supporting professionals to ensure the right care is in place via assessment, support and consultation.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas. We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see full job description in supporting documents.

The Managing Risk CAMHS Pathway and LDAP Crisis service.

The LDAP Crisis team is made up of a Senior Nurse and a Speech and Language Therapist. The LDAP Crisis service will function within the CAMHS Managing Risk pathway, which is made up of local and overarching leadership and management, Senior Mental Health Practitioners, Assistant Practitioners, Specialist Nursing, Consultant Psychiatry, Psychology and Family Therapy. The pathway currently has an established and successful Assertive Outreach& Crisis service, and LDAP Keyworker Pilot.

The LDAP Crisis team will offer rapid & highly specialist consultation, clinical support and assessment and care planning to children and young people and professionals, supporting and preventing placement breakdown.

The teams work together to share expertise and skills, attend combined training events and share staff supervision.

The teams are trained in Positive Behavioural Support and will be offered Adaptive Mentalisation Based Integrative Therapy. They will link into the capabilities frameworks for working with individuals with ASD and/or LD to ensure they have an adequate skill base and knowledge in these fields. These models will guide them in adopting a team around the key worker model of care, where CYP and their family/carers have a trusted and accessible worker who gains specialist advice and support from all the other professionals involved in their care.

The post holderswill work across education, health and social care to enable whole system change to embed principles of transforming care and SEND reforms to improve the experience of CYP and families.

We are looking for a Band 7 Occupational Therapist who can:
  • Work flexibly within 37.5 hours per week.
  • Provide intensive support to the network, and intervention for CYP & Parent /Carers at risk of hospital admission or placement breakdown and assessed to be in crisis.
  • Work with existing health, social care, education and send services to contribute & coordinate packages of care for CYP and their family/carers with complex needs
  • Provide leadership and oversight of appropriate meetings including Care, Education and Treatment Reviews (CETR) ensuring resulting action plans are implemented and reviewed.
  • Contribute to relevant placement planning discussions for CYP in crisis.
  • Lead on ensuring CYP and their family/carers receive specialist assessments, advice and support from one trusted adult who will navigate and coordinate advice and treatment for other professionals involved with their care.
  • Provide family focused support and challenge to system partners when necessary.
  • Work within a multi-organisational landscape, working closely with systems to develop services able to deliver care packages to suit the individual needs of the CYP and their family/carers.
  • Contribute and ensure all CYP have a clear personalised care plan to promote their development, well-being and protect them from harm. Leading on coordination of support at pace to avoid admission to hospital
  • Offer emotional and behavioural support and informed advice to CYP and their family/carers based on shared knowledge and experience of working with CYP and family/carers with complex needs.
  • Attend and contribute to CETR and LEAP and tracker meetings ensuring recommendations/actions are completed in a timely manner.

  • Create and encourage a culture which prioritises keeping CYP within the home and local community by persuasively communicating with a range of teams and services.

  • Ensure seamless, well-coordinated transitions between multiple systems.

  • Advocate on behalf of CYP and their family/carers where required to ensure the necessary support is in place to enable them to remain within or discharged into the community and promote joined up, consistent care.

  • Raise awareness/lead by example when educating the wider system on how to change the conversation so the focus is much more positive for CYP and their family/carers when speaking to other professionals.

  • Participate in system transformation encouraging strategic discussion and planning, identifying, discussing and resolving issues that inhibit excellence in the delivery care for CYP and family/carers.

  • Provide supervision to junior staff within the team supporting team members in providing evidence-based care packages to suit the individual needs of CYP and their family/carers.

  • Work across pathways and geographical areas as required, according to need and demand.

  • Provide leadership in the development of high-quality services through the use of audit evidence-based interventions, goal-based, collaborative practice and Routine Outcome Measures.

  • Ensure ongoing participation of service users remains central and core to service developments throughout the duration of the project.

  • Evidence ongoing and appreciation and learning from CYP and their family/carers stories and articulate this to inform service development and redesign.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by specialist training or equivalent experience to Masters level with an Occupational Therapy qualification to degree level or equivalent
  • Training in an evidence-based therapeutic approach
  • Active registration with the HCPC as a registered Occupational Therapist
  • Training in supervision and/or leadership skills or willing to work towards
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working with children and young peoples mental health needs, families and parents/carers, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience of undertaking specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions for in the area of childrens mental health, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments
  • Experience of safeguarding children and young people and ensuring the safety of children in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience that evidences an ability to tend to diversity and work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice
  • Experience of initiating, attending and contributing to multi-professional and inter-agency meetings.
  • Experience in providing effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
  • Experience of providing professional teaching and training for other professionals.

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