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Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist to join Surrey & Borders NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) in the newly transformed Reaching Out service as part of the Education pathway. The Reaching Out service focuses on engaging and supporting the most isolated and vulnerable children and young people through a multi-agency network.

The Education pathway works with young people in the Surrey short stay schools, who support students aged 5-16 who are not able to manage mainstream school with the goal of providing support for them to either return to their mainstream school or to move onto a specialist school.

Reaching Out have delivered a successful pilot of occupationally focused group interventions in Surrey short stay schools which is now embedded in the school timetables. You would lead the newly developed innovative programme which has been well received by students and schools.

You would be part of our dynamic Occupational Therapy service which has developed innovative ways of delivering occupational therapy. We use Model of Human Occupation to guide all our occupational therapy assessments and interventions. The occupational therapy leadership team is committed to an extensive, coordinated CPD programme including a robust supervision structure, care group meetings, monthly forums and an annual conference.

Main duties of the job

To lead the newly developed innovative programme delivering occupationally focused group programmes and individual interventions that meet the unique needs of children and young people.

To have key responsibility for the clinical management of the education pathway including all aspects of service delivery, performance, risk management and providing supervision to the team.

To lead on the use of outcome measures to evidence good practice and effectiveness of interventions, supporting the team in how to identify goal based outcomes with children and young people.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county, just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach. For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by supporting vulnerable children and young people who are struggling to participate in mainstream education to engage in an activity that is meaningful to them through the delivery of high quality, evidence based occupational therapy interventions.

Job Overview

This role will be part of the Education Pathway within the Reaching Out Service. The Reaching Out service focuses on engaging and supporting the most isolated and vulnerable children and young people through a multi-agency network. The Education Pathway focuses on supporting children and young people who are struggling to engage in mainstream school. Our expected outcomes would be that CYP develop the skills which would enable them to re-engage with education allowing them to reach their full potential. The pathway will provide occupational therapy interventions to Pupil Referral Units and selected mainstream schools.

As well as being responsible for delivering group programmes and providing specialist 1:1 intervention, the post holder will have a key responsibility for the clinical management of the education pathway including all aspects of service delivery, performance, risk management and providing supervision to the team. Childrens system relationships are a vital factor in enabling culture change towards all providers being skilled to manage emotional wellbeing needs. The post-holder will be responsible for creating collaborative working relationships with agencies outside the Alliance to ensure our work aligns. A successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and an adaptable, non-judgmental approach enabling them to establish rapport and trust with vulnerable young people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. This is a new pathway and therefore the post holder will have a vital role in developing and shaping the pathway and occupationally focused programmes to best meet the needs of these young people.

Key Responsibilities


Responsibility, alongside the Reaching Out operational manager, for the clinical management of the Education Pathway including all aspects of the service delivery, performance and risk management.

To shape and develop the education pathway and occupational programmes within it to ensure it is successful in meeting the needs of children and young people who are struggling to engage in education.

To undertake evidence based projects, including recommendations for change in practice and to lead where appropriate on service evaluation/research.

To promote the role of Occupational Therapy within the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team

To be fully engaged in the recruitment, development and professional supervision of staff within the specialty.

To provide clinical supervision and support the development of the Band 5 Occupational Therapists.

To contribute to the work of the professional leadership team and to represent the profession within and beyond the trust as appropriate

To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the needs of people with protected characteristics are addressed within local services and future developments.

To collate, analyse and report on the effectiveness of the service using appropriate outcome measures.


To provide an effective, high quality service to people who use services and their carers

To practice as a highly specialised, expert Occupational Therapist within the specialty

To achieve, maintain and promote a high standard of clinical care using evidence-based practice.

To deliver group Occupational Therapy programmes, including What Matters? and Recovery Through Occupation.

Be flexible in ways of working so the needs of vulnerable children and their voices are at the heart of how we work.

Ability to engage and build relationships with vulnerable children and young people,

Persistence and tenacity in building rapport and relationships with children and young people, who will often have complex backgrounds.

Being able to think creatively about how to engage with vulnerable children and young people.

Good understanding of broad age range, life stage, and ability to adapt approach to suit needs.

Understanding a young persons needs/challenges and signposting to appropriate services to support that young person.

Being comfortable lone working with children and young people.

Being willing to do outreach work to see young people within their environments such as home, park, cafes.

To communicate effectively to the multi-disciplinary team to promote client safety and the management of risk.

To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

To carry out comprehensive assessments; plan, implement and evaluate delivery of Occupational Therapy interventions as part of a holistic approach, working in a variety of settings.

To keep up to date with clinical developments, analyse current research and discuss and implement changes in clinical practice.

To be responsible for the safe use of equipment used in carrying out Occupational Therapy duties; adhering to Trust and department policies and procedures. This includes the ability to use and supervise the use of, by other staff, carers and people who access services, equipment with competency and accuracy

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk-management plans.

To work in partnership with acute and primary care services and other healthcare providers.

To establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their families.


To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation. To carry out professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other relevant legislation.

To contribute to conducting clinical audit and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within the field of young onset dementia and occupational therapy.

To participate in quality assurance activities as required.

To contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of interventions driven by government initiatives

To contribute to developing and providing a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To be an active member of the EWMH Alliance OT Professional Group and have a focus on peer support and new innovations to improve quality and outcomes across the Alliance

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc Hons. or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Leadership qualification or equivalent leadership experience
Experience Essential
  • Experience working with children and/or young adults.
  • Extensive and relevant post qualification clinical experience with people who have complex needs.
  • Extensive experience of applying occupational frames of reference and approaches.
  • Demonstrates evidence of highly specialist clinical reasoning skills
  • Highly specialist knowledge of relevant assessment and treatment models.
  • Evidence of an interest and skills in specialist area.
  • Experience of contributing to service development/project work.
  • Experience of providing supervision.
  • Experience of supporting students on placement.
  • Experience of representing occupational therapy within a service and Trust.
  • UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes.
  • In depth knowledge of group therapy and experience of facilitating groups.
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering Lifestyle Redesign principles.

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