CAMHS Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapist (OT) to join the Neurodevelopmental CAMHS team in Cambridge. This is a new post which is welcomed by the team, to improve the CAMHS offer for young people with moderate to severe mental health disorders with comorbid ASD, LD and ADHD.

We are seeking someone with experience working with children and young people, who is passionate about making a difference and demonstrating the value that OT can bring. The trust provides monthly peer OT clinical supervision, specifically focusing on sensory-based interventions and assessment, in additional to monthly clinical supervision.

We will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff based on their individual needs identified throughout appraisal process. This may include training in Single Session Therapy, ADOS training and other therapeutic modalities, in addition to our ongoing monthly CPD programme.

You will join a supportive team who are passionate about making a difference to young people and their families. If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting young people and their families, then we want to hear from you.

If you're interested to come and join our dedicated and friendly team please do apply!

Main duties of the job

  • To provide responsive and accessible Occupational Therapy to children referred to the CAMH services, in the most appropriate environment. More recently our service is evolving and offers virtual assessments and online resources.
  • To work in close co-operation with the multi-disciplinary team and staff from agencies such as Education & Social Care.
  • To maintain a full clinical caseload. To have joint responsibility and clinical supervision with the team to determine priorities and caseload management to a high professional standard using specialist knowledge and experience.
  • To ensure a high standard of care based on agreed prioritisation with all disciplines and agencies involved with the child, young person and their family.
  • To communicate with these agencies, parents and children in an appropriate manner, often with sensitive information regarding diagnosis and outcomes.
  • To coach and teach parents skills and strategies as appropriate.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your own care.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To implement the Occupational Therapy service in respect of treatment of all referred children and young people.
  • To organise the caseload in such a way as to make optimum use of personal skills in the context of multi-disciplinary/multi-agency work.
  • To assess, treat and evaluate children/young people referred to the service to include individual and other appropriate group work. This will include those attending for an ASD diagnostic assessment or with diagnosiss of ASD, Learning Disability or ADHD.
  • To participate in the planning and delivery of evidence-based therapeutic programmes particularly Positive Behaviour Support and Parenting Programmes on both an individual and group basis to children and young people and their families.
  • To develop formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon mental health theory and evidence which incorporates developmental, interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To evaluate and make treatment decisions in collaboration with the CAMHS Community Team and in consultation with an accredited CAMHS therapist or qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To network and develop partnerships with child and adolescent mental health professionals and other professionals within Social Services, Education, General Practitioners, Health Promotion Agencies and the Voluntary Sector.
  • To attend clinics, school reviews and meetings as appropriate.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Member of the Children & Young People & Family Specialist Interest Group.
  • Post graduate training related to the field of Children's Occupational Therapy.
Experience Essential
  • Post graduate experience as an Occupational Therapist.
  • This experience will include consolidation of the OT process; occupational therapy assessment, goal setting and intervention.
  • Experience of working within children's services, with clear knowledge and understanding of child development.
  • Previous experience of the OT process whilst working with children with physical disability and neurodevelopmental difficulties.
  • Experience of the EHCP process.
  • Sensory Integration knowledge.
  • Experience of assessment of children with neurodisabilities and ASD.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Good communication skills both written & verbal when interacting with children & their parents/ carers, members of the team & other professionals.
  • Ability to work as a team and independently.
  • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, recognising when to use them and doing so.
  • A realistic knowledge of personal strengths and areas for development.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
  • Commitment to audit & research.
  • Knowledge of SystmOne Presentation skills.
  • Experience of delivering in-service training within team and externally such as educational settings.
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Knowledge of common Paediatric conditions (such as Cerebral palsy, DCD & ASD) & an understanding of associated conditions which will impact on function/intervention.
  • Awareness of moving and handling legislation.
  • Awareness of health and safety legislation.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of safeguarding issues.
  • Ability to work with a child centred approach.
  • SEND reforms.
  • Awareness of relevant national & local guidelines.
  • Awareness of a tiered approach to service delivery.
Physical Requirements Essential
  • The physical ability to perform & cope with all aspects of manual handling as demanded by the job role.
Other Essential
  • Access to a car & ability to use car for business purposes to travel between sites within the Trust or to patients' residences, school settings, as demanded by the job role.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work routine.
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect.
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working.
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude.

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