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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/05/2021.

Senior Occupational Therapist (CAMHS)

Job Reference: 371-CYP612-B

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Willow House
Willow House, Wokingham
£32,933 - £39,681 pa, pro rata (incl of HCAS)

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.

We are looking to recruit a qualified Occupational Therapist with post qualification experience of working with children and young people with mental health problems. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a newly developed CAMHS Tier 4 Out of Hospital model service based in Wokingham.

You will be responsible for the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of Occupational Therapy care plans, and activities to support therapy plans, for young people referred to the Berkshire CAMHS Tier 4 Out of Hospital Service.

About the Job

  • Provide treatments and activities in a range of venues including the young person’s home
  • Contribute occupational therapy skills to the multi-disciplinary team
  • Monitor and evaluate the therapeutic value of individual and group work interventions and contribute to evaluation and audit of the service as a whole
  • Monitor and evaluate the therapeutic value of individual and group work interventions and contribute to evaluation and audit of the service as a whole

About the service

Our service, based in Willow House on the Wokingham Community Hospital site, is a hospital at home service that provides evidence based psychiatric, nursing, and therapeutic interventions for young people under the age of 18 presenting with severe and complex mental health difficulties assessed as requiring Tier 4 level care, including where these disorders are co-morbid with neurodevelopmental diagnoses:

  • Serious risk of harm to self; suicidal thoughts and behaviour
  • Emotional dysregulation and symptoms that would be best described as emerging unstable personality disorder
  • Eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa,
  • ARFID and disordered eating in the context of emotional dysregulation, trauma, and other mental disorder.
  • Low mood, depressive disorder
  • Early onset psychosis
  • Severe OCD, complex PTSD
  • Other psychological disturbance that may adversely affect functioning but falls outside typical diagnostic criteria.

All young people who are accepted to the service will follow a structured programme, in line with relevant NICE guidelines (for example anorexia nervosa, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation). Interventions are delivered by a multi-disciplinary clinical team comprising of: Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Dietitian, Family Therapist, Teaching staff, Support staff including Assistant Psychologists, Clinical Support Staff, Activity Co-ordinator, Administrators and Managerial Support.

Service operating hours

Our service operates from 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat, Sun & Bank holiday’s (365 days per year). You will be required to work shifts across these hours.

Work base

Willow House, Wokingham Hospital, Barkham Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 2RE

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on work life balance
  • Annual leave – 27 days for new starters, 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service plus 8 days bank holidays
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent staff support and advice
  • Child care vouchers
  • And so much more

Are you familiar with Wokingham?

If you are not familiar with the market town of Wokingham, it lies approx 4 miles west of Bracknell and 7 miles from Reading. Transport links are excellent. Wokingham is extremely well-placed, being served by the A329 London to Reading road and by the M4, which links it to Heathrow airport, the West of England and South Wales.

The 3 “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:

  1. Qualified Occupational Therapist with HCPC registration
  2. Post qualification experience of working with children and young people with mental health problems
  3. Hold a full UK Driving Licence and have use of a car for work purposes

Should you match up to the 3 points listed above, then we would recommend you make your application for this role today! We interview candidates for this role in the order applications are received, so don’t delay and apply today.

Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers. For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow.

For further details about this role or questions in general about working for Berkshire Healthcare please contact Matthew Prouse on 0775852630.


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