Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our Adaptations Team in East Sussex.As a member of the Children's Integrated Therapy and Equipment Service the post-holder will be part of a countywide team providing specialist assessments to inform housingadaptations to children and young people up to the age of 18. The adaptations team also review specialist home equipment prescribed as part of a Disabled Facilities Grant and aspart of the wider integrated care team as required.The post-holder will be working within a strong, friendly and well -established team of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Apprenticesand Integrated Therapy Assistants.You will have a strong desire to work with children or young people. Extensive training will be provided due to complexity of housing adaptations and high cost implications to meetthe needs of children with disability and their families in East Sussex.The post-holder will be required to develop equipment competencies and manual-handling skills which will be gained through a robust induction. Knowledge or interest inNeurodevelopmental conditions, including ASD, challenging behaviour and Neurodisability is essential to role.For an informal discussion contact Fiona Middlemass, CITS Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy on 0300 1232650.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of a team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants that covers early years and school years children with learning disability and complex/ multi-disciplinary needs.
  • To provide a specialist role to children with disability in relation to home adaptations, manual handling and specialist equipment aged 0-18 as part of an East Sussex Children's Integrated Therapy Service, provided by Kent Community Health Foundation Trust (KCHFT).
  • To be responsible for managing a complex and specialist clinical caseload.
  • To provide a high quality and cost-effective clinical service to disabled children /young people and their families in collaboration with the Locality team, Professional Leads and Locality Clinical Managers.
  • To be responsible for the appraisal and line supervision of Band 4 staff and/or Assistants/ Key Workers within the team in collaboration with Professional Leads and LocalityClinical Manager as appropriate.

Additional Working Pattern: 7.5 hours a day Monday to Friday

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

We've signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. From September 2022, the minimum salary we'll pay is �10.90 per hour (excluding apprentices). The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we're delivering our pledge to be the best employer

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

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All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place on the 16th June 2023.

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Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registered with HPC



  • Experience across a broad range of placements
  • Experience of working with children in any setting
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis
  • Experience in assessment and planning occupational therapy treatment for a variety of conditions


  • Documented evidence of CPD



  • Knowledge of assessment, treatment planning and evaluation
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application to practice
  • Basic knowledge of the principles of clinical governance


  • Knowledge of common treatment tools and outcome measures
  • Knowledge of complex neurological problems



  • Ability to work with both groups and individuals
  • Knowledge of typical conditions and child development
  • Health, safety and risk awareness
  • Good IT skills
  • Good personal organisational skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance


  • Training and presentation skills

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Chaucer Clinic


BN26 6QH

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