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Band 7 Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Occupational Therapist to join our community Paediatric Occupational Therapy team at the Newberry Child Development Centre. We are looking for a positive, proactive clinician to help us build a strong future for our Paediatric Occupational therapy team. You will have your own clinical caseload, providing advanced specialist assessments and interventions to a wide range of children and young people. You will also provide clinical support to team members and students as well as assist in their training and development. You will play an integral role in service development and work closely with the leadership of the team.

We are pleased to offer this rare position at a time of positive change for our strong and growing team. We welcome applications from all qualified and experienced practitioners who want to work in a supportive environment, which respects professional values and looks to develop and advocate for Occupational Therapy's contribution to our children and young people's service. We very much welcome applicants from qualified Sensory Integration therapists (up to Module 3 or 4) however, there will be opportunities to undertake this training, for the right candidate.

Onsite parking is available and a driving licence is essential.

Main duties of the job

As a Band 7 Paediatric Occupational Therapist, you will be responsible for your own complex caseload consisting of patients with a variety of different conditions whilst leading on the supporting/training of team members to develop within this specialist field and to manage their own caseloads. Good prioritisation, organisational and time management skills will be needed to balance clinical and non-clinical duties. You will need advanced communication skills to ensure a successful multidisciplinary approach to patient care, working in close liaison with the other teams including Neurodevelopmental and Physiotherapy. You will be in regular discussions with children, young people and their families, as well as other health, education and social care professionals. You will be responsible for other non-clinical duties such as in-service development ideas, training/supervision of students, therapy assistant practitioners and colleagues. This will include the use of formal appraisal documentation.

About us

The James Pagetis a vibrant university hospital providing the best possible care to the people of east Norfolk and north Suffolk. Situated on the coast with beautiful beaches and the Broads National Park on the doorstep we are within commuting distance of Norwich City. We were rated GOOD at our last CQC inspection and we are the largest local employer in the area.

We are a service that truly values CPD and are looking to further enlarge and tailor our training offer over the coming months. We are open to new ideas and to contribute to the development of the service moving forward. We will support you in achieving your career goals through our well-structured supervision and appraisal system, actively encouraging utilisation of training courses (clinical, non-clinical and leadership skills) with use of CPD funding. We are proud to offer post graduate training opportunities in Ayres' Sensory Integration, enabling you to gain this internationally recognised, post-graduate qualification. You will be supported to provide education to your team but also to our wider workforce.

We understand that our employees have commitments and interests outside of work and encourage good work-life balance by offering a flexible and agile working environment; this is further supplemented by an extensive wellbeing offer, as well as a range of other benefits including staff discounts and access to the NHS Pension Scheme.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assist in the planning, co-ordination, delivery and evaluation of the Therapy Service (Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy) provided to children and young people including: patients with complex presentation throughout the Trust, on a day-to-day basis. This includes ensuring the teams workload is appropriately prioritised and work is effectively distributed and co-ordinated across the team on a day-by-day basis
  • To work with children and young people with life limiting and palliative care conditions which can be very emotive at times
  • To provide leadership to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy staff in the Therapy Team
  • To be responsible for service development within the specialty
  • To implement policy and policy changes in own clinical area, which affect the whole Therapy Service and the Trust
  • To work closely with the multidisciplinary team in order to receive timely, appropriate referrals and use patient information to help prioritise the work
  • To develop shared goals along with other teams within the department along with Head of Neonatal and Children and Young Peoples Services and AHP Matron
  • To take the lead role in the advanced assessment and treatment of children and young people within the speciality who may have complex presentation, and to determine clinical diagnosis and Occupational Therapy treatment indicated, and to maintain records as an autonomous practitioner
  • To actively develop the clinical skills of team members
  • To work a rostered 5 day shift pattern. Flexible working also available following discussion with AHP Matron
  • To work within the Newberry Child Development Centre, Education or community health setting as required

Please see the attached Job Description for more details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy (BSc/MSc)
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate courses
  • Undertaken a student/fieldwork educators course
  • Leadership training, e.g. 16 steps
  • Coaching/supervision training

Experience and Knowledge


  • Band 6 experience which includes relevant work in a variety of child and young people's services, including paediatrics
  • Demonstrates specialist clinical skills within paediatric settings including complex case management
  • Significant experience of team working including integrated teams
  • Evidence of variety of assessment skills within different clinical areas including paediatrics
  • Evidence of involvement in service development, e.g. working on projects
  • Training and clinical supervision of clinical staff and students including the teaching of specialist skills
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance/current topics in the NHS
  • Demonstrates self-directional learning and the ability to evaluate own performance
  • Audit experience

Skills, Abilities and Competencies


  • Leadership skills including team building and supporting others
  • Self-motivated, proactive and resourceful
  • Ability to use own initiative and problem solve
  • Ability to act as an autonomous practitioner, organising, prioritising and delegating workload as appropriate
  • Good communication skills, including empathy, motivational and assertiveness skills
  • Able to work well with others and pass on skills and knowledge
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and prioritise accordingly
  • Ability to work flexibly across clinical areas and adapt to the needs of the service particularly when the service is under pressure
  • Role requires the ability to travel within the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area. Should hold a full current driving licence or be able to make own travelling arrangements to fulfil the duties of the post, including visits to patients' homes with and without patients, delivery of equipment etc.

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