Highly Specialist Community Paediatric Occupational Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year plus HCAS per annum
Closing date
3 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity at North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) for an enthusiastic and experienced Childrens' Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist to manage the caseload and co-ordinate the provision of our Service. This is an exciting time to join us as we are developing multi-disciplinary pathway provision to provide packages of care to our children. We offer a blended approach of virtual and face to face provision. Our comprehensive virtual workshops of functional skills will continue to be part of our offer.

Main duties of the job

As the successful candidate for this position you will:
  • Have experience of assessing and treating a range of conditions and want to further develop your skills in caseload management and leadership
  • Assess and treat a mixed caseload of children with developmental and physical disability in clinics, schools and homes.
  • Deliver comprehensive formal and informal assessment and make differential diagnosis on the basis of assessment findings
  • Develop evidence based intervention programmes, adapt and facilitate therapy according to client centred needs
  • Provide specialist knowledge, advice, training and teaching to parents, carers, students and the multidisciplinary team
  • Attend relevant training courses, meetings and special interest groups to maintain skills and knowledge required
  • You will be responsible for the occupational therapy supervision of colleagues

NELFT is committed to the wellbeing of its staff and offers a range of opportunities to maintain this.

This post is 1 WTE (37.5 hours per week) with the possibility of flexible/agile working and part time/job sharing. We will also consider offering this as a development post.

About us

Starting with NELFTNELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

COVID-19 VaccinationWe continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary PeriodThis post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Member of the Health Care Professionals Council - Licence to Practice
  • Post graduate courses or self directed learning relative to paediatric


  • Registered Member of British Association of Occupational Therapy



  • Of working as a Band 6 OT with children with a variety of needs including:, Neurodevelopmental disability, Developmental delay, learning difficulties and special educational needs.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary
  • Of report writing for SEN / EHCPs


  • Experience of supervising students and/or unqualified staff



  • An awareness of NHS Plan, NSF and clinical governance priorities
  • Awareness of legislation relating to children, particularly the Children and Families Bill, Disability Discrimination Act and of current NHS agenda and guidelines
  • Knowledge of Child Development and childhood occupations and its application to occupational therapy
  • Knowledge and experience of using clinical observation / standardised assessments/outcome measures / setting of goals relevant to the client group
  • Excellent knowledge of current best practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Sound knowledge and experience of implementing SEND reforms including outcome focused EHCP assessment
  • Understand legal responsibilities of the profession and associated code of ethics



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Evidence of a high standard of communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to organise own time and self to ensure best delivery of service to children and families
  • To be able to demonstrate clear clinical reasoning based on evidence based practice within current clinical area
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills.



  • To be able to travel efficiently throughout the area

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