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Band 7 Paediatric Occupational Therapist Team Leader

Birmingham Community Healthcare 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
Full Time
Job summary

Are you passionate about supporting, promoting, and sharing good practice with educational colleagues, families, children and young people across the city, strengthening their skills in supporting the SEND agenda?

We are delighted to be able to offer committed, experienced and dynamic AHPs the opportunity to join our friendly and forward thinking children's community therapy services.

Are you an innovative OT looking to develop team leader skills and shape developing City wide universal and targeted services.
  • Do you enjoy the prospect of supporting an OT team ?
  • Do you want the opportunity to be involved in leading a friendly where staff describe the service a \innovative, flexible, passionate and forward thinking?
  • Do you want to work in a vibrant city with a range of multicultural communities and be part of an inclusive Trust which is keen to reduce inequalities?

If you are looking for a challenging, exciting role we want to meet you!

Come and join us to develop a new and exciting service across the city of Birmingham, working alongside education partners, supporting a graduated approach to helping children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Main duties of the job

Candidates should be passionate about supporting, promoting, and sharing good practice with educational colleagues, families, children and young people across the city, strengthening their skills in supporting the SEND agenda.

Candidates must have:
  • Skills in operational team management and support or a desire to develop these skills.
  • highly developed clinical and negotiation skills
  • experience with providing training to parents and/or education settings
  • experience with monitoring, reviewing and evaluating service provision

You will contribute to the development of the OT services alongside colleagues, Service Clinical Managers and the Professional Leads. You may also have responsibility for supervision of designated staff.

If you are looking for a challenging role in which no two days are the same, we want to meet you. We need a therapist who is adaptable, innovative and who enjoy working autonomously and as part of a team.

To make effective use of our mobile working technology and IT systems you will also have good IT skills.

About us

The Occupational Therapy teams work as part of Inclusion Services within the Children and Families Division of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. We work across the whole City, within a range of community and educational settings, thus requiring successful applicants to demonstrate a high level of flexibility.

We value our staff and advocate career progression internally. We encourage our AHPs to contribute to service development, and we welcome and value new ideas and experiences.

We offer a supportive working environment with access to specialist clinical support, and an emphasis on sharing good practice through effective team working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day to day operational management and co-ordination, of a designated team. The post holder will act as a conduit between staff and the Service Operational Manager, ensuring robust two-way communication.
  • The post holder will deputise for the Service Operational Manager and provide cover for other Team Leaders if required and as agreed.
  • To provide Occupational Therapy at a highly specialist level, functioning in partnership with other agencies and disciplines to support the SEND Locality team in the early identification of need.
  • Towork as part of multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams, to deliver highly specialist interventions according to the agreed service packages of care and pathways providing early intervention for children and young people.
  • To contribute towards ensuring children and young people with additional needs gain access to a broad, balanced and relevant education, whilst also having their exceptional needs met in an inclusive a way as possible.
  • To assist in the monitoring, assessment and development of whole school approaches; develop and maintain effective parent partnership working and deliver the provision of a professional development framework for teachers and support staff.
  • To develop and maintain effective working relationships with parents / carers and other stakeholders, using highly developed negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • To maintain, develop and promote excellence in clinical practice within the specialist area of the service, with reference to current research and evidence-based practice,contributing to safe effective practice in the specialist clinical area
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership and represent the local team/service area in all appropriate meetings to support the planning and development of quality services across the city
  • To work alongside education colleagues within SENAR to address queries and concerns relating to OT involvement within EHC process:
  • To supply to SENAR an objective clinical perspective on specific cases, as well as on issues related to childrens functional difficulties and the profession of Occupational Therapy. This may include carrying out assessment to inform new EHCP requests or in relation to tribunal cases.

  • Person Specification

    Qualifications / training


    • Degree Qualification relevant in Occupational Therapy
    • relevant short specialist courses.
    • Full Membership of Professional body ,
    • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council
    • Evidence of continuing professional development



    • Extensive post registration experience working as a therapist with children
    • Significant experience working in the relevant specialist clinical area
    • Relevant experience of working in community settings and with diverse populations, including working with interpreters
    • Relevant experience of managing, leading or coordinating a team or project

    Personal qualities


    • Ability to generate written communication, which is relevant, concise, accurate and legible
    • Ability to respond flexibly in a changing work environment
    • Ability to travel to various work locations across the city, which may involve the transportation of therapy-related equipment

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