Occupational Therapist - Service Manager for Children

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum, inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Central London Community Healthcare is excited to be advertising for a Children's Occupational Therapy Service Manager to join the trust in Brent.

You will provide sound leadership and day to day operational management of the children's OT service across community and mainstream schools, lead on service/clinical pathway development projects and work collaboratively with other clinical leaders within OT and the wider MDT network as well as the local authority and integrated care system.You will support the ongoing development of both clinical and leadership skills within the children's OT team.

There are exciting opportunities to lead on quality improvement and transformation projects within the service, supported by the trust's Quality Improvement Team with CPD opportunities to develop your own skills in these areas. The team are currently working on QI projects aimed at reducing health inequalities' and increasing parent/carer involvement in the CYP's care.

Main duties of the job

You will be based at Chalkhill Primary Centre in Wembley, working closely with colleagues from Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Children's Community Nursing and the paediatric medical team.You will be supported by the Clinical Service Manager for Specialist Services (SLT, OT, PT and the medical team) and the Head of Clinical Services for Brent Children as well the team leads for other children's services.

If you are an experienced OT manager looking for a new challenge or anexperienced Band 7 children's OT looking to move into a management role, then this could be the job for you.

About us

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) is one of the largest community healthcare organisations in London and Hertfordshire, providing our services to diverse communities/boroughs in 11 London Boroughs - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster - and Hertfordshire.

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Single occupancy accommodation in Central London - (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit)
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

As an NHS trust,we are committed to equal opportunities and ensuring equality and diversity in the workplace.

We have a number of staff networks: Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN), Race Equality Network and the Rainbow Network which supports LGBT+ staff. Each network has a champion who is an executive director at the Trust and they hold regular meetingsto discuss issues andmake plans to improve CLCH .

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The Service Manager will co-ordinate, manage and be accountable for the day to day running of the Children and Young Peoples OT team in the Outer North West London Clinical Business Unit (ONWL CBU)
  • To provide strong clinical and professional leadership for the OT team in partnership with the other Service Managers to ensure that joint objectives are realised
  • The Service Manager will work collaboratively with the designated safeguarding nurse to ensure that systems are in place throughout the service for the protection of children.

Please refer to the attached job description for full list ofresponsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification in area of professional practice
  • Broad clinical experience relevant to the post
  • A proven track record of operational service management at a senior level in including staff management, financial management and change management.
  • Evidence of equivalent knowledge and experience to Masters level
  • Registration/Recorded with Professional body
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development with evidence


  • A Masters level qualification or a post graduate qualification
  • Teaching qualification or experience
  • Demonstrate evidence of interest in research at degree or masters level
  • Post Registration Management Qualification
  • Post registration training/education /qualification in clinical supervision/ safeguarding supervision



  • Demonstrable previous success in leading and delivering change and performance with and through clinical teams, by engaging them in the strategic direction and delivery plans, establishing clear work priorities with them, delegating effectively, ensuring a capability to deliver monitoring performance and giving feedback.
  • Proven ability to analyse complex problems and to develop and successfully implement practical and workable solutions to address them.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically, tactically and creatively and to prioritise work programs in the fact of competing demands
  • A strong sense of personal and team accountability, coupled with a clear understanding of the boundaries around delegated authority.
  • Ability to collaborate constructively with internal and external partners to create the conditions for successful partnership working.
  • A good understanding of the changing NHS environment
  • Three years post registration experience as a Community Specialist.
  • Experience of managing health teams
  • Experience of managing staff performance
  • Experience of workforce planning and knowledge of clinical governance
  • Experience of working collaboratively with a variety of agencies and professionals
  • Experience of effectively leading and implementing change
  • Experience, understanding and application of research
  • Experience of participating in the recruitment and selection of staff
  • Experience of Audit and Risk Management



  • Well-developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate, and involve individuals and teams, and have them understand the Trust's and your performance expectations
  • Ability to be intellectually flexible and to look beyond existing structures, ways of working boundaries and organisations to produce more effective and innovative service delivery and partnerships.
  • Sound political judgment and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy and diverse interest groups and common sense in knowing when to brief 'up the management line'
  • A commitment to improving children experience High level of knowledge of Professional Codes, Standards and PREP
  • Management of Risk in relation to Health and Safety, Child Protection and Trust targets
  • Understanding of and commitment to Equal Opportunities and ability to implement in the job
  • Knowledge of awareness of political changes and issues within the profession and the NHS
  • Knowledge of health issues pertaining to children with complex care needs

Skills /Aptitude


  • Demonstration of leadership skills and the ability to motivate staff
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills Ability to prioritise and manage a diverse workload
  • Ability to work independently and within a Multidisciplinary teams and across professional boundaries
  • Ability to anticipate problems, implications and make effective decisions
  • To have excellent communication skills verbal electronically and written
  • Skilled in the Education and Training of other professionals
  • Well-developed numerical and analytical skills

Additional Information


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with good listening skills
  • High level of work organization, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement, and flexibility in approach and attitude.
  • Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty and integrity in undertaking the role.



  • Able to carry out the duties of the post with or without adaptations

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


Chalkhill Primary Care Centre



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