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Children's Occupation Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Waltham Forest, London
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata (plus HCAS)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Exciting changes are happening in our team with great opportunities ahead in our newly Integrated Children's Occupational Therapy service in Waltham Forest, London.

Are you enthusiastic about enabling children and young people to participate in all areas of life as best they can? Do you have Band 6 or 7 experience of working in children's community services? Then we would love to hear from you!

We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist. The Children's Occupational Therapy Team are based in a purpose-built centre, co-located with many other health and local authority children's services in Waltham Forest. Therapists have good access to clinical space as well as close working relations with the multi-disciplinary teams.

We are looking for an innovative therapist, to work with our team of occupational therapists and support staff, in further developing our service for children and young people, in line with our person centred, goal focussed approach.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for a caseload of children and young people with complex needs and disabilities, affecting functional performance, participation and independence. You will contribute to planning and co-ordinating service delivery. You will need to demonstrate excellent clinical knowledge, highly specialist assessment and advanced therapeutic skills.

You will strive to equip children and young people to develop independence and self management and to participate in all that supports their leading full and happy lives.

You will be passionate about further developing an effective and responsive integrated service for children and young people and their families/carers in Waltham Forest.

You will be motivated to develop your own learning, contribute to service development and the support, training and development of junior colleagues, peers and students. The successful applicant will thrive on working as part of a team and have excellent communication skills.

About us

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).

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.

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 pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for candidates with good organisational and time management skills who have relevant experience and are keen to continue to develop their practise in our growing Occupational Therapy team.

This post would be suitable for a Band 6 occupational therapist with childrens community experience, ready to take on Band 7 responsibilities or a Band 7 therapist looking for a new challenge.

The successful applicant will thrive on working as part of a team and have excellent communication skills. The role requires close working between 5 band 7s and the clinical lead OT.

There is a well-established appraisal system and a commitment to support staff to develop leadership and clinical skills, through regular supervision and internal and external training opportunities.

The successful candidate will take a leading role in planning and co-ordinating service delivery and will be responsible for a caseload of children and young people with a wide range of difficulties, conditions, or disabilities. You will need to demonstrate excellent clinical knowledge, ability to provide highly specialist assessment and advanced therapeutic skills as well as high standards of time management and organisational skills.

You will be motivated to develop your own learning, contribute to service development and the training and development of colleagues and students.

Please refer to the attached Job Description & Person Specification for further details on this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration



  • 3 years paediatric experience
  • Advice, training and support of more junior staff, students



  • Demonstrates knowledge of best practice, evidence base in paediatric OT
  • Advanced knowledge of childhood occupations, development and impact of conditions on these
  • Knowledge of working in occupational frame of reference



  • Splinting experience
  • Able to carry out complex assessments on a range of children
  • Excellent communication skills
  • CPD

Personal Qualities


  • Able to work flexibly, adapt to change
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills


  • Experience with equipment, seating

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Specialist Children's Service, Wood Street Health Centre

6 Linford Road

Waltham Forest, London

E17 3LA

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