Occupational Therapist

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the therapeutic social work team in Leeds as part of our multi-disciplinary team which works to support the emotional well being of Children looked after children on Child protection plans and care experienced young people. We support children and young people and the people and systems around them, using a trauma informed and systemic approach. The team is comprised of therapeutic social workers, two team managers, 2 psychologists, Speech and Language. We are looking to recruit a creative and dynamic practitioner who is passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people, who is committed to a collaborative and restorative approach.

Main duties of the job

Alongside excellent general OT skills you will have knowledge and some experience of : Working with children looked after and a trauma informed approach. Working with children with complex presentations and disabilities. Working effectively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary context, with systems that are often experiencing high demand and stress. Interventions and strategies around regulation and self soothing. Attachment-Informed Assessments Functional Assessments for specific daily occupations, including the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills Experience of work around Sleep hygiene, eating and Mealtime observations. Desirable experience would include: Paediatric OT work & supporting neuro developmental assessments Understanding of Holistic & sequential approach to assessment & intervention. Working within a multidisciplinary team. Facilitating groups. Working with children and young people who have experienced trauma.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Utilises highly developed specialised knowledge covering a range of procedures and underpinned by relevant broad based knowledge, experience and competence

1.2. Where appropriate to service delivery, demonstrates highly developed physical skills requiring accuracy and dexterity e.g. moving and handling techniques, clinical procedures, diagnostic tests

1.3. Demonstrates independent practice responding to social, scientific, clinical and ethical issues which are encountered

1.4. Makes complex judgements requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options by integrating complex knowledge sources in new and/or unfamiliar contexts

1.5. Responsible for clinical pathways appropriate to field of work

1.6. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of self care and empowerment

1.7. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a highly specialist standard

1.8. Prioritises their own workload and that of the wider team within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.9. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.10. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all aspects of role including the management of complaints and compliments.

1.11. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

2. Leadership

2.1. Ensures that a professional service and image is maintained at all time, thereby acting as a role model to all staff

2.2. Provides a leadership style which is underpinned by strongly held values around equality, diversity and openness effectively builds and maintains relationships with direct reportee(s), management team and other key individuals across the organisation.

2.3. Ensures the effective and efficient use of resources e.g. staff, supplies within their own sphere of responsibility.

2.4. Demonstrates leadership and innovation in contexts which are unfamiliar, complex, and unpredictable that require solving problems involving many interacting factors

2.5. Demonstrates the ability to delegate, organise and prioritise workload to ensure the safe delivery of the service including the management of referrals and discharges utilising locally agreed support mechanisms e.g. on call manager and making judgements in complex situations

2.6. Demonstrates resilience when responding to challenge, change and complex or difficult situations

2.7. Demonstrates clinical leadership, initiative and creativity in developing projects inspiring others to be positive in their contribution to continuous improvement

2.8. Clearly articulates the expected clinical standards of the service, monitors and identifies where standards are not met and takes action to address

2.9. Ensures that all objectives, for self and those directly responsible for, are clearly defined within the wider Directorate framework and in line with Trusts objectives, using the appraisal process as a vehicle for this.

2.10. Takes responsibility for their own and others health and safety in the working environment.

3. Learning and Development

3.1. Undertakes any training required to develop and maintain their proficiency in response to changes in service delivery or new and emerging techniques and demonstrate competence within professional body requirements

3.2. Reflects on and evaluates own practice and identifies areas of development by setting appropriate objectives via appraisal and clinical supervision

3.3. Initiates and develops research and development programmes appropriate to clinical practice

3.4. Devises and delivers specialist training and development programmes within team and to other services, teams or agencies

3.5. Provides high quality, specialist advice related to clinical specialism to other practitioners, agencies and individuals

3.6. Ensures appraisals for direct reportees are undertaken in accordance with Trust policy manages performance which falls below standard in accordance with the appropriate HR policies and processes seeking support from senior staff where required

3.7. Supports the learning and development of others including students and preceptees

4. Partnership and Team Working
4.1. Actively develops and maintains effective clinical and corporate working relationships both within and outside the Trust including with other agencies and Higher Education Institutes
4.2. Explores the potential for collaborative working and takes opportunities to initiate and sustain such relationships in order to improve service delivery

4.3. Actively contributes to the multi-disciplinary team supporting the patient acting as a credible source of information for other agencies/professionals involved in the care act as a resource of highly specialist knowledge for others

5. Innovation and Quality

5.1. Works with managers and colleagues to continually improve the quality of service delivery within the overall organisational governance frameworks and corporate objectives reflecting the changing needs of the population, local and national initiatives e.g. suggesting changes to pathways or processes

5.2. Implements, monitors and maintains agreed standards of care, reporting to the team/service manager when standards are not met

5.3. Implements policies relevant to service area and ensures team members are aware of policy requirements

5.4. Initiates and leads clinical audit and ensures relevant action plans are completed.

5.5. Identifies, manages and minimises risks within the overall organisational risk management frameworks supporting other staff to contribute to the process. This includes understanding and applying knowledge of clinical role in safeguarding and incident management

5.6. Acts as an advocate for patients and their families/carers recognising the boundaries of their clinical knowledge liaising and referring on to other services / agencies as required

5.7. Ensures that patient experience is core to all clinical and service development gaining support from the appropriate corporate teams as required

5.8. Develops and implements innovative clinical practice to contribute to the Quality Framework, outcome measures and best practice standards in order to deliver an effective, high quality service

Health and Safety

Responsibilities of ALL staff in relation to Health and Safety:-

Take reasonable care of your own health and safety

Take reasonable care not to put other people - fellow employees and members of the public - at risk by what you do or don't do in the course of your work

Co-operate with Trust, making sure you understand and follow the health and safety policies and procedures

Attend all required training on Health and Safety related policies and procedure.

Do not interfere with or misuse anything that has been provided for your health, safety or welfare

Report and record any injuries, strains or illnesses suffered as a result of doing your job

Inform your manager if something happens that might affect your ability to work safely such as suffering an injury or a new medical condition.

Additional for those with management responsibilities:

Identify through documented risk assessment any risks that exists within the department or during the delivery of the service

Investigate and manage incidents and near misses, ensuring actions are taken to prevent recurrence

Support the Risk and Safety Team in ensuring suitable and sufficient up to date Health and Safety information and guidance is available to all staff at all levels and disciplines across the organisation.

In addition to these functions the post holder is expected to:

In agreement with their line manager carries out such other duties as may be reasonably expected in accordance with the grade of the post.

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Post graduate learning to Masters level or equivalent
  • Professional body registration & maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards
  • Teaching, training or mentorship qualification


  • CPD modules relevant to specialist field
  • Leadership qualification



  • Experience in the specialist clinical field of Occupational Therapy
  • Experience in the supervision and management of other staff
  • Experience in the teaching and training of others.


  • Working with children looked after and a trauma informed approach.
  • Working with children with complex presentations and disabilities.
  • Working effectively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary context, with systems that are often experiencing high demand and stress.

Skills and Attributes


  • Highly developed specialist theoretical and clinical knowledge appropriate to service area and profession
  • Highly developed knowledge of relevant current issues in health and social care, ethics and innovation and appli
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