Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The Children's Therapies Team is an integrated therapies team providing Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Specialist Nurse Advisors and Care Co-ordinators to children 0 - 19 years within KCHFT.

The successful applicant will join other Clinical Leads in East Kent and join the network of Clinical Leads working in the West and North localities within the Trust. We work closely with colleagues from other health, education and social care teams to provide an integrated team around the child approach.

The post is part-time hours 22.5 hours (3 days) a week and exact pattern of how these will be worked to be confirmed on appointment.

This vacancy is within the East Kent Team based in Canterbury & Margate.

Main duties of the job

Co-ordinating and leading on Early Years across East Kent.

Leading on service policy and clinical care pathways across the trust in this specialist clinical area.

Ensuring team members are working to agreed Early Years care pathways.

Ensuring staff have regular access to effective supervision, training and support to enhance their CPD in this area.

Reporting to and advising on development requirements in this specialist area to Professional Leads, Team Leads, Locality Clinical Manager and/or Head of Service.

Participating in reflective practice and on going learning within the field of paediatric occupational Therapy and specifically Early Years.

Band 7 Clinicians are part of the Leadership Team and hold responsibility for delegated line management and supervision of staff within the team.

On a day to day basis you will manage a complex /specialist clinical caseload within the Early and School Years Occupational Therapy team in order to support children with a range of needs to participate in occupations of childhood.

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our valuesCompassionateAspirationalResponsiveExcellent.

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

We've signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate voluntarily paid by 7,000+ UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair wage. Committing to the real UK Living Wage is one way we're delivering our pledge to be the best employer.

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both.

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Ourcareer pathways will help you achieve your aspirations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place on the 4th of October 2023.

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Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • Registered health care professional (HCPC registration)
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in health improvement environment
  • Health related degree and evidence of relevant post graduate development at Level 6
  • Evidence of Post Graduate Specialist qualifications relevant to specialist area of practice ( early years)
  • Management or supervisory qualification / programme of study


  • PTLLS/DTLLS, PGCE or Certificate in Education
  • Working towards Master level study



  • Minimum of 2 years' experience in area of practice
  • Experience of leading and managing teams
  • Experience of developing policy and service development plans with practical experience of change management
  • Practical experience in managing health related projects/complex caseloads
  • Supporting others (mentor / educator / supervisor ) experience


  • Experience with the use of Microsoft Office and a variety of IT packages (E-Pay / E-roster/ AT-P/ CIS)

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Understanding of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance to relevant to care setting and its application across health care services
  • Evidence of continued relevant professional development and implementation in practice within the last 12 months
  • Proven ability to develop effective partnerships to achieve practical outcomes across organisational boundaries including statutory organisations, external agencies, community and voluntary organisations
  • Supporting others (mentor / educator / supervisor ) experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to manage time effectively, priorities and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people at all organisational levels across different sectors including areas of social deprivation
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information to individuals and groups
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills
  • Highly developed facilitation skills

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice
  • Ability to manage and lead change
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible and adaptable

Ability to Manage


  • Able to support the implementation of local and national agenda's for health under the guidance of the senior
  • Practitioner ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage own time effectively

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Green Banks Children's Centre for Disabled Children



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