Children's Community Occupational Therapy Team Lead (East Team)

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
St Austell
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7 Occupational Therapist & Team Lead for East Cornwall, within the Children's Community Therapy Team (CCTS)

Approximate job composition: 2 days Team Lead and 3 days clinical.

The clinical duties of this post include a varied neurodivergent clinical caseload in the east area. For this newly created post you will join our 2 other team leads for the Mid and West, both full time, one physiotherapist and one occupational therapist. Close working with Mid and West team leads is paramount along with our clinical leads for Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and dietetics.

This is an exciting time for the team, which is undergoing various changes and recent expansion, with plenty of opportunity for service development and innovation to service provision.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role, please contact us for further information.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapy Team Lead to join our Children's Community Therapy Team based in the St Austell area. The post has arisen from the drive to improve service delivery and Occupational Therapy provision across the county.

The successful applicant will be involved in the introduction, implementation and development of this new three team service, working in collaboration with the senior Leadership team and MDT.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic addition to the team with a vision to introduce and establish a forward thinking, quality service. The applicant should be an excellent communicator, and have significant experience and extensive knowledge in Community working delivering highly specialised interventions to our Children & young people and families. Experience in service development is desirable.

If you think this post could be for you, please get in touch and we will be happy to tell you more about the role.

About us

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the biggest provider of healthcare services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. CCTS have bases in St Austell, Double trees School, Dolphin House Treliske Truro, Curnow upper & lower school, Nancealverne School and West Cornwall hospital. Our staff and services are available across the region and Isles of Scilly.

We continually develop clinical specialities and are committed to maximising the range of specialist provision offered locally.

We can offer you a rewarding career in a supportive working environment. This role will be working closely with 2 other team leads and 3 clinical leads overviewed by service lead within Woman's & Children & HIV care Group at Royal Cornwall Hospital We have good educational links to help you realise your full potential and develop skills to provide outstanding healthcare to CYP of Cornwall & IOS.

Enjoy an outstanding quality of life in a place that offers surfing beaches and fishing harbours to beautiful countryside and historic towns. With clean air, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and excellent schools, colleges and universities (including adult education) it is the ideal place for families and for you to develop your own career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Supporting Management of service provision ensuring minimal delays to patient care

Operational Supervision , and general management of a team of staff Bands 2 to 6, and appraisal of Band 6 staff in the team.

Cross cover for other Team leads when appropriate to do so.

Sickness absence management.

Early stages of disciplinary and capability with support of HR and Therapy Managers.

Health and Safety of team/therapy environments.

Linking with Clinical leads when clinical supervision is carried out within the team.

Study leave requests co-ordination and first level authorisation.

Recruitment: responsibility for job descriptions, ads, interviewing and informing Therapy Manager of details of appointments.

Appropriate response and feedback to incidents

Professional leadership within field of expertise.

Maintain own competency to practice through CPD activities and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development.

To facilitate student placements within the department and provide support to clinical educators within the team.

Clinical Activities

Achieve clinical competencies in line with requirements of the specialism

Ensure a high standard of clinical care for patients and support staff to do likewise.

Undertake specialist assessment of patients with complex presentation as an autonomous practitioner.

Use advanced clinical reasoning skills and expertise to form accurate diagnosis.

Formulate and deliver individual therapy treatment plans using a range of assessment and treatment skills.

Manage clinical risk within patient caseload.

Supporting students / work experience students.

Strategic Development, Planning and Organising

Work within Trust, HCPC and clinical guidelines, applying working knowledge of national and local standards

Monitoring team activity/performance, including patient activity, mandatory training attendance, PDRS etc

Act in nominated lead capacity, representing Team Leads from other services and cascading information as required.

Attendance at relevant service wide meetings.


Maintain accurate and contemporaneous clinical case notes.

Responsible for E-rostering, annual leave planning and recording of sickness absence within the team.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy, or equivalent
  • Health Care Professions Council registration


  • Knowledge of NHS managerial policies and practices



  • Comprehensive experience of assessment and treatment of 0-18 CYP with Neurodivergent presentation of
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner, responsible for provision of highly specialist assessment, treatment and intervention
  • Highly developed skills in managing staff, including managing challenging behaviours, emotive situations, (e.g. Attendance management, grief, illness, etc.)
  • Highly developed communication and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate contentious or complex information effectively.


  • Proven experience of managing a service or change process
  • Experience of developing competencies and professional development objectives for teams and individuals

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


St Austell Hospital

Porthpean Road

St Austell

PL26 6AA

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