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Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum ( Incl. Of HCAS)
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to progress your clinical skills and professional career in paediatrics? Are you looking for a role that offers flexible working to coincide with your home life and also pays HCAS?

We currently have an opportunity for a band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our School Years team to further their knowledge and skills in paediatrics in a full time permanent post (37.5 hours per week).

In this position you would have the opportunity to work alongside experienced therapists within Special Schools, as well as developing further independence and autonomy with a mainstream caseload. Due to new business the successful applicant could also have the exciting opportunity to be part of setting up a new therapy service within a specialist resource setting alongside Speech and language Therapists and specialist teachers.For this role we would consider someone who is an experienced band 5 or a newly qualified OT who is looking for the opportunity to progress their clinical skills.

The position is Monday to Friday 9:00am - 17:00pm and we are happy to consider those looking for term time only work. The role will involve travel to several sites but also leaves room for some home working.

Our CYPIT service supports children and young people from birth to 19 years of age across Berkshire. We're an integrated therapy service, committed to impact-based clinical decision making and co-production of therapy plans with our families and partners.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide high quality assessment and interventions for children and young people with developmental / complex needs
  • Opportunity to work alongside, and learn from Sensory Integration trained therapists
  • Be involved in the implementation of training packages
  • Function as a specialist autonomous clinician, supporting delivery of the CYPIT model, development of the CYPF and provide support to more junior staff
  • Contribute to defined projects and service development initiatives as requested
  • Maintain accurate and contemporaneous clinical records

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer. We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:o Caring for and about you is our top priorityo Committed to providing good quality, safe serviceso Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:o Flexible working options to support work-life balance.o 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sello Generous NHS pension schemeo Excellent learning and career development opportunitieso 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing schemeo Access to a range of wellbeing tools and serviceso Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurantso Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equalityo Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.o Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Qualified Occupational Therapist, registered with HCPC
  • Experience (including placement experience) in working with children or adults with complex or neurological needs
  • Car driver with ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Emma Marsh on 07815485060 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Professional Qualification E.g. Professional knowledge acquired through degree/ diploma supplemented by post graduate diploma specialist training, experience, short courses plus further specialist Training
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the diverse needs of children and young people.


  • Clinical educators' course
  • Member of relevant clinical specialist interest group
  • Completion of Sensory Integration level 1
  • Able to demonstrate required clinical knowledge of up to date children's Occupational Therapy interventions and service issues



  • Recognised CPD in area of clinical specialism
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of a neurodevelopmental approach to the management of CYP


  • Experience with the assessment and provision of a range of adaptive equipment to support children and young people with a diverse range of cognitive and physical difficulties
  • Post graduate clinical experience and working knowledge in specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy with evidence of experience and/or specific training with regard to Sensory Processing, Handwriting, ADL, etc.
  • Experience of supervision and training of junior therapists/ Assistant staff and/or other professionals
  • Willingness to undertake leadership and management training and development

Previous Experience


  • Minimum 1 years post qualification experience in adults or paediatrics


  • Experience of working with families from a wide variety of backgrounds including age and ethnicity
  • Experience of working with CYP with sensory processing difficulties including ASD, and supporting CYP with physical and/or learning difficulties

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Evidence of a value system which puts the child at the heart of actions
  • Evidence of an understanding of the diverse needs of children and young people
  • Able to demonstrate a clinical knowledge and familiarisation with a range of standardised and non-standardised assessment tools relevant to occupational therapy interventions
  • Able to use IT to support and innovate clinical development
  • Evidence of recent relevant CPD to a specialist level
  • Excellent, succinct written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of current professional and statutory issues
  • Ability to work across professional boundaries to effect seamless family care
  • Ability to self motivate
  • Ability to act as a role model and leader to others, in adopting change


  • Evidence of experience with the assessment and provision of a range of adaptive equipment to promote function and independence
  • Evidence of an understanding and application of Care Planning approaches, and evidence of a belief in its value
  • Experience in managing less senior staff
  • Ability to work in a calm and confident manner in stressful situations
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Additional Requirements


  • Car Driver with access to a car and willingness to work across Berkshire, as required
  • Good interpersonal skills

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


CYPIT West Berkshire

University of Reading, Earley Gate



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