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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist looking for a chance to establish and share your skills and become a Specialist in a Paediatrics team of a highly motivated, dynamic, and supportive Children's OT team, on the beautiful Isle of Wight, situated a few miles off the English South Coast?

Are you committed to the Occupational Therapy profession and keen to provide a high-quality effective service to children and families to improve the outcomes for children in their occupational performance and activities of daily living?

If your answer to these questions is yes, you could be one of the people we are looking for to join us on the Isle of Wight.

You would be based within a friendly and supportive Children's Therapies Team with Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists at St Marys Hospital, in an NHS Trust with a commitment to personal development and in-service training. This post requires travelling to pre-schools/schools, children's centres, and other community settings, so a car driver is essential.

Main duties of the job

This role requires a flexible and innovative Specialist Occupational Therapist to provide effective evidence-based interventions, assessments, and clinical supervision, within a dedicated Children's Occupational Therapy team and is committed to supporting children and families with complex neuro-disability and neurodevelopmental challenges.

It is an opportunity to work alongside specialist therapists across other disciplines as well as be a key part in service development to support implementation and delivery of an effective needs led service within the Children's Occupational Therapy Team.

The Occupational Therapy Service provides an excellent clinical supervision programme, active professional development, service development working parties and actively supports student placements from several universities.

You will need to/have:
  • Relevant qualifications and current registration with HCPC
  • Current clean, full driving license
  • A combination of relevant skills, experience, and specialist knowledge in a range of presentations and settings.
  • Demonstrate high-level written and oral (including telephone and teletherapy/video calling) communication skills
  • Be self-motivated and able to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of the application of quality care and evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate a high level of organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work within the Values and Visions framework of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trusts beach hut in Ryde. We offer flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose
  • Aim to enhance health and well-being by facilitating participation in meaningful activity
  • This post is vital to facilitate as far as possible each clients return to maximum function and independence through a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Interventions have a significant impact on the wider economy in:
    • reducing length of stay in hospital
    • reducing admissions and re-admissions
    • reducing residential placements through both social care and continuing health care
    • reducing domiciliary care packages
    • improving health outcomes

Job Statement
  • To manage a defined caseload, using evidence based/patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
  • To regularly supervise Occupational Therapy students on practice placement
  • To provide leadership for junior staff, as delegated by supervisor
  • To contribute to the development of the Occupational Therapy Service

Person Specification



  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy
  • State registration with HCPC


  • Membership of Professional Body



  • Post registration experience as an Occupational Therapist relevant to speciality
  • Documented evidence of Continuing professional development
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge and application of current best practice in Occupational Therapy relevant to speciality
  • Application of the Occupational Therapy process with defined client groups
  • Applied knowledge of treatment techniques relevant to improve and maintain Occupational Performance and Processing for the defined client group.
  • Applied knowledge of effective planning and coordination of treatment packages
  • Demonstrated understanding of team dynamics
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use computer software (e.g. Microsoft Office) to support Occupational Therapy interventions


  • Applied knowledge of research and audit
  • Demonstrated experience of research or audit

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


St Mary's Hospital

Parkhurst Road

Newport, Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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