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Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist - Obesity

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 pro rata per annum inclusive
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Full Time
The Occupational Therapy service at Great Ormond Street Hospital have a unique opportunity available for an experienced occupational therapist to work in the multidisciplinary team for the Complications from Excess Weight clinic (CEW). As this is a new post as part of a pilot project. we are looking for someone to lead on the development of the occupational therapy role within the service who can work independently and has the ability to demonstrate initiative. Due to the nature of this role, we are looking for someone with transferrable clinical skills who would be able to utilise these to promote engagement in meaningful occupations as a means to manage obesity and its complications. The successful candidate may have either a physical health or mental health background, as long as they are able to put the child or young person at the centre of their interventions and work collaboratively with the rest of the MDT to support positive outcomes.You will join our large established Occupational Therapy team which has 33 occupational therapists and support workers working across the hospital.

For further details or information on this post, please contact either Anne Addison or Alex Bultitude, Joint Heads of Occupational Therapy on 020 7405 9200 x5439.Main

Main duties of the job

  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients individual caseloads must be organised effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities
  • To Provide a comprehensive systematic and autonomous clinical occupational therapy service for children referred to the CEW's service, in accordance with objectives agreed with clinical and professional managers. This service will include work with young people in MDT clinics and occupational therapy led clinics, and within a rehabilitation programme
  • To undertake the comprehensive assessment of young people with multiple diagnoses & complex presentation under the CEW's team. To use advanced investigative, analytical skills & clinical reasoning to diagnose & recommend treatment/management plans drawing on specialist knowledge of evidence-based treatment options
  • To work alongside colleagues in order to gain informed valid consent to treatment. To provide information that will inform the assessment of capacity for patients who lack the ability to consent to treatment. This involves knowledge of current legislation.
  • To be responsible for maintaining your competency to practice through reflective practice and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. This will involve keeping up to date with current clinical practice and new developments and incorporating them as necessary into your work.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • Our Always values

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • Degree or equivalent qualification in Occupational Therapy
  • Health & Care Professions Council registration
  • Evidence of relevant CPD


  • Post-graduate training in paediatric specific occupational therapy assessment and intervention
  • MSc in a relevant field to OT



  • Experience as an OT working with children and young people within a specialist service.
  • Experience as an OT working with children and young people within a specialist service
  • Experience of representing occupational therapy within the context of multidisciplinary care
  • Experience of delivering group interventions within a paediatric setting
  • Experience of assessing for and providing equipment for daily living including: specialist seating, wheelchairs, and manual handling equipment and bathing / showering equipment
  • Knowledge of child development and the impact of both physical and mental health conditions on this
  • Knowledge of evidence based sensory interventions
  • Experience in supervising OTs and student OTs along with the excellent interpersonal and communication skills needed to support and teach more junior staff.


  • Involvement in clinical support networks relevant to paediatric occupational therapy
  • Experience of the application of occupational therapy whilst working with children and families in a variety of settings, including community settings, education and social care
  • Awareness of national initiatives and legislation pertaining to Health and Social Care and the relevance to Occupational Therapy provision within a tertiary setting



  • Able to work cooperatively and constructively within OT and multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to work autonomously, under the supervision of a senior therapist, setting own priorities and working to deadlines
  • Demonstration of sound leadership skills, including the ability to make thoughtful decisions about OT service goals and to properly allocate resources to achieve this
  • Ability to clearly articulate and communicate the role of the occupational therapy within the Obesity service and the value it offers children and their families for their well-being, safety and independence skills
  • Ability to use knowledge about a child or young person's physical or mental health difficulties to professionally reason the impact on occupational performance
  • Ability to collate outcome measure and patient experience data to inform service provision and design
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organisation, computer and time management skills

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital



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