Highly Specialist Children's Occupational Therapist

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year p.a. inc.
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative Occupational Therapist with experience of working with children in a community, inpatient or CAMHS setting to join our dynamic Occupational Therapy team based at the Hackney Ark. You will be supported to pursue a specialism within our integrated health and social care team, driving service development and evidence-based practice within this area of practice. You will be encouraged to identify research opportunities within the wider therapy community, should this be an area of interest.

For further information or if you would like to discuss the role, please contact Cherry Fitzsimmons or Caoimhe Agnew, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapists on 020 7014 7025.

Main duties of the job

The well-resourced OT service has been commissioned to address the health and social care needs of children and young people and has history of championing non-traditional roles to meet the varying occupational needs of children and young people across the Borough. These include a short breaks / leisure team, a post specifically for looked after children, a service to support transition to adult services and a universal service, addressing the needs of our local population. The service has consistently maintained low wait times, and this gives the opportunity to offer intervention to children and young people and their families.

You will be based in the heart of Hackney at The Ark, a purpose-built Child Development Centre, where teams work closely to offer a joined-up service to families. The Clinical Leads offer regular supervision and there is an MDT internal training programme external CPD and networking are supported and encouraged. You will supervise OTs and students and work with the Clinical Leads and other Band 7s to further develop and grow the OT service

About us

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard's Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, procedures and People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ & Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For this post we are looking for someone with skills and experience in working with children with disabilities including some experience of specialist equipment and housing adaptations. We are able to offer training, if required, to help you further develop your skills in equipment and home adaptations. As a band 7 you will also provide supervision and joint sessions to other OTs within the team. The band 7s and 8s within the team also meet regularly to enable service development.

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 on this page.

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Understanding and demonstration of the Trust Values

Ed/ Qualifications


  • oRecognised Occupational Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent leading to registration with HPC oHealth Professions Council - Licence to Practice oEvidence of successful completion and maintenance of continuing professional development


  • Registered Member of College of Occupational Therapists Member of CYPF special interest group MSc in relevant subject Fieldwork Educators Course

Skills/ Abilities


  • oAbility to demonstrate staff values oAbility to work with families who may be in crisis and resistant to professional input oExcellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills oNegotiation and Problem solving Skills oExcellent presentation skills, both written and verbal oDemonstrates good analytical and reflection skills oGood organisational and prioritisation skills oDeveloped supervision skills oProficiency in physically handling children with disabilities and demonstrating handling techniques to carers oCompetence in assessing, adjusting and fitting equipment for children oAble to work independently and as part of a team oAbility to plan workload for delegated area of work oAbility to delegate work to others


  • oAbility to speak a community language



  • oSubstantial post-graduate experience as an OT including work in a paediatric setting with Autistic young people oExperience of audit and understanding of research principles oExperience of developing training packages. oAt least 6 months experience of working within the NHS oExperience of writing EHCP reports


  • Experience of working in traded services occupational therapy, and writing proposals



  • confidentiality issues oIn-depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to children's occupational therapy and AutismoIn depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits oIn -depth knowledge of assessment tools and outcome measures relevant to the client group including the utilisation and interpretation of standardised tests and outcome measures oKnowledge and adherence to clinical governance procedure's and standards of record keeping


  • ADOS trained



  • oCommitment and adherence to equality, diversity and inclusion oAbility to travel around the Borough oAble to respond to external demands appropriately

Employer details

Employer name

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Hackney Ark


E8 2FP

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