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Advanced Specialist Children's Occupational Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist with highly specialist skills and knowledge in the field of paediatrics covering the South West Essex area.

This position is ideal for an experienced OT with an interest in further developing our service to children whose occupational performance is significantly influenced by difficulties with physical, developmental, and neurological conditions. The post holder will be keen to support children`s participation in daily activities (or occupations) to improve their health, independence and well being in line with our person centred, goal focused approach. There will be opportunities for development of upper limb splinting and lycra skills.

CPD is actively encouraged in this post and funds are available for external training. Staff receive reflective team sessions and mindfulness sessions, team away days, regular in-service training and staff wellbeing is extremely important.

You could be part of a team that is well respected, innovative, responsive, and adaptable and which is looking to stand out in the future in the areas of QI and service delivery.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate

Will carry a mixed complex caseload of children and young people ranging from 0 - 19 years of age.

Will deliver specialist interventions in the following areas, postural management, and early intervention for children with complex physical conditions, with the opportunities to develop upper limb splinting skills and support an established splinting/ lycra pathway.

Will need 2 years' experience of school age and preschool children at the minimum.Will be motivated to develop their own learning and to contribute to service development and the training and development of colleagues and students. Will thrive on working as part of a team and have excellent communication skills.

Will be part of a fully integrated team (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Specialist Health Visiting, Specialist School Nursing) with the benefits of having a professional lead Occupational Therapist.

About us

COVID-19 VaccinationWe continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary PeriodThis post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFTNELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing inengagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A warm and welcoming team of Occupational Therapy colleagues

1:1 monthly supervision with your allocated supervisor

Monthly team meetings

Opportunities for multi-disciplinary working.

Involvement in audit and service improvement.

The main responsibilities of the post include
  • Be responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of high standards of clinical care based on best evidence based practice, needs led, compliant with national guidance and is viewed positively by children, families and partner services.
  • Provide highly specialist professional advice to therapists, other professionals (medical and education staff) and to other agencies, such as Education and Social Services and carers, regarding the management and care of children with complex physical needs.

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �1,136 and a maximum payment of �1,915 per annum pro rata).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

This can be a development opportunity for a Band 6.

Person Specification



  • Occupational therapy qualification
  • minimum 2 years post graduate Paediatric experience


  • Relevant post graduate training/courses



  • Knowledge of a variety of physical impairments effecting children
  • Knowledge of OT process/role when working with children
  • Knowledge of commonly used OT treatment approaches working with children



  • Experience working with children with Physical and Neurological Impairment
  • Working with equipment such as specialist seating


  • Splinting
  • working across a variety of settings



  • Driver
  • Basic IT skills
  • Supervisory skills

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Children's Centre, Great Oaks Clinic,

Great Oaks


SS14 1EH

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