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Highly Specialised Children's Occupational Therapy - Special school

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS (pro-rata if LTFT)
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This is a part time post in Durant's Special School OT team. Durant's is a secondary school for students with Autism. This is a new OT post, and you will have the chance to develop the service provision into the school alongside 2 other OT colleagues. The role will include staff/parent training and class-based provision as well as specialist individual work. You will also be providing OT support to Durant's families in the school holidays.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Occupational Therapist who wishes to develop specialist skills in Paediatrics within a supportive team. We are looking for a creative, friendly and enthusiastic OT to join our established Children's Team. We are located within easy commuter links from central London/Hertfordshire.

We are a dynamic, innovative and friendly team who report high levels of job satisfaction. We offer a professionally led service with direct support from an OT Clinical Lead Specialist, monthly in-service team training, effective supervision and External Training opportunities through the Trust.

Main duties of the job

To work within the Durants OT schools' team to develop and provide Occupational Therapy services for students who attend Durants School (a maintained special school for students with ASD, 11-19 years) both at home and school.

To provide high quality child centred, occupationally focused assessment and intervention to students and their families.

To work with the OT team and school Leadership to plan and develop the OT service into Durants school working at a Universal, Targeted and Specialist level.

To supervise and appraise junior staff and contribute to the local staff training programme.

The successful candidate will be committed to occupationally focused, family centred and evidence-based care.

About us

North Mid is part of North Central London integrated care system - consisting of the NHS and Local authority organisations in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. As with other ICS's, we are working increasingly closely with partners and indeed many of our financial and performance objectives are measured at this system level. Whilst all organisations remain as standalone, statutory bodies we have an ICS infrastructure for making shared decisions and agreeing shared approaches.

We are proud of our staff and want to ensure their training allows them to provide excellent clinical care. We are also a training unit for medical students from UCL and St George's University Grenada, and for nursing and midwifery students from Middlesex and City Universities.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage a school caseload of young people with a range of needs including those with complex disabilities, providing occupationally focused assessment and intervention.
  • To work with the Durants school team to develop a high quality, evidence-based service provision into Durants school. This will include staff training and Universal and Targeted provision as well as Specialist support.
  • To provide both home and school-based OT input to the students in Durants school focusing on occupational areas of need and preparing students for adulthood.
  • To set occupationally focused intervention goals with children and/or their parents/carers and schools that are child centred and agreed by the child and/or their parents/carers and school staff.
  • To set and maintain high standards of clinical practice, which is evidence based, and includes outcome measures to monitor achievement of person-centred goals and whole class approaches.
  • To work alongside teaching staff to provide class based targeted intervention packages of care.
  • To work within an occupational frame of reference.
  • To demonstrate the ability to analyse the interplay of the child, environment and activity when assessing the childs level of functioning and identifying appropriate strategies and intervention to facilitate and enhance participation in self-care, school and play/leisure.
  • To devise and manage a specialised treatment plan individual to a childs presenting condition through: occupationally focused intervention, school equipment provision (as appropriate), school and parental support & training, advice & strategies and programmes.
  • To form productive relationships with parents/carers who may be under stress.
  • To advise and teach parents/carers and school staff of children with additional needs on appropriate on-going Occupational Therapy management programmes. To develop integrated support plans with schools, multidisciplinary teams and external agencies to ensure effective management in achieving the best care for the child.
  • To work as part of the core OT service in the delivery of training and workshop programmes to educational establishments, to best help children achieve outcomes within inclusive facilities.
  • To have the ability, knowledge and skills required for moving and handling children in school environments.
  • To assess and manage clinical risk concerning the treatment of clients in own caseload and support junior staff to do the same e.g. Manual Handling risk assessment, Trust lone working Policy.
  • To implement evidence-based practice and manage clinical risk within specific area of specialism. To demonstrate clinical effectiveness in specialist area thorough the use of outcome measures and audits.
  • To work within a multidisciplinary and multi-agency framework.
  • To provide clinical support to junior staff and colleagues
  • To work within the standards and guidelines of the Childrens Occupational Therapy Service, the Trust, the British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT) and the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • To understand and apply National Guidelines and Legislation relating to Health, Education and Social Care in occupational therapy practise.
  • To have a good working knowledge of the Code of Practice and Educational Care Health Plans.
  • To be flexible to the demands of the environment including unpredictable work patterns, deadlines and frequent interruptions. .
  • To complete other duties that may be delegated as appropriate by senior staff

Person Specification



  • oDip. COT or BSc OT or international equivalent oHCPC registered Occupational Therapist oEvidence of Continued Professional Development


  • oMember of BAOT oManual Handling oC.P.R. oFieldwork Education Certificate oRelevant courses and/or experience equivalent to Master's level



  • oExtensive postgraduate clinical experience of Occupational Therapy oExtensive relative experience and practise in Children's Occupational Therapy including experience of working with Children and Young People (CYP) with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) oStrong desire to work with students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder oGood knowledge of current best practice in Occupational Therapy oA good understanding of the importance of evidence base practice and how it applies to clinical practice oSound knowledge of child development and childhood occupations oExperience of child centred practice and goal setting with families and school staff oExperience of working closely with the Education sector including school staff within a special school setting. oExperience in completing Education Health Care assessments and writing good quality EHCP reports. oSpecialist knowledge & application of OT Assessments (Standardised and Non-Standardised) & Interventions relevant to client group. oKnowledge of evidence-based treatment approaches relevant to clinical area (e.g. Co-Op, Parent Coaching) oUnderstanding and practical experience of using outcome measures oExtensive experience of working within a Multi-Agency Team oExperience of service development. oAbility to incorporate principles of Clinical Governance into day to day workload. oExperience in supervising & teaching junior staff & Students oUnderstanding of risks involved in work in the community and clinical settings oWell established knowledge of national policies, procedures and legislation relevant to Children's Occupational therapy (including Safeguarding). oAn excellent awareness of current issues and developments within the NHS and Education and how this relates to and impacts on service delivery. oGood understanding of The SEND Code of Practice, Education Health Care Plans and the legislation that supports them.


  • oExtensive experience of working in Special school setting and with student with ASD oExperience in high level clinical audit. oGood Knowledge CMOP-E and COPM oLeadership & first line management experience oExperience of working within an ASD Special school oExperience of developing training packages for school staff



  • oExcellent communication skills both oral and written, including the ability to liaise and negotiate oDemonstrate ability to work as an effective team member oAbility to organise & respond effectively to complex information. oExcellent analytical and critical appraisal skills. oOT expertise in the management of service users with highly complex/special needs, utilizing advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills to plan treatment oAbility to laterally think and problem solve oAbility to effectively promote self and the OT profession. oAbility to work as an autonomous practitioner oClinical leadership and supervision skills oAbility to organise and prioritise own and others workloads within a busy and pressured environment oAbility to cope with working in a stressful environment and with potentially emotional or aggressive clients/carers oGood computer literacy skills oAbility to keep accurate documentation


  • oExcellent presentation & training skills. oAppraisal skills oTeam leadership skills



  • oAbility to meet the demands of the post including possible out of borough travel oAbility to work sensitively with a multicultural and diverse population with a commitment to non-discriminatory practice oDemonstrate a strong commitment to family centred care and co-production. oThorough understanding of own personal development and learning needs oEvidence of being a pro-active and supportive team member



  • oClean driving licence oVehicle owner.

Employer details

Employer name

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


Cedar House

Gater Drive



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