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Children's Specialist Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum incl HCAS
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full Time
Come and join us and be one of the friendly and supportive 300 Occupational Therapists (OTs) in CNWL. We work in many different teams in both physical and mental health, as well as a number of specialist areas. You could have a career for life with us and maintain your dual skills.

The Children's Integrated Therapies Service (CITS) is a multi-therapies service, embedded in a multi-disciplinary, community children's team. Centrally based within the Child Development Centre in Hillingdon, with services delivered from settings across the borough. This is a unique role with a split across our primary service and part role within Specialist Resource Provisions in the borough of Hillingdon.

The service is open to all children and young people aged 0-19 with a range of needs. We work along with our therapy colleagues and other agency partners to deliver a service which supports and promotes the health and development of children and young people who are experiencing barriers to participation everyday occupations. These children may experience barriers due to physical disability, social communication challenges or other specific developmental differences.

Pathways within the service ensure that MDT working is integral in the role and provides a whole systems approach for these families, supporting them to tell their story just once.

Main duties of the job

Within your clinical role you will demonstrate confidence and competence in delivering assessment and therapy in a range of settings and the ability to provide comprehensive written clinical reasoning in all documentation.

To demonstrate working autonomously with an understanding of safe lone working is essential as you will be working across various settings, from schools, children's centres, homes, nurseries and clinics, often on your own.

You will have a strong interest in working with children and young people and comprehensive knowledge of statutory assessment for Education Health and Care Plans and SEND guidance.

You will be able to develop your leadership skills with the responsibility of day-to-day operational management of junior staff and monitoring the quality of care given. The post holder will be expected to pro-actively contribute to areas of service development.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

About us

CNWL OT have a long-established professional structure and this includes an AHP director, Trust wide Professional Head of OT, borough and specialist Head OTs. This huge benefit ensures representation of our profession at all levels - both strategically and operationally.

Personal and professional development is a high priority for the profession and is underpinned by our OT R& D strategy, R& D specialist groups and OT clinical networks. This enables us to invest in the development of our staff by providing excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our OTs reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and evidence-based practice is made possible by our strong links with local universities.

We recognise that Band 6's are the backbone teams, supporting with leadership and managerial tasks within clinical teams and we will therefore support their development both clinically and managerially. You will have opportunities to supervise staff, be an educator, support management and have access to both internal and external training.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a member of the Childrens Integrated Therapies Service, you will be expected to be a competent Occupational Therapist who is able to adapt to wide and varied caseload carrying out therapy in a range of community-based settings across the borough for children and young people from 0-19 years of age.

You will be part of a community team where your proven ability to work collaboratively with children, young people and their families will support their development and facilitate them in achieving their aspirations. This will include being part of an immediate Occupational Therapy team and working with a broad multidisciplinary team and other partner agencies - forming part of network of support around the child and their family.

Using evidence-based practise and specialist skills & knowledge, you will provide a range of assessments and interventions, developing and delivering clear, goal-focused care plans.

You will be expected to work autonomously across the community settings, working jointly with our partner services of Education and Social Care. Throughout your working you are required to maintain safeguarding of children and young people at all times.

Your proficient caseload management and attuned communication skills will enable you to coordinate and deliver therapy effectively and be an effective member of the team.

Your leaderships skills will enable you to engage in development and support of the team, through supervision, training and guidance to team and contribute to development of the service.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Recognised Occupational Therapy Degree qualification or equivalent
  • Registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapist & College of Occupational Therapists.
  • Successful completion of post graduate specialist short courses


  • Successful completion of post graduate qualification in Sensory Integration
  • Attendance at relevant special interest group/ clinical excellence group

Previous Experience


  • Relevant experience and practise in Paediatric Occupational Therapy.
  • Experience in working as part of a team.
  • Experience of delivering training packages to patients, parents and carers and other professionals
  • Relevant specialised experience post registration.
  • Knowledge of (paediatric) occupational therapy equipment


  • Experience of service developments/projects.
  • Experience of supervising students / more junior members of staff

Skills and Knowledge


  • Good knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to the specialist client group.
  • Good knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to client group).
  • Good knowledge of range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to client group)
  • Good knowledge of the principles of clinical governance including patient safety, quality, clinical audit and patient experience
  • Good knowledge of the roles of other professionals across agencies
  • Good knowledge of the standards of record keeping.
  • Good knowledge and experience of implementing SEND reforms including outcome focused EHCP assessment
  • Awareness of Care Quality Commission (CQC)


  • Experience of using Systmone as the electronic record
  • Evidence of reflective clinical practise such as audits and CPD

Apptitudes, Attitudes and Personal Characteristics


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with professionals, children / young people and their families
  • Good empathy skills
  • Evidence of being a pro-active and supportive team member.
  • Good negotiation and problem solving skills.
  • Good analytical and reflection skills.
  • Well developed concentration skills
  • Good presentation skills both written and verbal
  • Good organisational skills and ability to prioritise and meet deadlines



  • Good IT skills
  • Car owner and driver


  • Excellent IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Hillingdon Child Development Centre

Woodlands Centre



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