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Children OT Team Leader

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 Per Annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Merton - Occupational Therapist - B7

We are looking for a positive, self-motivated Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with children and young people, 0-19years old or 0-25 with and EHCP in Merton and an interest in developing leadership skills.

Your role will be to provide highly specialist assessment, advice and treatment to children with a range of complex needs including coordination, developmental, physical functional, sensory and sensory motor either using 1:1 input, groups or integrated MDT groups. The role will include writing professional reports and advice for Education Health and Care plans and providing written activity programs for the treatment process. The role will include work within a local clinic, schools and supporting families across Merton.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate should ideally have experience of supporting, managing and developing members of staff. Your role will include delivering Inservice training and support to the team on specified clinical areas. Your role will include monitoring service performance and feeding back.

You will work closely with established multi-professional teams within Merton Integrated Complex Needs service and partner community services and with outside services to deliver occupational therapy advice and treatment meeting the needs of children and young people across Merton. You will have hadexperience of working with children in the community and/or educational settings or similar. You should be able to evidence excellent team working and communication skills and have a passion for personal development.

Your role will include working closely with MDT leads in service development, audit, and quality assurance, to ensure service provision if of a high standard

We are committed to professional development and evidence-based practice, offering regular in-service training and peer group / one to one supervision. Internal and external courses are supported. You should have experience of engaging in personal goal setting/ appraisal process and be willing to further develop clinical skills.

About us

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) is one of the largest community healthcare organisations in London and Hertfordshire, providing our services to diverse communities/boroughs in 11 London Boroughs - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster - and Hertfordshire.Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!We can offer you:o A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the roleo Single occupancy accommodation in Central London - (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit)o Car lease scheme *T& C's applyo Flexible working optionso Annual travel card loano Training, support and development in your careerAs an NHS trust, we are committed to equal opportunities and ensuring equality and diversity in the workplace.We have a number of staff networks: Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN), Race Equality Network and the Rainbow Network which supports LGBT+ staff. Each network has a champion who is an executive director at the Trust and they hold regular meetings to discuss issues and make plans to improve CLCH.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for delivering highly clinical specialist service provision through 50% clinical intervention working with highly complex cases and 50% leadership and management of the CYPOT service, with a view to increasing team lead responsibility. The role will encompass supporting the integration and planning of health Occupational Therapy services in line with relevant legislation.
  • To support leadership of the childrens Health Occupational therapy services, supporting the learning and development of the team, providing clinical support and guidance, and ensuring staff meet national and local standards in line with service development plans.
  • Management of specialist therapy intervention across the community including local authority schools specialist schools for children and young people with complex health occupational therapy needs. Collaborate with the allied health professional leads and lead clinicians around service improvement initiatives Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full roles and responsibilities

Person Specification



  • Diploma or Degree and Occupational therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Member of RCOT
  • Completed training in highly specialist clinical occupational therapy in Paediatrics (sensory integration 1/2/3, Bobath)
  • Evidence of ongoing post graduate training including Occupational therapy specific, condition specific, Clinical supervision and Child protection
  • Evidence of training and experience in recruitment and selection, appraisal, service development
  • Demonstrate evidence of interest in research at degree or master's level
  • Post registration management qualification
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience at master's level



  • Extensive experience and knowledge working at a highly specialist level with service users presenting with complex occupational and functional needs
  • Knowledge and experience of outcome measures and implanting these to evidence positive change in service users
  • Advanced communication and report writing skills
  • Experience assessing for and attending tribunal cases
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team and with outside services
  • Experience of provision of training internally and externally
  • Experience in supervision, appraisal, performance management and fieldwork education
  • Clear understanding of the changing NHS environment
  • Experience of delivering and receiving supervision and safeguarding supervision
  • Experience of effectively leading and managing change
  • Recruitment and selection training and experience
  • Knowledge of SEND and providing advice for EHCNA

Skills and Knowledge


  • Presentation skills appropriate for teaching junior staff, students, Multi-disciplinary team members and service users including parents and carers
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance
  • An understanding and ability to collect data involving service users in their treatment and in service development
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to motivate staff
  • Ability to work independently within a multi-disciplinary team and across boundaries
  • Ability to effectively cover for other team leads in cases and leave or absence
  • Excellent communication skills verbally, in writing and with those who may have learning difficulty
  • Ability to anticipate problems, implications and make effective plans and decisions to reduce risk
  • Education Practice and Policy
  • Religious, Cultural and Linguistic issues impacting upon caseload management
  • In-depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to health and education including the Children and Families Act 2014
  • In depth knowledge of the principles of clinical governance /audit
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals (relevant to the client group) especially within MDT
  • Knowledge of professional standards of record keeping
  • Ability to deal with and resolve conflict and respond sensitively to others differing needs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Highly developed Negotiation and Problem-solving Skills
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills
  • Well-developed concentration skills
  • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Good auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities



  • To be occupational health cleared for the role specified.
  • IT literate and able to use a range of specialist programmes

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


Birches Polyclinic Merton



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