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Clinical Specialist and Team Lead, Occupational Therapy

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
North Chailey, Lewes
£50,952 to £57,349 £50,952 - £57,349 per annum
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Occupational therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This post offers a fantastic opportunity for a highly experienced occupational therapist to provide advanced clinical expertise and leadership to the Occupational Therapy team working at Chailey Clinical Services.

Chailey Clinical Services have a commitment to provide outstanding services to children and young people with complex neuro-disabilities. You will be an expert resource and provide advanced level of clinical expertise to professionals and families within Chailey Clinical Services and SCFT. You will manage a complex caseload and undertake a specialist role as an advanced practitioner in the assessment and management of children and young people with complex neuro-disability.

You will have the opportunity to lead on exciting projects, reviewing and improving the way services are provided whilst championing clinical excellence and embedding the CQC agenda within the team.

Great communication, curiosity and a passion for leading excellent services are central to this job role. If you are interested, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Naomi Austin, Clinical Service Manager, Chailey Clinical Services

Main duties of the job

To be an autonomous Clinical Specialist working with children and young people with highly complex neurodisability within occupational therapy department at Chailey Clinical Services.

To be an expert resource and provide advanced level of clinical expertise to professionals and families within Chailey Clinical Services and SCFT.

To manage a complex caseload as an autonomous Clinical Specialist.

To line manage the occupational therapy team, including therapists and assistants, at Chailey Clinical Services.

To be involved in recruitment, appraisals, supervision, sickness and absence reporting and disciplinary/performance management of staff within occupational therapy team.

To have responsibility for the occupational therapy budget at CCS in conjunction with senior managers at CCS and SCFT.

To develop and deliver teaching and training courses/programmes to meet the needs of professionals and carers in specialist areas.

To work on service improvements and new services within CCS in conjunction with senior management at CCS and SCFT.

To work with Occupational Therapy Professional Lead and colleagues within CCS and SCFT to ensure effective professional practice and to promote the principles of good governance.

To translate research into clinical practice to ensure and improve clinical effectiveness.

About us

Why work for us?
  • We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services working in supportive team environments, including medical, clinical, support and corporate services
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results with compassionate culture and leadership, and support for staff wellbeing, scoring highly.
  • A variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county.
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options.
  • Excellent training and development opportunities tailored to individuals.
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective and convenient workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • We are proud to be a Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces.
  • We are proud to be a Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast.
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information is available in the attached job description and person specification.

To work with Occupational Therapy Professional Lead and colleagues within CCS and SCFT to ensure effective professional practice and to promote the principles of good governance.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or professional registration


  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or a recognised equivalent from abroad
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Additional knowledge of specialist clinical area gained through further study and/or experience.
  • Evidence of continuing development
  • Educated to Masters Level or equivalent knowledge gained through experience


  • Teaching qualification



  • Significant post registration experience as a senior clinician.
  • Substantial clinical experience in the specialist area of children and young adults who have a complex neurodisability.
  • Experience of liaising with senior colleagues, managers and commissioners
  • Experience in autonomous clinical decision making and risk management in the clinical setting
  • Experience of clinical leadership and management activities within a clinical team
  • Experience of providing training to families, carers and professionals in the area of clinical specialism.
  • Experience of clinical audit


  • Experience of recruitment to a clinical team
  • Experience of managing a delegated budget
  • Experience of working with other parties in influencing and directing local and national policies

Other requirements


  • To be able to demonstrate an advanced level of negotiation skills


  • Ability to demonstrate interest in further study or research associated with clinical specialism

Skills and knowledge


  • Evidence of clinical specialism in area associated with complex neuro-disability within children and young adults To demonstrate highly specialist clinical skills
  • High standard of communication and able to communicate in a way that is engaging, accurate, sensitive, appropriate to the audience and timely
  • Able to effectively prioritise complex tasks, delivering on the important as well as the urgent.
  • Ability to manage complex emotional situations with children and families on a daily basis and support other team members experiencing this.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning and be able to problem solve creatively and imaginatively using a wide range of clinical analysis techniques
  • Able to present complex information to a professional standard appropriate to the audience
  • IT skills - use of word, Teams, Excel, PowerPoint, email and internet use
  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues for children, young people and adults, the Chailey Charter and the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Ability to complete appropriate risk assessments
  • Able to identify what the key influencers are and how to engage them in shaping and delivering improved clinical practice through partnership
  • Knowledge of relevant current legislation
  • Commitment to child and family centred practice
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with a complex daily schedule

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Chailey Clinical Services

Beggars Wood Road

North Chailey, Lewes


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