Children's Occupational Therapist, Band 6

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year pro rata inc
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for an OT looking to continue their career working with children.

This role will focus on working with our Early Years Team and supporting children 0-5 in Greenwich. You will have the opportunity to work in a supportive, friendly team and working environment. No two days will be the same as you work with children in our Early Years Team and a variety of needs. You will gain satisfaction through working with children to help them reach their goals.

This an ideal post for someone looking to further develop their skills and knowledge working with children and who has in interest in Early Years.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job include:
  • To provide specialist Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to children mainly in Early Years Team 0-5 (though may be asked to support children aged 0 - 18 years) within the borough of Greenwich, and act as a resource for their families and carers across all settings.
  • To liaise closely with other services and agencies to provide a smooth coordinated service based on best practice
  • To participate in service development and provide information on issues pertaining to specialist area on a regular basis
  • To provide training and advice for families and carers across all settings on issues pertaining to Children's Occupational Therapy

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Patient/client care
  • Perform a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy role in the community, with children who have complex difficulties with Occupational Performance due to physical, sensory, perceptual or developmental disability
  • Assess the functional needs of patients in order to develop & implement Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy treatment
  • Independently manage a defined caseload of complex cases with evidence of a high level of problem solving, reasoning skills & judgement
  • Write reports & programmes reflecting specialist knowledge.
  • Provide advice to others regarding the management & care of patients/clients who have difficulties with Occupational performance due to physical, sensory, perceptual or developmental disability
  • Monitor, evaluate & modify intervention in consultation with Clinical Service Manager, to ensure the effectiveness of case management
  • Adapt practice to meet individual patient circumstance, giving due regard to cultural differences & diversity
  • Demonstrate skills in dealing with complex case management & implement strategies for caseload management
  • Progress an intervention to a satisfactory closure, evaluating outcomes & engaging clients/carers in the decision making process, timeframe & review process

Policy/service development/implementation
  • Awareness & compliance with service/team plans, professional standards & trust policies, ensuring ability to remain up to date with revisions
  • Actively participate in the development of policies & protocols in the service area with support from the clinical team manager

Financial & physical resources
  • To be responsible for the security & care of departmental equipment, ensuring compliance with procedures for infection control, safe handling & storage
  • Identify unmet need & gaps in service provision to highlight these to the appropriate manager or organisation

Human resources
  • Participate in student placements as appropriate with support from the Student Placement coordinator
  • Supervise & assist the implementation of individual therapy programmes carried out by junior staff & assistants as appropriate
  • Participate in specialist training in area of clinical expertise as appropriate

Information resources
  • Maintain up to date & accurate case notes in line with trust policies & College of Occupational Therapy professional standards
  • Prepare time bound reports for Statutory Assessment of Special Education need in compliance with the 1993 Education Act, as required by the Clinical Team Manager
  • Share information with others observing guidelines related to Confidentiality, Data Protection, Caldicott & the College of Occupational Therapy professional guidelines
  • To be aware of local, regional & national trends/initiatives & assist with the setting of priorities & targets to respond to these at a local level as appropriate

Research & development
  • Participates in clinical governance/audit projects within service area
  • Participates & assists the department in the development of information regarding risk management, quality standards & clinical effectiveness as appropriate

Freedom to act
  • Works independently & in line with the supervision structure including Personal Performance review & 360 feedback project
  • Recognises own professional boundaries & seeks advice & support as necessary
  • Accountable for own professional actions

Communication & relationship skills
  • Use reasoning, communication & negotiation skills to establish a therapeutic relationship in complex cases, managing barriers to communication.
  • Participate in the promotion of reflective practice & use of reflective diaries in own practice & with peer groups as a strategy for developing clinical effectiveness
  • Seek opinion from other relevant professionals to inform analysis & reasoning where appropriate
  • Make recommendations for Special Educational needs in line with the 1993 Education Act, in consultation with Clinical Team Manager where appropriate
  • Liaise with other agencies identifying need for referral to those agencies where appropriate
  • Demonstrate & instruct patients/carers & education staff in the implementation of therapy programmes & correct use of specialist equipment including those for seating, bathing, toileting & for upper limb orthotics
  • Communicate complex condition related information from an Occupational Therapy perspective to patients/carers demonstrating empathy & an understanding of sensitivity of the information, to optimise the patients care & promote their functional abilities
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal & communication skills
  • Effectively communicate with children who have special needs & motivate active participation in the therapeutic process, demonstrating respect for diversity
  • Deal with initial complaints sensitively & avoid escalation where possible

Knowledge, training & experience
  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy recognised for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Ensure registration is maintained with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Minimum of 2 years post graduate experience as an Occupational Therapist to include paediatric experience. Evidence of attendance to relevant Paediatric courses. This to include understanding of current evidenced based practice
  • Comply with the College of Occupational Therapy code of Ethics & Professional Conduct
  • Maintain & develop professional knowledge & be conversant with professional developments, evidencing critical appraisal skills & Continuing Professional Development including a sound understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Demonstrates ongoing personal & professional development through participation in internal, external & mandatory development opportunities, maintaining a record/portfolio of Continuing Professional Development
  • Identify & select with clients/carers the most appropriate intervention options which balance the complex interaction of risk, safety, client choice, independence, areas of conflict, eligibility for services & cost effectiveness
  • Able to use a range of specialist, standardised & non-standardised assessment tools to inform clinical judgment, reasoning & clinical decision making
  • Comply with their responsibilities in line with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure a safe environment is maintained for patients, visitors & employees

Analytical & judgemental skills
  • Perform functional/occupational analysis & risk evaluation leading to the formulation of intervention plans which provide strategies to support the potential for personal independence for children who have a disability and/or chronic condition
  • Reflect & review own practise with peers, identify development needs & adapt performance through effective use of professional & operational supervision & appraisal framework where necessary

Planning & organisational skills
  • Comply & remain up to date with all legislation & organisational policies & procedures related to the Occupational Therapy practice environment
  • Ensure that services are provided in accordance with the Trusts standards & guidelines & quality assurance & that they are consistent with best professional practice, seeking guidance where necessary, seeking guidance where necessary
  • Actively influence service improvements
  • Manage own workload, time management & transport needs in line with Trust & departmental guidelines
  • Undertake any appropriate additional duties as required by the Clinical Service manager

Physical skills
  • Demonstrate highly developed visual, perceptual, physical & auditory skills in the assessment, treatment & handling of patients & clients
  • Physical ability to access a vehicle or public transport, to facilitate the community outreach requirements of the post

Physical effort
  • Comply with Moving & handling legislation & related policies to ensure personal safety & that of patients/carers, when moving & positioning patients in specialist equipment, for example wheelchairs, hoists & personal care equipment
  • Use physical positioning/handling to facilitate therapeutic techniques & interventions as part of a patients care plan & treatment activities
  • Adapt specialist equipment to optimise a patients functional ability & independence, for example changes to seating & orthotics, as appropriate

Mental effort
  • Manage self & be flexible to the demands of the community environment including unpredictable work patterns, deadlines, interruptions & demands
  • Maintain intense concentration in all aspects of case management for prolonged periods

Emotional effort
  • Able to manage the emotional consequences of working in distressing conditions & seek appropriate support where necessary
  • Demonstrate sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of patients/carers particularly when imparting distressing information regarding the nature of a childs needs & disabilities & the implications of those

Working conditions
  • Work independently in a variety of community settings including patients own homes, education environments & work environments of a variety of agencies. Observing local guidance for personal safety, diversity, personal identification & health & safety as appropriate
  • Work within infection control & health & safety guidelines to deal appropriately with unpleasant conditions related to close patient & community contact as they arise, for example, exposure to bodily fluids & infectious conditions encountered on a regular basis

Person Specification Training & Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in OT
  • HCPC Registration
Experience Essential
  • Minimum 2 years post registration experience, with post-qualifying clinical experience in peadiatrics
  • Experience working with Children in Early Years
Knowledge & Skills

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