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Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist who is interested in working with children, young people and families. Experience of working with children is desirable, whether as an Occupational Therapist, student or otherwise.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting children, young people and their families, then look no further.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to operating flexible working practices and service provision. Successful applicants will require enhanced criminal records bureau disclosure and HCPC registration.

Main duties of the job

We are a small enthusiastic and hard-working team based at the Child Development Centre in the suburbs of Walsall. We provide a service for children between the ages of 0-19 years old, with a range of neurodevelopmental difficulties, complex physical disabilities or concerns around engagement within meaningful daily activities.

We work very closely within a supportive multi-disciplinary team and the role will involve providing support to children, young people, and their families across the borough of Walsall. This may involve working at your clinic base, local special schools, a child's home, mainstream schools or local pre-school settings, dependent on need.

The ideal candidates will have a strong team work ethic and sense of accountability accompanied by an ability to work under pressure at times. The posts is open to individuals with the right attributes to enhance a team. In return we will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

About us

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is an integrated Trust and the only provider of NHS acute care in Walsall, serving a population of 286,700, providing inpatient and outpatient services at the Manor Hospital as well as a wide range of services in the community. Walsall Manor houses the full range of district general hospital services under one roof. The �170 million development was completed in 2010 and the continued upgrading of existing areas ensures the Trust now has a state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit, Neonatal Unit, Obstetric Theatre, and Integrated Assessment Unit facilities. Work is also well underway on its multi-million pound new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre which will house a new Emergency Department (including Children's Emergency Department), co-located Paediatric Assessment Unit, Acute Medical Unit and Urgent Care Centre. This is scheduled for completion this year.

We would particularly welcome applications from people from a BME background and people with a disability as these groups are currently under-represented at senior level. We value diversity within our Trust and are working to achieve equality in our recruitment.

We support flexible working for all employees and prospective applicants.

Any settled workers meeting the requirements must be offered the position in preference to any non-resident candidates meeting the requirements, unless the role falls under a PhD-level code, in which case sponsorship may be attained.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of responsibilities

To provide responsive and accessible Occupational Therapy to children referred to the service, in the most appropriate environment, Child Development Centre, special school, mainstream school and other community settings for children aged 0-19.To work in close co-operation with designated Medical Consultants, Community Paediatricians, other health care professionals and staff from agencies such as Education & Social Care.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake a clinical case load allocated by a senior occupational therapist. They will contribute the specialist skills of an occupational therapist to the multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children, maintaining a high standard of work. The applicant will also be expected to undertake joint assessments with senior colleagues and be able to provide written reports as appropriate, developing skills in the use of standardised assessments and the interpretation of the results. The applicant will work closely with other members of the occupational therapy staff and liaise with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure effective provision of care. They will also be expected to work closely with clients and carers in the assessment and implementation of individual treatment programmes.


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered as OT with HCPC
  • Committment to Lifelong learning

Desirable criteria
  • BAOT Membership
  • Children and Young People's special interest group membership
  • Post graduate attendance on child specific study days


Essential criteria
  • Broad range of core clinical experience at pre-registration or, if applicable, post registration within the NHS or other UK health setting in a related OT clinical speciality e.g. learning disability, physical disability, social services etc, with the ability to transfer OT core skills to the OT process with children & young people
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary or multi agency teams, demonstrating an ability to be an effective member of the team, working flexibly to meet patient and service needs
  • Demonstrates an ability to problem solve in a clinical setting
  • Demonstrates experience of working with children (paid or voluntary role)

Desirable criteria
  • Paediatric fieldwork experience at undergraduate level.
  • Experience working with families who are adjusting to disability issues
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience leading/participating in workshops/lecturing

Knowledge & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Computer literate
  • Awareness of moving and handling legislation
  • Ability to work with a child centred approach
  • Ability to work as a team and independently
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • A realistic knowledge of personal strengths and areas for development

Other Essential criteria
  • The physical ability to perform & cope with all aspects of manual handling as demanded by the job role
  • Access to a car & ability to use car for business purposes to travel between sites within the Trust or to patients residences, school settings, as demanded by the job role
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work routine
  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working

Person Specification



  • DipCOT or BSc Occupational Therapy



  • Experience of working within paediatrics



  • Ability to teach students



  • Demonstrates knowledge relating to assessment and provision of intervention to children and young people with physical health problems


  • Shows an understanding of Clinical Governance issues.
  • Shows an understanding of the role of Technical Instructor/Helper.

Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust


Shelfield Child Development Centre

Coalhealth Lane



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