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Highly Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa inc
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are seeking a highly motivated and flexible Occupational Therapist to join our team to provide a community service to children in Bexley between the ages of 0-19 years. The caseload will include children and young people with a range of conditions to include Sensory, neurodivergence, complex neurological conditions, DCD, fine motor groups and mainstream and special schools.

The service provides community paediatric occupational therapy for children within the Borough of Bexley in line with current health, education and social care policies, and with the national service framework for children. Services will be provided across health, education and community care settings in order to deliver great out of hospital care. This post will also specifically deliver care into specialist educational needs schools at secondary and primary level.

We work as an integrated team, working closely with our multi-disciplinary team members and key partner agencies. Our aim is to provide a child centred, needs led service based on partnership working.

The post holder will have at least 5 years post qualification experience, with highly specialist experience post qualification equivalent to 3 years. The post holder will also need experience of leading and managing a team at Band 7 level.

We are a proactive and supportive team and you will receive regular supervisions and opportunities for external training as appropriate. You will also support and supervise staff and students.

Main duties of the job

You will be working within a proactive, dynamic and supportive team to:
  • Deliver a specialist children's Occupational Therapy service in the community of Bexley
  • Independently manage a varied caseload across all areas of children's Occupational Therapy
  • Assess the functional needs of children and young people (CYP) in order to develop and implement specialist children's Occupational Therapy treatment and intervention
  • Assess and treat across all areas, demonstrating a high level of problem solving, reasoning skills and judgement
  • Provide advice and education to others regarding the management and care of children across the service
  • Liaise with all professionals in the multidisciplinary team, in the best interests if the child or young person
  • Support to the team for service development
  • Support the Team lead and other Band 7 Occupational Therapists to manage and lead the Occupational Therapy team
  • Professional and personal development is encouraged through regular in-service training, appraisal systems and peer support. You will be expected to help and support band 6 and 5 staff and Therapy assistants
  • You will be responsible for working within clinical governance guidelines and in line with national and local policies and procedures.
  • You will demonstrate an ability to comply with Professional guidelines for practice and be registered to practice with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with evidence of ongoing professional development (CPD)

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. 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 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, 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
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please See Attached Job Description for Full Details

The post will involve providing specialist occupational therapy intervention to children 0-19. The caseload will be mixed, to include Sensory, complex neurological conditions, DCD, fine motor groups and mainstream and special schools.

You will be working as part of a team delivering, assessments, interventions, group sessions and liaison within education settings.

Services are provided across health, education and community care settings. This includes seeing children in their own home, school, in the Child Development Centre and Special schools. We aim to maximise the potential of children with a wide range of disabilities and conditions through the development of comprehensive care plans.

There will be a high standard of occupational therapy assessment, treatment and advice to children and their carers/families, working as an autonomous practitioner with responsibility for own case load and working without direct supervision.

The post holder will be required to delegate work to junior OT's and assistant staff, within the Occupational Therapy team.

You will be expected to support the team in evidence-based audit and research projects to further your own and teams clinical practice, making recommendations to the clinical lead and, when appropriate, leading the implementation of specific changes to practice or contributing to service protocols.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration


  • Membership of special interest group relating to Paediatrics
  • Membership of professional body - Royal College of Occupational Therapy



  • Relevant experience at undergraduate/postgraduate level, 5 years minimum post registration
  • Relevant highly specialist experience in paediatrics, post qualification equivalent to 3 years


  • Relevant experience at undergraduate/postgraduate level, 5 years minimum post registration
  • Relevant highly specialist experience in paediatrics, post qualification equivalent to 3 years

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of OT process and knowledge of OT assessments and interventions relevant to clinical area
  • Ability to work autonomously, set own priorities and manage time effectively
  • Core Occupational Therapy skills obtained in a Band 5 and 6 Role or equivalent
  • Evidence of caseload management
  • Ability to be clear and concise when documenting information
  • Evidence of time management and prioritisation
  • Evidence of supervision and leadership


  • Wide range of knowledge of paediatric assessments and interventions
  • NHS Experience
  • Experience of working in the Community
  • Experience of working with children in any area (not necessarily health care)



  • Commitment to client-centred non-discriminatory practise

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Acorns Childrens' Development Centre - Queen Mary's Hospital

Frognal Avenue


DA14 6LT

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