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Acute Paediatric Occupational Therapist

St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum pro-rata incl HCAS (20%)
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will deliver a highly specialist clinical service to the patients on the wards in addition to supporting the Clinical Lead develop and progress the service. The post holder is to support the team with clinical work to backfill maternity cover as a fixed term role.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering child and family centred care in an acute inpatient paediatric setting. The acute paediatric Occupational Therapy team is part of a multidisciplinary team for children admitted to the three general paediatric wards and PICU. The caseload predominantly consists of children with complex needs following major illness such as trauma and neuro-surgery, and children with short-term needs following orthopaedic procedures and acute medical episodes. Occupational Therapy facilitates safe and timely discharge through early rehabilitation, and extensive liaison with other agencies and services to promote smooth transitions between hospital and home, and between specialist and local services.

The post-holder will have the following specific roles:
  • To develop and provide specialist Occupational Therapy to patients in the Children's acute setting, at times working autonomously, and being accountable for their own professional actions.
  • To provide highly specialised Occupational Therapy advice in relation to the care of patients who have a range of psycho-social, physical and emotional problems in an acute or rehabilitation setting.

Main duties of the job

  • To plan and deliver a child and family centred occupational therapy service to a personal caseload of children and their family/carers whilst in hospital.
  • To assess and treat children with various conditions/disabilities and complex social and functional needs, within occupational therapy performance guidelines.
  • Through analysis and synthesis of findings, develop individual goal oriented treatment and intervention plans in collaboration with the child (as appropriate), family/carers and multi professional colleagues. This will include the application of skills to assess motor, sensory and cognitive function in the context of the child's social and physical environment.
  • To communicate assessment and treatment plans with patients and carers, dealing sensitively with distressing or emotional circumstances and being realistic about patients' expectations.

  • This job description is not an exhaustive document but is a reflection of the current position. Details and emphasis may change in line with service needs after consultation with the post holder. Please refer to PDF version of full duties explained in Job Description.

    About us

    The postholder is expected to have a clear understanding of how this post contributes to the achievement of the trust vision of:

    A thriving Foundation Trust at the heart of an integrated healthcare system. One that delivers improved patient care at a community, hospital and specialist setting, supported by a unique and nationally recognised programme of research, education and employee engagement.

    We expect all our staff to share the values that are important to the Trust, being Excellent, Kind, Responsible & Respectful, and behave in a way that reflects these.

    St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expects that all staff will share in this commitment. The Trust is clear that all staff have a responsibility to be aware of children and adult safeguarding policies and procedures and that each member of staff, clinical and non-clinical, will attend child or adult safeguarding training that is provided at an appropriate level to suit their role. The Trust has the additional expectation that all staff will be able to identify concerns and know what action to take.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for organising and planning own clinical workload.
  • To ensure adequate handover of clinical workload during own absence.
  • To be responsible for and facilitate a safe environment, recognising patients requirements for privacy and dignity.
  • To have a good knowledge of and to abide by the departments and Trusts policies and procedures, and to comment and contribute to the development of policies and procedures within the defined clinical area.
  • To be aware of departmental procedures with regard to stock control of stationery / equipment and other work related items and to follow a system for replenishing stock. To supervise others in the day to day routine management of stock control of stationery, equipment and other work related items.
  • To participate in the process of recruitment and selection as required by the Clinical Team Lead.
  • To ensure departmental equipment is fit for purpose and to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of patients, carers and staff using the equipment.
  • To be responsible for arranging servicing of departmental equipment, ensuring fit for purpose.
  • To ensure equipment used in the assessment and treatment of patients is fit for purpose and to notify the supervisor of any faults that require repair or attention.
  • To effectively communicate administrative and departmental issues with all members of the Childrens Therapy Department, to ensure minimum admin duties and maximise time for direct patient intervention.
  • To recognise and comply with departmental procedure for positive reporting, booking annual leave, study leave, sickness and absence reporting.
  • The job may involve frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions on regular daily basis and may involve exposure to bodily fluids including sputum, vomit, urine and unpleasant smells and occasionally exposure to verbal and physical aggression. Please follow the Trust and departmental guidelines in dealing with this.
  • The post holder will need to demonstrate the ability to concentrate while undertaking work that is not always predictable with competing demands for attention. They must be able to prioritise caseload and work flexibly around interruptions relating to patient care.
  • General
    • To have responsibility for the Health, Safety and Welfare of self and others and to comply at all times with the requirement of the Health and Safety Regulations.
    • To ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment to those acting in an official capacity in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act and its amendments.
    • To work in accordance with the Trusts Equality and Diversity policy to eliminate unlawful discrimination in relation to employment and service delivery.
    • To promote at all times equal opportunities for staff and patients in accordance with the Trusts policies to ensure that no person receives less favourable treatment than another on the grounds of: age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (ethnicity), religion or belief, sex (gender), gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
    • To ensure skills are up-to-date and relevant to the role, to follow relevant Trust policies and professional codes and to maintain professional registration where this is a requirement of the role.
    • To comply with the Trusts No Smoking Policies.
    • To undertake such duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the grade and the needs of the service.

    Person Specification



    • Acute Paediatric OT experience


    • Experience in NHS settings.



    • Paediatric OT qualification


    • experience supervising other staff

    time to start


    • able to start within short notice period


    • able to heavily prioritise and manage expectations of wider team

    Employer details

    Employer name

    St George's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


    St George's Hospital

    Blackshaw Road


    SW17 0QT

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