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Senior Occupational Therapist (Paediatrics)

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
22.5 hours per week

There is currently an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the Paediatric team, to lead covering the Paediatric wards at The James Cook University Hospital. Excellent communication and organisational skills, enthusiasm, commitment and ability to negotiate across a wide range of agencies are also vital in this post.

Experience of working with children in an acute setting is desirable but an enthusiasm for working with a range of children/young people up to the age of 19 is essential. The post holder will work within the wider community Occupational Therapy team and hold a small community caseload but will lead/coordinate the acute ward caseload. There is close MDT working within the acute ward setting. The team is friendly and supportive and there will be the opportunity to develop more advanced clinical, leadership and service development skills.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead/coordinate the work on the paediatric wards at James Cook University Hospital managing any child/young person who requires Occupational Therapy intervention whilst on the wards and facilitating a safe discharge back into their home environment. This includes elective orthopaedic cases, a variety of paediatric trauma, neurological conditions and admissions in relation to chronic pain or functional disorders. An awareness that children may have a variety of pre-existing conditions is essential as this adds complexity to their care.

The post holder will be expected to complete appropriate access and post-op home visits across the Tees Valley, North Yorkshire and occasionally the wider area as the unit provides a sub-regional service. Close working with parents and partnership with social care and community Occupational Therapists is essential. This will also be shared within the wider team. The post holder will also have the opportunity to hold a small community caseload.

You will work within a multidisciplinary team offering specialist Occupational Therapy assessment, intervention and rehabilitation.

You will need to be able to work as part of a team and on your own. The role will require being involved with clients with a range of multiple medical, social and emotional problems, as well as home visits, discharge planning, rehabilitation and education. The ability to travel independently is an essential part of this post.

About us

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers leadership and improvement training to all new staff to the Trust this training programme has been designed to support our leaders in developing their understanding of leadership and management skills. You will be expected to attend the leadership development programme, and the Quality Improvement Programme that the Trust delivers. This programme aims to:o Explore leadership within the NHSo Promote Trust Values and Behaviourso Develop your Leadership effectiveness and skillso Practitioner level in quality improvement, equipping you with the skills to champion, lead and complete quality improvement within your role

After you complete this four and a half days of training you will be able to explore further leadership and improvement training opportunities, we offer further in-house courses dependent upon your role and bitesize programmes and leadership apprenticeships at level 3,5 and 7

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description and person specification document(s) for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • To hold a Diploma or degree awarded by professional body RCOT.
  • Registered as fit to practice by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


  • Evidence of Paediatric post graduate clinical training and development.



  • Evidence of broad OT clinical experience.
  • Evidence of adaptability and ability to prioritise
  • Evidence of effective people management skills


  • Evidence of post graduate training/experience in leadership
  • Ability to assess for and prescribe appropriate equipment.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Demonstrates specialist clinical knowledge and skills relevant to Paediatric OT
  • Evidence of proficient clinical reasoning skills
  • Demonstrates an ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.


  • Evidence of working in Paediatric OT services within the NHS.

Personal Attributes


  • Display of effective communication skills, including being able to communicate complex and sensitive information to others.
  • Evidence of a flexible approach to working with the ability to adapt to different scenarios.
  • Be able to deal with the unpredictable nature of the environment/caseload.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The James Cook University Hospital

Marton Road



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