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Children's Specialist Occupational Therapist

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic Band 7 Specialist Children's Occupational Therapist to join our team, within the Physical and Sensory Pathway. The post is based in East Devon encompassing beautiful countryside, the Jurassic coastline and the urban areas of Exeter and Exmouth.

You will act as a source of OT expertise providing clinical supervision and specialist assessment/intervention. The post holder will hold a caseload working across the different environments such as home, school and clinic.

You will be joining our friendly Eastern OT team and also be part of the Devon and Torbay OT Leadership team, where we all work together to create new opportunities and improved outcomes for the children we work alongside across the county.

Our Physical and Sensory Pathway team encompasses both physiotherapy and speech and language therapy enabling strong opportunities for close joint working. CFHD's close-knit relationships also extend to other pathways, such as Neurodiversity and Learning Disability, placing the child at the heart of our practice

We invite discussions with all individuals interested in this role, and we're open to exploring shared positions with part-time hours. Rest assured, we offer a supportive induction package to ensure your smooth transition into our team. We also nurture continuous growth within CFHD with our active encouragement of training and CPD.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide Specialist OT assessment and intervention for a caseload of complex cases.
  • Provide support and clinical supervision to OT staff across CFHD.
  • Work within the Physical and Sensory Pathway providing support to Occupational Therapists working across a range of pathways.
  • Screen and triage referrals and ensure a strengths-based approach to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions to support the complex packages of care for children with additional needs in the community.
  • Contribute to risk assessment and care planning in collaboration with children, young people and their carers.
  • Provide specialist occupational therapy assessment, advice and interventions to children, young people and their families and to hold a caseload of children with complex needs.
  • Provide case management of an identified caseload of children and young people with highly complex long-term conditions and complex needs by utilising and promoting evidence-based care.

About us

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health which are provided by Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership Trust. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to consultation with our service users and communities.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our vision is to be a successful, vibrant, partnership that benefits the communities we serve.

Why work with us

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • BSc or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • State registration current HCPC registration
  • Evidence of CPD maintained in a portfolioincluding attendance at recent postgraduatecourses relevant clinical area of expertiseand/or postgraduate qualification
  • Sound knowledge of child development
  • Evidence of advanced training in specialist clinical area
  • Evidence of audit and quality improvement training
  • Knowledge of NSFs, local government, and health policies and procedures, safeguarding adult
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise service and own workload
  • Proven presentation skills
  • Ability to cope working in a stressful environment and with patients and carers
  • To be able to demonstrate advanced occupational therapy assessment and treatments skills
  • Carrying equipment on a daily basis. This will involve lifting heavy and awkward shapes, including getting the equipment in/out of a car
  • To deal sensitively with patients and relatives that have high levels of distress anxiety and aggression that may be caused by pain, behavioural, cognitive or physical impairment
  • Imparting information concerning diagnosis and poor prognosis of physical recovery to patients and their relatives. This may involve informing patients that they may be unable to achieve their previousfunctional level, or challenging beliefs about perceived level of disability
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification.

Person Specification



  • oBSc or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • oState registration - current HCPC registration
  • oEvidence of CPD maintained in a portfolio including attendance at recent postgraduate courses relevant clinical area of expertise and/or postgraduate qualification


  • oPost graduate leadership certificate
  • oMSc in relevant clinical area

Knowledge and Experience


  • oSound knowledge of child development
  • oEvidence of advanced training in specialist clinical area
  • oEvidence of audit and quality improvement training
  • oExperience of working as part of a professional team and multidisciplinary team
  • oSkilled in risk management
  • oKnowledge of clinical governance
  • oExperience of presenting complex information to staff and senior management
  • oExperience of implementing changes in service design and delivery both profession specific and in a multidisciplinary environment
  • oUnderstand legal responsibilities of the profession, and health and social care delivery
  • oKnowledge of NSFs, local government, and health policies and procedures, safeguarding adult
  • oDemonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • oExperience of managing patients with a range of complex conditions
  • oExperience in specialist assessment relevant to your specialist field
  • oClear evidence of high level of professional skills within a specialist health or social care setting
  • oExperience of safeguarding vulnerable adults and/or children
  • oHigh level of knowledge of a broad range of relevant conditions and proven experience of delivering evidence-based practice
  • oKnowledge of the clinical guidelines, and experience of implementing these recommendations in practice


  • oComplaints management and resolution
  • oAbility to write and present a business case
  • oAbility to analyse data
  • oUse of team-based working to promote change and development

Specific Skills


  • oAbility to organise and prioritise service and own workload
  • oExperience of involvement in audit
  • oExperienced in the use of IT to include spread sheets and word
  • oProven presentation skills


  • oExperience of leading audit and involvement in research
  • oUse of PARIS or other relevant health IT systems

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Capital Court

Unit 1a Bittern Road, Sowton Industrial Estate



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