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Specialist Children's Occupational Therapist

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 5 to 6 Development Post

Children's Occupational Therapy Job Advert

Are you interested in a career in Children's OT? But have no experience? Then this could be the role for you!

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Band 5 or Band 6 Occupational Therapist who wishes to develop specialist skills in community Paediatrics within a supportive team. We are looking for a creative, friendly, and enthusiastic OT to join our established Children's Team. We are located near Enfield Town, with easy commuter links from central London/Hertfordshire.

No experience of children's OT is necessary, but you will need to have worked for at least 9 months as a Band 5 Occupational Therapist. We will provide on the job training in paediatrics so you can complete your Band 6 Clinical Competencies over the first 12 months in the team. If successful, you will transition internally to a Band 6 role.

We are a dynamic, innovative, and friendly team who report high levels of job satisfaction. We offer a professionally led service, monthly in-service team training, effective supervision, and External Training opportunities through the Trust.

For further details contact

Lauren Braham , clinical lead 0208702 5630

Main duties of the job

Main duties

Your job will be to provide specialised assessment and intervention to children (0-18years) with varying needs in community settings, special schools, clinic, and CDC. You will work alongside the MDT on integrated pathways, including the joint DCD diagnostic clinic.

Enfield OT is committed to evidence-based practice you will have the opportunity to gain skills in CO-OP, M-CIMT and Parent Coaching, as well as running groups and parents and school staff training sessions. We are an innovative team and one of the first children's services to develop leisure groups with local community providers.

This role includes participating in service development and in-service training provision.

You will be expected to work on your Band 6 professional competencies throughout your first year within the team. If successfully completed, you will transition to Band 6 within the Team.

Job responsibilities

To provide a high standard Occupational Therapy service to children aged 0-18years referred to Enfield's Children's Occupational Therapy Department.

To contribute to planning, co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating the Children's Occupational Therapy Service. To contribute to service improvements and Quality initiatives within the team.

To be responsible for a defined caseload of children both within the community and special school, working autonomously with regular access to supervision and clinical support.

About us

North Mid is part of North Central London integrated care system - consisting of the NHS and Local authority organisations in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. As with other ICS's, we are working increasingly closely with partners and indeed many of our financial and performance objectives are measured at this system level. Whilst all organisations remain as standalone, statutory bodies we have an ICS infrastructure for making shared decisions and agreeing shared approaches.

We are proud of our staff and want to ensure their training allows them to provide excellent clinical care. We are also a training unit for medical students from UCL and St George's University Grenada, and for nursing and midwifery students from Middlesex and City Universities.

Take a tour of our hospital here

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide assessment and interventions for children with OT needs and to provide expert advice, guidance and information to families, carers, schools, and other professionals.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of children and organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary assessment and intervention.
  • To select and apply appropriate Occupational Therapy assessments for children, addressing occupational performance and enabling the child in areas of self-care, productivity, and leisure.
  • To set occupationally focused intervention goals with children and/or their parents/carers that are family centred and agreed by the child and/or their parents/carers.
  • To work within an occupational frame of reference.
  • To demonstrate the ability to analyse the interplay of the child, environment and activity when assessing the childs level of functioning and identifying appropriate strategies and intervention to facilitate and enhance participation in self-care, school, and play/leisure.
  • To demonstrate specialist knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment options using current research, and clinical reasoning skills.
  • To plan and implement individual and /or group interventions, in collaboration with the child/carer.
  • To provide advice and training to carers and schools in order to facilitate the childs participation levels through adaptations to the social and physical environment.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify interventions through the use of appropriate outcome measures, to ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To manage clinical risk within own clinical caseload.
  • see JD for full duties .

  • Person Specification



    • Dip. COT or BS / Msc OT or international equivalent
    • HPC Registered OT
    • Evidence of CPD


    • Fieldwork Education Certificate
    • Clean Driving Licence
    • Member of British Association of Occupational Therapy
    • Manual Handling Training.



    • Ability to meet the demands of the post including travel and working at a child's level.


    • Clean driving licence
    • Vehicle owner.



    • Minimum 9 months postgraduate OT experience
    • Experience of self-directed learning
    • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.


    • Experience of working with children
    • Experience of working within an occupational frame of reference
    • Experience of providing Supervision



    • Strong desire to work within a children's community Occupational Therapy Team
    • Able to work autonomously and on own initiative but recognise when to seek support.
    • Excellent communication skills with an ability to present work both orally and written in a clear and logical manner.
    • Demonstrate ability to work as an effective team member with appropriate interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to keep accurate documentation.
    • Good organisational skills with the ability to manage own time and workload.
    • Reflect & critically appraise own performance.
    • Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills.
    • Ability to laterally think and problem solve.
    • Ability to cope with working in a stressful environment and with potentially emotional or aggressive clients/carers
    • Competent IT skills
    • Demonstrate ability to work as an effective team member with appropriate interpersonal skills


    • Ability to organise & respond effectively to complex information.



    • Good knowledge of current best practice in Occupational Therapy
    • Some knowledge of Child Development and childhood occupations
    • Knowledge of Occupational frames of reference
    • Experience of client centred practice.
    • An understanding of the importance of evidence base practice and how it applies to clinical practice
    • Demonstrate some understanding of clinical governance and its implication for services
    • Understanding of risk management and the risks involved in work in the community and clinical settings
    • Understand legal responsibilities of the profession and associated code of ethics


    • Member of COT Special Interest Group
    • Experience of using clinical observations/outcome measures/goal settings/standardised testing
    • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to children including safeguarding



    • Self-motivation and desire to learn.
    • Flexible and reliable
    • Ability to work sensitively with a multicultural and diverse population with a commitment to non-discriminatory practice.
    • Thorough understanding of own personal development and learning needs

    Employer details

    Employer name

    North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


    St Michaels Site Cedar House

    Gater Drive


    EN2 0JB

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