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Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist Health/ EHCP

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Hertfordshire's Children and Young People's (CYP) Occupational Therapy Service are looking for a dynamic and motivated OT. We have dedicated specialist Band 7 posts to support CYP with health/occupational performance needs. We are looking for experienced Occupational Therapists (OTs), who have relevant skills, training and experience in supporting CYP who have functional difficulties which impact on their participation of activities in daily life. Posts are available in Watford.

You will be part of a friendly and supportive integrated therapies team (CYP Therapies), delivering a locally driven, needs led service ensuring children and their families are at the heart of service delivery. The OT service is innovative and agile, and committed to delivering high quality care and transforming lives. The service is embedding health coaching and top-down models in to it's care pathways, and is actively encouraging CPD to help develop these skills, and as part of your role you will support the Clinical Quality Lead for OT in developing clinical pathways that are evidence-based.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust provides Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services for families across the county. Our service is jointly commissioned by health and education, allowing us to provide a seamless pathway of care from early years through to schools, specialist provisions and further education settings.

Previous applicants need not apply

Main duties of the job

You will:
  • Be a qualified Occupational Therapist with HCPC registration
  • Have highly specialist knowledge & skills in working with CYP & their families/carers, who have a range of developmental, neurological and health conditions
  • Deliver occupational therapy assessments and evidence-based interventions to CYP in a variety of settings, e.g. mainstream and specialist provisions
  • Provide clinical support to a team of health professionals
  • Have knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Maintain strong links to professionals working in health, social care, Education and the Voluntary Sector
  • Work collaboratively with members of the wider OT team in your locality area, and support more junior colleagues
  • Demonstrate positive and effective communication skills

We offer:
  • A friendly team & a great place to work
  • Regular managerial supervision and mentoring
  • A well-established Appraisal system
  • Professional supervision through Action Learning Sets
  • Personal development planning & access to training to develop your CPD, leadership & management skills
  • Structured induction period

About us

If you are looking for somewhere to make a real difference and are passionate about helping CYP access the right support at the right time to help them stay safe, and thrive in their development, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At HCT we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.
  • We are proud to be an organisation which focuses on our people, and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.
  • Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture, guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.
  • Our patients, their families and carers are at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
  • Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages.

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role.

Posts will be based in the Watford.

You will be joining a well-established, supportive team of therapists and assistants. CYP Therapies at HCT pride ourselves on the support we provide to staff. As a Highly Specialist OT you will have the opportunity to facilitate professional supervision groups and provide managerial supervision to less experienced colleagues.

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic and motivated. Advanced communication, clinical reasoning and organisational skills are essential. You must be a team player but be able to work autonomously and have the ability to champion the needs of children and young people.

You will need a full valid driving licence, and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

In addition to the basic salary, this post attracts a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of �1,034 and a maximum payment of �1,791 per annum (pro rata where applicable and dependent on base location) (Watford only)

Applications for full time and part time work will be considered.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all its staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

HCT has been voted one of the top 100 NHS trusts to work for in the country. We are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation and a menopause accredited employer.

We dont want you to miss out so be aware that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date. Please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now!

If you have any questions about this role, please do not hesitate to contact Liesl Salters Brown, Clinical Quality Lead for Childrens OT on 07825 929688.

Interview date has been set for Monday 17th June.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Highly specialist knowledge acquired through degree or equivalent qualifications, in sensory integration theory and assessment
  • Continued Professional Development evidenced by attendance at specialist postgraduate courses to maintain and develop own specialist knowledge and expertise.
  • Recognised OT Qualification leading to registration with HCPC
  • HCPC Licence to Practice
  • Registered member of British Association of OT
  • Supervision/Clinical Educators Course attendance

Experience and Knowledge


  • Working knowledge of electronic patient record system
  • Knowledge of current safeguarding procedures
  • Evidence of involvement in service policy development in area of specialism
  • Experience of working with different professional disciplines and agencies
  • Experience of clinical supervision to wide range of staff in area of specialism
  • Knowledge of NHS, Education and social care policy and directives where these impact on area of specialism or service delivery
  • Evidence of delivering training in area of specialism
  • High level clinical skills including assessment and provision of equipment
  • Experience of advising/providing second opinions

Skills and abilities


  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written, including the ability to liaise and negotiate
  • Ability to communicate and receive complex and sensitive information
  • Knowledge of barriers to understanding & ability to explain complex issues simply.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels across organisations and with a range of audiences
  • Ability to establish positive relationships and mutual respect with people at all levels
  • Able to analyse and interpret complex data
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Computer literate including use of Excel spreadsheets, databases and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work for long periods whilst maintaining concentration

Other requirements


  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
  • Experience and evidence of engagement around equality, diversity and inclusion issues in relation to policy, service development and service delivery in respect of both services to users and the management of staff

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Peace Children's Centre (Watford) and Danestrete Health Centre (Stevenage)

Peace Prospect


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