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Band 5 Paediatric Occupational Therapist

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our community paediatric Occupational Therapy team based at the Newberry Child Development Centre. Come join our forward thinking, committed Paediatric Occupational Therapy Team who place patient care and your professional and personal development to the forefront. We are looking for a positive, proactive clinician with skills in the field of paediatrics, to help us build a strong future for therapy and increase the profile of Occupational Therapy within the service. You will be supported to manage your clinical caseload, providing assessments and interventions to a wide range of children and young people. You will also provide support to team members and students, as well as assist in their training and development. You will play a role in service development working closely with the Paediatric leadership team.

We are pleased to offer this rare and exciting position, at a time of positive change, recruitment and re-organisation of our strong and growing Occupational Therapy team. We welcome applications from all qualified practitioners who want to work in a supportive environment, which respects professional values and looks to develop and advocate for Occupational Therapy's contribution to our children and young people's service.

Onsite parking is available and a driving licence is essential.

Main duties of the job

As a Band 5Paediatric Occupational Therapist, you will be responsible for your own caseload consisting of patients with developmental coordination difficulties, sensory processing differences and equipment needs to promote function and independence in activities of daily living. Assessments will take place in a variety of settings including: clinics, patients' homes and school placement.

Good prioritisation, organisational and time management skills will be required to balance clinical duties. You will need advanced communication skills to ensure a successful multidisciplinary approach to patient care, working in close liaison with the other teams including: Neurodevelopmental and Physiotherapy. You will be in regular discussions with children, young people and their families, as well as other health, education and social care professionals. You will be responsible for other non-clinical duties such as in-service development ideas, training of students and therapy assistant practitioners.

About us

The James Pagetis a vibrant university hospital providing the best possible care to the people of east Norfolk and north Suffolk. Situated on the coast with beautiful beaches and the Broads National Park on the doorstep we are within commuting distance of Norwich City. We were rated GOOD at our last CQC inspection and we are the largest local employer in the area.

We are a service that truly values CPD and are looking to further enlarge and tailor our training offer over the coming months. We are open to new ideas and to contribute to the development of the service moving forward. We will support you in achieving your career goals through our well-structured supervision and appraisal system, actively encouraging utilisation of training courses (clinical, and non-clinical) with use of CPD funding. You will be supported to provide education to your team but also to our wider workforce. We also support development of our future workforce through our close links with the University of East Anglia, Suffolk College and City College Norwich providing teaching and placements to apprentices, under and postgraduates.

We understand that our employees have commitments and interests outside of work and encourage good work-life balance by offering a flexible and agile working environment this is further supplemented by an extensive well-being offer, as well as a range of other benefits including staff discounts and access to the NHS Pension Scheme.


Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification is attached to the advert for further details of main responsibilities

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy (BSc/MSc)
  • Current HCPC registration
  • CPD record should include evidence of up-to-date manual handling, relevant clinical courses and reflections of learning
  • Undertaken a student/fieldwork educators course

Experience and Knowledge


  • Clinical experience to include integrated teams
  • Experience of working with a range of professionals within multidisciplinary teams
  • Evidence of reflective learning
  • Awareness of relevant professional practice, new research and guidelines
  • Understanding of legal issues, Safeguarding and mental capacity
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance and implications for own work

Skills, Abilities and Competencies


  • Communication skills including empathy, assertiveness and negotiation skills
  • Ability to build good rapport with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload
  • Ability to act as an autonomous practitioner with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work proactively under pressure and work flexibly
  • Recognise own limitations and know when to ask for help
  • Forward thinking, able to problem solve with positive approach
  • Ability to travel within the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area. Should hold a full current driving licence or be able to make own travelling arrangements to fulfil the duties of the post, including visits to patients' homes with and without patients
  • Basic IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Newberry Child Development Centre

Lowestoft Road


NR31 6SQ

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