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Children's Occupational Therapist part-time position

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Therapeutic Social Work Team in Leeds as part of our multi-disciplinary team which works to support the emotional wellbeing of Children Looked After children on Child protection plans.

We support children, young people and the people and systems around them, using a trauma informed and systemic approach. The team comprises of therapeutic social workers, team managers, psychologists and speech & language therapist. We are looking to recruit a creative and dynamic Occupational Therapist who is passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people and is committed to a collaborative and restorative approach.

This is a part-time position (0.74wte = 27.75 hours per week) employed by Leeds Community Health Care (LCH) & deployed to this team in Leeds City Council.

Main duties of the job

Alongside excellent general OT and Leadership skills you will have knowledge and experience of:
  • Working with children looked after and a trauma informed approach.
  • Working with children with complex presentations and disabilities.
  • Working effectively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary context, with systems that are often experiencing high demand and stress.
  • Interventions and strategies around regulation and self-soothing.
  • Attachment-Informed Assessments
  • Functional Assessments for specific daily occupations, including the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills
  • Experience of work around Sleep hygiene, eating and Mealtime observations.
  • Desirable experience would include:
  • Paediatric OT work & supporting neuro developmental assessments
  • Understanding of Holistic & sequential approach to assessment & intervention.
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Facilitating groups.
  • Working with children and young people who have experienced trauma.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. You can find the full list of attractive benefits and rewards at www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.ukclick on the Join Our Team Tab.

Right to Work

This role is based in the UK. Employment is conditional on confirmation of the right to work in the UK - either as a UK or Irish citizen, under the EU settlement scheme or having secured any other relevant work visa. If you do not have the right to work in the UK and the role does not meet eligibility for sponsorship, please consider carefully whether you meet the eligibility to apply.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Purpose

The post holder will be responsible for their own caseload within their speciality area as an autonomous practitioner. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care to a specialist level ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Demonstrates a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles

1.2. Demonstrates innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.

1.3. Demonstrates highly developed physical skills where dexterity and accuracy are important e.g. syringe pumps and infusions, manual treatments

1.4. Makes consistent judgements requiring complex fact analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

2. Leadership

2.1. Ensures that a professional service and image is maintained at all time, thereby acting as a role model to all staff

2.2. Provides a leadership style which is underpinned by strongly held values around equality, diversity and openness effectively builds and maintains relationships with direct reportee(s), management teams and other key individuals across the organisation.

2.3. Manages team and resources on a day-to-day basis in an unpredictable environment that require solutions to complex problems where there are many interacting factors

2.4. Demonstrates the ability to delegate, organise and prioritise workload to ensure the safe delivery of the service including the management of referrals and discharges utilising locally agreed support mechanisms e.g. on call manager and making judgements in complex situations

2.5. Demonstrates clinical leadership, initiative and creativity in developing projects inspiring others to be positive in their contribution to continuous improvement

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Professional body registration & maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards


  • Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) or equivalent



  • Working in a community setting
  • Experience in the teaching and training of others
  • Experience of workload and caseload management


  • Experience in supervising and delegating to other members of staff
  • Experience in research and/or clinical audit

Skills and Attributes


  • Specialist assessment, planning and evaluation skills
  • Complex analytical and creative problem solving skills in unpredictable situations
  • Competent IT skills in order to collect and interpret data, present reports and compile simple presentations


  • Performs test / procedures / diagnostics relevant to clinical role at a specialist level proficiently

Therapeutic Social Work Team Criteria


  • Working with Children who are Looked After
  • Working with children with complex presentations and disabilities.
  • Working effectively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary context


  • Experience of running groups.
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have experienced trauma, using a trauma informed approach.
  • Experience of supporting neuro developmental assessments

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Cottingley Childrens Centre

Cottingley Drive


LS11 0JP

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