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Band 6 Children's Occupational Therapist

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Band 5 Occupational Therapist ready for your next challenge or a Band 6 looking to expand your skills. We are looking for an experienced OT to join our Integrated Children's Additional Needs service providing outcome-oriented, child and family-centred assessment and intervention to children aged 0-19. The post includes working as part of the MDT, to support children with health needs to participate in everyday activities and situations at home, school and in the community. The job involves undertaking initial telephone consultations and working with children, young people and families to identify functional and participation needs, setting collaborative goals and advising on strategies to move towards meeting these goals. Follow up sessions may be required in clinic, home and educational settings, including the Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres. You will also support the writing of EHCPS and working with other agencies i.e. social care and the CHAD OT team.

Main duties of the job

The right candidate will be passionate about supporting children and families achieve the goals important to them. You will have experience working in the community, ideally within children's services, and will be confident to identify childrens needs, working with them and their families and settings using your specialist skills and knowledge in assessment and intervention as well as theoretical and clinical knowledge of occupation-centred practice. You will have experience assessing for and prescribing specialist equipment and delegating to junior staff. As a Band 6 you will support the OT Leads in leading and developing the service, deputising for the OT Leads where appropriate. Part of your role will also be to provide training and supervision to junior staff and undergraduate students. The team is committed to staff/service development through supervision, appraisal, training, research and audit. We also deliver training to other health colleagues, parents and education staff.

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 click 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

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

1.6. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7. Prioritises their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.9. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

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

2.6. Demonstrates resilience when responding to challenge, change and complex or difficult situations

2.7. Clearly articulates the expected clinical standards of the service, monitors and identifies where standards are not met and takes action to address

2.8. Ensures that all objectives, for self and those directly responsible for, are clearly defined within the wider Directorate framework and in line with Trusts objectives, using the appraisal process as a vehicle for this.

2.9. Takes responsibility for their own and others health and safety in the working environment.

Person Specification

Skills and Attributes


  • Specialist assessment, planning and evaluation skills
  • Evidence of workload management/able to work under pressure
  • Competent IT/written communication skills
  • Awareness of relevant evidence/research
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Positive and flexible attitude
  • Car owner/driver


  • Competent use of systmone or similar electronic patient record system



  • Occupational Therapy degree
  • HCPC registration
  • Post-graduate training in relevant specialist field


  • Leadership training
  • Health coach training



  • 2 years experience at Band 5 level
  • Experience in clinical field or closely related clinical area (Paeds, neuro)
  • Experience of supervising and delegating to other members of staff
  • Assessing for specialist equipment


  • Work in Community
  • Work with children with health needs
  • Experience delivering training/workshops
  • Experience with Goal-Based Outcome tool
  • Experience managing staff
  • Research/audit experience

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Leeds Primary Care Trust

263 Chapeltown Road



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