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8a Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 Per Annum (pro rata) inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Contract: Permanent. Part-time - 26 hours per week.

There is a possibility of the post being full-time or of additional hours being worked within Whittington Health.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced paediatric Occupational Therapist with vision, energy and clinical expertise to make a significant contribution to our Occupational Therapy Service.

Working in partnership with the current Clinical and Professional Lead OT and alongside the Universal Service and the Social Communication Team Leads you will be responsible for the development and implementation of a graduated offer for children with SEN who have occupational therapy needs in settings across Haringey from 2 - 19. This will include developing the core training offer to Local Authority partners, schools and parents/carers to ensure the offer is clear, well communicated and meets the needs of children and families in Haringey.

The post holder would be part of the friendly and innovative Haringey Children's Therapy Team based in Tottenham and would lead a small team of OTs to implement the pathway, working closely with other therapy leads, the local authority and ICB.

In Haringey, there is a strong focus on clinical audit, user involvement and outcomes and identified centralised funds to support ongoing professional development. Whittington Health has a large number of OTs and there will be opportunities for professional development and supervision within the network.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work with educational settings and families to develop a graduated offer which ensures that most children's needs related to everyday occupations can be met by those closest to them without referral to specialist services.

They will workalongside commissioners, local authority colleagues, educational settings and the parent/carer forum to ensure that children receive timely Occupational Therapy support to reach their educational potential within their settings.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required.

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Person Specification



  • Qualification degree/diploma in relevant clinical area and current HPC registration
  • Attendance at specialist post-graduate courses relevant to paediatric area in neuro-disability or additional needs


  • MSc or equivalent in relevant AHP area



  • Experience of working with children with neurodisability and additional needs, using standardised assessments and implementing specialised treatment approaches
  • Extensive experience as a paediatric therapist in a range of setting including children with complex needs and additional needs
  • Experience of working within a 3-tiered model of care
  • Experience in using standardised and structured assessments, and in implementing specialised treatment approaches
  • Experience of basic budget management and understand how to balance cost effective and clinically effective services
  • Experience of goal setting and evaluating the outcomes of treatment
  • Experience of helping others to manage a caseload independently, and of working with other staff to implement treatment programmes
  • Experience of establishing and developing the AHP role within the multi-disciplinary team, and leading on aspects of service development to ensure good quality of service.
  • Ability to lead in clinical audit and service improvement
  • Experience of contributing to planning care in conjunction with service-users and as part of a multi agency team


  • Experience of supervising staff and managing competency



  • Evidence of understanding the needs of children with disabilities and their families/carers, and to explain the role of the AHP to them
  • Evidence of advanced clinical reasoning skills required in order to deal with complex conditions and plan treatment independently
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of and process of clinical supervision for self and others and have a proven track record of supervision, including an awareness of capability management
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant health and social care legislation
  • Understanding and up-to-date knowledge of specialist clinical area
  • To demonstrate understanding of performance management and set out plans to achieve objectives to improve teams performance
  • Understand the importance of clinical governance and be able to demonstrate the application particularly in risk and incident management and user involvement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act, and of assessing risk within clinical work

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex information clearly, verbally and in writing, and overcome barriers to communication
  • Excellent negotiation and liaison skills with external agencies and key stakeholders
  • Ability to lead others in prioritising their caseloads and managing a busy service effectively
  • Ability to set service objectives, and to plan necessary activity to successfully meet these for self and others
  • Understanding of issues involved in working in a diverse community, and of practical ways to ensure clinical practice is culturally appropriate and accessible
  • Basic computer, word processing and email skills
  • Understanding of the role of and process of clinical supervision
  • Ability to identify own professional training needs, and evidence of updating clinical skills



  • Evidence of responding flexibly to change
  • Engagement with special interest groups within paediatric clinical area

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Tynemouth Road Health Centre

24 Tynemouth Road


N15 4RH

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