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Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist

Employer
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£51,488 to £57,802 a year Dependent upon experience
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Profession
Occupational therapist
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Are you a highly motivated individual with experience in working with children and families?

We are seeking an energetic, motivated Band 7 Occupational Therapist (OT) with an interest to work in the specialist clinical area for children with skeletal dysplasias. You will work within our multidisciplinary team (MDT) in this nationally and internationally visible service which aims to deliver best evidenced care to children and their families.

The skeletal dysplasia service is the leading centre in the UK for children with achondroplasia and skeletal dysplasias. Many of the children willhave short stature, and present with challenges developing their independence in their daily occupations.

Children you see may also present with additional medical and/or neurodevelopmental conditions.

Main duties of the job

You will work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team (MDT), lead therapy-only clinics, and provide consultation and advice across all domains of occupation, supporting children and young people to develop independence in areas of self-care, school work and leisure/play, alongside their families and local teams. You will support children and young people with achondroplasia and other skeletal dysplasias to develop independence. You will liaise closely with community therapy services and other agencies. You will critically appraise literature and may participate in departmental audits or research projects.

The MDT values the impact of occupational therapy and offers opportunities to evolve services to meet the needs of children and their families.

About us

You will work within the Paediatric OT service at the Evelina London Children's Hospital, at the St Thomas' Hospital site. The paediatric OT teamconsists of 20 paediatric occupational therapists and two occupational therapy assistants.

How we support you: The Evelina London is a supportive place to work with opportunities for professional development. The paediatricoccupational therapy team is highly supportive, striving to offer a first-class service to patients and their families. You will receive individualsupervision from a clinical specialist therapist within the paediatric OT team, further supported by the clinical lead paediatric OT and professionally managed by the Trust Head OT.You will benefit from:
  • A comprehensive induction program and workplace mentoring to ensure a great start and ongoing support to excel.
  • Individually tailored professional development programs.
  • Development of specialist knowledge and skills for working with children accessing specialist services.
  • Frequent opportunities for multi-disciplinary learning.
  • Potential to participate in departmental audits, research, and innovative projects, and to present at local, national, and internationalevents.
  • Opportunities for developing services and quality improvement projects.
  • Increased knowledge and skills through participation in team and hospital-wide continuing professional development programs,appraisal, in-service training, and joint working.


Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as collaborative working within the multi-disciplinary and with our community colleagues in health, education and social services is essential. You will be an OT who has a child friendly approach and can beadaptable to meet the childs individual therapy needs as well as flexible to support the team within a busy hospital environment.You will be responsible for supporting the development of knowledge and skills for junior members of staff working in this area and will contributeto service development alongside the multidisciplinary team.What youll need to succeed:

Drive and energy, with strong verbal and written communication skills collaborative working within the multidisciplinary team and with our community colleagues in health, education and social services is essential. A child friendly approach and adaptability to meet the childs and familys needs as well as flexibility to support the team within a busyhospital environment. You will be energetic, clinically confident, and able to critically appraise literature in the field of occupational therapy and be part of a service that encourages reflective practice. A Qualification in Occupational Therapy Full registration with HCPC

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working as an occupational therapist in paediatrics.
  • Experience of recommending equipment for seating, self-care or daily living activities.
  • Specialist knowledge, understanding and application of Occupational Therapy process relating to client centred practice
  • Specialist knowledge, understanding and application of Occupational Therapy process relating to client centred practice
  • A minimum of 3 years post graduate clinical experience, and experience at a Band 6 level occupational therapist role


Desirable

  • Experience of rare bone diseases such as skeletal dysplasia and achondroplasia
  • Experience of upper limb assessment and management
  • Experience of liaising with schools or developing a care programme within a school setting
  • Experience of working with children who have complex disability.
  • Experience of liaising with schools or developing a care programme within a school setting.


Knowledge

Essential

  • Competent IT skills e.g. Microsoft Word, PPT, outlook and spreadsheets
  • Specialist knowledge, understanding and application of Occupational Therapy process relating to client centred practice
  • Ability to work autonomously, acting decisively on behalf of self and others, setting own priorities
  • Specialist knowledge, understanding and application of Occupational Therapy process relating to client centred practice
  • Ability to manage and recognise differences of opinion in both patient related and inter-professional settings, coping positively with inter-professional tensions/ barriers.
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance principles and the implications for occupational therapy services and practice
  • Committed to improve the experience of children, families and carers, appreciating complexity of context, culture of diversity
  • Ability to organise, prioritise and delegate, and seek support when required


Desirable

  • Knowledge of the EHCP process and experience of working with or contributing to EHCPs
  • Management or operational training


Qualifications

Essential

  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Continued professional development including evidence of reflective practice, team training, post graduate training and clinical experience gained relevant to this post.


Desirable

  • Masters level or equivalent training in specialist area or evidence of significant practical experience, research or publication in specialist area


Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Evelina London Children's Hospital

St Thomas's Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road

London

SE1 7EH

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