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Highly Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A very exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced OT to join our paediatric team.

Do you want to be involved in an excellent example of collaborative working and provide interventions to support therapeutic use of everyday activities of children and young people with long term physical disabilities, then we have the perfect role for you!

As a Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist (OT) you will be responsible for the provision of assessment and therapy for children aged 0-5 referred to the Lighthouse Child Development Centre. There is scope to work with older children too.

You will work collaboratively with the wider paediatric therapy team such as Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Community Paediatricians.

Our existing team of Occupational Therapists will provide excellent peer support, and offer a significant amount of experience in this area, and so personal and professional development will be provided.

Please don't hesitate to give us a call if this sounds like the role for you!

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner, Occupational Therapist for pre-school or school age will take a delegated role in the day to day co-ordination and provision of a highly specialist Occupational Therapy service to a caseload of children and young people (CYP) with complex special needs and Neurodevelopmental Autism in 0-19 service.
  • The post holder provides a specialist, targeted and universal Occupational Therapy service to Children & Young People, providing assessment, reassurance, advice and treatment to children aged 0-18yrs.
  • The post holder will be allocated to a working base but may also be required cover other geographical areas as and when required.
  • The post holder independently undertakes highly specialist OT assessment and delivery of treatment packages to children with a diverse range of conditions, including motor co-ordination difficulties, complex and profound physical and cognitive disabilities e.g. cerebral palsy, ADHD, ASD and Learning Difficulties. These children may have highly complex clinical, social and psychological needs.
  • The children/young people will be seen a variety of community settings, including patient's homes, nursery settings, special schools and mainstream schools within the South East Essex boundaries. The clinician will feed back assessment findings into a 'Multidisciplinary decision making process' regarding the final diagnosis of ASC/ASD.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job responsibilities

The main responsibilities for this role are all located within the attached job description and person specification.

  • HCPC Registration
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Post graduate Qualifications appropriate to paediatrics

  • Student mentor
  • Membership of specialist interest group


  • Experience of working with children
  • Experience of community based working
  • Experience of MDT working


Experience in supervising more junior staff


  • Evidence of excellent communication skills
  • IT Skills
  • Liaison with members of MDT

Person Specification



  • oHCPC registration
  • oDegree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent qualification
  • oMembership of Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)



  • oKnowledge of OT assessment tools relevant to CYP 0-19 client group
  • oKnowledge of a range of relevant OT interventions relevant CYP with ASD
  • oKnowledge of professional standards including record keeping.
  • oAbility to manage the emotional consequences of working with CYP with distressing conditions.



  • oProven post registration experience, in the relevant specialism of ASC/ASD.
  • oSensory experience and Autism assessment skills
  • oExperience of working within a multi-disciplinary team and completion of ADOS Assessment
  • oAbility to prioritise workload, achieving a balance between clinical and other aspects of role
  • oAbility to solve problems and make decisions under pressure

Personal Qualities


  • oCommitted to delivering high standards of patient care.
  • oFriendly, open, empathetic and compassionate.
  • oAble to relate well with CYP/parents/colleagues/the multi-disciplinary team and wider Trust staff

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Lighthouse Development Centre

Snakes Lane



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