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Service Lead Paediatric Therapies

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit for a job-share/part-time service lead for paediatric therapies. The team includes occupational therapy, physiotherapy and specialist play service. Paediatric therapies is countywide across Worcestershire and work jointly with speech and language therapy, community paediatricians, the child development centre team, the equipment services, orthotics and early years services to offer community OT and physiotherapy intervention.

This is a dynamic and innovative team with a highly child centred approach to their intervention. They work in partnership with families and young people to offer high quality care. The service is moving towards implementing the balanced system and has reviewed its whole caseload to be able to prioritise care to the right children at the right time. This is an exciting time of potential change and development for the service and strong leadership will be needed to make this process smooth.

You will need to have HCPC registration as either a physio or OT.

The successful candidate would need to be prepared to work at all of the bases covered by the team as needed. The work base can be discussed at interview. There is an option for some home working as appropriate.

The successful candidate will have support within the team from team leaders and clinical leads and from the clinical services manager and senior management team in the service delivery unit.

There are a total of 22.5 hours per week for this role.

Main duties of the job

You will provide leadership for the paediatric therapies team. You will be responsible for line managing the team leaders and clinical leads offering clinical and managerial oversight to the therapy teams leading the team through a period of change and transformation maintaining best practice and quality for the children and young people accessing the service supporting staff and working towards staff wellbeing maintain policies and procedures for the teams within Trust standards. Act as an advocate for the service in multidisciplinary forum.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer
  • 27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service
  • Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)
  • Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will ensure that all Trust initiatives are interpreted and applied to the service and that the clinical quality of the offer is maintained through a robust review and audit process. Engaging with transformation and change projects, you will keep the needs of the client group central to all decision making. You will contribute to senior management meetings as required and will lead service level meetings. You will be responsible for the governance of the service and for the quality of practice such as clinical record keeping and safeguarding. You will hold an overview of the recruitment and workforce development for the service. You will collaborate closely with the clinical services manager, commissioners and transformation partners to ensure the integrity and quality of the offer to children and young people is maintained. You will need to be able to negotiate and delegate efficiently.

You will need to be able to offer leadership around the implementation of policies and procedures and ensure equality for staff in the workplace. You will need to value staff wellbeing and be open and transparent in all communications. You will need to have an open door policy for staff at all levels.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification

Additional Criteria


  • Ability to act as an ambassador for the service
  • Ability to travel to meet the requirements of the job



  • Professional qualification at degree or equivalent level
  • Evidence of relevant continual professional development and post graduate study
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Masters degree or working towards
  • Management qualification
  • Leadership qualification



  • Extensive experience of practicing within own professional filed
  • Track record of practice/service development
  • Operational management and leading a team
  • Experience in working in a community setting
  • Experience of working in a childrens related field
  • Risk management


  • Experience of working with a multidisciplinary/multi-agency approach



  • Change Management
  • Ability to translate theory into practice
  • Knowledge of current issues in relation to childrens agenda. Including Safeguarding


  • Understanding and appreciation of service redesign agenda eg. pathway development

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team
  • Proven ability to work across own professional group
  • Demonstrate good clinical skills
  • Demonstrated sound personal management skills ie. time management, prioritising, planning, organisational and problem-solving
  • Basic computer skills
  • Risk management

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Kings Court 1

Charles Hastings Way



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