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Children's Occupational Therapist

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum, inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has risen for a highly motivated Occupational Therapist who wishes to develop specialist skills in Paediatrics within a supportive team. We are looking for a creative, friendly and enthusiastic OT to join our established Children's Team. We are located within easy commuter links from central London/Hertfordshire.

This is a newly created Special School full-time OT post working across Russet House School and Durants School OT team. Russet House is a primary school for autistic children. Durants is a secondary school for Autistic students. You will have the chance to develop the service provision across the schools alongside 2 other OT colleagues. The role will include staff/parent training and class-based provision as well as specialist individual work. You will also be providing OT support to Russet House families and Durants School families in the school holidays.

To develop and provide Occupational Therapy services for pupils who attend Russet House School and Durants School.


Lauren Braham clinical lead.

Telephone 02087025630


Main duties of the job

To work within the Russet House and the Durants school OT team to develop and provide Occupational Therapy services for Pupils who attend Russet House School and Durants school (a maintained special school for Autistic Pupils, 3-11 years and 11-19 years) both at home and school.

To provide high quality child centred, occupationally focused assessment and intervention to Russet House Pupils/ Durants school pupils and their families.

To work with the OT team and school Leadership to plan and develop the OT service into Russet House school/ Durants school working at a Universal, Targeted and Specialist level.

To contribute to and lead on aspects of planning, co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating the Children's Occupational Therapy Service. To contribute to and lead on specified service improvements in relation to the post and quality initiatives within the team.

To work as an autonomous practitioner with access to supervision.

To supervise, appraise and train Pupils and junior staff as required.

To work effectively and flexibly within an interdisciplinary framework in a multidisciplinary and multi-agency environment, including working with teachers, community providers, social workers, SLT, psychologists, dieticians, paediatricians, physiotherapists and other professionals

To be flexible to the demands of the service in regard to location of work and area of clinical specialism.

About us

North Mid is part of North Central London integrated care system - consisting of the NHS and Local authority organisations in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. As with other ICS's, we are working increasingly closely with partners and indeed many of our financial and performance objectives are measured at this system level. Whilst all organisations remain as standalone, statutory bodies we have an ICS infrastructure for making shared decisions and agreeing shared approaches.

We are proud of our staff and want to ensure their training allows them to provide excellent clinical care. We are also a training unit for medical students from UCL and St George's University Grenada, and for nursing and midwifery students from Middlesex and City Universities.

Take a tour of our hospital here

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage a school caseload of young people with a range of needs including those with complex disabilities, providing occupationally focused assessment and intervention.
  • To work with the Russet House school team/ Durants school team to develop a high quality, evidence-based service provision into Russet House school and Durants school. This will include staff training and Universal and Targeted provision as well as Specialist support.
  • To provide both home and school-based OT input to the Pupils in Russet House school/ Durants school focusing on occupational areas of need and preparing Pupils for adulthood.
  • To set occupationally focused intervention goals with children and/or their parents/carers and schools that are child centred and agreed by the child and/or their parents/carers and school staff.
  • To set and maintain high standards of clinical practice, which is evidence based, and includes outcome measures to monitor achievement of person-centred goals and whole class approaches.
  • To work alongside teaching staff to provide class based targeted intervention packages of care.
  • To work within an occupational frame of reference.
  • To demonstrate the ability to analyse the interplay of the child, environment and activity when assessing the childs level of functioning and identifying appropriate strategies and intervention to facilitate and enhance participation in self-care, school and play/leisure.
  • To devise and manage a specialised treatment plan individual to a childs presenting condition through: occupationally focused intervention, school equipment provision (as appropriate), school and parental support & training, advice & strategies and programmes.
  • To form productive relationships with parents/carers who may be under stress.
  • To advise and teach parents/carers and school staff of children with additional needs on appropriate on-going Occupational Therapy management programmes. To develop integrated support plans with schools,

Person Specification



  • Clean driving licence Vehicle owner.



  • EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE Extensive postgraduate clinical experience of Occupational Therapy Extensive relative experience and practise in Children's Occupational Therapy including experience of working with Children and Young People (CYP) with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Strong desire to work with students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder Good knowledge of current best practice in Occupational Therapy A good understanding of the importance of evidence base practice and how it applies to clinical practice Sound knowledge of child development and childhood occupations Experience of child centred practice and goal setting with families and school staff Experience of working closely with the Education sector including school staff within a special school setting. Experience in completing Education Health Care assessments and writing good quality EHCP reports. Specialist knowledge & application of OT Assessments (Standardised and Non-Standardised) & Interventions relevant to client group. Knowledge of evidence-based treatment approaches relevant to clinical area (e.g. Co-Op, Parent Coaching) Understanding and practical experience of using outcome measures Extensive experience of working within a Multi-Agency Team Experience of service development. Ability to incorporate principles of Clinical Governance into day to day workload. Experience in supervising & teaching junior staff & Students Understanding of risks involved in work in the community and clinical settings Well established knowledge of national policies, procedures and legislation relevant to Children's Occupational therapy (including Safeguarding). An excellent awareness of current issues and developments within the NHS and Education and how this relates to and impacts on service delivery. Good understanding of The SEND Code of Practice, Education Health Care Plans and the legislation that supports them. Extensive experience of working in Special school setting and with student with ASD Experience in high level clinical audit. Good Knowledge CMOP-E and COPM Leadership & first line management experience Experience of working within an ASD Special school Experience of developing training packages for school staff


  • Extensive experience of working in Special school setting and with student with ASD Experience in high level clinical audit. Good Knowledge CMOP-E and COPM Leadership & first line management experience Experience of working within an ASD Special school Experience of developing training packages for school staff



  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written, including the ability to liaise and negotiate Demonstrate ability to work as an effective team member Ability to organise & respond effectively to complex information. Excellent analytical and critical appraisal skills. OT expertise in the management of service users with highly complex/special needs, utilizing advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills to plan treatment Ability to laterally think and problem solve Ability to effectively promote self and the OT profession. Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner Clinical leadership and supervision skills Ability to organise and prioritise own and others workloads within a busy and pressured environment Ability to cope with working in a stressful environment and with potentially emotional or aggressive clients/carers Good computer literacy skills Ability to keep accurate documentation


  • Excellent presentation & training skills. Appraisal skills Team leadership skills



  • Ability to meet the demands of the post including possible out of borough travel Ability to work sensitively with a multicultural and diverse population with a commitment to non-discriminatory practice Demonstrate a strong commitment to family centred care and co-production. Thorough understanding of own personal development and learning needs Evidence of being a pro-active and supportive team member



  • Dip. COT or BSc OT or international equivalent HCPC registered Occupational Therapist Evidence of Continued Professional Development


  • Member of BAOT Manual Handling C.P.R. Fieldwork Education Certificate Relevant courses and/or experience equivalent to Master's level

Employer details

Employer name

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


St Michaels site. Cedar House

Gater Drive



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