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Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for an opportunity to advance your occupational therapy career in Paediatrics? Come and join out OTleadership team in the Children's Integrated Therapy and Equipment Service in the beautiful surroundings of East Sussex.

We are a highly successful integrated therapy service with a pooled budget across health and social care since 2013. Although based in East Sussex, we are employed by KCHFT which is an outstanding trust. We believe that the best healthcare is delivered by multi-disciplinary teams working together and in partnership with other teams to provide seamlesscare.It has never been a more exciting time to join the NHS if you are interested in working with children and young people withCerebral Palsy with the launch of CPIPS for Upper-limb surveillance.

We are currently seeking an Occupational Therapist with minimum of 4- years post qualification experience in paediatrics with an interest in complex physical disability including Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, ABI, spinal injuries andchildren or young people with multiple needs including developmental delay and sensory processing difficulties.Please come to our virtual open evening on 18th July at 6 pm to meet the team and find out more about the role. for more details and a link to join the open evening.

Main duties of the job

The Integrated Care Team includes Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists,Integrated Therapy Assistants and Apprentices. The team provide therapy interventions into a range of special schools andin the community including clinic and home-visits.

The past year has seen the opening of a specialist centre for children with complex physical disability and associated medical needs requiring on site therapies in Eastbourne and long -terminvestment into schools in East Sussex.

The service has also expanded to meet the needs of children with SEMH and continues to evolve in response to the changing needs of children and young people living in East Sussex.

We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative therapist with excellent organisational and leadership skills. The successful post-holder will work closely with B7 colleagues, Team Coordinator and Professional Lead OT to deliver highquality care with evidence-based practice, aspirational outcomes and child/parent engagement at the centre.

The post-holder will need to have knowledge of equipment prescription including seating and manual-handling. However, training isavailable for the right candidate including postural management training and upper-limb interventions including splintingand CPIPS. The ability to drive innovation and embrace change is essential to this role.

About us

Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we've got a passion for delivering high standards of patient care and excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We know a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. We pride ourselves in being diverse and welcome applications from people with varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences

We ask for information about your protected characteristics on our application forms. This isn't visible to anyone involved with shortlisting or interviewing you, except when you choose to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme due to disability. Short listers will see two ticks alongside your application to ensure they apply the principles of the scheme to your submission

The data we collect helps us to ensure we are attracting diversity in our applicants, that all our colleagues have equitable access to career opportunities and supports us on our journey to being a Great Place to Work

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Talk to us about a flexible working arrangement that won't involve sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this in your application. If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know. All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

At KCHFT we strongly encourage colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

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Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrates commitment to quality of care and promotes high standards to consistently improve outcomes for children Involves children and their families and other stakeholders in service developments Consistently puts children and their families at the heart of clinical decision making Values diversity and difference, operates with integrity and openness Works across locality and service boundaries, looks for collective success, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others Uses evidence to make improvements, seeks out innovation Actively develops themselves and others by showing a commitment to learning and development Self-awareness in terms of emotional intelligence, biases and personal triggers with cultural sensitivity and awareness Demonstrates commitment to partnership working with a range of external organisations



  • Recognised Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent Health and Care Professions Council - Licence to Practice Registered Member of professional body



  • Minimum of 5 years paediatric experience In depth and recent (in the last 2 years) experience in a specialist clinical area Evidence of continued professional development in area of clinical specialism Experience of providing line supervision and/or clinical supervision in area of clinical specialism Evidence of innovative working and supporting change Evidence of creating profession specific documentation (e.g. care pathways / leaflets) Experience of partnership working with internal and external stakeholders Experience in patient engagement and audit. Experience of delivering training within clinical specialism to a range of audiences



  • Knowledge of evidence based practice and ability to implement in clinical practice. Knowledge of current local and national policies relevant to health, social care and education Knowledge & understanding of organisational governance issues & policies. Current knowledge of child/adult safeguarding policies and procedures

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Ability to motivate and lead staff Ability to develop and maintain inter-agency and inter-disciplinary links Ability to prioritise and balance workload Ability to negotiate and influence Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of both service users and staff Ability to develop and maintain effective internal and external working relationships Ability to make decisions and deal with conflict Excellent presentation skills both written and verbal

Personal attributes


  • Innovative & willingness to meet new challenges and pioneer new ways of working. Resilient, flexible, self-motivated & assertive Ability to travel across a variety of sites in East Sussex within a timely manner

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Chaucer Clinic, Polegate


BN26 6QH

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