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Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist School Aged Pathway Lead

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS 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
Part Time
Part-time and flexible working will be considered.

Calling All children and young people occupational therapists!

Do you have a passion for helping school-aged children and young people reach their potential? Are you an experienced occupational therapist looking for a rewarding new role in a supportive setting? We want to meet you!

Due to investment and expansion in our service, we are seeking an experienced and passionate Occupational Therapist to join our friendly team delivering specialist therapy services to children and young people across Buckinghamshire. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and develop our school age therapy services across health, education and social care settings.

We are seeking an experienced and dedicated Occupational Therapist to join our therapeutic team and take a leading role in carrying out Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) assessments and supporting the operational leads with managing tribunal cases. This is an excellent opportunity to help shape and develop our statutory service provision working alongside our School Aged Pathway lead and MDT colleagues.

Join our amazing multidisciplinary team as a Band 7 CYP Occupational Therapist providing assessments and interventions for children aged 4-19 with special educational needs.

Main duties of the job

In this varied Band 7 position you will:
  • Carry out specialist occupational therapy assessments for children and young people aged 5-19 years old going through the EHCP process, identifying their support needs and required provision
  • Produce high quality professional advice and reports to inform EHCP decisions
  • Build effective working relationships with children, families, schools and other agencies
  • Play a key role in service improvement initiatives to enhance our EHCP pathway
  • Supervise and guide more junior clinical staff.
  • Following an EHCP assessment you will develop CYP-centred goal plans focused on improving participation and independence through measurable goals which will then be handed over to school aged team.
  • Monitor progress, and maintain timely and comprehensive clinical records.
  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary team meetings and collaborate on joint goal-setting for Education Health and Care Plans. Co-produce EHCP assessment with various stakeholders (parents/ agencies/ schools)
  • Managing the EHCP caseload of School Aged CYP
  • Manage tribunals and mediations by reviewing evidence, preparing reports, and attending hearings/meetings to represent and advise on occupational therapy recommendations under the guidance of the Operational Lead
  • Maintain knowledge of best practices in paediatric OT through ongoing professional development.

About us

Listen to why colleagues think we are a great place to work! -

What does Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust offer you?
  • As part of our BHT family, you'll benefit from learning and development opportunities to support your career progression.
  • We offer flexible and agile workingopportunities,alongside your NHS benefits ofgenerous annual leave entitlement, pension andaccess toNHS discount schemes.
  • We provide a range of health and wellbeing services to promote a healthy, happy workforce.

Why work for us?
  • We'recommitted to promoting inclusion and making sure all colleagues feel they belong. We encourage new colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.
  • As an employer, we aim to create a workplace where differences are valued, and colleagues treat one another with dignity and respect.
  • Greater diversity withinourBHT familyimprovespositive outcomes for the people and communities we serve.

What do we stand for?
  • Our vision is to provide outstanding care, support healthy communities and be a great place to work.
  • Our mission is to provide personal and compassionate care every time.
  • Our CARE values are collaborate, aspire, respect and enable.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties, please kindly refer to the Job Description and Person Specification by downloading the JD and PS attachment in the advert.

If you are an internal applicant there is the option for secondment, all applicants must have the endorsement/support of their line manager prior to application.

If you have a disability that makes submitting this online application difficult and would like assistance, please contact us on quoting the vacancy reference number.

Person Specification



  • Registered member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
  • Recognised Occupational Therapy degree qualification or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council Licence to Practice (HCPC) Registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and personal development in the area of working with children
  • Comprehensive post registration therapy experience working with CYP of school age with a complex range of needs



  • Clinical experience working within children aged 0-19 years.
  • Extensive experience of working which children and their families as part of MDT team.
  • Experience and extensive knowledge of statutory processes
  • Experience in supporting resolution processes e.g. formal and informal complaints
  • Demonstrates knowledge of specialist OT assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • Demonstrates knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic assessments and goal setting
  • Able to manage emotional consequences and sensitivity in working with patients with a range of OT needs
  • Experience of working as an autonomous practitioner


  • Evidence of supervision of others in person and via remote platforms
  • Extensive experience of working with children and their families, as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of writing tribunal reports.
  • Experience of delivering effective training to other qualified professionals and the wider workforce



  • Specialist knowledge of management of occupational performance and participation challenges for children and young people
  • Highly developed communication skills, written and verbal, to ensure effective liaison with multi-disciplinary team, children, young people and their families
  • Evidence of CPD and competence in using evidence base to inform clinical practice.
  • Ability to write concise reports / referrals to ensure interpretation by other members of the multi-disciplinary team or Local Authority so that the child or young person can access the appropriate care and support.
  • Enthusiastic approach to professional and staff development
  • Able to listen to views and issues raised by families and work collaboratively to resolve these where possible
  • Ability to motivate, negotiate and reassure others


  • Demonstrate understanding of statutory/legal requirements for working with children and families and application in practice
  • Insight into local, regional and government initiatives relating to occupational therapy
  • Enthusiastic approach to professional and staff development



  • Valid full driving licence and access to vehicle and ability to wear PPE

Employer details

Employer name

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


Amersham Hospital

Haleacre Unit, Amersham Hospital, Whielden Street, Amersham,



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