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Senior Occupational Therapist - Specialist Learning Disability Service

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to be advertising for an enthusiastic and passionate Senior Occupational Therapist for the country wide Specialist Learning Disability Service.

The Specialist Learning Disability Service is a Specialist service consisting of Learning Disability Nurses. Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists & Assistant Practitioners who offer a range of services for children and adolescents with a diagnosed Learning Disability and Autism from assessment and intervention to consultation, liaison and training for other agencies.

The service can support Children & Adolescents with a moderate to profound Learning Disability, in conjunction with complex behavioural, health or Sleep issues related to this diagnosis.

Main duties of the job

This is a brand-new role, therefore the post holder will work closely with the Specialist Occupational Therapist to design and development of this exciting new role. The post holder will hold a caseload working across the different environments such as home, school and clinic across the county.

We provide training in Positive Behaviour Support, Specialist Sleep Training, FAIT (Frankish Assessment on the Impact of Trauma) and Talking Mats . Bespoke training is also considered if required for the role.

We work closely with our AHP colleagues across the wider Children and Family Health Devon service to provide specialist support and advice for complex cases with a learning disability. CFHD's close-knit relationships also extend to other pathways, such as Neurodiversity and Physical and Sensory, placing the child at the heart of our practice

We invite discussions with all individuals interested in this role, and we're open to exploring shared positions with part-time hours. Rest assured, we offer a supportive induction package to ensure your smooth transition into our team. We also nurture continuous growth within CFHD with our active encouragement of training and CPD

About us

Why Work With Us

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health which are provided by Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership Trust. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to consultation with our service users and communities.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our vision is to be a successful, vibrant, partnership that benefits the communities we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Hold responsibility for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a case load within a designated geographical area, within own level of competence and capability
  • Using a strengths-based approach ensure clinical effectiveness through the use of evidence-based interventions, goal-based, collaborative practice and Routine Outcome Measures
  • Deliver specialist occupational therapy advice, assessment and interventions to children and young people with moderate, severe and profound learning disability and/or neuro developmental and/or genetic conditions who are experiencing a range of difficulties in maximising their occupational performance within different settings
  • Interventions may include direct therapy, coaching or training, provision or recommendations for suitable adaptive equipment where this is a statutory provision and provide specialist guidance and recommendations for home or school adaptations
  • Provide a range of early help/light touch interventions across pathways such as sleep, communication issues, positive behavioural support
  • Support Community Learning Disability Support Workers
  • Mentor/ clinically supervise newly qualified Occupational Therapists and Band 4/5 staff as required
  • Participate in the provision of student placements
  • To promote and support participation of service users across the Specialist Learning Disability service
  • To work across other geographical areas as required to support colleagues and children and young people with moderate, severe and profound learning disability and/or neuro developmental and/or genetic conditions according to need and demands.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration


  • Post -graduate certified courses specific to children's needs
  • Experience and knowledge of working with young people with a Learning Disability

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Devon Wide post - base to be confirmed.

Bittern Road



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