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Senior Children's Occupational Therapist (County SLA 0-18 )

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

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Following the successful expansion of our SEND 0-18 Occupational Therapy team we are excited to be able to offer a rare opportunity for a Senior Band 6 OT, to become part of our county wide service working alongside Devon County Council's 0-25 team to fulfil the Section F Occupational Therapy component within a young person's Education and Health Care Plan. Clinical experience and an interest of sensory differences are essential for this role.

Clinical supervision will be provided by an Advanced Sensory Integration Practioner. The successful applicant would be a valued part of this growing Occupational Therapy team, as well as our wider Devon Occupational Therapy Service.

You will be expected to be able to hold a complex and varied caseload, working across a variety of learning environments. This role is county wide and driving to a child's learning settings is part of the working day. Please contact us if you would like any further information regarding this position we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • 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 a client group of children and young people 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
  • Supervise and support Occupational Therapy Clinical Support Workers and/or Integrated Therapy assistants
  • 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 service
  • To work across other geographical areas as required to support colleagues according to need and demand
  • Participate in clinical audits and clinical research as appropriate
  • For some job holders, part of the role will include assessment and intervention of specialised equipment and environmental adaptations as part of our statutory work completed

About us

Children and Family Health Devon is a system-wide service that delivers an integrated, coordinated support model which wraps around the child, young person and family. It has been specifically designed to respond to all elements of the commissioner's strategy and specification along with the vision and strategic direction of the STP. It builds on our strong relationships across education, health, social care and voluntary sector services in Devon, and, most importantly, it has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our Children and Young People say...

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • To work within trust clinical guidelines and Royal College of OT and HCPC standards. To have working knowledge of national andlocal standards and monitor own quality and safety of practice.
  • Excellent communication and interaction skills.
  • Well-developed negotiation and problem-solving skill.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and experiences of using these with children, young people and families.
  • Ability to carry out assessments and treatments with children who may have severe physical, cognitive, behavioural and sensory impairment and poor mobility with frequent intense physical effort on a daily basis e.g. handling of heavy body parts.
  • Carry out clinical diagnosis on a daily basis.

Please see the detailed job description for the main responsibilities. We also strongly recommend that interested candidates contact us to discuss the post more fully, and potentially meet us if they would like to.

Person Specification



  • oDegree in Occupational Therapy
  • oHCPC registration
  • oDiploma level specialist training or experience
  • Good written and verbal communication skills


  • oPost-graduate certified courses specific to children's needs (e.g. Sensory training ADOS, 3di etc)
  • oMembership of professional body (RCOT)

Knowledge and Experience


  • oTo work within trust clinical guidelines and Royal College of OT and HCPC standards. To have working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own quality and safety of practice
  • o Extensive knowledge of Occupational Therapy models of practice and specialist approaches
  • oExtensive knowledge of legislation affecting clinical practice such as manual handling, housing and SEND
  • of Occupational Therapy therapeutic interventions for children and young people including but not inclusive to: manual handling, specialist equipment, 24-hour postural management, fine motor, sensory differences and housing adaptations
  • oKnowledge of a wide range of Occupational Therapy assessment tools appropriate to meet a wide range of needs in the paediatric population
  • oKnowledge and use of evidence-based practice and outcome measures
  • oWell-developed knowledge and understanding of legislation around SEND
  • oKnowledge of normal child development and a broad range of paediatric conditions
  • oSubstantial clinical experience in a range of children's OT assessment and interventions
  • oCommunity based Children's Occupational Therapy experience
  • oEvidence of working as an autonomous practitioner
  • oDeveloped skills in working with individuals and families with physical and sensory needs


  • oResearch skills

Specific Skills


  • oExcellent communication and interaction skills
  • oAbility to maintain sensitivity at all times to clients, carers and families
  • oExcellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • oExcellent presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • oWell-developed negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • oAbility to keep accurate and legible children/young people and families clinical notes in line with RCOT and HCPC guidance
  • oWell-developed analytical and reflection skills
  • oWell-developed auditory and perceptual skills
  • oProven ability to work on own initiative and without supervision in a variety of community settings
  • oEvidence of ability to make decisions under pressure and in stressful situations
  • oAbility to demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills
  • oAbility to plan organise and prioritise effectively
  • oKnowledge and experience of gaining meaningful feedback from children, young people and families' voice and inform meaningful change
  • oExperience of working in a 'person-centred' way which shows you can demonstrate values that are important to children, young people and families

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


1A Capital Court

Bittern Road



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