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Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
North Shields
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Our Team has an excellent opportunity for a qualified or newly qualified Occupational Therapist to join our established Children's Occupational Therapy team. We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated person who has experience and a passion to work with children. We work with children who are experiencing difficulties to participate in activities of daily living. This is a community-based service providing a variety of working environments working environment consist of clinics, home visits, schools nurseries and special schools.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be fully supported by experience Occupational therapists to develop their OT skills and knowledge whilst gaining experience working with children in the different areas provided by the service. These include carrying out comprehensive assessments of a child's motor, perceptual and physical abilities, treatment sessions, either individual or group work, equipment and minor adaptations. This is a busy team and provides a good variety and range of experience to work with children who attend mainstream schools, specialist provision and carry out community-based assessments. We work in close partnership with colleagues in health, education and social care to provide a high quality and excellent service. We have excellent working relationships with our colleagues in Newcastle to assist in hospital discharges and sharing knowledge.A typical day working in this team could include a visit to a mainstream school to carry out an assessment of fine motor function to support child's access to their learning, back to the office for lunch, carry out a home visit to support a child and their family to participate safely in activities of daily living then returning back to the office to complete admin tasks.

About us

Our team is very supportive, welcoming and friendly, well established Children's Occupational Therapy Team who have the team's well-being at the heart of everything we do. We welcome new and enthusiastic minds to bring new ideas and innovation to help shape our service. This is a community post therefore car driver or access to transport is essential.We encourage Continuous Professional Development and have regular opportunities to be part of regular in-service training both internal and external. We are more than welcome for you to come and visit our teams to help you decide if you would like to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assess and review level of need and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard for clinical priorities and time management.
  • To select and apply Occupational Therapy assessments in paediatrics, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the child to maximise functional independence in all areas of everyday activities.
  • To work with children and their families to identify OT goals.
  • Monitor, evaluate and modify interventions in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness. Alter and revise planned interventions as a result of changes in an individuals level of function or circumstances.
  • To assess and identify from a range of options, specific specialised childrens equipment to meet individual childrens postural and functional needs
  • To assess for and provide major adaptations where appropriate and in line with local government criteria.
  • To regularly supervise students on practice placement.
  • To clinically supervise junior staff

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in OT
  • HPC registered


  • Membership of professional body

Experience and Knowledge


  • Basic understanding, which will be developed following a period of inhouse induction, of moving and handling legislation and knowledge of current moving and handling best practice and associated equipment
  • Basic knowledge of clinical governance. Evidence of CPD.


  • Previous experience as a Band 5. Experience of working with children with physical disability.
  • Knowledge of undertaking research and audit projects
  • Knowledge of team dynamics and team building.

Employer details

Employer name

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Riverside Family Hub

Minton Lane

North Shields

NE29 6DQ

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