Highly Specialist Children's Occupational Therapist Hertford

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 7 Highly Specialist Children's Occupational Therapist (Recruitment and Retention Premium included)

Do you want to make a difference to improve children's lives? We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative Occupational Therapist to work within our our well established Occupational Therapy team based in Hertford including sessions in the Bishop's Stotford/West Essex corridor. You will be joining an innovative and agile Children and Young People's Therapy (CYPT) Service committed to delivering high quality intervention and transforming lives.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) provides integrated Children's OT, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language Therapy Services for children and their families across the county. Our service is jointly commissioned by health and education, allowing us to provide a seamless pathway of care from early years through to schools, specialist provisions and further education settings. We are continuing to establish our service delivery model, based upon a 3 tier model, with provision at Universal, Targeted and Specialist tiers.

This post attracts a Recruitment and Retention Premium of £3000 pro rata, to be paid in 3 instalments: £1000 (pro rata) after 6 months (upon completion of successful probationary period) and a further £1000 (pro rata) 6 months after probation; and a final payment of £1000 (pro rata) 6 months after this. Applicants wanting full/part time hours are encouraged to apply.
Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be expected to hold an integrated caseload for young people aged 0-18 years, providing a service which meets both the health and social care Occupational Therapy needs of CYP, providing interventions in a variety of settings, including special schools. We are looking for a highly specialist, motivated, creative, flexible clinician with a range of relevant clinical experience and leadership skills.

Candidates must have significant post graduate experience/training in assessment and treatment using neurodevelopmental and/or sensory treatment and also some knowledge on housing adaptations. However support, mentoring and further training will be provided to meet the individual needs of practitioners in areas where further up skilling and development is required. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out detailed assessments which will be used to design and develop evidence based plans.

Interview date 9th August

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they can work autonomously; show effective clinical and leadership skills; and have advanced written and verbal communication skills. The successful candidate must also be computer literate and able to demonstrate good working knowledge of a variety of essential computer systems and programmes.

HCTs CYP Therapies service has a team of highly supportive and friendly staff. The service has strong clinical leadership and actively supports continuing professional development through a well-established appraisal system, with regular professional supervision and access to a range of learning opportunities. The successful applicants will have line management responsibility for Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistant Practitioners and will work alongside fellow team members in order to develop and deliver a high quality, safe and effective services across Hertfordshire.

In addition to the basic salary, this post attracts a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of £1,066 and a maximum payment of £1,845 per annum (pro rata where applicable).A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19

Person Specification
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered with Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Evidence of Post graduate courses relevant to speciality such as: ? Sensory Integration ? Child Development ? Neurodevelopmental treatment approaches eg Bobath Techniques ? Specialist courses/ study on conditions that affect child development, autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, neurodevelopment conditions
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Member of BAOT
  • Membership of Special Interest Group
  • Clinical Educators qualification

  • Significant post registration experience including working in children's services.
  • Working in a community setting delivering specialist children's occupational Therapy services, with some experience of working with children with sensory processing difficulties and those with complex needs.
  • Experience of using a range of assessments and treatment methods with children both individually and in group treatments.
  • Experience of supervising and teaching junior and student occupational therapists
  • Presentation and teaching to staff team and other groups.

  • Working in the NHS for a minimum of 2 years

Skills & Knowledge
  • Specialist knowledge, experience and competence in Children's Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions related to working with children and an understanding of the theoretical framework underpinning these.
  • The ability to analyse assessment results to formulate treatment plans, including the use of SMART targets, taking into consideration client, social and environmental factors.
  • Specialist design and implementation of Occupational Therapy programmes tailored to the individual child.
  • Sound understanding of child protection processes
  • Sound understanding of the process of statementing for special educational needs and ability to justify rationale for recommendations through the SEND tribunal process if required.

Other requirements
  • You must hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

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