Children's Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
13 Sep 2022

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Are you an experienced/qualified Children's Occupational Therapist?

Are you looking for a new challenge and motivated to make a difference?

Do you want to be part of an innovative service?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist who will have experience working with children to join our effective, innovative and successful team who have been recognized for outstanding care. The post is fixed term covering maternity leave.

You will be part of an integrated OT service combining health and social care roles.

Your role will involve working at your clinic base, local special schools, a child's home, mainstream schools and local pre-school settings. Children seen will have a range of disabilities and developmental delays aged between 0-19 years old.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will also have the opportunity to work within the Chronic Fatigue Team.

As the occupational therapist for the child and their family, there may be times when you will work alongside our own specialist housing team. Our housing team will take forward any major adaptation work to ensure the family receive this specialist input. Meantime you will continue working with the child and family on agreed goals, as clinically indicated. This enables a seamless service to the children and families we are supporting.

The successful candidate will be based out of Huntingdon or Wisbech and will cover all sites.

Main duties of the job

To provide an integrated Occupational Therapy service to children and young people and their families, this will involve crossing traditional health and social care boundaries and promoting close, effective working relationships with Cambridgeshire County Council, the local authority and schools. You will be responsible for your own caseload and in a supervisory capacity for that of junior staff /students working within your team.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide specialised childrens occupational therapy assessment and treatment for children.

To assess and prescribe specialist equipment for home and school to support function and participation (e.g. positioning, beds, toilet and bathing, hoists and slings, safety) and link with the housing specialists within the service to ensure a fully integrated service.

To work in a variety of settings such as clinics, mainstream schools/nurseries, special schools/nurseries, clients homes and other community settings

To appropriately delegate work/tasks to therapy assistants, maintaining oversight of their input with children and young people.

To formulate and deliver an individual occupational therapy programme based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment approaches using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment modalities available, e.g. CO-OP approach, COPM, neurodevelopmental therapy, sensory integration therapy (in line with strongest evidence) and other alternatives (with appropriate support from senior colleague)

To participate in training/lecturing programmes, with support from senior colleagues, for Occupational Therapists staff, Occupational Therapy students, medical students, doctors, teachers and learning support assistants in schools and parents/carers.

To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of the children and young peoples Occupational Therapy service.

Where appropriate, to act as a key worker for CYP on their caseload, ensuring that there is effective communication between all members of the team and that a coordinated approach is in pla

To complete assessments with support from senior occupational therapist to inform the SEN tribunal process

The nature of childrens practice will require the post holder to bend, stretch, lift childrens limbs, crawl, kneel, work in confined spaces and at times work from the floor employing light physical effort on a day to day basis.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Relevant post graduate training
  • Post graduate attendance on child specific study days
Experience Essential
  • Experience working with families who are adjusting to disability issues
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience working in multi disciplinary or multi agency teams
  • Experience working with children and young people
  • Experience of working on complex cases in a multi-agency setting
  • Experience supervising junior staff/students
  • Experience of using systm one electronic recording system.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Awareness of moving and handling legislation
  • Ability to work with a child centred approach
  • Ability to work as a team and independently

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