Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We hope that you will join us as our Specialist Occupational Therapist, supporting the delivery of the new Intensive Therapeutic Short Break Service across the Pennine Care footprint.

This is a senior Occupational Therapist clinical role within a new multiagency team comprising clinical psychology, learning disability nursing, speech and language therapy and support workers. The Intensive Therapeutic Short Break Service sits alongside the Community Learning Disability and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services across the footprint, consisting of community learning disability nursing, clinical psychology and psychiatry.

Main duties of the job

The team will be working with a small number of children and young people who have severe learning disabilities and who have been identified as having complex needs including autism and/or behaviour that challenges, that require intensive support. Working alongside the local respite and short breaks services, the Intensive Therapeutic Short Break Service will work together to create, instigate and support person centred positive behaviour support plans with the aim of improving the quality of life for this group of children and young people and reduce any restrictions or restraints (in accordance with NICE guidance).

The post holder will have extensive experience working with this client group and have developed skills in specialist assessment of functional, psychological, social and educational needs of children and young people with severe learning disabilities and complex needs, alongside skills in formulation, intervention and evaluation. The postholder will be the only Occupational Therapist in the service and will therefore be responsible for promoting a particular professional viewpoint within the team. The post holder will also have experience of supervision, training and consultation. The postholder will have the skills and experience to manage their own complex cases and experience of working in multi-agency settings.

About us

This is a chance to be involved in helping to deliver a service based on the principles of the Ealing Model, including positive behavioural support and trauma informed interventions, whilst drawing on your knowledge and expertise of the needs of this population. It is an exciting and transformational project. You will support the consultant lead with the mobilisation of this model across our five localities, linking to the dynamic risk register and working alongside families.

This is a role that will truly enable you to make a system wide difference to children with severe learning disabilities and complex needs. Work with us and put your passion into practice

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Delivery of occupational therapy service in a multi-agency environment and in the context of the footprint wide ITSBS
  • To take the lead in providing specialist assessments of children and young people referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including self report measures, direct and indirect observation and interviews with young people, family members and/or carers. Assessments may be face to face or virtual and must show appropriate consideration of medical, cognitive, psychological, social, environmental and cultural factors
  • To provide standardised assessments relating to occupational therapy as required and to communicate the results of these in an appropriate and sensitive manner
  • To provide evidence-based interventions as part of the service pathway and support other staff forming a team around the young person to adopt appropriate intervention strategies relating to occupational therapy, in particular, management of sensory needs
  • To take responsibility for monitoring outcomes of intervention
  • To recognise barriers to change and act on these as appropriate
  • To take autonomous responsibility for communicating with the referrer, young person and family and other agencies involved as required
  • To autonomously identify training needs for carers and provide advice and training around occupational therapy issues as required
  • To provide training, advice and consultation to staff from health and other agencies in areas relevant to direct clinical work and service provision
  • To provide training on issues related to occupational therapy, particularly sensory issues to the wider service as required
  • To contribute to Positive Behaviour Support Plans and to develop skills in Positive Behaviour Support planning
  • To be responsible for following step up and step down procedures around PBS plans with the Specialist Community Service for Learning Disabilities and Autism and/or with Community Occupational Therapy Services as required
  • To contribute a highly specialist perspective to case planning and multi-agency case conferences and reviews
  • This role will require the postholder to work across quadrants 3 and 4 of thrive including risk management

  • Management and service development:
  • To contribute to the continuing development of the ITSBS
  • To contribute to the continuing development of the Positive Behaviour Support pathways in PCFT in conjunction with the team lead
  • To help plan, contribute and participate in any team building process that may be seen as necessary to enhance the working efficiency of the ITSBS
  • To be involved in the short-listing and interviewing for new posts as required
  • To attend team meetings
  • To engage in consultation and liaison with community health, social care and education colleagues
  • To supervise junior staff as required, holding clinical responsibility for supervision advice given
  • To be lead representative of occupational therapy within the ITSBS

  • Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
    • Eligible for HCPC registration
    • Short courses and experience to Masters level in specialist area
    • Additional qualifications in learning disabilities and autism related interventions
    • Masters Degree
    Experience Essential
    • Considerable experience of working with children with severe and complex disabilities; including Autism; and their families in complex multi-agency settings
    • Experience of designing and developing interventions for this client group
    • Experience of multidisciplinary and multi-agency teamwork
    • Experience of consulting with health care and other professionals
    • Considerable experience managing risk in children with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour
    • Experience of liaison and consultation in relation to a wide range of other relevant agencies
    • Experience of effective multiagency working
    • Experience of coproduction
    • Experience of PBS planning
    • Experience of facilitating therapeutic groups
    Knowledge Essential
    • Knowledge and experience of working within a Safeguarding Children framework
    • Capacity to remain a high degree of professionalism in face of highly emotive and distressing difficulties and situations
    • Ability to provide an occupational therapy lens and viewpoint in MDT working
    • Knowledge and experience of sensory integration and sensory profiling and support
    Skills and abilities Essential
    • Ability to plan and prioritise own caseload
    • Ability to select, use and interpret a range of occupational therapy assessments
    • Ability to lead groups and chair multiagency forum
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent demonstrable time management and organisational skills
    • Experience of delivering training
    • Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
    • Commitment to undertake further relevant training and self-directed study
    • Ability to work independently and manage complex caseload with the support of clinical and management supervision
    • Ability and skills to supervise junior staff
    • This post has a community focus and there will be daily travel2

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