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Childrens Occupational Therapist, Band 6 East

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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This is for a fixed-term Band 6 post based in Carlisle.

We are seeking a passionate, innovative and motivated Occupational Therapist to join our Children's Community Occupational Therapy team covering areas in West Cumbria, on a permanent basis.

Working as part of an integrated team with other specialist therapists, you will be required to lead in providing contemporary evidence -based assessment, advice and therapy to children and young people with a range of needs, working with them, their families and supporting agencies.

This is an exciting time to be joining the team as you will have a chance to shape the direction of the team in collaboration with the wider County Children's Occupational Therapy team. As such you will require skills in service development and leadership.

You should have a degree or equivalent qualification in Occupational Therapy

We are looking for an individual who demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with a passion for delivering high standards of care in the heart of the community.

If you think this position is for you and you would like to meet the teams or would like a look around the department before applying, please do get in touch with Catherine Pattinson on 07769282383

Main duties of the job

Our team is recognised as being innovative and supportive. We provide an effective system of support and supervision, which may include 1:1, pair or group supervision, as well as participation with clinical networks, mentoring and other clinical learning opportunities.

All staff are expected to work to the Trust Values:

Kindness - Kindness and compassion cost nothing, yet accomplish a

great deal.

Respect - We are respective to everyone and are open, honest and fair

- respect behaviours.

Ambition - We set goals to achieve the best for our patients, teams,

organisations and our partners.

Collaboration - We are stronger and better working together with and

for our patients.
  • To be responsible for provision of specialist assessment, treatment and management of babies and children who present with a wide variety of conditions in both acute and community settings. These include chronic, complex, disabling and life limiting conditions.
  • To demonstrate sound knowledge and skills in the Occupational Therapy management of children's neurological and developmental conditions, and behavioural and learning disabilities.
  • To be involved in the education and training of students, other healthcare and multi-agency professionals.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

You will be well supported in this role, with regular Management, Safeguarding and Clinical Supervision, Staff health and wellbeing is paramount with regular wellbeing conversations take place, We promote and encourage staff to access Trust support groups for example, the mindfulness course, coaching, Vivup etc.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our policy for eligible vacancies?

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HPC registration
  • MSc/BSc Degree / Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Active member of Children and Young People's Specialist section of RCOT.
  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development to this post.
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of a wide range of Occupational Therapy treatment techniques
  • Knowledge and experience of using the Model of Human Occupation
  • Knowledge of the appropriate legislation relating to children and how this applies to occupational therapy
  • Experience of prescribing specialist equipment
  • Previous involvement in environmental adaptations
  • Evidence of involvement in service development
  • Some knowledge of current NHS trends which influence service provision
  • Knowledge of a range of currently available Children's specialist equipment
  • An understanding of the Care aims approach
Skills & Aptitudes Essential
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • IT skills including word processing, e-mail and publisher skills
  • Previous experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to supervise students
  • Organisational skills demonstrated for example by the involvement in a particular project
  • Good manual handling Skills
  • Caseload management skills - especially identifying priorities and meeting deadlines
Personal Circumstances Essential
  • Ability to travel independently within this community role
  • Demonstrates Trust NCIC Values - Kindness, Respect, Ambition and Collaboration
Other Requirements Essential
  • Promote equality and value diversity (Level 3)
  • Experience of working with children in a professional, personal or voluntary capacity
  • Student placement with relevant client group.
  • Band 5 experience of working with Children
  • Caseload management skills - especially identifying priorities and meeting deadlines.

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