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Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Due to maternity leave we are able to offer a 12 month opportunity at Band 6 level working with pupils attending the fantastic Ivy House special school in Derby.

In your immediate team you will have the support of a Band 7 and Band 5 Occupational Therapist and Therapy Technician.

Our wider team is close and friendly and we support each other with supervision, training and mentoring on a regular basis. We also have close links with the wider multi-disciplinary team working with the pupils we see.

If you are an experienced paediatric occupational therapist wanting to prove your ability to work at Band 6 level or move into a different paediatric speciality this may be the post for you.

We would love to hear from you if you feel this may be the job for you.

Main duties of the job

Offer an effective specialised standard of Occupational Therapy assessment, treatment and advice using clinical reasoning and evidence based/ child centred principles to ensure a quality service is delivered.

The post will involve management of a caseload of children with complex needs within the community setting.

Working under the indirect supervision of a Band 7 Occupational Therapist and with the support of a Band 5 Occupational Therapist and a Band 3 Technical Instructor

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click ON APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site, you will need to register if you do not already have an account.

To effectively manage a complex and diverse caseload with support and advice from Band 7 OTs, using evidence based/child centred principles: including prioritisation; assessment, using a variety of standardised and non-standardised tests; diagnosis and intervention leading to a package of care designed to meet the childs needs in the community setting. To continuously monitor and evaluate the care package to ensure it meets the childs needs.

To assess children for specialist equipment and recommend its purchase and to continuously monitor and evaluate its effectiveness, safety and that the child is able to use the equipment safely.

To be responsible for facilitating parents, school staff and other agencies to develop their knowledge and skills to contribute towards the childs care plan. To achieve the best outcome for the child.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effects of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the social and physical environment and to act as an advocate on disability issues. To ensure maximum levels of independence for the child.

To contribute specialist advice as part of the SEND Agenda in line with educational policies and procedures. To ensure each child has the best possible care in school.

To interpret medical, educational and psychological assessments of the child in order to manage the complexity of the needs and integrate and prioritise care plans with other agencies.

To communicate in a highly skilled manner with children of all ages who have a range of physical and psychological barriers to communication, their parents/carers and other members of the multi-agency team providing reports and attending and initiating meetings as necessary to ensure the childs care needs are met.

To effectively motivate children of all ages with a range of complex needs and their advocates to work with programmes of intervention and towards personal goals; utilizing skill mix opportunities available within other agencies and the childs family to ensure they maximise their potential.

To contribute to training and education of other staff. To ensure a quality service is delivered.

To comply with Child Protection procedures and training requirements and to work within the policy. To ensure the safety of children.

To contribute to the clinical governance agenda by maintaining high quality records, participating in clinical supervision, audit projects, and implementing evidence based practice leading to a high quality, expert service and adhering to Caldicott procedures.

To be aware of, and identify areas for improvement in clinical practice and to assist with managing the changes to service delivery. To provide a quality service.

To contribute to a high quality service by working within national, local and professional standards and to act as a source of clinical expertise and advice for other professionals.

To participate in multi-agency working groups to help develop clinical and policy changes.

To participate in individual professional reviews (IPR) as an appraise leading to Personal development plans (PDPs) and the identification of training needs in-order to ensure a competent workforce.

To ensure accurate data is maintained, both electronic and written, in order to contribute to performance management and to provide information on outcomes of patient care.

To ensure that the cultural and religious diversity considerations of the service are met in-order to provide an equitable and appropriate service for children.

To demonstrate on-going personal development through participation in reflective practice, local and national training opportunities including work based learning opportunities and literature reviews. To deliver a highly skilled and appropriate service.

To work as a lone practitioner in the community with indirect support of other Occupational Therapy colleagues to deliver a safe, efficient, quality service.

Responsible for promoting the Occupational Therapy role within the multi-agency team, providing specialist advice to other health professionals to ensure delivery of an effective service to children across the health community.

To supervise Occupational Therapy students on practice placements and to provide clinical supervision for colleagues to ensure staff achieve their full potential.

To participate in planning and development of the service holding a shared responsibility for defined delegated projects to ensure a quality service is delivered against the modernisation agenda.

To work closely with the multi-agency team to ensure Occupational Therapy is fully integrated into the childs care programme.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC registration
Experience Essential
  • Post graduate Occupational Therapy experience working with complex cases
Experience Desirable
  • Paediatric Bobath training

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