Children's Occupational Therapist - Newly Qualified/Qualified

Solent NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Are you keen to develop your clinical skills with children in an integrated innovative community Childrens Therapy Team?

Due to extended leave an exciting opportunity for a Fixed term 1.0 B5 Childrens OT to join the South West Hants Paediatric OT team has arisen. We are the largest of the Paediatric OT teams within Solent NHS Trust. We are an evolving proactive and supportive team who welcome new ideas and members of the team.

We are looking for a motivated, flexible and creative OT who is keen to develop skills working children and ideally has some experience working in the community/ with children as part of clinical placements or in current/past roles. The role will focus on children in mainstream schools. The area is likely to include Eastleigh/Winchester.

We have developed an integrated model of working to provide holistic models of care. Excellent working relationships with early years, schools, health/social care colleagues allows us to share our expertise more widely and create innovative ways of working together to better meet the needs of both the child and their family.

We have a phone advice line and a Schools Therapy Pack, we run regular INSET days to empower families, pre-schools/schools to support children at a universal and targeted level. We value our staff highly and offer full induction, clinical supervision, appraisal, CPD and peer support.

Please contact Katya on / 07747022789 to arrange coming to visit and to discuss this exciting role!

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing specialist, evidence-based and outcome focused assessment and intervention. You will support in the delivery of targeted interventions to parents and education settings to enable them to support children with additional needs. The team has a strong emphasis on occupationally focused, family centred and evidence based care and you will have the opportunity to gain skills in approaches such as; occupational performance coaching and cognitive orientation to occupational performance.

You will need to have a degree in Occupational Therapy or be in the process of completing this and hold a professional registration with the HCPC or awaiting this. Previous experience working with children and /or experience of community, learning disabilities or neurology in a qualified occupational therapy role is desirable but not essential as the majority of the clinical caseload is supporting children with co-ordination difficulties and physical disabilities.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

*Provide evidence based Occupational Therapy interventions to a caseload of children/ young people to ensure good clinical outcomes. This will require the use of clinical reasoning skills. The post holder will be required to work with the child/ young person/ family to assess their needs, identify goals for the Occupational Therapy intervention, to evaluate the outcome and maintain patient records (paper and electronic).

*Participate in and use audit and research to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the service provided. Contribute to the improvement and development of OT services.

*To complete risk assessments for all OT interventions as required and to ensure that risk in the service is managed and reported as required. All Occupational Therapy staff are responsible for the safe use of equipment including ensuring the competence of staff, carer and patients.

*All OT staff are required to participate in regular supervision sessions as agreed for their individual needs in line with the OT service supervision process. This includes clinical and management supervision, as well as appraisal and reviews.

*Clinical work can involve exposure to unpleasant working conditions such as unpleasant bodily fluids and verbal and physical aggression. Training to manage these will be provided.

*The post holder will participate in home assessments/visits/interventions independently. You may work with clients in both hospital and community settings and the post holder will be expected to adhere to the lone working policy and procedures.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council registration
  • Registered member Royal College of Occupational Therapy
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with service users where there may be barriers to understanding
  • Office/administration experience
  • Experience of working with children/ young people/ families
  • Experience of working in a changing environment

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