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Children's Occupational Therapist - SEN

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year Per annum, inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 7 Children's Occupational Therapy( SEN)

We are a friendly, supportive, OT team who report high levels of job satisfaction. We offer a professionally led service with direct support from an OT Clinical Lead Specialist, good working relationships with the MDT, monthly in-service team training, effective supervision and External Training opportunities through the Trust.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Occupational Therapist who wishes to develop specialist skills in Paediatrics within a dynamic team. We are looking for a creative, friendly and enthusiastic OT to join our established Children's Team. We are located near Enfield Town, with easy commuter links from central London/Hertfordshire.

You will work within the SEN OT service visiting children in mainstream and special school settings providing their OT as specified in their EHCP's and assessing new children referred to SEN OT. You will also hold a small community caseload as well as having the opportunity to facilitate training and groups sessions to schools and families. The service is committed to evidence-based input and offer CO-OP, M-CIMT, Parent Coaching & Community leisure groups within our pathways of care.

There is a maximum of £6,500 contribution towards relocation fees for new staff moving to work for the Trust

Main duties of the job

Your job will be to provide specialised SEN Occupational Therapy for a defined caseload of children with OT specified in their EHCP (0-25 years) and to take the lead in developing the quality of EHCP's & SEN OT provision within the OT team. The role will involve working closely with Local Educational Authority SEN team, with the opportunity to build clinical expertise within this specialist area. You will also have opportunities to provide training packages to schools and parents.

You will provide OT assessment and intervention to children in the community to ensure you maintain your clinical skills across different age ranges and areas of clinical need and manage the SEN OT caseload of children and young people with a range of needs including those with complex disabilities, providing occupationally focused assessment and intervention.

Candidate will need to be flexible to the demands of the environment including unpredictable work patterns, deadlines and frequent interruptions. Travel to Out of Borough provisions as requested by the SEN OT caseload.

Complete other duties that may be delegated as appropriate by senior staff. As part of this role you will be expected to supervise and appraise junior staff and contribute to the local staff training programme.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience of writing quality EHCP's and be committed to occupationally focused, family centred and evidence-based care.

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides local, regional and national award-winning healthcare services. We have more than 3.300 staff working out of 20 main sites serving a population of 1.2 million people. We provide community health services and mental health services for young people, adults and older people. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion; one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe spaces for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored. Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where you can thrive and succeed.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job description and Person Specification for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • oDip. COT or BSc OT or international equivalent oHCPC registered Occupational Therapist oEvidence of Continued Professional Development
  • oMember of BAOT oManual Handling oC.P.R. oFieldwork Education Certificate oRelevant courses and/or experience equivalent to Master's level
  • oExtensive postgraduate clinical experience of Occupational Therapy. oExtensive relative experience and practise in Childrens Occupational Therapy. oExtensive experience in completing Education Health Care assessments and writing good quality EHCP reports. oGood knowledge of current best practice in Occupational Therapy oA good understanding of the importance of evidence base practice and how it applies to clinical practice oSound knowledge of child development and childhood occupations oExperience of child centred practice and goal setting with families and school staff (including co-production of EHC outcomes with families) oExperience of working closely with the Education sector including school staff within a mainstream school setting. oSpecialist knowledge & application of OT Assessments (Standardised and Non-Standardised) & Interventions relevant to client group. oKnowledge of evidence-based treatment approaches relevant to clinical area (e.g. Co-Op, Parent Coaching) oUnderstanding and practical experience of using outcome measures oExtensive experience of working within a Multi-Agency Team oExperience of service development. oAbility to incorporate principles of Clinical Governance into day to day workload. oExperience in supervising & teaching junior staff & Students oUnderstanding of risks involved in work in the community and clinical settings oWell established knowledge of national policies, procedures and legislation relevant to Children's Occupational therapy (including Safeguarding). oAn excellent awareness of current issues and developments within the NHS and Education and how this relates to and impacts on service delivery. oGood understanding of The SEND Code of Practice, Education Health Care Plans and the legislation that supports them.
  • oExperience in high level clinical audit. oExperience of special seating school seating & school equipment provision oGood Knowledge CMOP-E and COPM oLeadership & first line management experience oExperience of working within a Special school oExperience of SEN Tribunals oExperience of developing training packages for school staff
  • oExcellent communication skills both oral and written, including the ability to liaise and negotiate oDemonstrate ability to work as an effective team member oAbility to organise & respond effectively to complex information. oExcellent analytical and critical appraisal skills. oOT expertise in the management of service users with highly complex/special needs, utilizing advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills to plan treatment oAbility to laterally think and problem solve oAbility to effectively promote self and the OT profession. oAbility to work as an autonomous practitioner oClinical leadership and supervision skills oAbility to organise and prioritise own and others workloads within a busy and pressured environment oAbility to cope with working in a stressful environment and with potentially emotional or aggressive clients/carers oGood computer literacy skills oAbility to keep accurate documentation
  • oExcellent presentation & training skills. oAppraisal skills oTeam leadership skills
  • oAbility to meet the demands of the post including possible out of borough travel oAbility to work sensitively with a multicultural and diverse population with a commitment to non-discriminatory practice oDemonstrate a strong commitment to family centred care and co-production. oThorough understanding of own personal development and learning needs oEvidence of being a pro-active and supportive team member
  • oClean driving licence oVehicle owner.

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