Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist (Band 6)

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

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is a newly developed post for an emerging countywide Children and Young People's Neurodevelopmental Partnership Service (CYPNP).

This post will support the work of the wider multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of children and young people accessing an assessment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Somerset and to provide post-diagnosis support to individuals with ADHD.

Join us as we launch our Somerset wide ADHD service for Children and young people to 18 years. Our new pathway is connecting and enhancing existing pockets of ADHD care, joining with the existing CYPNP Autism assessment team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will hold a clinical caseload, co-leading on ADHD assessments for children and young people alongside multidisciplinary colleagues from Community Paediatrics, CAMHS, Nursing and Clinical Psychology.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will ideally have knowledge of, and experience in working with, children and young people with neuro-diversity including ADHD, and autism

The post holder will work as a specialist OT within the diagnostic and post-diagnostic pathway for children and young people in Somerset aged 5 18 covered by the ADHD assessment team in the Children and Young Peoples Neurodevelopmental partnership. This will involve, but is not restricted to, the gathering of comprehensive developmental histories through clinical interview with parent/carer, structured observational assessments including using QB software, sensory processing assessments and use of various tools and measures.

You will carry out assessment of cases as part of the MDT working with colleagues from different professional backgrounds within the team to give bespoke assessments depending on the age and presentation of the individual.

You will support assessments for dual diagnosis of ADHD and Autism when children are being assessed for both conditions. You will give advice to other members of the MDT on the occupational therapy aspects of children and young peoples presentations to inform the assessment process. You will support the holistic assessment of a young person to fully understand their strengths and needs in the context of their life.

The post holder will contribute to ongoing service development work around the assessment and post diagnostic support pathway as directed by the operational service manager and the therapies lead. This is likely to include support to children, young people and their families post-assessment including Psycho-education and support around managing the challenges of ADHD through environmental modification and sensory supports.

The team works countywide (excluding East Mendip) so the post-holder will need to have the flexibility to work across the geography to deliver assessments within the community though consideration will be given to the postholders situation to limit travel where possible.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • oRecognised Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • oHPC registration and RCOT registration
  • oEvidence of post-graduate training in ADHD, Sensory Processing or Autism
  • oRelevant post-graduate training in the form of short courses in a range of areas of Paediatric Occupational Therapy
  • oMembership of CYPF Specialist Section
Knowledge Essential
  • oUp to date theoretical knowledge of ADHD and Autism
  • oKnowledge of current Educational, Health and National Curriculum issues especially those relevant to ADHD and Autism
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant post-graduate experience in Occupational Therapy
  • oProven experience of Paediatric Occupational Therapy
  • oExperience of training and supervising others
  • oEvidence of use of clinical opportunities to acquire specialist clinical skills in at least one area of Paediatric Occupational Therapy
  • oEvidence of experience in contributing to ADHD/Autism diagnosis as part of a formal or virtual MDT

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