Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Exciting opportunities have arisen for enthusiastic and highly committed individuals to work within this unique and vibrant OT team.This post is a rotational Paediatric role within the Paediatric Occupational therapy team. The rotational areas are pre-school, schools and secondary physical disability. The post holder will, provide Occupational Therapy to children in a variety of settings, including special schools, preschool, and mainstream environments. The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner providing a specialist Occupational Therapy service to a designated caseload of children with a range of sensory and physical disabilities, motor planning difficulties, eating and drinking difficulties and Special Educational Needs (SEN). A significant proportion of these children will have English as an additional language (EAL). He/she will be expected to manage their own caseload with minimal support from a senior therapist. This post will involve travelling between schools and the hospital working along side teaching staff to ensure appropriate therapy programmes are in place for the children under their care.

Main duties of the job

This post will involve working a mixture of clinics, mainstream schools and special schools. Our service is keen to focus on evidence based family-centred care principles, and applying best practice guidelines to enable occupational participation. We are open to new ideas and constantly reviewing and modifying the way we work.We are looking for team players who have a range of clinical experiences. Candidates will need to have good communication skills and any experience in working within an inter-disciplinary team and interagency collaboration will be an advantage. Regular supervision and support will be provided by a Band 7. Are you the people we are looking for?

About us

Harrow Paediatric Occupational Therapy are looking for motivated, flexible and innovative therapists to work with children and young people in Harrow. We are a friendly, dynamic and innovative team who are passionate about supporting children, young people and families in Harrow. We work with a diverse population group across health, education and social care. We are based at Alexandra Avenue where there is a high level of integration and collaboration between different health, education and social care services.

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Job description Job responsibilities

  • To communicate complex patient related information effectively ensuring collaborative working with multidisciplinary team members across health, education, social services and the voluntary sector. To work in particular with teaching staff, or medical/ nursing staff to ensure the delivery of a well coordinated care/individual education plans/programmes, facilitating the development of physical skills
  • To share information with others, observing confidentiality and data protection guidelines and having due regard for local guidance on sharing information with colleagues in health, education, social services and the voluntary sector.
  • To communicate complex condition related information (both verbally and in the written form) from assessment, to CYP, Parents/carers, and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions. This includes child specific information as well as training packages to parents, teachers and other professionals regarding physical disability/difficulties, sensory/perceptual and functional difficulties. To have due regard for the cultural and linguistic differences of children/families concerned.
  • To work closely with CYP, carers and families, involving them in decision making, regarding intervention approaches, demonstrating empathy and ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist (i.e. communication difficulties, EAL and learning difficulties). This may involve the use of interpreters.
  • To employ excellent communication skills such as persuasion, motivation and explanations to encourage/reassure CYP and carers to undertake treatment programmes.
  • To demonstrate negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situations.
  • To deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible and report to senior staff as appropriate.
  • To form productive relationships with others in particular parents/carers who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties.
  • To provide specialist clinical reports as per departmental standards, including reports for Annual review meetings for statemented CYP.
  • To provide written advice for education and health care plans, describing the impact of the childs difficulties will have on their learning environment.

  • Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • Recognised Occupational Therapy Degree Qualification
    • Health Professional Council- Licence to Practice
    • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy
    • Evidence of Completion of specialist short courses relevant to children with special needs/ disability i.e. splinting, neurology, seating
    • Member of the CYPF RCOT specialist section
    Experience Essential
    • Post graduate experience of Working in neurology
    • Working in orthopaedics
    • Working in social care
    • Writing clinical notes and reports
    • Managing own caseload
    • Teaching other professionals/parents
    • Supporting assistants and OT students
    • Working in the community
    • Working with children/young people and their families
    • Clinical audit
    Skills and knowledge Essential
    • Well established knowledge of assessment tools and appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to the Occupational Therapy process.
    • Well established knowledge range of specialist aids, equipment and seating systems available including wheelchairs, seating and assistive technology.
    • Working knowledge of the roles of other professionals in Health, Education and Social Care
    • Understanding and application of standards of record keeping and reporting
    • Working knowledge of clinical governance/audit
    • Working knowledge of occupational Therapy in the Education system
    • Working knowledge of National policies and procedures in particular safeguarding children, SEN and disability act, SEN reforms, Childrens and families act, National Service framework for children, the children's bill and foundation stage and National curriculum's.
    Values and Behaviours Essential
    • Demonstrate Trust Values: Compassion, Respect, Empowerment, Partnership
    Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics Essential
    • Excellent organisational skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively with children and young people of all ages and abilities
    • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills.
    • Excellent presentation skills, both written and verbal (English)
    • Negotiation and problem solving skills.
    • Ability to work in an unpredictable environment and to prioritise own and others workload.
    • Good analytical and reflection skills
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