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Highly Specialist Children's Occupational Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Due to a retirement within our Southampton Children's Therapies team, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Highly Specialist Band 7 Occupational Therapist , to come and join us!

We are looking for an experienced, innovative and progressive Children's Occupational Therapist who would like to develop their clinical, management and supervision skills in our supportive and well established Children's Therapy Team in Southampton - if that sounds like you , what are you waiting for ?

You will offer clinical support to staff in education, social care and health and hold a small, but highly complex caseload of children which will be predominantly (but not exclusively) aged 5-19 years. You will have fantastic opportunities to support leadership, shape services and drive transformation , through developing and evaluating the occupational therapy service within the multidisciplinary 'Jigsaw' team.

You will join an integrated therapy team working in partnership with families, and other professionals from health, education and social care agencies. As part of a multi-disciplinary and multiagency team, you will provide services for children with complex / highly complex conditions who may also have co-existing conditions including, developmental delay, and neurological and neuromuscular difficulties.

You will have access to multidisciplinary advice and support for clinical and safeguarding issues and fantastic opportunities for continuing professional development.

Main duties of the job

*To be a source of specialist knowledge and provide a highly specialist Children's Therapy Service to children and young people on the caseload with complex needs

*To provide a lead role within the locality in the delivery of occupational therapy as part of an integrated team, working with Locality Managers, Clinical Pathway Leads and Clinical Team Coordinators, providing clinical leadership, driving forward service development, maintaining standards and ensuring the provision of up to date evidence based care.

*To provide a lead role in the management of caseloads, waiting times and activity, and in delivering clinical supervision and mentoring.

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

*To work as an autonomous practitioner, in collaboration with health, social care, education staff, children/young people and their parents, to deliver integrated specialised packages of care to children with complex functional difficulties

*To support the Locality Manager in the day to day management and development of staff based within the locality, deputising when required

*To provide specialist clinical advice and second opinions

*To take responsibility on behalf of the Service for a designated role as directed by Service Manager e.g. safeguarding/infection control/IT links to other teams etc

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Occupational Therapy degree level qualification or equivalent
  • Registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Registered member Royal College of Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of attendance on specialist courses and maintenance of CPD
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups
  • Advanced training / qualification in related area up to Master's degree level
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children
  • Experience of working with a broad range of clinical impairments, disorders and complex situations
  • Experience of advising / providing second opinions
  • Experience of clinical supervision of students and others
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Experience of developing case management skills in less experienced staff
  • Experience of engaging with management supervision
  • Experience of engaging with clinical supervision
  • Experience of policy / practice development
  • Experience of interpreting national / local service / Trust policies
  • Experience of undertaking appraisal and planning CPD for less experienced staff

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