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ISCAN Children's Occupational Therapist

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
ISCAN Children's Occupational Therapist

Band 6 - 37.5 hours - Permanent

There has never been a more exciting time to join the ISCAN (Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs) team. We are moving forward in growing our service following some recent investment for our workforce and also to enhance our Local Offer. As a member of our team you will have the opportunity to be involved in the development of resources for our new ISCAN website. In addition, the Trust are working with the team to develop some innovative approaches to redesign pathways with the goal of delivering improved care for our children and families across Tameside and Glossop.

Our organisation recognises the value and contribution Allied Health Professionals make to the NHS as the third largest workforce. As such, Tameside and Glossop ICFT are taking part in the national AHP workforce supply project. This project seeks to support the professional development and growth of this workforce to meet the continually evolving needs of the populations these highly skilled practitioners serve. It could not be a better time to join our organisation and be a part of the exciting future ahead.

Main duties of the job

The service provides community based occupational therapy to children with additional and complex health needs, working closely with other professionals involved in the child's care. We are part of a multi-agency team, which includes physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, and nurses; providing specialist services to children and young people 0-19 years of age, which enables plenty of scope for integrated working. Within occupational therapy we have a number of care pathways; there are opportunities to work with children with moderate to complex physical needs as well children referred with developmental and/or neurodevelopmental conditions, such as, DCD, ASD, and ADHD. We invite applicants who would like to work across all areas as well as those who have a particular field of interest. There will be an opportunity for all staff to be involved with the progression of universal and targeted levels of intervention, including the development of advice and training to educational settings.

The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic and highly motivated Occupational Therapist who has had significant experience of working with children and young people with additional needs. They will be committed to provide a holistic therapeutic and multi-agency approach to children and their families. Applicants will demonstrate excellent communication skills and be keen to work as a member of an integrated team.

About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:
  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+& Disabled people.

Benefits include; flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.

Job description Job responsibilities


To work as part of the Interdisciplinary Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs (ISCAN) Team to provide Occupational Therapy assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with additional needs and/or complex and long term conditions in a variety of settings includingnurseries, schools, special schools, the childs home and clinics.To work closely with the integrated team to set joint goals with the child and family and devise therapeutic programmes. To teach the devised programme to parents, carers and educational staff to ensure therapy is fully integrated into the childs management plan. To manage a caseload of clients, using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan,implement and evaluate interventions.To delegate appropriate work to junior staff across disciplines within the multidisciplinary team.To be responsible for maintaining own records of intervention in care pathways and for completing own contact data.To contribute to the training of the team, students of all disciplines and other members of the multidisciplinary team.To contribute to service development projects including patient care pathways with the support of service team leaders.

To be responsible for delivery and monitoring of the therapy component of the childs care, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.To be accountable for own clinical actions, ensuring adherence to professional code of conduct.To co-ordinate and attend relevant clinical meetings plus meetings in other settings, eg schools.To organise and lead client related meetings as appropriate, eg Person Centred Planning (PCP) or Early Help Assessment (EHA) meetings.To recognise the need to work with interpreters or bilingual co-workers as appropriate.To contribute to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice by providing timely and detailed reports and recommendations that comply with departmental guidelines.To organise assessments to identify the most appropriate equipment to meet a childs needs, involving outside agencies where necessary. To follow departmental criteria for ordering, issuing and retrieval of equipment. To issue and install equipment, carrying out risk assessments asappropriate. To train users and carers to ensure safe use of equipment.To monitor and review all equipment issued to ensure its continued suitability and safety.To demonstrate correct handling techniques to parents and carers when assessing and treating a child with motor impairment.To be responsible for the supervision of junior staff within the team and for delegating appropriate tasks.To maintain up-to-date knowledge of local and national changes in legislation.To make and implement recommendations which contribute to service development.To lead on specific client related developments and activities within the team as agreed with team leaders.To participate in and contribute to departmental audit.To participate in staff meetings and integrated team development meetings.To assist in the development, use of and actively promote care pathways and protocols within the Childrens Integrated Service as identified by team leaders.To lead sessions, eg journal clubs which show evidence of ability to accurately appraise and evaluate current research and show evidence of application of practice.To maintain accurate, comprehensive and timely treatment records in line with Trust Policies.To maintain timely, accurate statistics and other records as requested by the service and the Trust.To provide specialist reports and discharge summaries as relevant to practice setting.To provide written reports to a variety of agencies detailing the progress of interventions.To be an integral member of the ISCAN Team, representing Occupational Therapy providing advice to other professionals.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • oBSc (Hons) or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • oHealth Professions Council Registration
  • oFull UK Driving License
  • oAccess to a vehicle for work
  • oPost Registration qualifications in related subject areas i.e. Developmental Coordination Disorder.
Knowledge Essential
  • oChild development and common complex conditions
  • oGood working knowledge of therapy processes and theoretical models
  • oChild Protection processes and procedures
  • oEarly Help Assessment Framework
  • oUnderstanding of evidence based practice and the implications for clinical practice.
  • oTo have knowledge EMIS clinical IT System
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant experience of working with children with additional and/or complex needs
  • oExperience working collaboratively with other agencies, e.g. education, social care, voluntary sector
  • oEvidence of current and ongoing Continuous professional development
  • oExperience of managing or supervising therapy assistants and technical instructors
  • oPrevious experience gained in NHS setting
Skills Essential
  • Communication - all ages and abilities of understanding.
  • Independent working
  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively with different agencies
  • Self motivating
  • Self evaluating
  • Ability to identify own learning needs.
  • Ability to work with and empower children and adolescents of all abilities.
  • Teaching and assessment skills.
  • Mentorship skills
  • Ability to implement episodes of care.
  • Ability to work in a multi disciplinary team
  • Developing networks with the wider community
  • Ability to work under a degree of pressure
  • Research, audit and data analysis

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