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Children's Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Children's Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (1.00 WTE)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
St Ann's Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 Per Annum Plus HCAS
Salary period
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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to join the dynamic forward-thinking Whittington Health NHS Trust as we have a vacancy in our Haringey Children’s Occupational Therapy Team. Our friendly, innovative, and well-established community therapies team (Speech, OT, and Physio) are based at St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey.

We are looking for a highly motivated Occupational Therapist who is interested in working closely with children with social communication difficulties, their parents, teaching staff and the multi-disciplinary team members to develop interventions and strategies to support children fully participate in family and school life. In addition, you will be working in our Mainstream Team gaining experience with a range of developmental disabilities.

Our service focuses on child-centred, occupational performance intervention for children and families across our diverse borough. Current evidence and contemporary theory are at the heart of what we do. 


Main duties of the job

The post holder will work in the Social Communication Team (SCT), a specialist service for children with possible Autism spectrum disorder/condition. The team provides assessment, diagnosis and intervention for individual children, support for their parents, and support, training and consultation to staff across a range of providers. They will work in a multidisciplinary and multi-agency environment, including working with Early Support key workers, social workers, speech and language therapists, psychologists, dieticians, paediatricians, occupational and physiotherapists, multi-disciplinary assistants and other professionals.

This post holder will also have the opportunity to carry a small mainstream caseload including assessment, intervention and EHCP provision within local schools.

Working for our organisation

Working for your organisation (‘About Us’)

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust  believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To provide and further develop an effective and efficient high quality Occupational Therapy service for children and their families receiving occupational therapy within the SCT. 


  • To provide specialist social communication assessment within the multi-disciplinary team for the purpose of diagnosing Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and any associated functional impact on the daily activities.


  • To be actively involved in the development of the Occupational Therapy service across Haringey Children’s Services.


  • The post holder will be responsible for an allocated caseload, providing high quality Occupational Therapy and effective case management.


  • The post holder will be involved in clinical governance issues by keeping up-to-date with developments in paediatrics, undertaking audits to evaluate practice and participating in research projects.


  • The post holder will be actively involved in planning, monitoring and implementing clinical service policies and patient care pathways.


  • The post holder will have a support role with therapy assistants and students.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • - Degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • - State Registration with HPC
  • - Post graduate training relevant to area of work

knowledge and skills

Essential criteria
  • - Knowledge of current best practice in children’s OT and medical conditions
  • - Thorough application of the OT core skills with children with additional needs including social communication difficulties.
  • - Planning and coordination of treatment programmes -individual/group
  • - Understanding of standardised assessments and treatment approaches.
  • - Effective written and oral communication skills
  • - Ability to work autonomously in the community and under pressure
  • - Understanding of OT outcome measures
  • - Knowledge of clinical governance and its application.
Desirable criteria
  • - Knowlede of ASD and appropriate interventions with this client group.


Essential criteria
  • - Experience working with children with additional needs, their relatives and carers
Desirable criteria
  • - Experience working with people with ASD
  • - Experience of giving ASD diagnosis and supporting families post diagnosis.
  • - Active in special interest group


Essential criteria
  • - Good organisation skills
  • - Adaptable and flexible
Desirable criteria
  • - Demonstrates enthusiasm and motivation for the job
  • - Confident, reliable, hard-working, and empathetic nature
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Nicole Trainor
Job title
Lead Occupational Therapist
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If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241