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Band 5 Paediatric Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Occupational therapy
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (1.00 WTE)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
St Ann's Hospital
£25,655 - £45,839 Per Annum Plus Hcas
Salary period
19/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Full-time Band 5 -  Community Paediatric Occupational Therapist 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Occupational Therapist who is keen to expand their specialist skills in working with Children aged 0-19 who have functional difficulties attributable to a wide range of special needs or disabilities.  Assessment and intervention is delivered within the Child Development Centre and SEN schools, but also in the child’s home, nursery, mainstream schools, or community settings. 

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant would be expected to work closely with colleagues in Health, Education and Social Services.  Specialist opportunities exist to work within the Child Development Team and SEN Schools Team, developing and running MDT groups and delivering training to schools and parents/carers in relation to participation in daily activities.  

The post holder will receive an in-depth induction and regular supervision.  Opportunities will also be available to participate in ongoing training and development as part of their CPD.

Working for our organisation

 Whittington Health is an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO) which provides acute and community services to the populations of Islington and Haringey.  Our service is based in the London Borough of Haringey – an exciting, diverse and vibrant borough, located only a few miles from the City of London.  The Paediatric Occupational Therapy Team is based at St Ann’s Hospital.

We are an innovative team committed to delivering high quality clinical care to the children and young people who access our service.   The service is developing new ways of working to meet increasing demands and the successful applicant will be a part of this exciting transformation.  The team also works closely with the Local Education Authority, Occupational Therapists within Haringey Social Services, and MDT members of the Child Development Centre.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  1. To assess and treat patients, addressing quality of life, physical, cognitive, affective, social and environmental issues either on an individual or a group basis, utilising a range of therapeutic skills in accordance with devised treatment plans, in education, clinic and community settings.


  1. To prioritise factors involved in the Clients presenting condition through clinical reasoning based on skills, knowledge, experience and on current professional opinion, Clients progress and other physical, social, emotional and mental health issues.


  1. To use a client centred approach and to set treatment goals that focus on the strengths and the needs of the patient/client. To be able to measure progress towards goals using an outcome measure, such as the Patient Specific Functional Scale.


  1. To ensure that the Client and/or their carer have an understanding of treatment protocols and to ensure that there is informed consent to examination and treatment as required by the Trust or Social Services.



  1. To devise and manage a treatment plan individual to a Clients presenting condition through, the use of functional rehabilitation, adaptation, equipment provision, education, health promotion and cognitive or psychological approaches.


  1. To contribute, as part of the multi-disciplinary team to the discharge planning process, to enable clients to be discharged safely, with the relevant Occupational Therapy intervention completed in a timely manner.


  1. Use knowledge of other multidisciplinary roles and external agencies to ensure effective referral management and achieve best Client care.


  1. To attend, and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings and case conferences and any relevant meetings as required.


  1. To ensure Client and service records are recorded and maintained, as per local Occupational Therapy, HCPC, BAOT and Trust guidelines.


  1. To prescribe, delegate and monitor the work of Rehabilitation Assistants/ Therapy assistants and Technicians or Support Workers and countersign documentation if required.


  1. To advise, demonstrate to and teach relevant clients, carers/health workers about ongoing intervention and maintenance care programmes and use of equipment as appropriate.


  1. To manage clinical risk in own caseload and ensure that therapy/rehabilitation assistants and students comply, e.g. manual handling, risk assessment and local policy regarding lone working.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Qualification degree/diploma in Occupational Therapy and current HPC registration
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at specialist post-graduate courses relevant to paediatric OT


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex information clearly, verbally and in writing, and overcome barriers to communication Ability to manage own time and a clinical caseload, and to describe ways of prioritising work Understanding of issues involved in working in a diverse community, and of practical ways to ensure OT practice is culturally appropriate and accessible Understanding of the role of and process of clinical supervision Ability to identify professional training needs, and evidence of updating clinical skills


Essential criteria
  • Work or placement experience in community / education setting or related work areas, Experience / knowledge of working with people with neurological conditions and using standardised and non-standardised assessments and implementing specialised treatment approaches, Experience of goal setting and evaluating the outcomes of OT treatment using appropriate outcome measures Experience of managing a caseload, and of working with other staff to implement Occupational Therapy treatment programmes,
Desirable criteria
  • Experience / knowledge of working with children with special needs focusing on childhood occupation, using standardised assessments and implementing specialised treatment approaches , Experience / knowledge of assessing for specialist adaptive equipment and minor adaptations, and of evaluating effectiveness and safety, Involvement in clinical audit and outcome measures Experience / knowledge of contributing to planning care in conjunction with service-users and other disciplines Experience / understanding of supervising students


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of understanding the needs of children with disabilities and their families/carers, and to explain the role of the OT to them Understanding of the emotional and physical impact of illness / disability on an individual, their family and carers Awareness of and competence in undertaking core therapeutic assessments specific to occupational therapy Knowledge of legislative frameworks / current legislation in relation to health care Practical experience of designing and implementing treatment programmes in line with best / evidence based practice Documented evidence of continuous professional development showing progression of learning and future learning objectives
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of understanding of the roles of the OT working within a school environment
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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 OT
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Nicole Trainor– Lead Children's Occupational Therapist

Tel: 07824 623136

email: nicole.trainor@nhs.net

If you have problems applying, contact

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