School based occupational therapist
Education and Health Partnership (EHP), based in central Manchester, is looking to work with School Based Occupational Therapists (OTs) on a full time, part-time, term-time or flexible basis to provide education settings with immediate access to specialist occupational therapy services. We have job opportunities for band 5 junior OTs, band 6 senior OTs, band 7 team lead OTs and band 8 consultant OTs.
EHP is part of the Tx Group, a private therapy company providing services in North West England, that recognises collaboration is key in helping children and young people to achieve their highest potential. With professionals from a wide range of specialities in the field of education and health, we are able to offer a holistic multidisciplinary approach, identifying needs and addressing any challenges that may arise in the lives of children and adolescents as they develop. We are committed to helping all children and young people lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and through offering an easily accessible service, we are able provide the support that can really make a difference to children, young people, families, education settings and communities.
The school based OT will join EHP’s Health Team. EHP’s Health Team is made up from a variety of health professionals, including: dietitians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists.
The school based aspect of the role will require providing occupational therapy input into both mainstream and special educational needs (SEN) schools, across all age ranges. It will entail providing screening, assessments, 1:1 and group therapy to children and young people; helping them work towards reaching physical milestones and maximising their quality of life. Duties will include training school staff, parents and carers and collaborating with a wider MDT of speech & language therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, dietitians, school nurses and educational staff. Responsibilities will also include involvement in meetings with teams around specific children, such as child at risk, child protection and SEN review teams.
What does it take to be successful in this role?
To be successful in this role you would need to:
- Provide a high quality of evidence-based occupational therapy to children of all ages in education settings
- Train school staff, other therapists and parents and carers to effectively deliver appropriate therapeutic intervention
- Be able to consider the holistic needs of each child and young person when working to achieve their goals and aspirations
- Help children make significant progress with regards to their physical developmental milestones
- Effectively support and supervise other occupational therapists
- Develop a strong rapport with children, young people, education staff and families
- Act as a champion for the service and occupational therapy as a profession
- Demonstrate commitment to CPD and keep up to date with new treatment techniques
The Ideal Candidate:
The successful applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Degree in Occupational Therapy
- HCPC Registered
- Experiencing working as an occupational therapist
- Experience supervising others
- Experience providing occupational therapy assessments and interventions for children and young people
Our ideal candidate will be a confident autonomous practitioner who has a passion for working in paediatrics. They will be child-centred and continually striving to achieve the best for every child or young person. They will be personable, quick to establish rapport and build strong relationships with children, young people and those they work alongside.
The successful applicant will possess exceptional clinical skills, along with a strong, up to date knowledge of evidence-based practice. They will have impeccable verbal and written communication skills in order to facilitate the delivery of the highest quality service. They will be confident of their teaching abilities, able to adapt to a variety of audiences and will have a flexible and innovative approach. They will also be passionate about their own continuous professional development (CPD).
The successful candidate will work well collaboratively and will be open minded and keen to learn from the experiences of other professionals around them. They will be capable of working independently, prioritising and organising their own workload appropriately and able to use their initiative to deal effectively with a varying situations that may arise.
As the role will involve travelling between locations, we would recommend having a driving licence and access to a car. We are also looking for a candidate who is willing to take annual leave outside of school term time.
At EHP we believe that looking after our employees and providing them with an enjoyable working environment is an important aspect to a successful organisation. If you are successful in this application process, you will be able to enjoy:
- A performance based bonus, which is paid twice annually
- Working for a growing, forward thinking company
- Multidisciplinary team working - including work with psychologists, mental health professionals and education staff
- Access to broad range of CPD opportunities
- Training and career development opportunities
- Regular staff events
- Flexible in terms of amount of annual leave you can take
- Flexible in terms of number of hours per week
To apply for this vacancy please email a copy of your CV with a covering letter.
In the covering message/letter, please ensure that you answer the following questions:
1. Why you are interested in this vacancy?
2. Why you are interested in working for this company?
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM APPLICANTS THAT HAVE ANSWERED THE ABOVE 2 QUESTIONS.