Our client in Dorset is looking for a Head of Therapies to manage their school therapy team
Head of Therapies
Main purpose of the role:
*Provide a comprehensive, innovative and dynamic multi-disciplinary therapy service to meet the needs of pupils and services users across the Charity.
*Promote good practice through training, development and guidance to the therapy team.
*Design implement and monitor specific therapy and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)programmes to enhance and develop pupil and service user quality of life
*Provide leadership and supervision to the PCST Team ensuring efficient, effective and a continually improving therapy services
*Provide therapy advice and guidance to support staff throughout the Charity.
*Provide support, direction and leadership to the PCST team in the delivery of pupil and service user individual plans
*Assess and provide therapeutic input to pupils and services users including initial assessments, annual reviews, transition support, individual and group therapy programmes
*Manage and prioritise complex caseloads ensuring efficient use of PCST and Charity resources
*Ensure effective and productive communication with other teams as required to an deliver excellent multidisciplinary therapy service to pupils and service users
*Develop effective collaboration of the PCST with other professionals and parents as required
*Develop and deliver a range of internal and external initiatives in relation to PBS throughout the Charity * Devise, deliver and evaluate therapy training within the Charity.
*Deliver therapy training externally to promote income generation
*Produce management information reports for CEO as required
*Lead on practice development for pupils and service users
*Organise and lead de-brief sessions following difficult incidents
*Ensure all PCST members work within their professional boundaries and the Charity Guidelines
*Act as a mentor to PCST members and encourage continual professional improvement
*Link with external agencies and promote the Charity in a positive manner through a variety of opportunities
*Continually develop own and PCST knowledge of autism practice and be aware of new research, legislation and good practice guidelines in this area and brief CEO accordingly
*Manage designated budgets effectively and within set parameters
Qualifications and Education Requirements
*Registered/certified with a professional body (e.g. Registered Learning Disability Nurse, Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)
*Further training in Positive Behaviour Support/Applied Behaviour Analysis
*BILD Practitioner or Coach (desirable)
*At least 3 years' experience of working with individuals with learning difficulties or autistic spectrum condition
*Experience as a Positive Behavioural Support Practitioner
*Experience of working in a school, supported living or residential setting
*Previous experience of leading and managing a PCST
*Ability to analyse and resolve problems, develop opportunities and implement innovate solutions/approaches
*Able to demonstrate personal self-development and development of team
*Demonstration of high performing team work, implementing initiatives and working on own judgement and decisions
*Excellent written and verbal communication, and presentation skills
*Ability to liaise and engage with stakeholders
*Experience of budget management
*Proficient in Microsoft Office packages
Hours of work
39 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.00 pm (52 weeks). Half hour unpaid lunch break.
*Actively support and promote a culture of Equal Opportunities, transparency and accountability in every action
*Ensure that all decisions and actions have the benefit to the Service User at the centre.
*Ensure that decision are guided by the future success plans of the charity
*Adhere to all Charity Regulations and guidelines
*Always act in a way which ensures the respect, dignity and right to privacy of Service Users and Colleagues.
*Be responsible for your personal Health and Safety and have an awareness of others
*Participate actively and positively in 1 2 1 and appraisal activities
*Be willing and able to work efficiently and effectively using charity software and continually seek opportunities to capitalise on opportunities in this area.
*Be proactive in engendering positive communications with colleagues throughout the charity
*Carry out any other duties as are within the scope and spirit of this job as part of initiative or as requested
This job description reflects the present requirements of this role. As duties and responsibilities change and develop the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder.
If you are interested in this great opportunity, please call Alison on 0207 045 3327