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  • Speciality: Special School / Sensory Integration
  • Grade: Band 7
  • Salary: £36922 - £50122 per annum + SEN allowance
  • Location: Cheshire, North West
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • Reference No: J112318a

Our client has a rewarding permanent Occupational Therapist vacancy for a band 6 or 7 based in both of their sites in Birkenhead & Wirral.

Occupational Therapist Permanent Band 6 or7
Location: 2 x Sites in Birkenhead & Wirral
Hours: Full Time
Client group: Special School

Our clients school provides specialist teaching and therapy for up to 100 children aged 9 to 16 years whose primary need is SEMH. Over half the pupils are also on the autistic spectrum and a significant number have a level of sensory needs and also provides an exceptional education for pupils in terms of effective strategies based on strong practitioner research as well as the unique, social, sensory and intervention curriculum offer that promotes strong personal and social education and cognitive development.

Job purpose & Scope:

* To provide clinically effective, person centred and evidence based occupational therapy assessment and intervention to children at The Observatory School.

* To provide support and training to all education staff with regard to occupational therapy interventions.

* To provide OTSI intervention in another local special school (a number of fixed full days to be agreed)
Job Role:

* To instruct those working with children how to correctly use equipment and set guidelines for its use.
* To attend school -arranged meetings for children, including IEP meetings, EHCP meetings and Parents evenings.
* To use IT and other alternative methods of communication to overcome barriers to communication e.g. simple clear language, Makaton, symbols and photographs.
* To prepare for and attend tribunals for children when called by the school, LA officers or the court itself, where Occupational Therapy needs are highlighted as significant in the reporting paperwork.
* To manage a clinical caseload and time effectively, prioritising work as required.
* To complete and maintain accurate treatment records in accordance with the BAOT Standards of Practise.
* To write professional reports to be shared at review meetings, and to attend review meetings where appropriate.

* To address issues of confidentiality, consent and sharing information throughout assessment and intervention according to GDPR regulations.
* To utilise standard School documentation as required.
* To be responsible for equipment used in carrying out duties, including competence to use equipment and to ensure the safe use of equipment by others through teaching, training and supervision of practice.
* To be responsible for accessing regular clinical supervision and ensuring supervision sessions are recorded.
* To manage a clinical caseload and time effectively, prioritising work as required.
* To complete and maintain accurate treatment records in accordance with the BAOT Standards of Practise.
* To write professional reports to be shared at review meetings, and to attend review meetings where appropriate.
* To be accountable for own professional action and recognise own professional boundaries, seeking advice where appropriate.
* To be aware of the sensitivity required to work closely, effectively and in a professional manner with children, parents/ carers and other professionals.
* To provide an Occupational Therapy service to the school, focusing on sensory motor development and functional skills.
* To use clinical reasoning skills, to analyse and interpret assessment results in order to set appropriate therapy goals and outcome measures.
* To monitor, evaluate and modify intervention in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
* To provide individual or small group therapy, as required through EHCP allocation and provision maps and IEP's
* To maintain personal development through use of off- site and in-house training, contact and involvement with relevant special interest groups, attendance of in-service training, and review of literature as required.
* To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of new developments within the profession and ensure that practice is based on best available evidence.

A number of children have complex emotional or mental health needs and may demonstrate challenging behaviour. The post holder is expected to respond to challenging behaviour in accordance with the School policy and procedure to minimise potential risk. The post holder will be expected to undertake training in Team Teach.

Qualifiying requirement:

* Degree or Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy
* Health and Care Professions Council Registered (HCPC)
* Registration with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists
* Post graduate training in Sensory Integration to SI Module level 2/3
* Evidence of recent training as a commitment to personal and professional development.

Client offers:

* Excellent Salary package
* A career progression
* Fantastic company to work with.

For a JD plaese contact parul.patel@justot.co.uk

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