Occupational Therapist - Special School

Special School
Band 5
London, London
£25655 - £31534 per annum + SEN allowance

Occupational Therapist - Special School

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Our Client has a fantastic permanent opportunity in London North London to work in their special school to manage own caseload of children with severe or complex needs.

Occupational Therapist - Band Five (Equivalent)
Salary: (£25,655 to £31,534).
Hours: Full Time
Location: North /West London
Client Group: Special School- children with severe or complex needs

Our client focuses on delivering outstanding educational provision for children and young people who have complex needs and disabilities between the ages of 3 and 19 years. The children and young people across the trust are the stars in our constellation.

The Trust's purpose is to ensure equanimity of the quality of provision and access in its schools for all children and young people who attend and to ensure that the schools are supported and guided to be inclusive and outstanding.

Job Role:
* To provide specialist Occupational Therapy with professionally-informed clinical decision making and case-management in consultation with the senior Occupational therapist.
* To develop Occupational Therapy programmes to be implemented by Therapy assistants, students, volunteers, and others working with postholder, including teaching assistants, etc.; and to supervise the work of, and Occupational Therapy input provided by, these groups.
* To work together with education staff, parents/caregivers, members of other agencies providing specialist advice and in integrating therapy targets into all learning goals for children with an Education, Health, and Care Plan.
* To deliver specialist clinical decision-making for children and adolescents with motor, sensory, perceptual, and functional needs. This includes initial screening, detailed assessment, differential diagnosis, intervention, evaluation, transition from intervention and conclusion of OT involvement.
* Be a key member of the multi-disciplinary therapy team providing advice regarding occupational therapy needs for parents / carers, education and health professionals in respect of both individual children and/or general guidance regarding the management of these difficulties.
* To manage a complex caseload whilst recognising own professional boundaries and access supervision, advice, and support when necessary, from senior OT.
Manage own caseload of children in accordance with the school's service model, including:
o Carrying out clinical observations, informal and formal assessments of children and analysing the results reflecting on own knowledge and experience and seeking more specialist advice as required.
o Monitoring intervention outcome and adapting the plan accordingly.
o Providing reports reflecting own knowledge and experience with reference to established and evidence-based practice within the profession.
* Establish a trusting and respectful relationship with clients and their parents/carers and ensuring that appropriate boundaries are maintained
* Maintain membership of HCPC.
* Provide clinical support and supervision for the Therapy assistants and volunteers as appropriate.
* To participate in the supervision of student OTs on placement.
* Collaborate with therapy colleagues and parents/carers to assist in devising, delivering and evaluating training courses for parents/carers.
* To maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with HCPC, Royal College of Occupational Therapists professional standards and Woodfield School policies.
* Delegate work to and provide day-to-day guidance for students, and volunteers.
* Demonstrate knowledge of national legislation, local protocols and professional guidance relevant to the specialty and advise colleagues accordingly.

* Maintains own specialist knowledge and skills through participation in CPD and clinical supervision with an appropriate mentor.

* To attend Therapy Team meetings, professional clinical groups, such as Journal Clubs, RCOT Clinical Interest Groups, Local Specialist Interest Groups, Peer Review Groups, and other professional development activities in order to share and expand specialist knowledge.
* Be competent and able in safe manual handling of children and young people in the context of Occupational Therapy.
* Participate in performance management as an appraisee. Be responsible for complying with the agreed personal development plan.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills Required:

* Good interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy skills.

* Ability to collaborate with colleagues.

* Ability to plan, prioritise and manage own caseload.

Client offers:

* Excellent salary package
* Rewarding Trust to work within
* Career progression

For more information, please contact parul.patel@justot.co.uk

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