Paediatric Occupational Therapist

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With around 1250 passionate and committed staff, we deliver high quality services across a spectrum of age, need and ability.

Norwood is as devoted to our staff as we are to the people we look after. We offer a strong career progression, training and support to improve your skills. We have a range of care homes across London, and a major centre in Berkshire, plus our Head Office in North London.

Each and every role in Norwood is an essential part of the vital support services we offer.

Job Description

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Deliver assessments and therapy to children with special educational needs, and provide advice and support to their families and schools. As a practitioner, you will work as an autonomous clinician within the designated therapy taking responsibility for an identified caseload.

2. Work as part of Binoh's multi-disciplinary team, liaising, co-ordinating and planning work with other professionals in the agency, attending staff meetings and in-service training as required. To work in conjunction with service users, carers, other professionals and agencies, to coordinate and implement agreed service provision.

3. To deliver training to parents/carers and other professionals as required.

4. Maintain, as appropriate, good liaison with Local Health and Educational Authorities concerning mutual clients, including visiting schools, attending review meetings and requisitioning equipment. This may include contributing advice to Statementing/EHCP procedures as required and, if necessary, to Tribunals.

5. Provide (a) equipment to assist daily living, and (b) instruction to clients and their carers to enable them to achieve maximum functional independence. This includes organising any necessary adaptations, with the appropriate involvement of other agencies and Local Authority Departments as appropriate to the job.

6. Demonstrate an awareness of the specific cultural and religious needs of Jewish children and their families and where necessary to act as an advocate on their behalf to local health and educational authorities.

7. To maintain a high standard of report writing and record keeping as appropriate, maintaining up to date with statistical information as required by Norwood.

8. To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of medical conditions and treatment, disability issues, legislation and departmental policies and practices. This includes active engagement in supervision, and taking responsibility for ensuring that Continued Professional Development Requirements are met and maintaining a professional portfolio as evidence of this.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the service

Incentives:

• The opportunity to work for a leading UK charity

• Competitive salary & benefits package

• Generous annual leave entitlement

• 1pm finish on a Friday

• A challenging and varied role

• A supportive team

• Additional leave during Jewish festivals

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure.

Patron: Her Majesty The Queen.

Registered Charity No: 1059050.

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The Details

Salary:
£Up to £32,000 FTE
Hours:
31
Job Type:
Permanent
Reporting To:
Therapies Manager (occupational Therapy)
Location:
North London - Hendon – Kennedy Leigh Centre
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Who Norwood Supports
 

Experience

Essential

• Minimum two years experience working in a paediatric setting with children with varied diagnoses, including children with: Learning difficulties, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorders.

• Experience of working in Educational and/or NHS settings.

• Experience of administering a range of formal and informal assessments to pre-school and/or school aged children with special education needs.

• Experience of delivering therapy for pre-school and/or school aged children with special educational needs, using a range of approaches e.g. SI, Bobath and CO-OP.

• Knowledge of equipment requisition for children.

Desirable

• Experience of writing EHCP reports.

• Experience of using Makaton and PECS.

• Experience of using GAS.

 

Qualifications

Essential

• Diploma/degree in Occupational Therapy .

• Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

• Evidence of further training within paediatrics.

Desirable

• Relevant clinical education courses .

• Sensory Integration Qualification.

• Membership of Sensory Integration Network.

 

Knowledge & Skills

Essential

• Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team.

• Effective communication skills and is able to empathise .

• Good reasoning and problem solving skills.

• Be a creative and lateral thinker and be able to view situations from a variety of perspectives.

• Provide a flexible approach.

• Effective organisational skills in the management of a caseload.

• Ability to cope with emotional and unpredictable clients and carers.

Desirable

• Basic Hebrew and/or Yiddish.

• Ability to facilitate innovation and change and to review, evaluate and implement new ideas within the service.

 

Personal

Essential

• Dynamic, enthusiastic and well motivated.

• Flexible, supportive, calm, approach in what can be a busy environment.

• Open to change and new ideas.

• Car driver / owner to undertake duties (e.g. school and home sessions).

 

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the service.

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure.

Norwood is a Two Ticks accredited employer, this means we are committed to employing people with disabilities.

 
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