Occupational Therapist (OT) - Meldreth Manor School
Position: Occupational Therapist
Location: Meldreth, Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border
Salary: £16,199 – £19,793 pa (FTE £27,000 - £33,000 per annum)
Hours: Part Time, 24 hours per week (FTE 40hrs pw) over 52 weeks of the year
Closing Date: 21st September 2018
A Special School with a Rich History and an Exciting Future.
Meldreth Manor School provides education, care and therapeutic support for children and young people age 6-19 years with severe and profound communication difficulties associated with conditions like cerebral palsy, autism, brain injury and degenerative disorders.
The school shares the site with its children’s home and a young adult transitional centre, Orchard Manor.
Responsible for the development of an Occupational Therapy Service. The post holder will provide Occupational Therapy Services in response to needs identified by assessment and as set out as part of a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), to enable students to fulfil their potential all aspects of their lives
Key Roles & Responsibilities:
- To provide an Occupational Therapy Service, which is run in an efficient manner so that students’ needs are met effectively.
- To be professionally and legally accountable and responsible for all aspects of your own work including the management of students in your care.
- To be accountable for the delivery of Occupational Therapy programmes by the relevant staff members, including Technical Instructors and Assistants.
- To provide professional support, leadership and supervision as appropriate to Assistants.
- To provide Occupational Therapy training, support and advice to members of the multidisciplinary teams.
- To maintain and update professional expertise and competence in line with requirements of continued professional development
- To manage Occupational Therapy resources on a day to day basis.
- To ensure compliance with Aurora policies, regulations and protocols.
- To advise colleagues in the multidisciplinary clinical team and senior leaders about issues related to Occupational Therapy
- Where appropriate, to be involved in service planning exercises, recruitment, retention, and service improvement projects.
- To maintain regular records of intervention using agreed protocols and in line with the code of professional conduct.
- To attend appropriate multidisciplinary student reviews and team meetings; promoting our culture of joint working with other disciplines and outside agencies.
- In conjunction with the Physiotherapists to be responsible for assessing appropriate wheelchair and seating systems.
Supporting individual development and care plans and assisting individuals in accordance with their needs and wishes, particularly their mobility, physical management and postural management.
Clear understanding of relevant protection procedures and health and safety procedures
A thorough understanding of relevant medical conditions, terminology and medication.
Sound knowledge of occupational therapy theory and practice relevant to working with children with special needs, and their famillies.
Knowledge of the roles of other professionals in health, social and education setting.
Knowledge oflegislation relevant to Occupational Therapy, education and social care.
Knowledge of the National Curriculum and school settings is desirable.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including report writing.
Supportive, and with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
A creative and adaptable approach to work.
Ability to design and develop individual treatment programmes.
Ability to form good working relationships with a wide variety of people.
Patience, determination to secure the very best for our students, and a positive attitude.
A pragmatic approach to problem solving.
Previous experience in an Occupational Therapist role, preferably with children and young adults.
A recognised degree in Occupational Therapy and current registration of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Be part of our successful team and also benefit from a generous package that includes:
- Life assurance
- Pension plan
- High street discounts
- Child care vouchers
- Employee assistance programme
- Paid holiday
For more information, please call Meldreth and Orchard Manor HR Department on 01763 268000 or email MMOMRecruitment@the-aurora-group.com
Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment safeguarding checks including an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.
The Aurora Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young adults in our care.