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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Merton CollegeMerton

Permanent, Part Time (21.6 hours per week)


The Centre


The Aurora Centre at Merton College is a non-residential further education centre for young adults from 16-25 years old. Learners have moderate to severe learning disabilities and may have Autism, behaviours of concern or complex support needs.


As a College, we believe that young adults should be respected and have their individual choices, needs and aspirations reflected in the educational opportunities made available to them. We encourage independence in all our learners and support them to achieve their full potential through a varied curriculum to develop skills in living, work, community and communication.


The Role


As our Specialist Occupational Therapist, you will play a vital role in supporting our learners to meet their optimal level of function and independence. You will be supporting students to manage their sensory, behavioural and motor coordination challenges in a range of different environmental settings. You’ll carry out holistic occupational therapy assessments and person-centred interventions that will support these learners to access and develop their functional skills across the curriculum. Using your understanding of the impact of sensory difficulties on a persons’ function and behaviour, you will support learners to transfer skills developed at the centre to the learners’ home environment and community / work settings. You’ll work in collaboration with the learners’ families and carers, including specialist community health and social care teams.


About You


As a member of the Health and Care Professional Council, you will hold a Degree or graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy and have recent experience of effectively managing a caseload of young adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. You will be able to devise and implement programmes of occupational therapy and have experience of writing assessment reports for a wide audience. We’d also like you to be able to work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to include teachers and support staff, and have proven success of working with people with sensory processing difficulties.


The salary for this role is £13,065.6 - £23,421.6 per annum, including London Weighting (FTE: £21,776 - £39,036). This is for 21.6 hours per week across 52 weeks per year.


Closing date for the return of an online application form is 25th February 2021


The benefits package includes generous annual leave of 37 plus up to 7 additional days over Christmas/New Year as well as an additional 5 days Wellbeing leave to enhance employees’ physical and mental health. This leave is all in addition to Bank Holiday entitlement. There is an excellent pension scheme that receives a significant financial contribution from the employer (Teachers Pensions or Local Government Pension Scheme), subsidised sports facilities and professional development and training plus a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme. The benefits package is pro-rated for all part-time staff.


South Thames Colleges Group is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.


The South Thames Colleges Group is made up of Carshalton College, Kingston College, Merton College and South Thames College, which merged on 1 August 2017. South Thames Colleges Group is one of London’s largest providers of post-16 education and training and is an ongoing and significant contributor to its local communities. We aim to put students’ success at the heart of everything we do.


We are looking for hard-working and collaborative people who can join our team and help challenge our students to progress and achieve.


When you click on ‘Apply’, you will be forwarded to the application page which sits on a platform hosted by an external partner called Blue Octopus who support STCG throughout the recruitment process.

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