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Occupational therapist Grade D - SEN

Job Ref: 8654JB
  • Start Date: 01-09-2018
  • currency-icon £29000 - £42000 per annum

Job Description

Occupational Therapist Needed
Grade D
September start
Permanent position
Term Time only
37.5hrs a week

Job Summary

We are looking to appoint a highly skilled and motivated grade D/ E Occupational Therapist to join our dynamic OT team. 
We are looking to appoint an OT with a special interest in working with young adults with complex learning disabilities/ ASD in a college environment. 
You have to be able to demonstrate excellent assessment, observation and verbal and written communication skills.
Knowledge of this client group would be essential as would an interest in moving& handling, sensory processing interventions, functional seating and upper limb assessment/ intervention. 
We work closely with a large multidisciplinary team to ensure we deliver high quality, holistic assessments and treatments to our students.

We can offer you:
• An excellent opportunity to work with young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, profound learning disabilities and complex needs, and severe learning disabilities) under the guidance of the lead/ head OT
• The benefit of working closely with a supportive, highly specialist on- site multi- disciplinary team including Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Music Therapy and Psychology
• The chance to deepen your understanding of working in an educational setting. You will be able to work with students over the length of their stay at college (mostly 3 years) and make a real impact on their learning, functional skills development and well- being over this time and for their future
• Term- time working with some flexibility around working hours during the week
Livability is committed to the continuing professional development of its staff. We also have a well developed supervision structure, peer supervision and a variety of training opportunities, with an annual Personal Development Review which will be monitored throughout the year.
Livability positively welcomes applications from all sections of the community in which we work.

Role Requirements

1. To hold a complex caseload of students with severe and profound learning disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
2. To plan and prioritise clinical input and provide specialist assessment and intervention according to risk, need and in line with educational deadlines
3. To work in various on/ off site locations including community- based projects to support student’s learning.
4. To assess the activities of daily living skills of students with complex needs in areas such as personal care, domestic skills, switch use/ ICT access, community access and work related learning and make recommendations about the students support needs, environmental needs and appropriate learning targets to increase their independence.
5. To assess the sensory processing needs of students with complex needs and were sensory needs impact on activities of daily living skills give advice around support strategies, appropriate sensory base activities and environmental adaptations
6. To assess and make recommendations around seating and positioning as part of the 24 hour postural care plan including functional seating and night time positioning under the supervision of the senior / head OT or lead PT.
7. To assess students with a variety of neurological conditions in the upper limb clinic and provide thermostatic splinting and other upper limb interventions for students with complex needs under the supervision of the senior/ head OT.
8. Within own level of competence support the eating & drinking assessment of students with complex needs working with the Dysphagia Team members and under supervision of the senior/ head OT.
9. To assess and make recommendations regarding the moving & handling requirements of students with complex needs, profound physical and learning disabilities, ASD and sensory processing difficulties including the use of specialist equipment, such as slings under supervision of the senior/ head OT
10. To take an active role in providing moving & handling training for all staff at Nash College and in assessing of staff competencies in safe moving & handling
11. To identify and provide a wide range of specialist equipment and minor/ major adaptations and the necessary clinical risk plans or programmes with supervision of the senior/ head OT.
12. To provide staff training in a variety of areas of OT input and on student specific OT risk plans and programmes with supervision of the senior/ head OT.
13. To conduct MCA assessments relating to areas of OT intervention and take an active role in best interest decision making in these areas
14. To liaise with students, parents, carers and external agencies as necessary to ensure all interventions reflect the students best interest
15. To undertake multi- disciplinary EHC consultations of new applicants to Nash College within a given timeframe and make recommendations relating to OT input, specialist equipment funding and support needs at college
16. To attend and contribute to multi- disciplinary meetings, annual reviews and best interest meetings under the supervision of the senior / head OT.
17. To write clinical OT reports as and when required including at baseline and transition/ discharge reports
18. To maintain a high standard of clinical notes

If this could be of interest, please call 0208 709 6540 or email