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Paediatric Occupational Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
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Buckland and Rainbow Centre
Dover & Ashford
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum
Salary period
08/11/2021 23:59
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Paediatric Occupational Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 5

Job overview

Occupational Therapist - Band 5 Full-time  (37.5 hours)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Children and Young People’s Therapy Team. These are new permanent posts and there are 2 available – one at the Rainbow Centre in Ashford, and one at Buckland Hospital, Dover.

Our team are based in Kent, the Garden of England.  We have easy access to London and are close to the university city of Canterbury, which  is vibrant and lively with a theatre, bars and restaurants as well as many  historic sites. We also have easy access to Europe by excellent transport links and access to the channel tunnel, Dover ferry port and the Eurostar.

We are a Children and Young People’s Therapy Service,  recognising the benefits of integrated working with our Speech and Language and Physiotherapy colleagues. We work out of three different localities, The Rainbow Centre in Ashford, The Beacon Centre in Folkestone and the Children’s Assessment Unit at Buckland Hospital, Dover. Working with over 90 other therapists ranging from assistants, junior therapists to more senior specialists.

We encourage an evidenced based, outcome focused approach to meeting the needs of our service users. We provide assessment and intervention based on a child’s individual need regardless of their age (0-19 years).







Main duties of the job

The role:

To work as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with children and young people aged 0-19 referred to the Children and Young People's Therapy Service. This includes children and young people with complex presentations, in various settings including out-patient.

We are seeking:

  • a proactive, creative and highly motivated therapist
  • a passionate and innovative individual
  • a team player to join our existing friendly team
  • Relevant practice placement experience.
  • An effective registration with the Health Professions Council and have a professional degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Ability to travel round the locality.

We encourage an evidenced based, outcome focused approach to meeting the needs of our service users. We provide assessment and intervention based on a child’s individual need regardless of their age (0-19 years).

In return we offer:

  • In-service CPD  as well as external training for critical courses
  • Access to support from a Practice Educator within our Team
  • Opportunity to participate in research.
  • Access to department specialists and senior staff for advice and support and joint working.
  • monthly supervision and access to peer supervision at all levels.
  • Child Protection supervision 4 times per year.
  • NAPLIC Certification as DLD Friendly Service
  • Local and Trust-wide wellbeing support


Working for our organisation

IThe organisation is currently launching its new improvement focus in the form of an improvement system called We Care. The We Care System is a fundamentally new model that the organisation will be shifting to, it champions empowerment, promotes innovation and will bolster the connection and collaboration of staff throughout the organisation.
The We Care System utilises a multi-layered approach to improvement allowing staff to develop and produce a variety of ideas to combat the issues and problems that have been identified. The system allows for the deployment of:

• Strategic Initiatives which are long term projects and focus led and driven by our executive• Trust Priority Improvement Projects which are short term projects allocated to a range of project teams made up from our staff groups focusing on impacting our True North metrics and breakthrough objectives 
• Ward Based OMS which delivers daily management and continuous improvement on the frontline

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please scroll down to access the full Job Description and Person Specification located in 'supporting documents'.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Relevant experience at undergraduate/post graduate level.


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of assessment tools and range of appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group.


Essential criteria
  • •Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates good analytical and reflection skills.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Julie Hammond
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If you would like to arrange an informal visit or discuss these posts further please contact Julie Hammond (  07815649189)  or Krystyna Wilde ( 07815 649621).  

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