We have a new and exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist specialising in autism to join our client’s charity based in Keele.
Our client is a national charity working to transform the lives of disabled children and their families, enabling them to challenge the barriers they face throughout childhood by providing practical and emotional support.
The Charity is going through an exciting period of growth and this is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic and fast-moving organisation at a time when it will attract national and international attention.
As Occupational Therapist, you will work as part of the MDT within the autism specialist service that includes Psychologists, Learning Disability Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and a team of assistant practitioners and charity volunteers.
You will support the MDT team in the delivery of effective clinical services through assessment, formulation and ongoing support to children, young people and families accessing the charity’s services.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Undertaking a range of standardised and non-standardised assessments including assessment of functional skills and sensory needs
- Undertaking specialist clinical work with individuals, providing advice, resources, strategies and treatment programmes as appropriate e.g., sensory diets, self-regulation activities and functional skills development
- Communicating results of assessment and therapeutic findings
- Contributing to the development and implementation of autism assessment and intervention pathways, including diagnostic assessment, post-diagnostic recommendations, guidance, advice and workshop programmes for children and young people and the adults working with or caring for them.
- Evaluating and modifying interventions, utilising appropriate outcome measures
- Assisting with development and implementation of an Occupational Therapy pathway for children and young people diagnosed with autism
- Providing workshops, individual assessments and interventions
- Ensure sensory rooms and equipment are safely maintained and checked regularly
- Direct and supervise volunteers in individual and group treatment programmes
- Engaging in OT practice development, evaluation, audit and research activities to inform evidence-based practice
- Participating in the specialist education and training of professional and clinical colleagues, students, visitors and volunteers as required.
- Supporting service teams to ensure children and families are involved in future programme planning and delivery
To be successful in your application as an Occupational Therapist within our client’s specialist autism service, you will need to have or be:
- Occupational Therapy degree or equivalent qualification
- Registered member of HCPC
- Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists
- Postgraduate training or CPD in the area of autism
- Experience of undertaking standardised formal and informal assessments
- Experience in assessment case formulation and implementation of appropriate interventions
- Experience of delivering training to a range of audiences
- Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working with families
- Knowledge of Information Governance Standards
- Knowledge of a range of neurodevelopmental disorders
- Understanding of evidence-based practice
- Knowledge of relevant legislation, e.g.. Children’s Act 2004, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Health & Safety Act, safeguarding and child protection legislation and practice
- Excellent team-working, communication, time management and organisational skills
- Able to work under pressure with a positive can-do attitude
As Occupational Therapist, you will work 37.5 hours per week and there is a salary on offer of up to £39,000 per annum depending on experience.
How to apply
Please note, this role is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and is eligible for an enhanced with barred lists DBS check.
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We look forward to hearing from you!
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