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Paediatric occupational therapist

Band 6

Main area
Occupational therapist
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Snapdragons Centre
Strood - Medway
£33,706 - £40,588 pro rata
Salary period
07/12/2022 23:59

Do you want to be part of an award winning and dynamic social enterprise that:

  • is renowned for providing high quality care and is ranked ‘Good’ by the CQC;
  • is a for-better-profit organisation, reinvesting any surplus back into our health and care services and our local community;
  • is friendly, ambitious, welcomes innovation and rewards excellence;
  • offers superior benefits; everything you get in the NHS and more;
  • and whose achievements reflect the passion, dedication and commitment demonstrated by our staff across all services?

Our vision is to be a successful, vibrant, community interest company that benefits the communities we serve. So if you want be a part of this, we would love to hear from you.

Job overview

  • Are you an Occupational therapist with a passion for supporting children in the educational health care plan process?
  • Are you a team player who values partnership working?
  • Are you enthusiastic, with excellent assessment and communication skills
  • Are you keen to help shape and drive our children’s’ team and is willing to work innovatively

If the answer is yes then this is the job for you.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an occupational therapist to work in a large and very friendly team. The post will be working within our neurodisability pathway, with children who present with complex health needs, and within schools assessing and supporting children in the educational health care plan process.

We value partnership working with our local colleagues such as social services and education to provide Medway families with an inclusive service.

As we are a large team you will be offered comprehensive induction, full support during your settling period and ongoing training and supervision. We are a supportive team with a strong emphasis on enabling individuals to develop their skills. You will be working with a large multi disciplined team offering a holistic programme of support to families to ensure all the child’s needs are met in a timely and efficient way.

We have strong links with our local university and facilitate continued professional development through research, specialist groups and training.

Our service is open to continuous improvement and promotes innovation

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is committed to working in the community as part of a multi-disciplinary team with a range of partner organisations, keeping the child and family in the centre of our care.
  • Is excited about working with a wide range of children: children with developmental co-ordination difficulties, sensory and behavioural difficulties, autism and children with complex needs

Working for our organisation

So what else?

  • This is your chance to join a progressive and innovative service in a social enterprise that is patient and staff focused - you’ll even have the opportunity to become an MCH shareholder.
  • We encourage staff to get involved in exploring new ways of working and service development.
  • We’ll provide well established, in-service training, one to one supervision, and appraisals with regular support.
  • You’ll be able to develop your skills in a friendly and supportive team.
  • MCH encourages all staff to be double COVID vaccinated to protect themselves, their colleagues, their family and their patients

The small print

"Would you like to work flexibly?  In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement which will not mean sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We aim to support you to work flexibly in a way that will suit you and us." 

  • Informal visits can be arranged on request.
  • We will always appoint the best person for the job, but applications are particularly welcome from candidates from BAME groups which are underrepresented in our service.
  • We will offer you the choice of two pension schemes; the NHS Pension scheme and the scottish widows group pension scheme.




Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Person specification







  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • State Registration

·      Evidence of continual professional development

·       BAOT member


·       Member of relevant CIG



  • Completed core rotations at junior level
  • Delegation of work to junior OT’s and O.T assistants
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Cross organisational working


·   Working with children presenting with social communication and/or behavioural needs

Special knowledge / expertise

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including in relation to people of all ages and abilities)
  • Diplomacy
  • Assertiveness
  • Ability to work independently/autonomously
  • Staff supervision/appraisal skills
  • Effective time management and organisational skills, prioritising and delegation skills
  • Flexible and responsive to changes in needs of the service

·     Basic IT skills

·   Presentation skills

Disposition, adjustment, attitude and commitment


·     Flexibility and adaptability to change.

  • Drive and enthusiasm
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD

·     Good judgement managed under pressure



Practical / intellectual skills


·   The ability to communicate and lead.


·   Fundamental IT skills.



MCH values

Being caring and compassionate

The health and wellbeing of our patients and staff are my priority.

I show kindness and humanity.

I am inclusive and non-discriminatory.


Working in partnership

I ask for, respond to and offer feedback which improves the quality of our services.

I work effectively as part of my immediate team, the wider organisation and with external partners to achieve shared goals.

I take responsibility and ownership for my area of work and I meet and manage expectations.


Delivering quality and value

I raise my concerns and I am open and honest when things do not go well, learning from successes and mistakes.

I make the most of resources and reduce waste and inefficiencies.

I seek out, share and actively participate in new ideas and ways of working.


These are the core values and behaviours expected of all roles within MCH and individual performance in relation to the values is assessed in your PDR. A full description is available from your manager and the intranet.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc Degree in Occupational Therapy
Desirable criteria
  • Further training specifically in paediatrics


Essential criteria
  • 2 years post graduate experience in paediatric team
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of standardised assessments


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills - differentiated to meet need
Desirable criteria
  • Good IT skills and use of electronic note system

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyCare quality commission - GoodWorkplace Wellbeing Charter LogoDisability confident committedStep into health

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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Becci Brown
Job title
Team Lead for Physical Therapies
Email address
Telephone number
01634 333366