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Senior Occupational Therapist, Specialist Autism Team

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Occupational Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (flexible across the week)
Job ref
Ash Green
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Occupational Therapist to join our new team.
This would be working  with adults over the age of 18 who have autistic spectrum disorder. You will have a complex and varied caseload, being responsible for delivering specialist assessment and intervention strategies.  

Main duties of the job

We work collaboratively to deliver a co-ordinated, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency service with health, social care and education professionals as well as clients and their carers.

This is in line with the principles in line with NHS England paper “Building the Right Support” where the starting point should always be for mainstream services to support people with autism, making reasonable adjustments where necessary and with access to specialist multi-disciplinary support as appropriate.

A core element of any such specialist provision should therefore be on enabling mainstream services, and other partners, to support people directly.  Where meeting health and care needs are particularly complex, more intensive specialist multi-disciplinary support may be needed to ensure equity of outcome for people.

We Provide specialist clinical intervention and person centred  treatment for people who have ASD and deliver appropriate training, advice and education where needed for their support networks and carers that are in place.

Working for our organisation

We are a cohesive, client focused multi disciplinary team who  believe in delivering a person centred approach to the lives of people who have a learning disability. We have opportunities for career development and further training to increase skills and knowledge in this specialist area to enhance your clinical role and provide quality care.

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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As a Senior OT the post holder will be required to:-

  • Provide specialist assessment, treatment, advice and education for clients with ASD, the majority of whom will  present with a wide range of complex and multiple problems.
  • Work closely with a variety of service providers and agencies throughout the Derbyshire to provide an holistic approach to the treatment of adults with ASD.  
  • Participate in the development of effective, responsive, evidence based person-centred services.  

Person specification

Education / Qualifications / Training

Essential criteria
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration
  • Basic level of sensory training
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of successful completion of post registration education
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Qualification in sensory integration and module disorders.

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with people with Autism
  • Experience of working with people whose behaviour may challenge
  • Experience of community working
  • Experience of working in crisis situations
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of prescription and use of aids and adaptations
  • Experience in developing and leading staff

Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Able to carry out complex mental and physical tasks
  • Able to cope with stressful conditions, conflicting demands and challenging situations
  • Skills in overcoming barriers to communication
Desirable criteria
  • Able to work using considerable analysis and interpretation

Aptitute and personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to travel independently around the community
  • Professionally accountable for own actions and any clinical work delegated to other staff
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of evidence based practise in Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Ability to work in a complex and rapidly changing environment

Values, drivers and motivators

Essential criteria
  • Respectful and build Trust
  • Compassionate
We are a Living Wage EmployerArmed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyHSJ Best places to workMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident leaderCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Stonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lucy Hazlehurst
Job title
Clinical Operational Manager
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