About this job
Veritas are working with an SEN school that is part of a large academy trust with an Outstanding Ofsted rating. The school are looking for a OT to join their friendly and successful therapy team that work in partnership with lecturers/teachers and support staff across all of the sites.
The SEN school caters for children and students with physical and complex needs aged 2-19 years. They provide a non-residential, stimulating learning environment for students across a wide range of diagnoses including moderate/severe/and profound learning disabilities, Autism, physical disabilities, mental health and additional diagnoses.
They are looking for a proactive and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to join their close knit team. This post is suitable for practitioners looking to extend their clinical experience within the field of Autism, Learning disability and associated difficulties and work within an educational setting. The selected candidate will be required to work closely with the Speech and Language Therapist and other professionals providing support to students.
Experience within this field is essential and at least two years within a relevant setting is preferred; however consideration will be given to candidates who have had experience as part of their undergraduate training. CPD opportunities will be provided for the successful candidate to develop skills and practice and to assist developing practice and information needs.
The successful candidate will be required to provide assessment, therapy and review for students. Training of staff may be required upon request. Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) will benefit greatly from OT support and guidance when carrying out activities with students such as cooking, and when overseeing basic life skills such as personal hygiene tasks. Comprehensive reports and formal documents will be required for new students and following review. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Clinical To accept clinical responsibility for a varied caseload of paediatrics and adults, and to organise this efficiently and effectively with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.To provide clinical assessment and intervention to learners in the service.To autonomously manage and treat a diagnostically varied and complex patient caseloadTo undertake risk assessments to determine appropriate management, specifically related to moving and handling, safe use of equipment. To guide and support teaching staff on manual handling procedures in the classroom.To plan and implement person-centered individual and/or group interventions which aim at improving functional abilities and participation in College/school-related learning activities as well as everyday life.To liaise with all team members and family/carers in order to provide a co-ordinated approach and ensure occupational therapy treatment is integrated into students' and pupil's objectives that support learning and skills for daily living.To monitor, evaluate and modify intervention in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventionTo report to other team members regarding occupational therapy intervention.To assess, advise and order specialist equipment being aware of financial implications and restrictions. Liaise with PCT/social services/ external agencies/ parents/ carers regarding the provision and use of such equipment. To monitor new developments in specialised equipment and communicate with manufacturers. To instruct those working with the learner how to correctly use the equipment and set guidelines for its use.To conduct upper limb assessments and make the necessary referrals or fabricate splints as required by individual students.To write professional reports to be shared at review meetings, and to attend review meetings where appropriate.To attend an or write reports for EHCP'sTo attend College and school meetings for learners, including Parents' Evenings and Open Days etc.To contribute to and carry out risk assessment and risk management plans, including moving and handling.To keep up to date with current and new manual handling techniques.To be actively involved in compiling activity programmes with therapeutic aims.Provide day to day supervision (professional and clinical) of junior therapists and assistants as appropriate.To use IT and other alternative methods of communication to overcome barriers to communication e.g. simple clear language, makaton, symbols and photographs.All applicants must be fully-qualified Occupational Therapy Practitioners, members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and any other relevant governing bodies. Proof of membership and a recent Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) will be required upon successful appointment.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR VERITAS EDUCATIONAll applications are subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure, professional reference checks, Overseas Police Clearances (if applicable) in line with our stringent safeguarding policyYour CV must cover the last 10 years of employment history where possible and all employment breaks must be explainedYou must have legal right to work in the UKYou must be willing to attend a registration interview
Veritas Education work with a variety of schools covering a wide geographical area. We deal with teaching placements at Primary, Secondary and college level as well as support staff positions also within these.
'Nothing within the above advert was in any way designed or intended to discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Veritas Education is an Equal opportunities employer and is proud in the knowledge that all placements are made on merit and suitability. We accept applications from all sections of the community.'