Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist - Barking and Dagenham, North East London

Ref: 111Monday 10 January 2022

£32,000 - £45,000

Paediatric Occupational Therapist - East London


Are you an experienced band 6/7  Paediatric Occupational Therapist looking to become part of a multidisciplinary therapy team for a SEND school trust?


Do you have a strong paediatric Occupational Therapist background and passion for paediatric support?


I am looking for a band 6/7 Occupational Therapist to become part of a permanent multidisciplinary therapy team based in a new primary school provision


About the role of School Based Occupational Therapist

School-based occupational therapists focus on addressing educational needs to promote students' participation and performance in school. This may involve focusing on sensory and functional needs, as well as social skills. As an Occupational Therapist based in SEND school settings, you will look at the whole child, tackling individual tasks, helping students find ways to do the things they need and want to do. You will liaise closely with the multi-disciplinary clinical team to provide an intensive treatment service. You will engage the children and young people within the school in innovative, helpful therapeutic and meaningful activity, supporting them in learning and reaching their full potential.


Requirements for School Based Paediatric Occupational Therapist

  • To work as a school based Paediatric Occupational Therapist, you will need to hold a recognised Occupational Therapy degree, be HCPC registered and a registered member of the British College of Occupational Therapists. You will need solid experience, ideally working with highly vulnerable children, or children with complex needs
  • Imaginative: It’s certainly worth keeping in mind that students may become discouraged during their treatment session so it’s important to remain imaginative to create a welcoming and accepting environment
  • Collaborative: It’s important to remain open to collaboration with your  students’ team
  • Patient: Students may react to their OT sessions differently or could even feel defeated at times. In any case, remaining patient to keep them assured of their progress and maintaining a positive attitude will help to encourage the student during their sessions
  • Communicative: Keeping open communication with your students will help to offer them clarity and comfort around their progress, ultimately leading to a sense of encouragement. As well as communicating with students, OTs should possess strong communication skills in order to adequately explain updates to the students’ team members such as other therapists, teachers, and parents
  • This is a band 6/7 Occupational Therapist role but we want to hear from overseas trained and newly qualified OTs too as there is a possible band 5 OT role available once an experienced team is in place
  • School hours are typically 8.30 to 3.30/4pm, so for OTs looking to balance family life, this is a huge benefit. This also benefits OTs who work privately or like to have free time to work on other projects!


About the group of schools

The group of schools are based across East and North West London and cater for primary and secondary students with social emotional and mental health needs and sometimes a dual diagnosis of Autism. This will be based at the schools newest site which is based in Barking and Dagenham This particular provision is for Key Stage 2 pupils and will grow each year. 


Interested in hearing more?

If you want to hear more about our Occupational Therapy opportunities, please get in touch! You can apply by response to this advert, uploading your CV to our website, or emailing your CV to

If you are not contacted within 5 working days, unfortunately, you have been unsuccessful for this role. However, we will keep your CV and you are welcome to contact us to discuss your SEND career development.

Parker Smith Inclusion is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We will help you with this.

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