Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist - South East London

Ref: 144Tuesday 12 October 2021

£35000 - £44000

Paediatric Occupational Therapist – September 2021 or sooner - SE London

Do you have a passion and talent for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs and mental health disorders?

Are you keen to make a difference to the lives of children and young people whilst building your experience and furthering your career in SEND?

Are you a qualified Paediatric Occupational Therapist with HCPC registration?

We are supporting the development of a SEND school’s therapeutic offer and have an exciting opportunity for a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. This is an established and well facilitated SEND school located in SE London, easily accessed via a number of public transport links. Alternatively, parking is available for drivers. We are actively seeking an engaging and passionate Paediatric Occupational Therapist to add to their friendly and talented staff team. The school provides education to children with a range of needs including, MLD, SLD, PMLD, PD, neurological conditions and brain injuries. We are looking to speak to professional and committed individuals who are passionate about therapeutic intervention, even if you don't have experience in a SEND school, we want to hear from you!


What you can expect as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in a SEND school

  • The school's multidisciplinary therapy team provides support such as neurological rehabilitation as well as therapies such as rebound therapy. The children in the school have a wide range of needs and disabilities and will have more difficulty adapting their behaviour appropriately and thus may have difficulties with academic learning. 
  • You will provide a high quality, school-based Occupational Therapy Service to children, their families, care givers, and school staff
  • Assessment, strategies, training, modelling, programs and equipment/adaptation recommendations
  • Consult Senior Leaders and class teachers to support the integration of OT principles into the curriculum
  • Identify training needs amongst school staff and parents
  • Contribute to Annual Reviews as and when required
  • Measuring and evaluating outcomes 
  • Contribute to the creation of service development outcomes
  • Creating resources
  • Providing strategies through coaching


Requirements for this Paediatric Occupational Therapist

  • To work as a school based 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 paediatric OT experience, ideally working with a broad range of SEND to include Autism
  • 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
  • Versatile: You will be based across a case load of schools and provisions for SEND, age ranges from primary to secondary with a broad spectrum of additional needs
  • 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 OT role and will require experience due to the autonomy of the role
  • Beneficial – Experience in neurological rehabilitation
  • Beneficial - Experience of Rebound Therapy 
  • Beneficial – Experience in therapy support/interventions
  • Beneficial - Experience of working with Autism, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties and learning difficulties, or experience with SEMH, brain injury


Interested in hearing more?

If you want to hear more about our 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 contact us to discuss your SEND career development.

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