Part Time SEMH Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist - Essex

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Part Time Occupational Therapist (OT)





Are you an experienced band 6/7 Occupational Therapist looking to become part of an incredible team?

Do you have a strong paediatric Occupational Therapy background?


I am looking for a band 6/7 Occupational Therapist to become part of a multidisciplinary therapy team as part of an Inclusion Service. The opportunities here are flexible and could suit a permanent F/T Occupational Therapist, permanent term time only Occupational Therapist, or someone looking for more flexible work.


About the role of Occupational Therapist (OT)

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.


Duties for this Occupational Therapist (OT) will include:

  • Provide a high quality, school-based Occupational Therapy Service to children, their families, care givers, and schools
  • Assessment, strategies, training, modelling, programs and equipment/adaptation recommendations
  • Consult school staff such as Senior Leaders, SENCOs, 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 Occupational Therapist (OT)

  • 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


About the Inclusion Service

Working for this inclusion service comes with great opportunity for CPD and access to very specific training from well known experts in the field. Working with a range of schools means that you will acquire skills and experience across a wide range of SEND including but not limited to PD, LD, SEMH, SLCN, MLD, PMLD, Autism, and Access Needs. The work they do is essential and you will have an opportunity to be a part of something very special!

Why work with us? 

  • We have access to a wider range of job opportunities including vacancies that haven't been advertised yet :We have partnerships with multiple schools, Local Authorities, and educational organisations and can provide you with access to a wider range of job opportunities.
  • Expertise in the SEND education industry: we have specialist knowledge and experience in the SEND education industry, including an understanding of school hiring practices and requirements, which can help you navigate the job search process more effectively.
  • Assistance with CV and application materials:  we can provide guidance on preparing effective resumes and application materials, which can help you to stand out to schools
  • Interview preparation and coaching: we provide interview preparation and coaching tailored to the specific school to help you feel more confident and prepared for interviews.
  • One application - Multiple Opportunities: are you too busy to fill out lots of different application forms? register with us and only fill out one form
  • Continued support: we can provide continued support throughout the job search process, even after a job offer has been made

If you think you would be an incredible asset to a team then please do get in touch by applying to this advert or emailing

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