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SEN Occupational Therapist

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£44,370 - £50,964
Closing date
29 Aug 2021

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Health and Social Care, Children's Services, Education
Job role
Contract Type
Full time
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People are central to every action taken at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC). The wellbeing of our population underpins everything that we do, and as such, it is vital that we give children and young people the best possible start in life. The SEN Occupational Therapy team is central to this goal, as this bi-borough service (that we share with our colleagues at Westminster City Council) is tasked with delivering the specialist support outlined in section F of children and young people’s Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

The Role

On a day-to-day basis, you will be out and about as you build exceptional relationships with a manageable portfolio of schools and teachers, and most importantly, the children, young people and families who are need of your support. You will work in partnership with children and young people their parents or carers and school staff, in order to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people across the bi-borough.

Striving to implement a coaching model with both schools and parents, you will have the scope to embed lasting change in how today’s SEN children and those of the future are catered for. Supporting the integration of OT principles into the curriculum, you will be a trusted advisor to school staff including Head Teachers, SENCos and Teachers as you identify training needs, create training resources and deliver online and in-person training to both staff and parents.

If you want to create pathways that will enable children to find their feet and make the most of life – and you would relish the opportunity to embrace the exceptional training and development opportunities that we can offer you – then you will thrive as a member of our talented and friendly team.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

This is a chance to make a tangible impact on children who have special needs to get the most out of their education. You will therefore excel in the team if you bring an adaptable and proactive approach to the role, underpinned by exceptional communication skills. With the capacity to engage adaptively with children who have a range of different communication styles and work in partnership with parents, teachers and other professionals, you will share our determination to always work as a team. You will have a great deal of autonomy in this role, so you will be capable of managing your own workload, and you will be highly organised. You will also be capable of preparing insightful reports for annual reviews, so your written skills will be well-developed. On a practical level, you will be a qualified Occupational Therapist who is eligible for registration with the HCPC, with experience working in paediatrics. Ideally, you will have experience of working in schools, and you will have a well-developed understanding of the SEND Code of Practice and relevant legislation.

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s will not be considered for this role.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

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