Band 5 Occupational Therapist Paediatric Community: Visa Sponsorship available

University Hospitals Birmingham

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Job summary

Are you a motivated and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist, passionate about empowering children and young people to fulfil their potential, and looking for an exciting opportunity to develop your skills and experience? Would you like to participate in shaping our service through implementation of evidence-based ideas? We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 5 OT to join our community-based team. We strive to provide a quality, family-centred service to children and young people across Solihull.

The service operates a graduated response, delivering universal, targeted, and specialist provision. We support children and young people with mastering their occupations, motor skills, sensory preferences, DCD assessment, and specialist equipment. You will have the opportunity to work on all service pathways with support from each Band 6 pathway lead. You will develop skills and experience through internal and external training opportunities, with support to manage your own caseload via regular supervision.

We are looking for someone who has excellent communication skills and enjoys working as part of team. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to develop skills and knowledge within a supportive environment. We welcome applications from newly qualified Occupational Therapists.

If you have a question or would like more details? Please contact Marie Roberts (Team Lead) or Hannah Phelan, Occupational Therapist on 0121 722 8010

Main duties, tasks & skills required

The Solihull Children’s Occupational Therapy team works in collaboration with children and young people 0-18 years, and their families, supporting a range of developmental and complex physical needs including, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down’s syndrome. Working in a community setting offers a sense of flexibility, as we work at clinic bases, schools, nurseries, specialist schools, and homes.

Responsibilities and duties of this Band 5 OT post include planning, organising and prioritising own caseload and non-clinical duties, with support; Providing comprehensive assessment of self-care, school, and play/leisure; Taking a client-centred approach to advocate on behalf of the child and/or their carers where appropriate; Assessment of environmental impacts (e.g., physical, social, sensory, and cultural) on a CYP’s occupational performance; Assessment and recommendations for the provision of specialist equipment and to monitor and evaluate its use; Setting collaborative SMART goals with CYP and relevant professionals; Demonstrating therapeutic techniques for parents, carers, and education staff to enable them to carry out OT programmes for specific children or groups of children; Working effectively within the multi-disciplinary team (Physiotherapists, Speech and Language therapists, paediatricians, health visitors, admin clerks); and creation and delivery of service workshops to both families and professionals.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;
Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity; removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their ‘whole self’ to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person specification



  • GCSEs (including A – C grade in English & Maths, or equivalent)
  • 3 passes at A level (or equivalent)
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent overseas qualification
  • Registration with HCPC


  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapists



  • Able to assess develop and implement appropriate programmes of care, write reports and evaluate outcomes and treatment to meet the needs of the clients
  • Wide range of experience with different client groups at undergraduate level


  • Experience using standardized and non-standardised assessments with children & young people
  • Experience of community work

Additional Criteria


  • Computer literate
  • Ability to organize and respond efficiently to complex information
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other agencies
  • Ability to write complex information in a way that can be easily understood
  • Ability to work as part of OT team
  • Ability to work as member of wider therapy team
  • Ability to set own work priorities
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to analyse professional & ethical issues
  • Aware of own strengths & needs
  • Enthusiastic & motivated
  • Innovative
  • Desire to work as part of a team
  • Committed to client’s interests
  • Able to perform tasks requiring moderate physical effort
  • Able to cope in stressful environments & with emotional people
  • Willingness to work flexibly
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

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