Occupational Therapist

OVERVIEW OF THE POST

The OT is a key member of the team whose role is to support the Head Teacher in the school’s management and strategic planning and in the development and maintenance of LVS Oxford’s innovative approaches to the education of children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.

The SMT structure enables the widest delegation of responsibilities within an effective team, with day-to-day management shared on a duty manager basis to allow time for focused development work with staff and students.

The OT needs to ensure that they are promoting best practice at all times through role modelling and exceptional training of the centre staff.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

Team Responsibility

External Links and Liaison

Marketing and Public Relations

Setting, Monitoring and Evaluation of whole school communication targets

Hospitality

Strategic Planning

To contribute to the overall development of LVS Oxford.

To plan and develop communication and therapy programmes throughout the centre.

Quality Assurance

To promote the highest quality practice, leading by professional example

To contribute to the development of quality assurance systems including routine monitoring and evaluation that will ensure that LVS Oxford meets the requirements of all regulatory bodies and accreditation systems in full.

Staff Development, Appraisal and supervision

To ensure that all staff recruitment, line management, appraisal, supervision and conduct monitoring are undertaken within the policies and procedures of the LTC.  To contribute towards the training, learning and development of all staff and ensure that all members of the team receive specialist training designed to meet their needs as indemnified within their professional development plan and keep abreast of relevant national initiatives.

Financial Performance

To monitor financial performance against targets agreed with The LTC and take appropriate corrective action to address variance against budget.

External Communications

To liaise with Deputy Heads to ensure effective and regular communication with parents, carers and families of all pupils and students placed at LVS Oxford in regards to therapy and health needs. To liaise with other relevant organisations to ensure consistency and arrange training for relevant staff.

Compliance with Regulations

To ensure that LVS Oxford meets all its statutory requirements and obligations and works within the national standards and legal frameworks.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To complete annual review assessment and baseline assessment on students and contribute to the annual and baseline review processes within specified time frames
  • To be responsible for collaboratively planning interventions for students at the school, in line with overall therapy curriculum
  • To develop flexible and innovative inventories in line with the overall therapy curriculum
  • To provide support to all staff working with students regarding occupational therapy skill profile and modifications / differentiation required
  • To complete training of Centre staff in response to identification of need by the Head Teacher.
  • Abide by procedures aimed at developing a cohesive resource of assessment and therapy tools
  • To liaise with families and attend progress meetings
  • To participate in professional appraisal process
  • To complete professional appraisal for colleagues
  • To supervise clinical placements for occupational therapy students
  • To maintain an appropriate level of professional competence as recommended by the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists
  • To identify and advise Head Teacher of any issues which inhibit or compromise delivery of services to client group
  • Managing and monitoring students pastoral and medical care

GENERAL

  • Support all school events
  • Management of work flow systems
  • Timetables for Therapy are maintained on a weekly basis
  • Policies and procedures are current and in compliance with statutory regulations
  • Any other reasonable duties at the discretion of the Head Teacher

SELECTION CRITERIA

Short listing is based on the extent to which candidates meet the criteria laid out below.

It is therefore helpful to address each element systematically within your application; demonstrating clearly your current status in regard to the relevant qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A degree or diploma as recognised by the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists
  • Registration or a willingness as a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists
  • Registration with Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM)

EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum three years post qualification
  • Specific experience working with individuals with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum
  • Experience working within education and residential settings

PERSONAL SKILLS

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organisational skills in order to manage and prioritise a range of clinical and administrative tasks
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of current interventions for people with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.
  • The ability to consider a range of factors when planning assessment of a person with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum
  • The ability to interpret standardised assessment results and combine with informal assessment data to provide families and carers with a functional interpretation
  • To plan practical and relevant targets and interventions based on assessment findings
  • An understanding of the importance of outcome measurement tools
  • A willingness to undertake professional development activities in order to develop the communication and therapy service in line with strategy
  • Ability to demonstrate commitment to skill sharing and collaborative working in order to foster good multi-disciplinary working.
  • Commitment and ability to abide by equal opportunities policy

 

To apply for this position please download the application form and, once complete return it to liz.abraham-molloy@ltcharity.org.uk.

 

 

Application Form LVS Oxford Feb 141.doc
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My vision is employability and independent living skills for students with learning difficulties.
Sarah Sherwood, Director of Special Educational Needs
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