Required for: 1st September 2022 (possibility for start in July)
Hours and Pay: Band 5/6 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm – paid school holidays
Condition of employment: 1 year contract (with opportunities for permanent role)
‘Joining Gesher was like joining a family. I really value how everyone works together holistically, and as a multidisciplinary team, to ensure that the children achieve their full potential. Working as an OT at Gesher, as an onsite therapist in their environment, enables us to support children to work towards functional and practical goals. From day one, I have felt like an integral part of the team, helping me to develop my professional and clinical skills.’ Band 5 Occupational Therapist.
Gesher School is a unique all-through school providing a specialist, meaningful and functional learning environment for young people with mild to moderate special educational needs. This includes ASC, ADHD, Down Syndrome and MLD.
We are looking for a confident, enthusiastic and highly motivated Band 5 or Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join our Therapy team at Gesher school. This post would suit a passionate, dynamic and adaptable individual who ideally has experience of working in a school or paediatric setting.
At Gesher school, Occupational Therapy is integrated throughout the school week for all students, following a trans-disciplinary and holistic therapeutic approach. You will work in close partnership with our Speech and Language Therapists, DramaTherapist, Art Therapist and Educational Psychologist, along with Teaching and Support staff and families/carers to help our children reach their full potential and support them in accessing all areas of the curriculum. The Therapy team at Gesher work onsite on a full-time basis, and utilise a three tiered approach: Universal (for all), Targeted (for small groups), and Specialist (for individuals). The role features relevant training, support and supervision alongside paid school holidays, dedicated administrative time and enhanced CPD opportunities. You will be a fully integrated and integral member of the whole school team.
This position offers fantastic opportunities to develop your skills as a practitioner within an innovative, supportive and collaborative team environment.
The successful therapist will:
- Plan, deliver and evaluate 1:1, paired and group evidence-based therapy programmes to support development of fine and gross motor skills, self-care skills and support sensory processing needs in order to enable children’s learning and meaningful engagement in school-based tasks.
- Complete comprehensive assessments when required to determine students’ individual Occupational Therapy needs.
- Deliver Occupational Therapy recommendations on students Educational Healthcare Plans (EHCP) and contribute to the annual review/ EHCP process.
- Develop effective working relationships with school staff and liaise regularly regarding implementation of programmes, provide in class support, advice and strategies; alongside delivering parent workshops to support the ongoing development of Occupational Therapy skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a team under the supervision of a senior Occupational Therapist.
You will join a supportive staff team where teamwork, flexibility and a positive personality are essential attributes.
To be successful you must have the following:
- Degree in Occupational Therapy.
- Registered member of HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) or registration in process.
- Experience working as a paediatric therapist, and/or experience working in a school setting (Desirable but not essential).
- An understanding of Occupational Therapy process/interventions in a school setting. (Desirable but not essential).
- Excellent communication, organisation and time management skills.
- A willingness to become involved in all aspects of school life and culture, e.g. break and lunch times, clubs, school festivals and events, parents’ evenings etc.
- The ability to work well as part of a collaborative team
- A right to work in the UK
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For more information relating to the above role, or to apply, please contact Victoria Rutter, Head of Therapies 0207 884 5102 or email [email protected]