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Occupational Therapist (Two Posts)

Job Reference: 833-RD-CS-476-20

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
West Yorkshire
£31,365 to £37,890 pro rata

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

Are you passionate about supporting adoptees and their families to flourish? Are you interested in shaping an expanding, multidisciplinary team within a regional adoption agency? We wish to appoint two dynamic and enthusiastic Occupational Therapists to provide occupational therapy expertise, knowledge and skills within the OAWY Multidisciplinary team (MDT).

One Adoption West Yorkshire (OAWY) is a shared regional adoption service across the 5 West Yorkshire Local Authorities. It is hosted by Leeds City Council with office bases across West Yorkshire and is responsible for the recruitment and assessment of adopters, family finding for children and adoption support.

The developing and expanding OAWY multidisciplinary team comprising therapeutic social workers, education professionals and health professionals, including psychologists, occupational therapists and a speech therapist. The team works in partnership with the wider adoption service to provide an integrated, multi-layered, inter agency service, focused on the individual needs of adopted children and their families, with an emphasis on early identification of issues, prevention and early intervention. The MDT supports OAWY and its partner agencies trough consultations and training. The team offers consultations, assessments and therapeutic support to children, young people and families. We strive to develop flexible partnership working models across health, education, and the voluntary and independent sectors.

Leeds Community Healthcare Trust is working in partnership with OAWY to employ healthcare professionals for the MDT and link them to an enthusiastic group of clinicians to provide professional support, collaborative learning and development opportunities to the post holders. The occupational therapy posts are hosted by LCH Integrated Children's Additional Needs (ICAN) service and while you will have links with colleagues within this service, your clinical work will be with OAWY. The supervision will be provided by Band 7 Occupational Therapists in the OAWY MDT. This is a fantastic opportunity for an OT who is interested in working with children and families who have experienced developmental trauma from a neurodevelopmental / sequential perspective.

We seek to understand and support the child with the ongoing impact of early adversity as well as to recognise and respond to additional difficulties such as neurodevelopmental, educational or familial issues.

As a developing team we are engaged in a dynamic process of continual improvement and development of the service, based on learning from direct work and feedback from families and staff. The service will offer an evidence based approach, building in robust outcome monitoring and review processes.

As one of the Occupational Therapists in the team the main part of your role will be working with colleagues to improve understanding of children's physical, emotional and relational development and design and deliver support services such as Building Underdeveloped Sensorimotor Systems (BUSS) model*. (Full training will be provided). As part of the team, you will also provide consultations, assessments and support to children, young people and families, and support staff and parents through consultations and training.


  • Promote a screening practice within OAWY to measure child's foundation sensorimotor systems and other aspects of physical development to identify the children who require further support.
  • Facilitate a full assessment of those of identified children (either individually or as part of a multidisciplinary assessment) and create a plan for support, which fits in with the overall adoption support plan.


  • Facilitate individual and group based interventions to develop and built children's underdeveloped sensorimotor systems and other aspects of physical development, which are age appropriate and take into account the impact of children's early life experiences.
  • Facilitate individual and group based support and training activities for parents, providing them with information about building underdeveloped systems and other aspects of physical development enabling parents to help children to develop, understand themselves and their bodies, regulate themselves physically and to thrive.

Supporting OAWY Staff

  • Support OAWY staff and the wider team around the child through consultation to increase understanding of underdeveloped systems and other aspects of physical development to ensure those needs are recognised and taken into account when support plans for children are created and put in place.
  • Support the OAWY staff to develop the skills and capacity run groups such as Building Underdeveloped Sensorimotor systems groups, which help children to understand themselves and their bodies, regulate themselves physically and to thrive.

Service Development

  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the multidisciplinary team with colleagues within the MDT, the OAWY management team and the wider staff.

Building pathways with universal services

  • In partnership with the MDT develop pathways to universal services to ensure continuation of care.

*More information about BUSS: Sarah Lloyd- Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma: A Model for Practice (2020) & Improving Sensory Processing in Traumatized Children: Practical Ideas to Help Your Child's Movement, Coordination and Body Awareness (2016).

You will be knowledgeable about the impact of early life experiences on a child's development and wellbeing and the importance of early and proactive intervention. You will understand the complexity, multifaceted nature of difficulties experienced by adopted children and young people and the need to take a whole-child approach and passionate about helping children to understand themselves and their bodies, regulate themselves physically and to thrive.

If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

We are also looking for applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

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.

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