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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 08/03/2021.

Advanced Paediatric Occupational Therapist - Obesity Service

Job Reference: 001-AHP031-0221

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Llandough Children's Centre, Penarth
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum pro rata


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (the UHB) is a Smoke Free Health Board. Smoking is banned across all of the UHB sites. Staff are therefore not able to smoke in the hospital grounds or on any other UHB premises.

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We are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We welcome applications from everyone and actively seek a diverse range of applicants. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential no matter their disability, sex, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity or marriage and civil partnership status.

Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for you to join this newly formed paediatric weight management team delivering to children and young people at tier 3 on the All Wales Obesity Pathway. We are seeking applications from occupational therapists with experience of assessing the psycho-social and sensory/motor factors which can contribute to weight gain. As this is a new service, you will need a high level of professional confidence to lead delivery of an occupationally focuses assessment and intervention and which addresses needs within the whole family. You will work closely with Dietetic, Medical, Nursing, Psychology and Physiotherapy team to achieve outcomes focused on person centred practice, which supports education, intervention towards self management. .

Whilst this post delivers outcomes within the Obesity Pathway, you will be part of the wider paediatric occupational therapy team and you will support all practitioners to identify factors affecting weight and to gain confidence to ensure Every Contact Counts and the conversation around healthy weight is explored where it impacts occupational performance. This is an experienced team of occupational therapists located within tertiary and secondary services in community children's centres, the children's hospital for Wales and within special schools. You will access training support from this and you will contribute to the continued development of advanced expertise within this team.

You will be actively involved in the research, audit and the Quality and Safety agenda supporting the Obesity Pathway. We actively support professional development and you will receive supervision and appraisal to support your clinical and leadership roles

We are searching for someone who shares our values that:

  • We care about the people we serve and the people we work with
  • We trust one another
  • We respect each other
  • We take personal responsibility
  • We treat people with kindness
  • We act with integrity

Post holders will be expected at all times to behave in accordance with our values demonstrating commitment to the delivery of high quality services to patients.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Closing Date: 08/03/2021

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Anne Taplin

Job title: Lead professional occupational therapist - children and young people

Email address:

Telephone number: 02921836910 

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