Therapy Assistant – Occupational Therapy (Physical and Sensory)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday - Friday
Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays per annum (52 week)
Salary: Highly competitive (Band 4 equivalent)
Do you want to be part of and develop a Regional Wellbeing Hub covering leading SEN schools, residential homes and adult services?
Do you want to make a significant difference to a varied and professionally challenging group of children, young people and adults?
Do you want to create a nationally important resource with the substantial backing of a leading provider of education and care for children, young people and adults with complex needs?
Are you interested in and experienced in the field of complex or trauma related needs?
If so we have the role for you!
We’re looking for a Therapy Assistant – Occupational Therapy (Physical and Sensory) to join the Outcomes First Group.
The post holder will form part of the Wellbeing Hub across the east region. However, mainly situated at Acorn Park School, but providing a service to other schools, residential homes and if required fostering agencies within the region.
Someone with a holistic and integrated approach to care, education and clinical services would be perfect for this role.
About the Group
We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.
We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our schools and homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.
We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.
About the Role
The role of Therapy Assistant – Occupational Therapy (Physical and Sensory) is to form part of a Regional Wellbeing Hub; supporting and enhancing the implementation of communication and interaction at a universal and targeted level of intervention across all divisions supporting each provision, its staff and parents/carers in meeting the needs of children, young people and adults through a tiered approach; achieving our objective of providing an integrated care model.
This position assists with physical and sensory interventions under the supervision/monitoring of a qualified and registered clinician, assisting with assessments and planning, data/research collection, carrying out service evaluation, specific analysis and delivery of therapeutic sessions. The position will also include preparation of information and resources needed by the team to support clinical (specialist) intervention.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic Therapy Assistant to join our Regional Wellbeing Hub and play a role in supporting the development and implementation of a specialist level of psychological intervention.
The multi-disciplinary team will help provide all levels of intervention to surrounding provisions within the Outcomes First Group, so the post holder will need to have their own means of transport. The post-holder will work independently according to a plan agreed with the clinical team and within the overall framework of the service policies and procedures. A key aspect of the role will include delivering Occupational Therapy (Physical and Sensory) informed interventions at a universal and targeted level to support our wider teams in meeting our children, young peoples and adults needs.
The role is required to take place in a range of settings across the group in applying assessments and the delivery of therapeutic sessions as directed and supervised by the clinical team. Skills in the management of data are also important as the role includes collecting and analysing data to inform various pieces of service delivery, development and project work.
Essential Criteria (for a full list see the job description)
- Qualification in a Therapeutic Model
- Experience in working within a multi-disciplinary teams
- Experience of working with children, young people and/or adults
- Demonstrable ability to complete clinical tasks
- Ability to work collaboratively with a range of key partners
- Ability to work sensitively with people and resolve conflict
Why work for us
- Be part of a growing national organisation
- Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
- Access to an allocated budget assigned for continuous professional development, training and on costs for a clear career path
- Supportive team environment
- Well resourced provision
Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website www.acorncare.co.uk. If you have any further questions regarding how to apply or to arrange a visit please contact Katrina Carmen on Katrina.Carman@acornparkschool.co.uk
The Outcomes First Group are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS and necessary checks. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for