Job Details


Specialist Occupational Therapist (equivalent to Band 6)

Salary:                 £28,050 Pro Rata (to be negotiated depending on experience)

Location:             Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale

Hours:                 Flexible / Part-time or Full-time


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!


We are looking for a Specialist Occupational Therapist to join our team at Underley Garden in Kirkby Lonsdale. 


About the School

The young people who attend Underley Garden all have an EHCP/statement of special educational needs. Underley meets the needs of a range of SEN including; Autism, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health & Medical needs and related behavioural difficulties.

About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education Group and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist who will provide a clinical service for children and young people with a wide range of occupational performance needs including sensory processing and integration difficulties at Underley Garden.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for full details regarding this position.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for people with the belief that they can make positive changes.

You will be a responsible, friendly and thoughtful individual who has a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to young lives.


Essential Criteria

  • To provide specialist assessment, differential diagnosis and implementation of occupational therapy management
  • Responsible for assisting lead OT in planning and delivering an equitable and client centred OT service for children and young people with a wide range of occupational performance difficulties
  • Liaise with and develops links with other professionals and with parents/carers involved with individual clients in order to facilitate coordinated provision of care.
  • Provides OT intervention in UG children home and school (s).  Also provides minor advice to parents, where appropriate and not requiring further assessment.
  • Good observation and communication skills
  • Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with children and young people, other staff and relatives remaining sensitive and empathetic
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Intuitive and caring nature
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the children and young people


Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals whilst on shift
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Gym membership
  • School campsite
  • Employee Rewards Hub

Applications are invited online through our Underley Garden website:

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact Marie Lawson, Office Manager on 015242 71569.

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.