Occupational Therapist - The William Henry Smith School

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The William Henry Smith School
Part time 3 days per week (plus one week learning and development)
Calderdale and surrounding areas
NJC pt. 26 – 34
£32,909 - £40,478 per annum (pro-rata) dependent on experience

Kirklees Council are advertising this role on behalf of The William Henry Smith School.

Are you a professional, enthusiastic and highly driven individual who has specialist Occupational Therapy knowledge and is passionate about the health and well-being and outstanding outcomes for our children and young people?

Do you want to use your motivation, skills and knowledge to pro-actively empower and enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of our children and young people?

We are looking to appoint an experienced specialist Occupational Therapist to join our highly specialist team.

Do you have enthusiasm and engagement within the field of trauma and trauma informed care?

Do you have an awareness of self-care and wellbeing and facilitating this in others?

Do you have a curiosity about the underlying reasons for behaviour?

Do you thrive on creativity and adaptability to contribute to MDT and advancing clinical practice?

We are currently seeking a specialist HCPC, RCOT registered Occupational Therapist to join the well-established health and therapy team at the William Henry Smith School. The team provides trauma informed bespoke therapy for children and young people experiencing Social, Emotional and Mental Health challenges and associated learning needs. The role includes facilitating individual and group Occupational Therapy, autonomous case management and the development of support packages in collaboration with the wider multidisciplinary team. 

The successful candidate will have a sound knowledge of sensory and physical development and be innovative, passionate and committed to their discipline and continuing professional development. The successful candidate will celebrate neurodiversity and the many strengths and positive aspects that being neurodivergent brings. The ability to work autonomously and yet be able to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team is essential. Applicants should possess excellent organisational and communication skills. Applicants should have 5 years post-qualification experience working as an Occupational Therapist and have experience of managing a school age caseload.

Our offer:

  • An attractive salary 
  • Payment for renewal and maintenance of professional registration fees 
  • A Quality of Life and Well-being programme of activity and experiences
  • A competitively defined contribution pension scheme
  • An employee assisted healthcare cashback plan
  • A full induction programme, including an outstanding network of support 
  • A learning and development programme and CPD
  • Assistance with childcare savings and cycle to work scheme
  • Subscription to Head Space and Perks at Work online apps which offer hundreds of discounts and benefits
  • 50% towards the cost of branded workwear
  • Personal health and fitness training, and a financial advisory service

The Smith Foundation is a registered charity that operates our outstanding special school, a bespoke education, support and tuition service, and a children’s home, all for children and, young adults experiencing social, emotional and mental health challenges (SEMH).

The William Henry Smith School is a non-maintained residential special school for boys aged 5-19. Our students have a breadth of special educational needs, including learning difficulty and disability. We are a not for profit charitable organisation providing ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ education, health, therapy and care. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Opportunities for success are provided through a diverse programme of bespoke individual learning pathways and life skills across the 24-hour curriculum, which serve to develop resilience, skills and accreditation for life-long learning, happiness and an improved quality of life. The school has a strong ethos and culture, built upon firm foundations that underpins all our work on improving quality of life outcomes for all our students and their families, through our strong focus on key working, developing relationships with students, and partnerships with parents and carers.

The school operates across 2 sites, ‘the main school site’ and from our satellite provision in Elland. This provision – BEST (Bespoke Education, Support and Tuition) is an extension to the school, providing much needed ‘specialised’ support to children and young adults who are struggling to flourish as a consequence of complex needs, and/or significant time out of any school/education provision. 

The school has a wealth and breadth of professionals which form an integrated team around students, including Creative Arts Psychotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, School Nurses, a Social Worker and a Family team. Residential Care and Teaching and Learning staff play a vital part in children’s lives, progress and quality of life.

Our recruitment process is further embedded, ensuring our commitment to Safeguarding and our alignment with the Safer Recruitment procedure. The process aims to create and maintain a safe workforce and contains robust vetting procedures. The successful applicant will be appointed subject to references and enhanced DBS check (this is a position working in regulated activity). The successful candidate will be subject to a rigorous safer recruitment process and must adhere to a strict code of conduct regarding behaviour at all times. 

The school values equality and diversity across its workforce and aims to ensure our staff community is reflective of the diversity of the children and young people within our care. We are also committed to promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of both students and staff that reflects life in Modern Britain. 

As part of the recruitment process, visits to the school are essential. For further information or to arrange a visit please contact our Occupational Therapy Lead christina.smith@whsschool.org.uk 

To obtain an application pack please visit the school website.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing date for applications: 12th December 2022.

Successful candidates will be contacted by: 15th December 2022.

Proposed interview date: January 2023.

12 December 2022, 11:55 PM

This vacancy is closed to applications.