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Occupational Therapist

Department: School (students 6 – 19 years)

Location: The Sheiling Ringwood

Employment Type: Permanent

Hours & Working Patterns: Term time (41 working weeks, including training days). Part-time hours will be considered for the right candidate

Salary: £24,143–£34,575 pro rata to reflect term time working (£26,988-£38,649 FTE) 

Closing Date: 30 June 2022                             

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Start Date: To be confirmed

The Sheiling Ringwood is an independent residential special school and college for students with severe and moderate learning difficulties and disabilities.  A member of the Camphill communities, we provide education and care services within a beautiful environment, where staff, whatever their job role, have the opportunity to make a holistic, real and positive difference in the lives of our students. Set in a stunning sustainable and eco-friendly 40-acre site close to the New Forest and Dorset coastline, the natural surroundings of our school and college provide a rich, enabling and therapeutic learning environment for students.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified, innovative and motivated Occupational Therapist to join our multi-disciplinary team. You will be working with our school students (aged 6-19 years).

We are a dynamic, friendly multi-disciplinary team made up of: anthroposophical therapists, behaviour support coordinators, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. You will be part of this team, yet we expect an ability to work independently as sole OT in the school. You will also be part of an OT department, working closely with the Occupational Therapist from the college students (aged 19-25). The overarching OT service has recently been developed and an OT service screening tool now implemented to reflect best practise (including sensory, functional and physical observations). The school OT will work towards achieving sensory, functional and physical OT competencies under supervision of an external Sensory Integration trained OT. Opportunities for training and development in competency areas will be discussed in relation to OT skills sets and service needs.

This post offers the opportunity to develop your clinical skills in sensory, functional and physical observations. In addition, to consolidating your skills in managing a caseload and multidisciplinary team working. The caseload is varied and can cover autistic spectrum disorder, developmental delay, learning disabilities and neurological conditions. You will be confident, adaptable and dynamic to provide assessment and interventions for students. This will include: 1:1 therapy, group therapy sessions (e.g. fine-motor craft groups); prescription of OT programmes and equipment; attending meetings, planning sessions and MDT discussion. Previous experience working in a paediatric or learning disability setting is necessary.

Our Benefits include: *free enhanced DBS *fantastic working environment with beautiful outdoor space *pension scheme *occupational sick pay *annual salary review *at least 31 days holiday a year *onsite parking *training *regular support and supervision from friendly approachable line manager *Bike 2 Work scheme *Employee Assistance Programme

This post is for Term Time only.

Please complete the application form and email to:

The Sheiling Ringwood is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS and Barred List checkwill be required. Staff are also prohibited from promoting extremist/radical religious or one-sided political views whilst working at The Sheiling Ringwood (TSR) and/or whilst participating in activities associated with their employment within TSR.

This role is UK based and your right to work will need to be established as part of the appointment process.