Senior Occupational Therapist


Medforce recruitment in parternship with a renowned organization that significantly impacts the lives of individuals with disabilities in Ireland are seeking a dedicated Senior Occupational Therapist in Bray. Co.Wicklow. Our client is recognized as one of Ireland’s top employers, as acknowledged by the Irish Independent 150 Best Employers 2023 list.


Overall Purpose of the Post: To work as a senior member of the interdisciplinary team providing services to children and families within the region. The post holder will be responsible for the provision of an occupational therapy service to a special school and this will include assessment diagnostics and intervention, clinical and performance supervision and ongoing service delivery to children with a range of disabilities attending our service. Services are provided to children aged 0 – 18 years with physical, sensory, and learning disabilities, and developmental delay.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Planning and Organising of Activities and Resources:

    • Planning and organising individual and group caseloads, to include assessments, interventions and diagnosis for children (0 – 18 years) with a range of disabilities including physical, sensory and learning disabilities and developmental delay.
    • Foreseeing potential problems or competing priorities and takes appropriate action to ensure service standards don’t suffer.
    • Fostering an awareness of the need for value for money and a sense of accountability for budgets within the team/service.
    • Taking responsibility for the achievement of service delivery targets by regularly monitoring, recording and reporting performance outcomes and statistics.
    • Demonstrating innovation in working within resource limitations to sustain and enhance the service.
    • Taking responsibility for the line management and clinical supervision of basic therapists, volunteers/students within the team/service as required.
  2. Judgement and Evaluation:

    • Demonstrating a sound understanding of administrative practice and protocol in decisions.
    • Thinking ahead to the consequences of decisions, and considering precedence.
    • Establishing integrity by ensuring that the professional, ethical and safety factors are fully considered in decisions into which they have an input.
    • Making decisions in a transparent manner by involving and empowering others where appropriate and will explain the rationale behind decisions.
    • Recognising when it is appropriate to refer decisions to a higher level of authority or to include other colleagues in the decision.
  3. Professional Development and Standards in the Service:

    • Demonstrating sufficient clinical skills in OT assessment intervention and diagnostics to meet the specific needs of children 0 – 18 years with a range of disabilities including physical, learning, and sensory.
    • Providing an occupational therapy service to include assessment diagnoses and intervention, clinical and performance supervision and ongoing service delivery to children with a range of disabilities.
    • Taking responsibility for continuing professional development to ensure evidence-based practice.
    • Contributing to the ongoing development and implementation of quality assurance initiatives.
    • Collaborating skillfully with stakeholders while working in partnership with parents/families/carers to identify goals, including complex situations.
    • Is adequately aware of policy, legislative and professional requirements to ensure appropriate standards in their area of responsibility.
    • Ensuring that all records and technical data are up to date and available if required.
    • Taking initiatives to move the service forward and show willingness to try out new ideas that add service delivery value.
    • Ensuring strict compliance with health and safety standards and adheres to operational guidelines ensuring equipment is checked and working correctly in accordance with safety standards.
    • Ensuring that professional standards are adhered to for the occupational therapy service provided.
    • Monitoring and keeping up-to-date with developments in occupational therapy including attending training courses and participating in research.
  4. Team Working:

    • Attending and actively contributing to relevant clinical, professional and service meetings.
    • Participating as a full member of the interdisciplinary service team.
    • Facilitating staff development by providing support such as clinical supervision, mentoring, coaching and formal development planning.
    • Understanding and respecting the complexity of working in a team and team dynamics.
    • Understanding and facilitating interdisciplinary team working.
    • Working in collaboration with the other members of the team in the planning and delivery of services for children, in particular in the development of family and person centered planning.
    • Striving to ensure that all staff in their responsibility are adequately trained in line with legal and professional standards.
    • Participating in training and developmental opportunities as identified and agreed.
    • Supporting and contributing to research initiatives as required.
  5. Leadership:

    • Building credibility and portraying the profession/service in a positive light by being professional and well informed.
    • Demonstrating determination and initiative to achieve results and improve the service.
    • Accepting accountability for standards of performance in relevant area of responsibility.
    • Inspiring others to work to high standards by being enthusiastic about the profession and the service.
    • Maintaining ethical and personal standards at all times.
    • Facilitating individual and group interventions in a skilled manner.
  6. Building and Maintaining Working Relationships:

    • Ability to communicate fluently and persuasively in a variety of different media (oral, written and electronic).
    • Making a compelling case to positively influence the thinking of others.
    • Demonstrating strong listening skills.
    • Work in partnership with a range of relevant stakeholders.
    • Strong collaboration with outside agencies.

To minimize exposure to breaches of GDPR, strict compliance is required in the course of carrying out the duties of this job and working with others. This will include, but is not limited to compliance with GDPR Policies & Procedures, attending all GDPR training sessions and ensuring personal responsibility for implementing safeguards and measures as directed.

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