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Children's Sensory Therapy
NottinghamHybrid work
From £28,407 a year - Full-time

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  • From £28,407 a year

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  • Full-time

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  • Monday to Friday

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  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Employee mentoring programme
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking
  • Work from home

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Job Title:

Paediatric (Children’s) Occupational Therapist (Preceptorship Scheme)

Responsible to:

Managing Director, Children’s Sensory Therapy Limited (CST)

Head Office:

Midland’s Children and Family Therapy Centre, 20 Main Street, Aslockton, NG13 9AL.


To provide high quality, specialist Occupational Therapy Services to children 0-18 years


At Children’s Sensory Therapy, we are driven by compassion and expertise, dedicated to transforming the lives of young people with special educational needs. We empower parents and caregivers to support their children in reaching their full potential through our high-quality, personalised interventions. By focusing on enhancing sensory processing abilities, fostering self- regulation, developing functional skills and nurturing overall well- being, we aim to create meaningful and lasting positive changes in children's daily lives.


At Children’s Sensory Therapy, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to our clients through evidence-based practices. We are excited to offer a unique opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to join our team and specialise in Ayres Sensory Integration (SI) through our comprehensive 18 month preceptorship programme.

Programme Overview:

Our Occupational Therapy Preceptorship Programme is designed to formally train you in Ayres Sensory Integration, providing you with the skills and knowledge to become a certified Sensory Integration Practitioner. This is an excellent opportunity to advance your career in a supportive and dynamic environment, with structured training and mentorship.

Key Features of the Programme:

  • Certified Training: Fully funded by CST, the comprehensive training provided by the SI Network leads to certification as a Sensory Integration Practitioner.
  • Study Time: Whilst completing each module there is half a day per week dedicated to study within paid working hours to support your learning and development. Independent study will be necessary outside of work hours as per the requirements of the SI Network training.
  • Weekly Supervision: Regular weekly supervision sessions with a Clinical Lead OT who holds a master’s degree in Sensory Integration, ensuring you receive expert guidance and support.
  • Development Programme:
  • Phase 1: The programme will begin with you completing observations of experienced SI practitioners conducting assessments and interventions in our specialist SI clinic/community settings/schools.
  • Phase 2: You will progress to working jointly with an SI practitioner to carry out Sensory Integration assessments with clients who have a wide variety of clinical needs and presentations. Gradually building your hands-on experience and confidence in a range of settings including a bespoke SI clinic, community, mainstream and special schools.
  • Phase 3: You will move from leading on assessments (initially observed by more senior staff to provide constructive support) to working independently to conduct assessments with direct support from an SI Practitioner to develop your formulation and report writing skills.
  • Phase 4: You will hold your own clinical caseload and be responsible for the full Occupational Therapy process whilst being provided with bi-weekly formal supervision sessions and ongoing informal support from a committed and passionate team.
  • In-House CPD Sessions: You will have the opportunity to participate in continuous professional development sessions covering a range of relevant topics, including:
  • Administration of standardised and non-standardised assessment tools.
  • Interpretation of standardised and non-standardised assessment results.
  • Understanding specific diagnoses and clinical presentations in both child and adult populations.
  • Exploring attachment, developmental trauma, and mental health implications in Sensory Integration.

What We Offer:

  • A supportive and nurturing work environment focused on your professional growth.
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals.
  • Competitive salary and in house career development opportunities.
  • Monday to Friday Hybrid working.

Qualifications/Skills required:

  • Degree in Occupational Therapy and registration with HCPC.
  • Strong interest in Sensory Integration, working with children and a commitment to professional development.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Full driver’s license and access to a vehicle with full business insurance

As part of the preceptorship the post holder will:

· Work within a varied geographical area, as part of a team of Occupational Therapists.

· Provide timely, high quality, effective, accessible, personalised and tailored assessment and intervention for allocated children on the Children’s Sensory Therapy caseload.

· Work directly with families and a range of agencies including health and social care, local education authorities, independent special schools and charities.

· Be professionally and legally accountable as an autonomous professional for all aspects of own work and delegate to staff, students and others.

· Be able to apply professional knowledge underpinned by theory acquired through degree.

· Participate in clinical supervision and annual appraisal processes, including contract and pay review, in line with clinical governance and HCPC Standards of Proficiency.

· To maintain own CPD, keeping up to date with clinical developments, current research, and evidence-based practice to ensure own and others practice is safe and effective, in accordance with HCPC Standards of Proficiency.

· To complete and maintain clinical records to Company and HCPC standards.

· To provide clinical support to Occupational Therapy colleagues regarding children with complex disorders in order to promote a high standard of Occupational Therapy management.

· To be responsible as an autonomous practitioner to undertake a clinical workload, but appropriate levels of supervision.

· To undertake assessments of children, using both standardised and informal assessment tools.

· To demonstrate developing clinical reasoning and ability to interpret assessment data and write clinical assessment reports.

· To devise child/family centred treatment plans, grading activities to ensure that the individual’s full potential is developed or maintained.

· To provide a high standard of clinical record keeping.

· To provide an effective high-quality service to all children and families.

· To manage a caseload of children and young people who may have complex and diverse presentations including those with sensory processing difficulties and /or early life trauma.

· To conduct thorough and comprehensive assessment of children and young people with complex and diverse presentations independently or in conjunction with others.

· To communicate clearly and effectively, the outcomes of assessment and a range of recommendations and advice, to parents and carers and all relevant agencies

· To produce timely, personalised and detailed reports, and as commissioned, strategy programmes for each child.

· To formulate personalized and tailored intervention, utilising information from a range of sources, based on sound knowledge of evidence-based practice, advanced clinical reasoning skills and experience in applying relevant treatment approaches.

· To work closely with the other members of the team and Midlands Child and Family Therapy Centre and within social care and other agencies to ensure management and treatment meets the holistic needs of the child.

· To communicate effectively with the multi-disciplinary team to promote the safety of children and the management of risk.

· To manage own caseload of children in a fair and equitable manner.

Experience and Qualifications

Essential (E) /Desirable criteria (D)


  • Recognised Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy E
  • Health Professions Council – Licence to Practice E
  • Evidence of successful completion of a range of other short courses at post graduate level D

· Evidence of attendance at other specialist course relevant to paediatrics D


  • Clinical experience of wide range of paediatric work in clinical or educational settings D
  • Co-ordination of intervention planning in paediatrics D
  • Clinical experience of working with children with a wide range of needs including Autism, Dyspraxia, Sensory Processing difficulties and neurological disorders. D


· To be aware of the Data Protection Act and GDPR to ensure appropriate action is taken to ensure confidentiality and the protection of patient information, both written and electronic. E

· Excellent interpersonal skills – including observation, listening and empathy skills e.g. breaking bad news or explaining upsetting conditions to patients / families

· To communicate effectively, both formally and informally, using a variety of methods to suit the needs to recipient, which include children and young people and their families, the team, a variety of staff including Occupational Therapists, Education and Social Care staff, external professionals, and management within the organisation. E

  • Well-developed concentration skills and ability to multi-task, and work with frequent interruptions of complex nature E
  • Ability to work with the diverse needs of clients with complex communication difficulties E
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills at clinical level E
  • Excellent presentation skills, both verbal and written, of complex information to other professionals E
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills E
  • Demonstrates high level of computer literacy to enable effective data collection, report and document writing E
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member E
  • Able to synthesise and present complex information at a service level D
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance /audit E
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals D
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how roles and responsibilities may differ compared to that of a larger organisation D
  • Well established knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to the specialist client group D
  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits and outcomes D
  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits and outcomes D
  • Knowledge and application of professional standards and code of conduct E
  • Knowledge of standards of record keeping E
  • Highly developed negotiation, conflict management and problem-solving skills in complex situations D


  • Demonstrates ability to use initiative E
  • Flexible and fun personality E
  • Flexible to meet the demands of the service E
  • Team Player and willing to support others E


· To utilise manual handling skills as required and obtained through practice and development. This will include use of specialist equipment and tools, treating and manoeuvring children and young people, and Sensory Integration equipment. E

· Requirement to drive for varying lengths of time and distance in accordance with caseload requirements. E

· Ability to be physically agile for daily prolonged periods of time e.g. working therapeutically with young children at floor / small table levels; including kneeling/bending/stretching/standing, for the manoeuvring of children and / or specialist equipment for several short periods during therapy sessions. E

Health and Safety

To work within and comply with the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures. E

To carry out clinical risk assessment in own area of work and ensure there is effective risk management within the clinical areas. D

Policies and Procedures

To work within the Company’s Policies and Procedures, clinical and HCPC guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards to monitor own and others quality of practice as appropriate. E


All employees are responsible for taking all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children and vulnerable adults are minimised. They should take all appropriate actions to address concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures including the guidance on Safeguarding, in partnership with other relevant agencies. This includes accessing appropriate training, advice, and support. E

Disclosure and Barring

Where this post meets the definition of ‘regulated activity’ as defined in Safeguarding Groups & Freedoms of Protections, the post will be subject to a DBS Disclosure check at the point of recruitment and thereafter, as the Company determines appropriate. E

Infection Control

All Children’s Sensory Therapy employees are responsible for knowing and employing the basic principles of infection prevention and control practice. All employees must comply with infection prevention and control mandatory training requirements specific to their role. E

Equality and Diversity

All staff should be able to demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the Company’s Equality and Diversity Policy and as an Equal Opportunities employer in line with the Equal Opportunities policy. E

Mental and Emotional Effort

· To be able to attend to and concentrate on a variety of tasks with competing demands and an unpredictable work pattern. E

· To be able to deal with potentially distressing and/or emotional circumstances which may include working with children and young people with complex learning and life limiting conditions, emotional and behavioural needs, early life trauma and safeguarding issues. E

Working Conditions

· Potential exposure to unpleasant working conditions e.g., unpleasant smells/bodily fluids/risk of infection. E

· Potential for having to deal with distressing and / or emotional circumstances in relation to clinical caseload. E

Because of the changing nature of our business there may be aspects of your job description that may evolve or change over time. You may, from time to time, be required to undertake other activities of a similar nature that fall within your capabilities as directed by management.

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about advancing your career in Sensory Integration and want to make a meaningful impact on the lives of our clients, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your CV and a cover letter detailing your interest in the preceptorship and relevant experience to by the 20.06.2024. Interviews will commence the week of the 11.07.2024

For further information, please contact

Join us at Children’s Sensory Therapy and take the next step in your Occupational Therapy career through our dedicated Sensory Integration Preceptorship Programme!

· References will be required.

· Copies of Qualifications and subsequent course certificates, HCPC and DBS certificates are required.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From £28,407.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Employee mentoring programme
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking
  • Work from home


  • Monday to Friday


  • English (required)


  • HCPC registration (required)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Nottingham

Application deadline: 20/06/2024
Reference ID: Children's Occupational Therapist Preceptorship Role

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