Occupational Therapist

Horsham, West Sussex

£32,062.5 pro rata

Permanent, 2 days per week, 7.5 hours per day


We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our clinical team based in Slinfold.  This is an excellent time to join the team as they expand their clinical provision, having a real impact and implementing a holistic, therapeutic approach.


Based in Slinfold the site is within commuting distance of Horsham, Crawley, Guildford, Farnham, Sutton, Redhill, Worthing, Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas.


About the Group

Outcomes First Group are innovators in education and care and the leading children’s service provider in the UK.  We have 3 specialist divisions within the group: Options for Autism, National Fostering Agency and Acorn Education and Care.  This role sits within our Education and Care division where we provide services across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEMH provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care, means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. We are pleased to have achieved a 94% Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ for our homes.

The successful applicant will work within 2 settings based on the same site: Manor House School and Burghwood House. Manor House School is a DfE registered independent school which caters for boys and girls with social, emotional and mental health needs between the ages of 7-18 years old.  Burghwood House is a dedicated residential children’s home also specifically for children with SEMH needs.

We employ staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.


About the Role

This opportunity is one of three newly commissioned posts that have been created to shape and develop our local clinical wellbeing service.  Our wellbeing approach is one which aims to address the whole person, not just from a purely clinical perspective but starting with biological aspects then moving on to physiological and psychological symptoms. A multidisciplinary perspective with an overall therapeutic approach. The successful applicant will work alongside a Senior Clinical Psychologist, a Speech and Language Therapist and our Regional Head of Clinical Services in delivering the best possible outcomes to those within our care at Manor House School and Burghwood House, whilst also forming part of a group wide specialist, clinical wellbeing team.


In brief the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking all aspects of Occupational Therapy clinical duties within the designated provision(s) to children and young people.
  • Carrying out assessments of clients with diverse presentations to identify needs.
  • Designing and delivering individualised intervention programmes based on a sound knowledge of evidence-based practice and interventions.
  • Report writing, attending and facilitating multi-professional reviews.
  • Working collaboratively with others to promote the wellbeing and best interests of the children and young people and the effectiveness of the service in achieving its aims and objectives, ensuring a high quality service provision in line with best practice guidelines and internal policies and procedures.
  • Represent the Occupational Therapy service, the wider service and/or individual at Clinical Wellbeing and multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service that integrates Occupational Therapy interventions into the intervention/ support programme.


Key Skills Required

As a qualified Occupational Therapist, the following criteria are essential:

  • Recognised Occupational Therapist degree and evidence of relevant post-qualification CPD
  • HCPC registration
  • Relevant post-registration experience working with children and young people
  • Good knowledge of relevant standardised assessments, evaluation and evidence based therapeutic interventions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proactive approach
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Full valid UK driving licence and access to a car

Desirable: Experience working with children who have social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.

For further information please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

In return we offer:

  • Professional supervision
  • Support with CPD and professional registration costs
  • A network of clinical colleagues with regular forums for peer reflection & practice development
  • Company Pension Scheme and benefits
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters"- access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services
  • Employee Rewards Hub – access to discounts, offers and cashback with 100s of retailers
  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of others 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


For more information please apply online or contact Dr Esmoreit Sleyster, Regional Head of Children’s Clinical Services on Esmoreit.Sleyster@ofgl.co.uk


Outcomes First Group are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.