Occupational Therapy Assistant

Location Norfolk
Discipline: Healthcare
Job type: Permanent
Contact email: biren.daiya@blackstone-recruitment.co.uk
Job ref: J5784
Startdate: 18/07/2024

Blackstone Recruitment are working with a provider of education, care and support services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are recruiting for an Occupational Therapy Assistant for their schools in Norfolk.

Please see details below for the full job advert:

Location: Norfolk

Hours: 40 hours per week. Term time only.

Salary: £12.20 - £12.78 per hour (£21,798.95 - £22,835.29 actual salary per year) Dependant on experience and qualifications

The role: 

They’re currently looking to recruit an Occupational Therapy Assistant to join their team. You will be working across two schools as required, working closely with the rest of the class teams and the other therapists to create an enabling environment and supporting students to actively engage with their social and academic environment. 


Successful candidate is likely to demonstrate the following:

  • To assist the Occupational Therapy team in providing Occupational Therapy services, covering all aspects of the students’ occupational, functional, and sensory development within their school environment, working in a way that puts their health, safety and welfare first.
  • The focus of this role will be to support the implementation of occupational therapy support and therapy programmes with identified students within both the schools.
  • The assistant will be part of the Occupational Therapy team, working closely with the class teams and other therapists to create an enabling environment, and supporting students to actively engage with their social and academic environment.
  • Please note that duties will vary and you will be expected to contribute to the overall aims of the school when required.
  • Implementing interventions and programmes with classes and pupils as directed by the Occupational Therapy Team and wider clinical and SEN team
  • Together with the class teams support students’ sensory, motor and occupational needs to be able to develop their daily living skills as well as engage with their social and academic environments
  • To liaise effectively with multi-disciplinary colleagues and maintain associated records
  • Research, advise on and source, or prepare and make, equipment and materials which contribute to the efficient delivery of occupational therapy services
  • Under direction of senior clinical team members, prepare training materials and / or support training to staff in relevant areas as appropriate and as required
  • Administrative duties as assigned by senior clinical team members and clinical lead



  • GCSE Maths and English Language qualification minimum Grade 4 or equivalent is essential.


  • Interest in developing young people’s functional skills and meeting sensory needs
  • Commitment to and experience of supporting children and young people with a variety of SEN
  • Confidence in own communication skills, and ability to guide and motivate other staff
  • Ability to work flexibly and as part of a busy team
  • Fluent in written and spoken English with the ability to communicate complex information in a clear manner to a range of audiences including young people, parents, and professionals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to relate to others and develop good working relationships.
  • Good time-management and organisation skills.  Ability to organise and prioritise own workload. 
  • Ability to keep legible and accurate notes.
  • Ability to cope with working in an environment that can be unpredictable.
  • Good IT skills for administration, presentations, recording and reporting systems.
  • A positive and creative approach in meeting individual needs.
  • A patient, caring, encouraging, tactful and caring attitude.
  • A basic understanding of the purpose and role of Occupational Therapy within a special education needs setting. 
  • Good observational and listening skills.


  • Previous study in related area
  • Experience in managing others and organising resource materials
  • Innovative and practical skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of supporting children and young people with sensory differences
  • Knowledge and experience of implementing motor programmes for students to support the development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Experience in working with young people with autistic spectrum conditions, social and emotional difficulties and learning difficulties
  • Experience of implementing clinical programmes with people with functional and / or sensory difficulties
  • Knowledge of sensory support strategies


Due to the rural location of the school, you are strongly advised to hold a full UK driving licence and have access to your own vehicle.

Be part of their successful team and benefit from a generous package that includes:

  • Life assurance
  • Pension
  • Free lunches when working
  • Free onsite parking
  • Perkbox - offering high street discounts
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Fully funded training and qualifications
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Family Swim
  • Free membership to our Health cash back plan - Claim back money on services such as dental, optical, physio and many more.


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✅Unlimited referral bonus

For further information on this role, please contact Biren Daiya at Blackstone Recruitment on the details provided or APPLY now.