Senior Occupational Therapist

Clonmel Co Tipperary and Cork
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 07/02/2023 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 05/01/2023


Job Summary

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for a range of statutory functions including provision of child protection, alternative care, specified regulatory services and a range of family support services.  The Agency has commenced a major improvement programme with significant focus on Practice, Culture and Structure.

The Agency currently has responsibility for a budget in excess of €800m and delivers its services through circa 5,000 people in 350 locations across the Country.

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:

  • Child Protection and Welfare
  • Family Support
  • Alternative Care
  • Adoption
  • Tusla Education Support Services (TESS)
  • Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV)
  • Children’s Service Regulation
  • Counselling and Therapeutic Supports

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

To work as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team in co-ordinating and developing the service to meet the needs of the service user group and the objectives of the organisation. The Senior Occupational Therapist will be responsible for the provision of a high-quality occupational therapy service and will carry out clinical and educational duties as required.

Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that professional standards are met and that a quality and equitable service is provided at all times
  • Have clinical knowledge and experience working in the field of child care with a particular focus on children in care and relevant applicable occupational therapy interventions
  • Carry out clinical duties to meet the occupational therapy needs of the client group and effectively time manage assigned clinical caseloads
  • Assess the needs of the child/young person in relation to their occupational performance needs, in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team plan, and within the context of the child/young person’s family, living environment, social and school context
  • Utilise and apply appropriate therapeutic approaches and models to effectively support children/young people presenting with child welfare/abuse symptoms and difficulties. Adapt the therapy and approaches required to effectively meet the needs of the child/young person, and steer and mentor the child’s support network throughout their journey
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary therapeutic team, be responsible for the maintenance of standards of practice of self and staff appointed as the project grows
  • Be an active member of the multi-disciplinary team, contributing to the multi-disciplinary model of practice representing the occupational therapy service to ensure that the needs of the child/young person are met
  • Feedback occupational therapy opinion on the child/young person’s occupational performance, to the multidisciplinary team to assist with team planning for the child/young person’s care
  • Have clinical skills and personal attributes required to work with this complex and varied cohort of children/young people, often dealing with families coping with difficult situations
  • Be able to demonstrate appropriate clinical reasoning working with children, young people and their families/support structures. Be involved in educating the child/young person’s support network to empower them to assist with the child/young person’s progres
  • Ensure the quality of documentation of all assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, reports and discharge summaries are in accordance with local service, professional and legislative standards
  • Communicate verbally and/or in writing results of assessments, treatment/intervention programmes and recommendations to the team and relevant other professionals e.g., child/young person’s social worker
  • Attend team meetings, review meetings, case conferences, etc. as designated by the Regional Therapy Manager
  • Have up to date knowledge on Child Care in particular traumas experience by children coming into care and being in care. Have up to date knowledge on relevant legislations and national developments for the delivery of services to children/young people in the State
  • Be responsible for adhering to existing standards and protocols and for supporting the development and maintenance of standards/strategies for quality improvement and outcome measurement
  • Seek advice and assistance with any assigned duties in line with principles of evidence-based practice and clinical governance
  • Ensure that professional standards are maintained in relation to confidentiality/data protection, ethics and legislation
  • Operate within the scope of Occupational Therapy practice as per CORU requirements and in accordance with local guidelines
  • Ensure anti-discriminatory practice and cultural competence at individual and service level
  • Participate in research and where appropriate, initiate and/or participate in MDT research programme
  • Develop good working relationships with residential care teams, foster carers and appropriate HSE services such as CAMHS, Primary Care and Disability
  • Make it possible for children and young people along with their families to advocate for their own needs or where appropriate advocate on their behalf.
  • Attendance at court where absolutely necessary for care planning for the child. 

Education and Training

  • Participate in mandatory training programmes as required by TUSLA
  • Participate in continuing professional development including in-service training, attending and presenting at conferences/courses relevant to practice, contributing to research etc. as agreed by the Therapist Regional Manager
  • Engage in professional clinical Occupational Therapist supervision with an Occupational Therapist Manager/Clinical Specialist or designated person
  • Engage in peer support with Senior Occupational Therapist colleagues
  • Participate in performance review with the Occupational Therapist Manager/Clinical Specialist/designate person
  • Manage, participate and play a key role in the practice education of student therapists. Take part in teaching / training / supervision of other Occupational Therapy and non-Occupational Therapy staff / students and attend practice educator courses as appropriate
  • Ensure newly qualified therapists have adequate induction and clinical supervision and assist in implementing annual staff development and performance review.


  • Be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of service in designated area(s)
  • Promote good working practice and uniformity of standards of best practice
  • Promote quality by reviewing and evaluating the Occupational Therapy service regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services, in collaboration with the Regional Therapy Manager and others within the multi-Disciplinary team
  • Develop and implement service/business plans, quality initiatives, audits etc. and report on outcomes in collaboration with the Regional Therapy Manager
  • Collect and evaluate data about the service user group and demonstrate the achievement of the objectives of the service
  • Oversee the upkeep of accurate records in line with best clinical governance, organisational requirements and the Freedom of Information Act, GDPR, and render reports and other information / statistics as required
  • Promote good team working, and a culture that values diversity
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service user and service administration
  • Keep up to date with developments within the organisation and the Irish Health Service.


  • Identify and develop Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) which are congruent with TUSLA’s Service & Business plan targets
  • In conjunction with the Regional Service Manager, assist in the development of a Performance Management system for your profession
  • Manage and deliver KPI’s as a routine and core business objective.


Health & Safety

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the service for example National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office. 


Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

Be registered or be eligible for the registration, on the Occupational Therapists Register maintained by the Occupational Therapist Registration Board at CORU


Have three years full time post qualification clinical experience with a minimum of one year working with children and young people


Have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office


Provide proof of Statutory Registration on the Occupational Therapists Register maintained by the Occupational Therapist Registration Board at CORU before a contract of employment can be issued.

Annual registration

On appointment practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Occupational Therapists Register maintained by the Occupational Therapists Registration at CORU.


Practitioner must confirm annual registration with CORU to TUSLA by way of the annual Patients Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC)


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.


Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

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