Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Paediatric Obesity Services

Duration of Post

Permanent

Campaign Reference

146738

Closing Date

5th October 2022

Purpose of the Role:

The W82GO paediatric obesity service in Children’s Health Ireland is an established multidisciplinary team providing assessment and treatment of children and adolescents referred with overweight and obesity.  The service at CHI at Temple Street is an accredited centre of excellence for the management of obesity in children at European level (EASO COMS) and is linked with international centres in Europe, Australia and in the United States. Treatment options vary according to clinical need, and include 1:1 interventions or group programme in line with best practice. The service participates in a strong audit and research programme and has published in peer reviewed journals. 

The HSE Model of Care for the Management of Overweight and Obesity* was published in 2020 and the Obesity and Overweight Care Pathway**, which supports an activity based funding approach was agreed in 2022.  The Model of Care and pathway set out how the care of people living with overweight and obesity should be organised and resourced now and in the future. Services are aligned to five defined levels of care. Level 3 refers to physician led, multidisciplinary specialist weight management services that provide care for children with complex obesity, while level 4 involves specialist hospital care for individuals with complex obesity including bariatric surgery services. CHI will be a provider of both level 3 and level 4 services and the multidisciplinary team is expanding as a result of this.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the growing multidisciplinary team as Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist to lead in the delivery of Occupational Therapy interventions to individuals attending the service. The post holder will be an integral member of the MDT developing and delivering medical (and in the future, surgical) obesity management pathways to children and adolescents with complex obesity that are referred to the service. This includes comprehensive assessment, development and delivery of care plans, and advice and support to individuals on medical (and surgical) care pathways in individual and group settings.

The post holder will work closely with MDT colleagues in assessment of patients referred to the service, development of individualised multidisciplinary care plans, attending case conferences, MDT meetings and other team meetings. The Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist will also provide leadership in service design and delivery, service monitoring and evaluation, provision of training and development of integrated care to ensure a streamlined hospital/primary care interface. They will act as advisor both locally and nationally in this area of speciality.

Obesity management services are being developed at a pace in Ireland, with new approaches to treatment, development of national clinical practice guidelines, investment in the national Obesity and Overweight Care Pathway and significant training opportunities. The Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist will have opportunity to grow with this innovative and vibrant community, delivering the right care at the right time in the right place to children and adolescents with obesity.

Essential Criteria:

Candidates for appointment must:  

  • Be registered, or be eligible for registration, on the Occupational Therapists Register maintained by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU.   (https://www.coru.ie/). 
  • Have five years’ full time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical experience of which three years is in an area with direct experience working with the complexities of paediatric weight management. This may include experience across the clinical specialisms of endocrinology, acute general paediatrics, chronic disease, disability sectors, mental health etc…
  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of post-qualification occupational therapy experience in relevant occupational performance areas.  (These may include increasing self-esteem, assertiveness training, establishing routines, social engagement, physical rehabilitation, equipment prescription and energy conservation).
  • Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development relevant to a relevant area of specialism, in the form of post-graduate qualifications or relevant courses. 
  • Candidates must demonstrate achievement in the areas of clinical audit, quality improvement initiatives, practice development, teaching and research
  • Have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability, management, leadership and professional ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

How to Apply & Informal Enquiries:

* Please note that you must submit a cover letter with your CV, this forms part of your application and CV’s will not be accepted without a detailed cover letter.

Please click here for a copy of the job description for this post.

The closing date for submissions of CV’s and letter of application is Wednesday 5th October 2022 by 5pm.  Applications must be completed through the advertised post on CHI.jobs by clicking ‘Apply for Job’.

Applications will not be accepted through direct email or any other method.

For informal enquiries for this specialty/department, please contact; Colette Slevin, Occupational Therapist in Charge III 01 8784440, colette.slevin@cuh.ie.  

For other queries relating to this recruitment process, please contact; Sharon Mannion, HR Recruitment Specialist, sharon.mannion@nchg.ie.  

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CHI provides a comprehensive benefits package to meet your needs through your work life and beyond:

  • Excellent Annual Leave entitlement
  • Pension Scheme
  • Sick Pay Scheme
  • Monthly Health & Wellbeing Activities
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Access to excellent public transport at all CHI sites
  • Bike to Work
  • Tax Saver Travel Scheme
  • On-site Banking
  • Choirs/Musical Society
  • Running Clubs/ Walking Groups
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Lunch and Learns

CHI provides a comprehensive benefits package to meet your needs through your work life and beyond:

  • Excellent Annual Leave entitlement
  • Pension Scheme
  • Sick Pay Scheme
  • Monthly Health & Wellbeing Activities
  • Access to first-rate postgraduate programmes/Educational Assistance
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Access to excellent public transport at all CHI sites
  • Bike to Work
  • Tax Saver Travel Scheme
  • On-site Banking
  • Choirs/Musical Society
  • Running Clubs/ Walking Groups
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Lunch and Learns