Role:                   Occupational Therapist

Location:           Shropshire

Contract:           Permanent

Hours:                22.5 per week

Weeks:               52 weeks per year

Salary:                £25,000 - £45,000 per annum, dependent on experience (pro rata)


We understand the value of helping our employees to achieve their Continued Professional Development goals, and offer a £2,000 training allowance to allow you to complete role specific training tailored to your individual requirements.

This is an exciting, new opportunity for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our Higford School team, based in near Shifnal.  An ideal opportunity for those who would be excited by creating a nationally important resource with the substantial backing of a leading provider of education and care for children, young people, and adults with complex needs.

About the Role

You will be responsible for supporting a team of school-based Occupational therapists.  Providing a specialist occupational therapy service to children and young people with autism and learning difficulties, undertaking assessments of students with diverse presentations to identify their individual sensory, physical, social and environmental needs.  You will support the development and delivery of individualised intervention programmes to help learning and to enable meaningful engagement and participation in activities, social interaction and relationships. Modelling standards of best practice and the principles of Clinical Governance within your professional activities. Working closely with occupational therapy colleagues with regular supervision and discussions around CPD opportunities. You will be part of our specialist in house clinical team which comprises of Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dance and Movement Therapists, Counsellors, Music Therapist and Psychotherapists.

Location: Higford School, Nr Shifnal -  Options Higford is a school for children with an autistic spectrum condition and additional complex needs, including learning disability, medical conditions (such as epilepsy) and trauma. Catering for pupils aged 8-19 years old.

Who we are looking for?

We are looking for a committed and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist.  Someone with a holistic and integrated approach to care, education and clinical services would be perfect for this role. 

About the Group:

Outcomes First Group is the largest independent provider of high quality foster care and special needs education and care. We are a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we educate and care for.

We are really proud to say that in October 2021, Outcomes First Group were officially certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’ for the third year running.

Our divisional brands include Acorn Education and Care, National Fostering Group and Options Autism.

For more information on the group please visit:



Essential Criteria:

  • Recognised and relevant Occupational Therapist degree
  • Valid and up to date HCPC registration
  • Driving licence and access to vehicle (Desireable)
  • Experience working with Children and Young People with Autism
  • Experience of working within an educational setting would be advantageous


What’s in it for you?

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment where our people are heard, respected and hugely valued. We want our employees to come to work with energy, determination and most importantly we want them to be happy in their work. We are well aware that it is our highly skilled teams that make Outcomes First Group the success it is, and we want this to continue. This is why we provide a range of benefits designed to support you, not just in your work life but also on a personal level too. We want you to be the best you can be, and offer genuine opportunities for career development and progression.


Benefits and Rewards

  • Holidays starting at 30 days per annum plus bank holidays
  • £2,000 (pro rata) training allowance
  • An extra day’s holiday for a special day of your choice (birthday, child’s first day at school etc.)
  • Professional support network
  • Contributory Pension
  • Employee Rewards Hub – access to discounts, offers and cashback with 100s of retailers
  • Career pathways and a dedicated learning and development team
  • The Hub – employee discounts, recognition cards, well-being centre
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” Programme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Salary Finance

For further information on this role please refer the Job Description and Person Specification attached. To discuss this role in more detail, please contact: Sarah Attwell at

At Outcomes First Group we are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully Enhanced DBS.

Job Vacancy: 146959


Apply now