Role title: Occupational Therapist – POTTS Coordinator
Location: Based at the University of Limerick Campus and Dyspraxia/DCD
offices in Dublin. Remote and flexible working conditions apply.
Classification: Award Contract, **Apply on the website** hours per
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ABOUT DYSPRAXIA/DCD IRELAND
Dyspraxia/DCD is Irelands national charity for children and adults
with Dyspraxia/DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) and their
families. We work to:
Raise awareness and understanding of Dyspraxia/DCD in Ireland.
Advocate to ensure adequate resources are available to support the
needs of people with Dyspraxia/DCD.
Partner with education, training, and employment services to provide
further education and employment opportunities.
Lobby for improved diagnostic and intervention services for children
Organise events and activities for people with Dyspraxia/DCD and their
A society where people with dyspraxia/DCD have the knowledge and
skills to live to their full potential, and where family members,
friends and service providers understand how best to offer support.
To ensure that the dyspraxia/DCD community have the information,
skills and support to effectively fulfil their potential and to equip
professionals and the wider society with information about
dyspraxia/DCD in order to promote understanding and accessibility at a
As an organisation, we commit to the following values in all aspects
of our work:
* Integrity – We will be professional and respectful in how we
undertake our work to ensure our services reflect evidence-based, best
practice training and interventions.
* High-quality – We will continuously work to deliver high-quality
services and governance standards.
* Inclusive – We are a non-judgemental and inclusive organisation
that is open and welcoming to people of all backgrounds, identities,
* Transparent – We will be transparent and accountable to our
members and the wider community in all areas of our work.
* Responsive – We are committed to being adaptive, flexible and
responsive to the needs of our members and to any person who seeks our
assistance. We will provide people with the best support to help them
reach their full potential.
* Impact driven – We believe in using our resources to generate
the greatest impact for people with dyspraxia/DCD and we will
continuously explore ways in which we can improve our work into the
OUR APPROACH TO SERVICE DELIVERY
Our services are guided by our values and informed by best practice,
family centred and strengths based approaches. We recognise that
developing skills, building confidence and strengthening relationships
will help people with Dyspraxia/DCD to protect their wellbeing and to
live independently through childhood and into adulthood. We promote
well researched interventions based on client preferences to guide and
inform the delivery of treatments and services.
Since January **Apply on the website** Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland and the
University of Limerick Occupational Therapy department have Partnered
in the development of a unique Occupational Therapy Telehealth Service
(POTTS) providing goal directed, task orientated and family centred
supports to children, youth, adults & families. The service also
provides essential clinical placement hours for Occupational Therapy
students through telehealth modalities that are highly effective and
A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a
full time occupational therapist who will work with the University of
Limerick and Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in a dual role. The successful
applicant will oversee the telehealth placement component of
occupational therapy students at the University of Limerick on a part
time basis for approximately **Apply on the website** weeks per year.
The successful applicant will work closely with the Practice Education
team in OT in the University of Limerick and will liaise with other
departments in developing a multi-disciplinary approach to hybrid
placement models. The post holder may contribute to research studies
and developments in the School and there will be opportunities for
them to further their own professional development. For the remaining
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applicant will, in conjunction with other experts, work to develop and
deliver a new Occupational Therapy referral, assessment, intervention
and consultation programme for children, youth and adults with DCD.
This role will also require the post holder to participate in the
development of resources and educational materials for individuals
with DCD and for a range of allied health professionals and educators
working in this area.
* BSc in Occupational Therapy or Diploma in Occupational Therapy or
MSc in Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification). Must be
eligible for registration on the Occupational Therapist’s register
* 6 months’ full-time experience (or equivalent part-time) in
Occupational Therapy during the last 3 years
* Experience of working with children, youth or adults with DCD
* Experience of working with students in practice settings
* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
* Creative problem solving skills
* Ability to work within a team and independently
* Excellent organizational and time management skills and the
ability to work in a self-directed manner in a very busy environment
* Evidence of commitment to continuous professional development
* Good IT skills
* Teaching qualification
* Experience or training in special education
* Post registration MSc qualification
* A good understanding of quality assurance
* Experience of telehealth delivery
* Experience in development & delivery of webinars or online
* Willing to travel for work purposes with a full clean driving
licence and use of a car
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* Collaborate with the practice education team in UL to develop &
deliver an online student practice education placement for OT
* Development of referral pathways and delivery of Occupational
Therapy services for children, youth and adults with DCD
* Undertake clinical assessment and diagnosis of dyspraxia for
clients of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland
* Develop resources and educational materials to support the POTTS
* Facilitation of OT students on clinical placement via online
* Development & delivery of online training for students, parents &
* Evaluation of therapeutic services
* Participate in the assessment of student performance in
collaboration with the UL practice education team
* To provide tutorial support and facilitate shared learning
experiences for students
* Contribute to ongoing feedback to students about their
performance, in conjunction with the Practice Educator(s).
* Attend and contribute to practice education workshops and training
days and attend any relevant committees organised by the university.
* Promote interprofessional learning across disciplines in health
* Facilitate effective learning opportunities within practice
settings for therapy students.
This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of
duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. The
range of duties may be subject to periodic review with the post
holder. Successful candidates will be accepting the post on the basis
of this review and possible restructuring at a future date.
Please outline in your cover letter your suitability for the role with
the above criteria in mind. Candidates will be short-listed based on
their response to the above criteria and will be contacted by email
Informal enquiries for this position are welcomed by contacting:
Sharon Lane, CEO Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland **Apply on the website** Tel:
**Apply on the website** or Tanya McGarry, Regional Placement
Facilitator, University of Limerick **Apply on the website** Tel:
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CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: Friday **Apply on the
website**th September **Apply on the website** @ **Apply on the
Interviews will take place remotely on the **Apply on the website**th
and **Apply on the website**th of September **Apply on the website**
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