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Senior Occupational Therapist - Adult Social Care
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/781/10698
  • Published: Fri 09/10/2020, 12:48 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 25/10/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 - £44,619 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Guildford

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Senior Occupational Therapist - Adult Social Care

Our Adult Social Care Locality teams based in Guildford and Dorking are looking for a permanent Senior Occupational Therapist to join their teams.

We currently have 2 full time, permanent positions available with the following teams:

  • Mole Valley District Council Offices, 9 Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ
  • Guildford Borough Council Offices, Millmead House, Guildford, GU2 4BB

A new approach for Adult Social Care in Surrey means new opportunities for you to deliver better services to more people than ever before, we’ve refreshed our Occupational Therapy service.

We want to expand our service with a focus on supporting the frontline of our team as new referrals are received. This will involve screening and visits to enable Occupational Therapists to be at the forefront of our assessment process and thereby ensuring a strength-based approach. We are looking for someone who is confident in carrying out moving and handling risk assessments and able to accurately identify the level and type of care that is required.

We’ve refocused our services too – putting reablement right at the front of our agenda. Solid foundations are in place and we have a clear view of what we want to achieve, and what we want to become. Join us now, and you’ll get to be part of the journey right from the start!

As a senior member of the team, you will have an influence on the future development of the service. You’ll bring our reablement ethos to life, leading holistic assessments of social care needs and planning support across a dedicated caseload. In all that you do, you’ll promote independence, choice and control. You will take every opportunity to support and develop those around you. Working closely with families and carers, you’ll play a vital role in supporting people from diverse backgrounds, with a wide range of needs.

You’ll need to be a professionally qualified and registered OT with proven, excellent, supervisory skills and a proactive, person-centred approach to your work. A substantial contemporary post-registration track record, including routine experience of complex casework and risk assessment, is crucial.

Knowledge of social care policy and legislation is essential, as is a background in working directly with people with variable, unstable or challenging social care needs. The ability to get the best out of others and work collaboratively with partner agencies is equally important, and you must have outstanding assessment skills.

Successful applicants will be skilled at communicating and working with people with social care needs and have experience of visiting them in their own homes or their care setting. You will be confident and competent in working with people with a variety of physical and cognitive impairments. You will have well developed skills in professional assessment and risk assessment, excellent communication skills and the ability to work professionally in a multidisciplinary / multi-agency context.

You will need to have competent IT skills and be able and willing to learn to use a variety of software systems.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • An ability to undertake moving & handling assessments, major adaptation assessments for the Disabled Facilities Grant and knowledge of specialist equipment
  • Knowledge of support planning and carers assessments
  • Flexibility to work across the County of Surrey and also visit placements across the county
  • An Occupational Therapy degree / registration with HCPC / current M&H training
  • Car driver is essential

You give us your best, and we’ll give you ours. This means competitive benefits and on-going training. The stability of full-time or part-time, permanent work and, of course, the opportunity to help create one of the best Occupational Therapy services in the country.

For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job description and person specification. We look forward to receiving your application.

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For an informal discussion please contact: 

  • Rosalind Wall - Assistant Team Manager for Dorking - 01372 833456
  • Joanna Neish - Assistant Team Manager for Guildford - 07977 224643

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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 25/10/2020 with interview dates to be confirmed.

Please do not apply if you have been unsuccessful at interview stage previously for this role for any team across Adult Social Care in Surrey County Council as your application will not be considered for 3 months from your interview date.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

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