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Adults Social Care Assistant - Learning Disabilities & Autism Team
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/777/10750
  • Published: Wed 14/10/2020, 9:10 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 02/11/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £24,430 - £26,967 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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Adults Social Care Assistant - Learning Disabilities & Autism Team

There’s never been a more exciting time to join Adult Social Care. We’ve had a major review of how we work and are currently implementing these changes.

We currently have a vacancy for an unqualified Occupational Therapy Assistant based in our countywide Learning Disability and Autism Team. The post holder will work under the supervision of qualified Occupational Therapy staff, enabling individuals with a Learning Disability or Autism to live more independently using a strength-based approach.

Our vision is ‘Working with all our partners to make a difference to the lives of people, through trusted, personalised and universal social care support, so people have choice and control, and can maximise their wellbeing and independence in their local community’.

Promoting independence, choice and control is at the heart of this post. This is an exciting opportunity to work with people to maximise their potential for independence using a holistic, person centred approach. The post will focus on assisting the team to provide specialist Occupational Therapy intervention for clients with a learning disability or autism, with a strong focus on meaningful occupation using the Occupational Therapy process.

This is a frontline, preventative role. It may include assisting the team with;

  • assessing for and recommending basic daily living equipment to improve or maintain client’s function, including assistive technology such as telecare.
  • Demonstrating where appropriate the safe use of equipment and manual handling to individuals and carers.
  • Providing support with skills development in relation to client’s activities of daily living, using a strength-based approach
  • Working collaboratively with clients on personalised goals, to maximise their function and independence
  • Assisting Occupational Therapists in providing intervention related to sensory integration

You will have frequent direct contact with the public on the phone as well as visiting them in their own home or care setting. Your role will be to assist qualified Occupational Therapists with a variety of tasks, including assessing people’s needs and carrying out regular reviews. You will frequently be the first point of contact between the public and the service, gathering initial information and identifying the need for further assessment, as well as signposting people to other services. 

The post requires initiative and an ability to recognise individual needs. You will work in partnership with individuals, their carers, professional staff in other agencies and service providers in order to support vulnerable adults and their families to identify and arrange services that meet their needs and promote independence, choice and control.

Occupational Therapy Assistants hold a caseload of individuals and carers that requires routine monitoring. Applicants will enjoy working with people and have experience of direct work with the public as part of paid or voluntary work, although they may have limited or no experience of visiting people in their own homes or care settings.

Post holders may work with any combination, or all, of the following care groups: older people, people with physical, sensory, cognitive impairments, people with a learning disability and people with mental health problems.

You will need to have competent basic IT skills and be able and willing to learn to use a variety of software systems. Previous experience of working with or alongside Occupational Therapists would be an advantage.

Applicants must hold a valid Driving Licence and have access to a car.  This forms part of the minimum criteria for this role.

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There are two 12 month fixed term contracts / secondments available.

Internal applicants must discuss and obtain the agreement of their line managers before applying for a secondment opportunity.

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For more information please email Raji Kaur (Management Team Coordinator) on email:

We look forward to receiving your application which should include your tailored personal statement (no more than two sides of A4 please) plus your CV.

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This job advert closes at 23:59 on Monday 2nd November 2020.

'Virtual' interviews via Microsoft Teams will take place on Thursday 12th November 2020.

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.

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.

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