We are looking for a Senior Occupational Therapist to join the Guildford Locality Team in Surrey. This role is a full-time position, however we would consider part-time applicants.
There’s never been a more exciting time to join Adult Social Care in Surrey County Council. We’ve had a major review of how we work and are currently implementing these changes. 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’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.
You give us your best, and we’ll give you ours. This means competitive benefits and ongoing 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.
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
- Driving licence eligible to drive in UK and use of car is essential
At Surrey we really value our staff and as part of this commitment we ensure all staff:
- Attend a full induction where you will undertake all the mandatory training you will need. This will include classroom training, e-learning and a range of work-place shadowing opportunities
- Are assigned a “buddy” to help you settle into your new role
- Are provided with a Practice, Performance and Personal Development folder to support your career development
- Have access to a wide range of training opportunities to help you develop yourself within the role
- Other benefits of working for Surrey include:
- 26-days paid holiday a year, increasing to 28-days after 2 years’ service.
- A local government pension scheme
- Professional registration paid
- Flexible working
- Laptop and mobile phone provided to all Occupational Therapists
For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
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.
For an informal discussion please contact Joanna Neish, Assistant Team Manager, on 01483 517723 or by e-mail at Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 26/11/2020.
Interviews will take place on week commencing 09/12/2020.
Interviews will be undertaken remotely due to the current out brake of Covid-19 via Skype or MS Teams, MS Team being the preference.
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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