How you'll make a difference

As an Occupational Therapist, you’ll make a difference by enabling the use of technology which will help people to live more independent lives. 
 
In this unique role you will become an Occupational Therapy Specialist, promoting best practice and influencing change, and you’ll be able to shape and develop the role to make it your own.  You will be key in the Assistive Technology cultural transformation that is needed in order to ensure best value for money and impact on residents lives. 
 
This post is for a 12 month limited term contract.
 

We are also offering this as an internal secondment opportunity, you should first seek your line managers permission before applying. 

What will you be doing?  
 
  • You will provide knowledge, tools and guidance to enable people to adopt Assistive Technology solutions for themselves.  Through your love of technology, gadgets, applications and gizmos you will show how technology can help people live differently.    
  • Using your skills and understanding of Assistive Technology you will help prevent, reduce and/or delay the need for care and support. Most importantly, you will give independence and autonomy to individuals and their carers.
  • You will support colleagues and others with assessments and in review care packages. 
  • You will attend funding panel meetings, team meetings, give and receive training and facilitate service promotion. 
  • You will develop your own knowledge through attending webinars, seminars, conferences, training and self-directed learning. 
  • You will complement the Council’s Telecare service and work with two Assistive Technology Occupational Therapy colleagues. 
  • You will assist with directing a Technician Assistant who will support you in the practical delivery and installation of Assistive Technology.

What we need from you

  • You will have the appetite, competence and determination to make a difference to people and the landscape of health and social care through the supply and adoption of Assistive Technology.
  • You must have a diploma or a degree qualification in Occupational Therapy and be registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC). 
  • You will have up-to-date knowledge of the Care Technology sector and service area, including legislation, statutory guidance, regulations and codes of practice.
  • You will have empathy and understanding of people and disability.
  • You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in-house software packages such as Microsoft Office.

Please note that due to the nature of this role it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance.
 
We invest in the careers of our people and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps our people make the greatest long-term difference in their work.  
 
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Ensuring all our staff are given right skills, knowledge and support to recognise and respond effectively to potential abuse or neglect. 
 
We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.  
 
Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.
 
  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of   
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life   
  • We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.   
We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference. 
 
We’re making a difference, be part of it!    
 

for more information please contact Catherine Young, Housing Occupational Therapist on 01454 868138 or email catherine.young@southglos.gov.uk.

 

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