How you'll make a difference

You will make a difference be working with people over the age of 18 and supporting them to live at home by promoting their independence. The Community Central Team is a generic team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Social Work Practitioners.

This is an opportunity to join an expanding Occupational Therapy team, with prevention as its focus. You will have a varied role enabling you to grow your skills in different areas of Occupational Therapy including:

  • Adaptations
  • Equipment (standard and specialist)
  • Moving and Handling
  • Rehousing
  • Reablement
  • Multi-disciplinary working with Health Colleagues

You will become an important member of our Community Team, providing a consistent, equitable, and high quality user focussed service. You will link in with Health staff, Community Care staff and other agencies to support service provision to enable intervention that is responsive, timely and clinically effective.

 
What will you be doing?

  • Joining our Community team you will visit and discuss with our service users and carers, their needs in relation to their home environment, identify with them their priorities and goals in order to assist them and their families and carers in planning realistically for the future.  Working closely with the service user and relevant others you will then formulate and implement a support plan.

  • You will be allocated a caseload with support and regular supervision, where following assessment, as appropriate arrange for the provision of equipment, instruction in its safe use.  To carry out risk assessments with service users empowering them to reach their own potential rather than restrict what they can do.

  • You will advise and inform Disabled People and their Carers about Services available, including services available under the Care Act. You will work within the 3 Conversations Model, utilising a strength based approach.

 

What we need from you

  • You must possess a Professional Occupational Therapy Qualification, Dip COT, BSc Honours OT, (or equivalent), and demonstrate current State Registration and be registered with the Health Professionals Council.
  • You will be able to demonstrate how your experience of working in a hospital or community setting or voluntary or agency providing Occupational Therapy Services is relevant to this post
  • You must demonstrate that you have been able to work under pressure when necessary and have applied excellent assessment skills in practice.
  • You must prove that you can demonstrate theoretical and applied knowledge relating to Disabled People and their needs.
  • You should show your up to date and sound knowledge of all related legislation relevant to Social Services Occupational Therapy and legislation supporting this e.g. the NHS & Community Care Act 1990, The Carer’s (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 and an awareness of all legislation relevant to working with Vulnerable Adults is essential
  • Ideally, but not essential Post-graduation experience is desirable.

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 value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work.   

  •  What’s special here is the strength of the team ethos. We are a relatively small local authority, so managers know staff well. They can plan their services to ensure teams have manageable caseloads and have effective supervision so feel supported to make decisions which are right for the children and young people they work with.  
  • 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.    

  •  As part of our benefits package you will receive generous annual leave (pro rata), employee wellbeing support and you will have access to a range of staff discounts, including eye tests, travel, shopping and leisure activities
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 Rovena Alecsa, Team Manager - Central (rovena.alecsa@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 862496)
 
 
  

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