Occupational Therapist


Occupational Therapist

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £29,055 to £33,136 per annum
  • Closing date: Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 5:00pm
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Children’s Services

Taunton/Bridgwater – West of the County

37 hours per week

Salary: 29,055 to 33,136 per annum

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About us

The Children and Young Person’s Occupational therapy team is an experienced and growing county wide Service. The team consists of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants, with a can do attitude and ethos; the individual is central to all that we do. Occupational Therapy is well established within the Children with Disabilities teams where skills and knowledge are shared at all levels. The service is an innovator, and values all the team’s contributions, team members enjoy being a part of the team and come to work with a smile on their face. The team is now establishing a career structure for Senior Occupational Therapists (Advanced Practitioners) and offers professional training opportunities for our Occupational Therapy Assistants.

About the job

Working within the Children with Disabilities Team within the West of the County, and based in a locality hub office (to be agreed) within South Somerset, you will be working with children and young people who have a range of severe and complex disabilities. Work is carried out in a variety of environments including the young person’s home, school and carers’ homes if appropriate, and you will be expected to offer advice and information as well as making recommendations for equipment, minor and major adaptations, postural management, moving and assisting planning and other services following assessment. You will be working with social work colleagues within the team, alongside working closely with Health, Education, District Councils and the voluntary sector.

About you

You will possess and be able to demonstrate your professional skills in assessing, evaluating and supporting the needs of children and young people, their families and/or carers to live as independently and as safely as possible. We are looking for an HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with an enthusiasm to ‘make difference’ in practice, a team player and with some practice experience or evidence of working with children and young adults. Regular supervision is carried out by an experienced Children’s Occupational Therapist and you will be expected to help supervise the Occupational Therapy Assistants in the West team. There are plenty of opportunities for internal and external training, plus attending national and other regional national events.

We would encourage all interested applicants to have an informal discussion about this post with Nigel Pluckrose, Team Manager on 07816219439.

Somerset County Council must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role can speak fluent English. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.

This role requires a DBS check.

 What we’ll offer in return

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, computers, mobile phones and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

Apply online at https://secure1.somerset.gov.uk/careers/details.html?jobId=385

Job ref no: APP00322/JH

Closing date: 22 January 2019