Salary: £33,799 to £37,849 per annum
Location: Bridgwater (to cover the West Somerset areas of Taunton and Bridgwater)
Working Pattern: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 23-Aug-2020
A bit about us
We are looking for a Peripatetic Housing and Grant Liaison Occupational Therapist to join our Children and Young Person’s OT Team on a full time, permanent basis to cover the West Somerset areas of Taunton and Bridgwater.
The Children and Young Person’s (CYP) Occupational Therapy team is an experienced and growing County wide Service. The team consists of Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants. All team members demonstrate can do attitude and ethos to offer best practice to the CYP we are working with. Occupational Therapy service is part of Sensory Physical and Occupational Therapy-SPOT services, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities-SEND support services, Inclusion Somerset. 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.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
Working in the Occupational Therapy team in a lead role of Housing and Grant Liaison Occupational Therapist. This is a county wide post to lead the complex housing needs of CYP in Somerset. You will be working with CYP who have a range of severe and complex disabilities and their families with housing complex needs. You will lead the liaison with Home Improvement agencies across the county and influence policies and strategies across the county to support better housing options for CYP with disabilities and their families. You will be expected to provide advice and support to other occupational therapists in the team with regards to housing options available in the county, solutions for Disabled Facilities Grants and pro-actively lead the involvement for CYP with complex housing needs. You will be working closely with District Councils, Home aid agencies, Education, Health, Social Care and the voluntary sector.
A few things 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 significant practice experience of working with either CYP or Adults with housing needs. We expect evidence of housing problem solving inline with current legal frameworks and council policies. We are looking for an enthusiastic team member keen to positively influence the policies and strategies currently used for the benefit of CYP with disabilities and their families to improve their housing outcomes. Regular line management and professional supervision will be offered, and you will be expected to offer peer support for fellow OTs with regards to housing options. 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 Hadas Reshef, Deputy SPOT services manager, 07976799997, Tracy Potter, West Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist, 07500606803 or Cath Von Tyszka, West Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist, 07977401882.
Please note we aim for all recruitment activity to continue as expected, however due to COVID-19 all interviews will be taking place virtually, for example over Skype.
An enhanced DBS is needed for this post.