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Senior Occupational Therapists

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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
Haverhill House; West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds
Salary details:
£32,029 - £34,585
Job term:
Full or Part Time
Closing date:
21 July 2019 01:00 PM
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West Locality, Adult and Community Services.
Flexible Working options available to support you, your work life balance and career.

You can chose to join either

  • West Team in the Independence and Wellbeing Service
  • Haverhill Team
  • Flexible Care and Support Team

Our vision is to be a leading social care service, working in new ways with partners to provide outstanding outcomes for people. This is your chance to be part of this and make a positive difference to the people of Suffolk.

We have a greater focus on early intervention, recovery and work to enable people and help them to live a healthy and independent life for as long as possible, exercising choice and control while ensuring safety, dignity and quality of life.

Your Role

  • carry out high-quality assessment of physical, psychological and environmental needs, in order to promote independence within our statutory obligations
  • promote independence, wellbeing and choice for customers
  • offer a service in-line with the principles of Supporting Lives Connecting Communities (SLCC); promoting self-support, reablement and personalisation
  • carry out complex asset-based assessments / short term enablement plans (STEPS) and reviews
  • work with and support a wide range of people living in the community or recently discharged from hospital, whose situations are complex and challenging and who are vulnerable or disadvantaged in some way
  • act as a role model to unqualified staff, contributing to the implementation of further change required across the system (e.g. Health Integration and the Care Act)
  • act as supervisor to a small number of IWPs (Independent Wellbeing Practitioners) with the opportunity to supervise and support lower grade staff (qualified and unqualified)
  • support Occupational Therapy Students on fieldwork placement.

You can contribute to further developing

  • OT Apprenticeships
  • internal rotation between various teams within the council
  • rotation with health
  • simple assessment clinics and different ways of seeing customers
  • our work with other providers to share best ways of working.

Selling Points of the Role

  • an induction to the role, support by peers and mentors
  • ongoing training, to support your personal and professional development
  • clinical support with peers and CPD meetings
  • multidisciplinary team working currently comprising of Team Manager, Senior Practitioner, Senior Social Workers and Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists and Independence Wellbeing Practitioners
  • development of integrated teams with community health colleagues
  • a variety of case work with customers their families and carers in the community including reablement, moving and handling, complex equipment and adaptation needs
  • a newly Qualified Occupational Therapy Programme joint with Social Workers and the opportunity to link with newly qualified staff in Health
  • a flexible working policy (predominately Monday to Friday office hours but this is flexible).

The Benefits 

  • flexible working arrangements available
  • relocation package of up to £8k for qualifying new employees
  • free parking for you as a peripatetic worker
  • free DBS check (if your registered on the DBS Update Service)
  • public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme
  • tax free bikes through our cycle to work scheme
  • a contributory pension scheme
  • benefits scheme that includes childcare voucher salary sacrifice scheme
  • free 24/7 support line, providing general information, counselling and legal advice
  • a wide range of staff support networks and representative bodies.

Our Values

Above all, we are seeking a great team member with the right values and behaviours, to ensure our workplace values are at the heart of everything we do.

  • Achieve – be the best we can be
  • Support – work as one team
  • Pride – take pride in and are proud of what we do
  • Inspire – model the ASPIRE values
  • Respect – give and earn respect
  • Empower – empower, encourage and motivate people.


  • Occupational Therapy Qualified and HCPC registered
  • able to travel frequently in rural areas, so you must either hold a full valid driving licence and have access to personal transport or the ability to meet this requirement of the role via other suitable means.

For an informal discussion only, please contact Julie Chrisman on (01284) 758589.

Apply by CV and a short online form and we will support you in finding the right team for you.

Please read the Job and Person Profile before applying.

This authority 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. DBS checks required for relevant posts. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.

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