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Senior Occupational Therapists

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Suffolk County Council
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Salary details:
£31,401 - £33,907
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing date:
20 February 2019 01:00 PM
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Various contracts, hours and locations are negotiable, term time working is offered.

Post 1: Felixstowe Team, 108 Queens Road, IP11 7PG.
Post 2: South Rural Team, Landmark House, IP1 5PB.
Post 3: Eye Team, Hartismere Hospital, IP23 7BH.

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 an ambitious transformation agenda, refocussing the way we think, work and deliver our services, with a greater focus on early intervention, recovery and enabling people to live independently for as long as possible. We aim to make the best and most sustainable use of all resources available to the adult, their families and carers, ensuring they have access to information and tools including the use of digital solutions. This helps enable 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.

You will:

  • 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)
  • have the opportunity to supervise and support lower grade staff (qualified and unqualified)
  • support Occupational Therapy Students on fieldwork placement.

You can contribute to 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.

In return we offer you:

  • 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 - Friday office hours)
  • generous annual leave entitlement.

Salary ranges are in line with our ACS (Adult Community Services) Social Work Services Progression Scheme:

  • Newly Qualified OT (Grade 5): £26,470 rising to £27,358
  • OT (Grade 5): £28,221 - £32,233
  • Senior OT (Grade 6): £31,401 - £33,907.

A relevant Occupational Therapy qualification and HCPC registration is essential.

You will be required to travel frequently in rural areas, so you must hold a full valid driving licence and have access to personal transport.

For an informal discussion about the role, please call either Caroline Copping on (01449) 742885 or Irene Smith on (01473) 263205 or regarding the Eye vacancy, contact Barry Gibson on 07940 446344.

Please read the Job and Person Profile before applying.

To apply, please upload your CV and complete the short online application form.

Applications will be reviewed, assessed and progressed as and when they are submitted before the closing date.

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 or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job Person Profile.

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