Senior Occupational Therapist - Physical & Sens Impairment Team

England, Essex, Colchester
£38400 - £46475 per annum
02 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time

Primary Location: Colchester and Tendring area

Job summary and Responsibilities

The role of the Senior Occupational Therapist is to ensure that professional intervention is appropriately discharged to maximise vulnerable people's potential in being able to support themselves within agreed resources. The role is underpinned through the 6 key principles Empowerment, Prevention, Proportionality, Protection, Partnership and Accountability defined by the Care Act 2014.

The Adult Operations function delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable adults and their families. These services are delivered against specifications set by the People Commissioning function in line with the County Council's overarching outcomes.

The role reports directly to the Operational Team Manager and will be a member of a team (16 team members) of Social Workers, an Occupational Therapist, a Specialist Sensory Social worker and Community Support Workers. The team predominantly covers the Colchester and Tendring areas, working with adults from the age of 18 to 65 years who live with physical and/or sensory difficulties. The individual will also be required to provide some support for Occupational Therapists working within ongoing support teams in North Essex (Learning Disability and Autism and Older People's Team).

The postholder is responsible for working with individuals who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity. They will be required to support the Operational Team Manager by modelling good practice, setting expectations for Occupational Therapists and taking responsibility and accountability for the practice of others and mentoring newly qualified staff. The role also requires the post holder to build on existing relationships with strategic partners, particularly where there is a joint agency team.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
  • Current HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of continuing professional development e.g. MCA BIA AMHP
  • A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems.
  • 2 years post-qualifying experience in a Social Care setting.
  • Evidence of working with a complex caseload that is underpinned by evidence based practice.
  • Required to be mobile throughout an operational area. To be able to attend meetings or provide cover in other locations. Driving licence and car or access to other effective transport arrangements is essential.

    The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

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    Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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