Occupational Therapist - Early Intervention Team
Essex County Council continues to review its ways of working during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to work within adult social care with a focus on "digital first", where the default position is, where possible, for our staff to work from home (this is continuously reviewed). All candidates applying to Adult Social Care will be expected to join on a 12-week rota on a 6-day shift pattern and this will include some weekend work. However, we still promote flexible working and a flexible work pattern can be discussed. For further details please enquire with our resourcing team, alternatively working patterns can be discussed at interview.
ECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is moving towards a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a model with four key principles :- prevention; early intervention; enablement and safeguarding. This will enable people, their families and carers to be able to access information and tools to live healthily and independently. Providing an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.
Occupational therapists carry out assessments of risk and deliver therapeutic interventions which build resilience and enable independent living for vulnerable adults. Quality assuring interventions to ensure that vulnerable people are safeguarded in line with the Council's statutory obligations, working with colleagues across the council and in other statutory bodies to do so, balancing need with financial commitment.
A qualified Occupational Therapist, with the ability to demonstrate practice in accordance with current professional standards. Positive risk taking and close working with the community are key to this role.
* Accountable for assessment and identification of appropriate systems of support, facilitating service user choice which empowers people and enables them to live healthily, safely and independently.
* Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 (e.g. MCA / DoLs / CHC etc).
* Responsible for providing specifications which evaluate the safe use of equipment and adaptations and comply with relevant legislation, policy and guidelines on safe working practices, thereby reducing risks.
* Delivers expertise in particular area of practice and advises on those areas, contributing to the development of the four key principles.
* Delivers expertise and professional knowledge and expertise to provide advice and guidance for complex cases in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2017 (e.g MCA / DoLS/ CHC assessments etc).
* Accountable for conducting assessments and plan responses to safeguard a vulnerable adult, include intervention as required.
* Attends meetings, reviews, case conferences and court hearings to provide information, insight and evidence, providing reports where appropriate.
* Work collaboratively building effective relationships with internal and external partnerships, stakeholders, and the voluntary sector which facilitates the delivery of joint objectives which deliver improved outcomes.
* Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Experience / Qualifications* Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists or B.Sc O.T. or other professional qualification recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
* Evidence of continuing professional development and demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards. Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Occupational Therapist.
* Experience within a social care setting, with evidence of challenging social and family situations.
* Strong communication skills and an ability to develop a rapport and engage with diverse groups of individuals.
* Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for vulnerable adults.
* Understand the financial implications of care packages commissioned.
* Evidence of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.
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.