Senior Occupational Therapist - Adult Social Care

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£39168 - £47405 per annum
05 Oct 2020
20 Oct 2020
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
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.

Job Purpose
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 access information and tools, live
healthily and independently and for our function an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.

The Role
The Senior Occupational Therapist will work in the Independent Workforce Team which leads a multidisciplinary social care team of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Social Workers, Social Work Assistants, and Best Interest Assessors. All of the practitioners are Independent and are employed via individual flexible contracts with ECC.

The team also consists of a number of advanced administrative Workforce Co-Ordinators who support the daily running of the team.

Job Purpose Summary:
Under supervision of the Team Manager you will be expected to provide expert advice and guidance, support and professional consultation for independent practitioners, social care staff and partners, contributing to the development of the four key principles. You will bring the highest standards of professional practice. You will have a sound depth of knowledge in relevant research, legislation, policy, moving and handling and practice methods. To provide specialist advice and professional support for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants, contributing to the development and support of links with other sectors and partner organisations.

You will have detailed knowledge of enablement, equipment provision and major adaptations, as the role includes approving equipment requests and reviewing major adaptation schemes and associated case complexities.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • 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 eg professional capability frameworks, knowledge and skills statement. Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Significant experience in a social care setting, demonstrating a comprehensive and up to date understanding of all relevant legislation, regulation and guidance.
  • Experience of mentoring both newly qualified and experienced staff and being a subject matter expert in professional practice.
  • Experience of chairing meetings involving clients, family members and/or carers and other multi-agency professionals.
  • Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and vulnerable adults.
  • Understanding of the financial implications of care packages commissioned.
  • Proven track record 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.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees.

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.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.