Senior Occupational Therapist

Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£34,500 - £46,700 per annum
07 Jan 2021
26 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full time

About Us:

While many of our residents are flourishing in our borough, others need a little more support – and that is where our Adult Social Care and Public Health team come in.  

Working alongside colleagues in Westminster City Council, we have formed a Bi-Borough partnership which supports the sharing of facilities and expertise – this allows us to provide joined-up health and social care services that are constantly evolving and improving.

With both boroughs ranked as having some of the best adult social care services in the country, we intend to maintain these high standards, supporting people to stay close to their communities and homes, and outside of acute and institutional care where it is appropriate.  We help our community to be as independent as possible, and we have a clear focus on early intervention.

If you have the drive, determination and vision to make a positive impact on our residents’ lives, please take a look at our vacancies below.

The Role:

Refresh your career by joining an OT team with the time, resources and commitment to care. While looking after a diverse population, we’re able to focus on individualised care and early intervention. We work within integrated multidisciplinary teams that include qualified and unqualified social workers, OTs, rehabilitation workers and other related support services. It’s an approach that means we have some of the best adult social care services in the country.

As a Senior Occupational Therapist, you’ll promote best practice and person-centred care, guide and mentor others, and promote a culture of learning. But you’ll also lead by example. Working with older people and adults with physical disabilities, you’ll carry out assessments, create care plans and work closely with other agencies to provide support.  We’ll also look to you for innovative ideas:  you’ll have every opportunity to use your expertise to contribute to policy-making and service delivery improvements.

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About You:

A qualified and registered Occupational Therapist, you’ll have significant experience in a local authority setting, including exposure to safeguarding adults’ procedures and risk assessments. You’ll be used to supervising students and other staff and will have excellent assessment and partnership-working skills. Well-organised and calm under pressure, you’ll be a strong communicator with a commitment to helping others achieve their full potential.

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Role Requirements:

  • Provide professional support, leadership and line management/ supervision to staff that form part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team that includes qualified and unqualified social workers, occupational therapists, rehabilitation workers and related support services.
  • Assist Team Managers in the day-to-day operational management of the assessment and care management service for older and physically disabled people who live in the borough.
  • Take accountability for the quality of your work and take responsibility for maintaining and developing your professional knowledge and skills.
  • Advise, guide and mentor supervisees to contribute to their learning and development. Work with the Team Manager to enhance the clinical practice standards in accordance with COT and HCPC professional body’s Code of Practice.
  • Ensure staff provide the highest possible standard of service within available resources to promote the independence, dignity, choice, self-esteem and wellbeing of eligible Service Users. 
  • Manage the OT duty service, ensuring that emergency situations are dealt with in a timely manner and referrals are processed within the expected timescale.
  • Ensure that all supervisees’ support plans meet assessed support needs of the Service Users; and make best use of available resources to achieve agreed outcomes.
  • Assist with management of clinical projects e.g. single- handed care. Keep record and provide feedback on project’s progress.
  • Work jointly with health and other key agencies; ensuring implementation of CPA, risk assessments, person centred planning, health action plans and compliance with clinical governance, as required.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.