Occupational Therapist - Working for Essex
Salary: £30,906 - £42,254 per annum
Type: Fixed Term
Closing date: 22 Jan 2021
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 530
Role: Social Care
About the role

Occupational Therapist

Fixed Term, Full Time

£30,906 - £42,254 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date: 22nd January 2021

***Please note, this is a 2 Year Fixed Term Contract with the option to potentially extend further***

With us, you can achieve more – for yourself as well as those you work to support.

 Essex County Council in partnership with Essex Cares Limited (ECL) have an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to join our Countywide team at Essex County Council to support with the delivery of the LIVE Service, a progressive day opportunities and inclusive employment service. 

 The LIVE Service provides day opportunities to older people and adults with disabilities including learning disabilities and/or autism, and an inclusive employment service, to enable adults to move into and retain meaningful paid employment.

 We are seeking an Occupation Therapist to work with ECC and ECL, with adults, families and community partners, to support with the delivery of this strengths based and progressive Service, which looks to enable people within day opportunities to enter and sustain meaningful paid employment.

 The post is required to support with achieving the outcomes underpinning the LIVE Service which are:

 More people with disabilities in Essex are in employment;

  •  People have reduced reliance on statutory services;
  • People are supported to contribute and feel included within their local communities;
  • People’s independence is increased;
  • The Service maximises the use of assets.

About the role

  • Working within quadrant and enhanced teams to ensure colleagues are focussed on employment over day care as part of their practice;
  • Promoting the ECL LIVE service to pro-actively generate referrals within ASC;
  • Undertaking/supporting with reviews of adults in the ECL service e.g. once an adult moves fully from day opportunities into employment or reduces day opportunities and moves into employment;
  • Support with recording, tracking information, tracking savings and understanding impact;
  • Working with ECC, health partners and ECL to advise and support social workers, day opportunities staff and inclusive employment staff to support them to address the barriers and challenges that people face on their journey to employment;
  • Championing and introducing appropriate OT assessment tools and outcome measures in Service delivery;
  • Promoting the benefits and supporting with the use of tech/digital to meet individuals’ outcomes.
  • Providing guidance to enable adults to be linked into meaningful community activities;
  • Linking in with other day opportunities providers from April 2021 to understand their offer and to promote the inclusive employment service for adults who have potential for employment.

About us 

At Essex County Council Adult Services our mission is clear. We want to make the best and most sustainable use of all resources available to the adult, their families and carers. To ensure they have access to information and tools to enable them to live healthily and independently for as long as possible, and to exercise choice and control over their lives. And to ensure the safety, dignity and quality of life for all the adults we work with. 

 To make sure we achieve our goals, we’ve transformed our service to be far more proactive. Moving from focusing on long-term care and support, our new model is centred on four key principles - prevention, early intervention, enablement and safeguarding. We’re very proud of our service and the work we’re doing with all our partners to build community capacity and resilience.

 About you

  •  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
  • Working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism, people with sensory processing needs and people with physical and sensory impairments.
  • Understanding of the individual, their abilities, interests and strengths as well as the challenges they and their families may experience with engagement in employment.
  • Goal setting and planning interventions to meet these goals.
  • Understanding of the benefits of analysis of the home environment and potential workplace and the ability to recommend adjustments to optimise success in the workplace.
  • Experience within a social care setting an advantage, with evidence of working with a range of social and family situations.
  • Experience in a range of functional assessments and outcome measures, with the ability to support with the completion of standardised assessments; Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) an advantage.
  • Experience in multi-disciplinary working, excellent communication skills with an ability to develop a rapport, engage with a diverse range of individuals and help others to recognise and implement adjustments needed.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for vulnerable adults.

This role involves travelling around Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings – sometimes in an emergency. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential.

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.

 What we offer in return

 We’ll support you to be to your best, with the resources, training and development to empower you. You can add to your expertise, with a range of opportunities offered by our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy. And, with flexible working options and other lifestyle benefits, we’ll enable you to make the most of your life outside work, too. 

 Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here. 

 Apply now at WorkingForEssex.com or email Danny.Adderson@essex.gov.uk

 If you have any questions about the role, or working with us, please contact our Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888. 

 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.