Occupational Therapist - Children & Families – Fixed Term Contract or Secondment - Working for Essex
Salary: £32,065 to £43,839 Per Annum
Closing date: 01 Aug 2021
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 1908
Role: Social Care
About the role

Occupational Therapist - Children & Families – Fixed Term Contract or Secondment

Secondment, Full Time

£32,065 to £43,839 Per Annum

Location: Colchester

Please note that this role is being offered on a Secondment or Fixed Term Contract basis with a duration of ideally 24 months, however 12 months, or even 6 months durations will be considered. Please indicate any preferences within your application. 

The Role

You will be located within one of the quadrant teams (North), however there will be a requirement to work within different quadrant locations according to service demand . The OT Manager and Senior OT Practitioner will assist in the development of practice within this service. Your casework will focus on children’s and young people’s cases that need equipment and adaptations to their homes. You will be an effective communicator and committed to delivering a high quality service.

Job Purpose Summary

Under the supervision of the OT Manager and professional supervision of a Senior Occupational Therapist, you will deliver effective OT interventions to children/young people and their families which are informed by current research, legislation and policy.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Facilitate choice and empowerment through promoting independence as far as possible.
  • Ensure that children/young people are safeguarded and that Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) safeguarding procedures are followed.
  • Provide information and advice about other areas of support available to the child/young person and their families.
  • To brief supervisor/ team manager on all relevant developments on each case.
  • Actively and regularly participate in Essex County Councils supervision and yearly appraisal to ensure best practice and continued professional development.
  • Assist in the development of new service initiatives and implementation.
  • To participate in the on-going development and training of the team, and the service area. Attending team meetings and sharing ideas and best practice.
  • Required to be mobile throughout Essex and therefore a valid driving licence and use of car required, unless the role can be undertaken effectively by alternative transport arrangements.

Role Specific Accountabilities

  • Carry out specialist assessment/reviews of children/young people and families taking into account their needs and the impact of societal, attitudinal, cultural and environmental barriers which prevent participation in activities of daily living
  • To take account of the impact of long-term impairment on the development of the child/young person, and their carers and family, social, economic, personal well-being.
  • To recognise and identify safeguarding risks to children and actively support investigations where appropriate.
  • Assess the needs and risks for children and young people and identify actions appropriate to meet needs and address risk
  • Request and organise appropriate services in response to children/young people and their carers to meet their eligible needs whilst ensuring Best Value.
  • To liaise, consult and work effectively with other professionals in order to identify and meet the child/young person’s and their family’s needs e.g. Social Care staff, Essex Equipment Service, Health Care professionals, District Councils, Housing Teams.
  • Provide detailed and professional written reports and plans to meet needs and aspirations and present ideas and solutions to meet identified needs.
  • Make recommendations and provide sketches, diagrams and specifications for adaptations to the child/young person’s accommodation to remove environmental barriers where possible and liaise with other professionals and agencies to meet complex needs.
  • Ensure the safe use of equipment and adaptations, evaluate and review its effectiveness (following and evidencing a risk based approached) and teach children/young people and families to safely use equipment and comply with relevant legislation, policy and guidelines.
  • To hold a caseload of a level of complexity appropriate to post holders expertise and personal development.
  • Undertake administrative duties and maintain clear and professional records of assessment and progress for each case to ensure good practice and that targets are met contribute to the production of accurate statistical information relating to workload.

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.
  • Registration HCPC as Occupational Therapist
  • A sound knowledge of equipment and adaptations available to promote independence.
  • Experience in working with children and young people with disabilities would be advantageous

The role sits within a quadrant however requires the postholder to be mobile throughout a wide 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 license and car, or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means, is essential.

To view our Organisational Behaviours information please follow this link: https://www.workingforessex.com/organisational-behaviours/

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 https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/

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 queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 08:30 - 16:30.