Occupational Therapist - Colchester & Tendring - Working for Essex
Salary: £32,787 to £44,826 per annum
Closing date: 17 Jul 2022
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 7167
Role: Social Care
About the role

Occupational Therapist - Colchester & Tendring

Permanent, Full Time

£32,787 to £44,826 per annum

Location: Colchester & Tendring

We currently have opportunities for experienced Occupational Therapists to join our North Essex OT Hub.

North Essex covers our offices in Colchester, Clacton and the greater Tendring area. It is a diverse area to work in encompassing rural, coastal, and urban communities all with their own unique challenges. Essex County Council work closely with their partners in North Essex, those joining teams in this area are uniquely positioned to be increasingly involved in partnership projects across local authorities and the NHS.

Occupational Therapy in North Essex

Occupational Therapists, working for Essex County Council, undertake a range of assessments, interventions, and support for the residents of Essex, with a focus on occupation, activity, choice and control. To empower the residents to achieve their functional goals and aspirations the OTs use a strengths-based approach, utilising appropriate community assets, and provide appropriate adaptations and equipment.

The core areas that occupational therapist in North Essex provide skilled support, interventions and advice are: moving and handling; major adaptations; complex equipment needs; and developing functional outcomes. Whilst you may not have the skills or experience in all of these areas, Essex has good training opportunities, and also a very supportive group of OTs, good reflective supervision, all of which would help you develop your occupational therapy skills, knowledge and capabilities.

In North Essex, occupational therapists also undertake related aspects of social care work, such as safeguarding, mental capacity and best interest assessments, care and support planning and ensuring the appropriate support from other agencies is in place or available.

In addition, all occupational therapists work in teams with social workers and community support workers. MDT working is really important, and the ability to be able to provide information, advice and guidance from an OT perspective to the MDT team is an important skill required of all our OTs.

In North Essex, the occupational therapists also work closely with other agencies and organisations to help improve the services provided for the adults in North Essex. This can include working with housing providers, care providers, health colleagues and teams including mental health, learning disabilities, community rehabilitation, and UCRS.

How are teams organised in North Essex.

North Essex Adult Social Care is organised into two neighbourhood hubs: Colchester and Tendring, and four specialist teams: D2A, Physical Sensory Impairment, Learning Disability and Autism, and Older Adult Mental Health. In each of these teams we have at least one OT. In addition we have four senior OTs in the PSI team, D2A team, Colchester mini Hub and Tendring mini Hub. In addition the OTs are supported by an OT Deputy Team Manager.

Please see further information regarding our Adult Social Care team here.

About Us

With us, you can achieve more – for yourself as well as the vulnerable adults you work to support. We’re always looking for new ways to deliver even better services, Occupational Therapists play an integral role in our preventative approach to Social Care. We encourage our multi-disciplinary teams to share their ideas and experience. We work together to get things done. Bring your positive, proactive attitude, and we’ll empower you to make the most of your experience as an Occupational Therapist within Essex County Council (ECC) Adult Social Care services.

To find out more about what it’s like working within ECC’s Adult Social Care services, please see a short video here.

About You

To apply, you’ll need a degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy, or equivalent qualification, with current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration.

This role involves travelling around Essex. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential.

What we offer in return

You’ll be working in a multi-disciplinary team within Adult Social Care, under the direct support and supervision of an experienced Senior Occupational Therapist, with access to learning and development opportunities to support your practice development.

We’ll support you to be to your best, working in a multi-disciplinary team within Adult Social Care, under the direct support and supervision of an experienced Senior Occupational Therapist.

You will be empowered to do your role to the best of your ability with access to a range of opportunities, offered by our award-winning CPD through the 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 atwww.workingforessex.com or for more information contact Abbie.Mollison@essex.gov.uk

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.

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