Occupational Therapist - Discharge to Assess
Permanent, Part Time
£32,787 to £44,826 per annum (FTE) (+ 6% flat rate allowance)
Working Style: Community-based worker
This is a part time position for 18.5 hours per week.
The Discharge to Assess team is a busy frontline MDT Adult Social Care team that covers the whole of North Essex. The team consists of occupational therapists, social workers and community support workers.
The primary role of the team is to assess and supporting adults with their post-hospital provision of care. The focus of the teamwork is on recovery and reablement; supporting adults to return home or develop greater independence.
Within this, the OTs lead on ensuring that the adults are able to return to as independent function when they return to their own home. This may include moving and handling assessments, the provision of equipment, environmental assessments adaptations (including major adaption recommendations), functional assessments, liaising with partner colleagues in health and universal services.
Please note that this team operate on a 7 day rote and the role involves weekend and bank holiday working. In addition to the basic salary offered the role also comes with a 6% flat rate allowance.
North Essex covers 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. North Essex is currently divided into five neighbourhood teams, a hospital discharge team, as well as three specialist teams: Physical and Sensory Impairment; Learning Difficulty and Autism, and Older Adult Mental Health.
Who we are looking for
We are seeking an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about occupational therapy and using their skills to promote wellbeing and independence with the residents of North Essex.
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.
Essex County Council has been awarded Social Work Employer of the year in the prestigious 2021 Social Worker of the Year Awards.
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.
To find out more about what it’s like working within ECC’s Adult Social Care services, please see a short video here.
To apply, you’ll need a degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy, or equivalent qualification, with current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration.
You’ll bring a strong ability to build effective relationships with adults and their families in times of challenge and crisis. You will have the drive and passion to want to make a difference, and a willingness to learn. Ideally you will have some experience of activity-based work with adults in a social care setting and some knowledge of legislative and policy guidance applicable within social care settings. You will ideally have knowledge of the local communities.
This role involves travelling around Essex and beyond. A 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. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
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 www.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.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.