Occupational Therapist - MLM Operational Team - Working for Essex
Salary: £32,787 to £44,826 per annum - Pay Award Pending
Closing date: 29 Mar 2023
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10323
Role: Social Care
About the role

Occupational Therapist - MLM Operational Team

Fixed Term, Full Time

£32,787 to £44,826 per annum - Pay Award Pending

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 26th February 2023

Please note this is a fixed term/secondment opportunity for a period of 12 months.

Job Purpose

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 post holder will also be supporting the Local Linked Support Team to work with adults who need support but don’t have a package of care from ECC in the local community.

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 Occupational 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 and maximise their independence.

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.

Specific duties would include:

• 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 to understand their offer and to promote the inclusive employment service for adults who have potential for employment.

Knowledge, skills and experience

• Ideally 2-years post qualification experience working as an Occupational Therapist.

• Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists or BSc (hons) OT 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.

To read more about us please visit: Adult Social Care

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider 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 licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What should you do next?

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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 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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