Practice Lead Occupational Therapist - Working for Essex
Salary: £39,168 - £47,405 per annum
Type: Fixed Term
Closing date: 25 Jan 2021
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Part-time
Req ID: 511
Role: Social Care
About the role

Practice Lead Occupational Therapist

Fixed Term, Part Time

£39,168 - £47,405 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date: 25th January 2021


***Please note this is a part-time position for 18.5 hours per week, salary to be on a pro rata basis – 12 Month Fixed Term Contract***

 About the Role

 Working to support adults, and their families, who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity, you’ll maximise their potential to live independently.

 Practice Leads have deep understanding of delivery of high-quality practice aligned to achievement of high-quality outcomes, as measured through the application of the ASC Quality Assurance Framework.

 A qualified Occupational Therapist with a proven track record of demonstrating exemplary practice. Strong influencing skills to lead and quality assure improvement themes and ability to coach and mentor at senior level across the function, to achieve these.

  •  Responsible for planning, overseeing and on occasion carrying out audits and investigations, and translating the outcomes of these to actions within programmes of work, delivering consistency across operations.
  •  Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 (e.g. MCA / DoLs/CHC etc).
  • Delivers a high level of expertise in practice including consideration of CHC processes, providing advice and support to colleagues, including assisted fieldwork, audits and reviews and contributing to the development of a prevention and early intervention service.
  • Develops and implements quality assurance and evaluation systems for reviews of Policy and Practice, ensuring these reflect changes in legislation and practice both locally and nationally.
  • Acting as a role model, with strong influencing skills to lead and quality assure areas of practice, monitor and review improvements, coaching and mentoring colleagues to achieve these.
  • Works collaboratively, building strong relationships with internal and external partnerships and stakeholders, taking a lead role in the development of multi-agency policies.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

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.

 About You

 To apply, you’ll need a degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy, CQSW, CSS or equivalent qualification, with current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration. With experience of working in a Social Care or Health setting ideally working to support vulnerable adults. This should include the ability to work with a complex caseload underpinned by evidence-based practice.

 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. However, given the current pandemic Essex County Council continues to review its ways of working during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to work within adult social care with a focus on “digital first”, where the default position is, where possible, for our staff to work from home (this is continuously reviewed).

 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.

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 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 proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

 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.