Senior Occupational Therapist - Enhanced Social Care Support (Out-Reach) - Working for Essex
Salary: £41,552 to £50,290 per annum
Closing date: 06 Jul 2022
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 8030
Role: Social Care
About the role

Senior Occupational Therapist - Enhanced Social Care Support (Out-Reach)

Fixed Term, Full Time

£41,552 to £50,290 per annum

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Community-based worker

This is a 12 month fixed term contract or secondment opportunity.

Senior Occupational Therapists are passionate in delivering expert and effective assessments of risk and therapeutic interventions which build resilience for vulnerable adults. The role will involve managing the more complex cases, quality assuring interventions to ensure safeguarding and balancing financial obligations.

As an Occupational Therapists, working for Essex County Council, you will undertake a range of assessments, interventions, and support for the residents of Essex, with a focus on occupation, activity, choice and control using a strengths-based approach and community assets to achieve the person’s goals and aspirations. Occupational Therapists work in teams alongside 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.

Under supervision of the Team Manager, you will be expected to provide expert advice and guidance, support and professional consultation for independent practitioners, social care staff and partners, contributing to the development of the four key principles. You will be accountable for assessment and identification of appropriate systems of support, facilitating service user choice which empowers people and enables them to live healthily and independently.

The Team

The role is an opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to work as part of a multidisciplinary team supporting adults with a learning disability and/or autism, with additional needs, e.g. mental health who may be in residential or supported living placements.

The post will particularly suit a motivated, enthusiastic and person-centred Occupational Therapist, who, alongside case management duties, will spend the majority of their time in performing OT specific assessments and interventions.

We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapist who would like the opportunity to work in a team where the focus is on relationship-based work and building independence through a positive approach to risk and the strengths-based model; supporting adults through case management and developing discharge pathways out of hospital. This role requires close partnership working with a range of partners, including health and the Court of Protection.

This role sits within our Countywide team and can be based from any of our Essex locations for administrative purposes, however please be advised that Countywide travel is required as part of this role and there will be an expectation to work from ECC and health buildings across Essex where appropriate. Flexible working patterns including condensed working over 4 days can be considered.

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

About Us

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. Bring your positive, proactive attitude, and we’ll empower you to make the most of your experience as a Senior OT 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 should be a qualified social worker with a current Social Work England registration. You’ll bring significant experience of Occupational Therapy in a social care setting, along with evidence of continuing professional development, and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards. You will have experience of mentoring both newly qualified and experienced staff and being a subject matter expert in professional practice.

There is a need for attention to detail and positive knowledge of not only the Care Act and Mental Health Act, but also the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty and Court of Protection procedures.

The postholder will be confident in person-centred and positive risk-taking approaches.

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.

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.

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.

If you have any questions about the role, or working with us, please contact

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