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Occupational Therapist

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 11/10/2019 23:59
£28,785 to £31,371
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Southmead Hospital, Southmead, Bristol
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
11 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Occupational Therapist

Summary of Post

You will be a member of the Community Promoting Independence Team in South Gloucestershire Council's Children, Adults and Housing Department, providing a consistent, equitable, and high quality user focussed service.

You will link in with Health staff, Community Care staff and other agencies to support service provision to enable intervention that is responsive, timely and clinically effective. You will be working with service users over the age of 18 that have physical and sensory impairments and Older People.

You will be involved in supporting people to live at home through the assessment and provision of equipment, housing adaptations and reablement.

You will also be involved in enabling them to live with maximum independence and dignity to prevent any unnecessary admissions to hospital or care homes and to facilitate timely and safe discharge from hospital.

Main Duties

To carry an allocated caseload with the support of regular supervision.

To work in the Hospital Promoting Independence Team, supporting and enabling individuals and their carers to identify their needs in relation to their home environment, identify with them their priorities and goals in order to assist them and their families and carers in planning realistically for the future.

To support and enable a smooth transition from hospital to the community and work to enable somebody to remain at home and to increase their independence.

To be an integral member of the Integrated Discharge Service for NBT, UBHT and RUH.

Working closely with health, Community health services and others you will then formulate and implement a support plan, recommending and reviewing appropriate equipment and techniques to manage overall health and wellbeing.

To provide recommendations for adaptations to property in accordance with the relevant legislation in order to meet the needs of both service users and their carers. (This involves joint working with the Occupational Therapy Lead in the Housing Department with the Environmental Protection Department re Disabled Facilities Grants and Agencies supporting Grant Application e.g. Care & Repair.)

To work with service users and our Reablement provider to develop achievable goals to re-establish the everyday skills needed for daily living

To provide reports for re-housing to the Housing Department and advice on the suitability and adaptability of properties of all tenure. To liaise with Architects, Builders and Suppliers concerned with meeting the practical needs of Disabled People.

To advise and inform Disabled People and their Carers about Services available, including services available under the Fair Access to Care Legislation.

To complete risk and moving and handling assessments for individuals, as well as postural management recommend, complex seating and equipment provision.

To monitor, review and re-assess the Occupational Therapy of needs recorded in an agreed Action Plan. Making changes and re-negotiating service provision in response to the service user’s changing needs and resources available.

To carry out risk assessments with service users empowering them to reach their own potential rather than restrict what they can do.

To keep accurate professional case records, and comply with administrative requirements as defined by the College of OT, Council Policy and Procedure. To use information technology and to manage time efficiently.

To undertake training as necessary to keep up-to-date with Professional Practice, and demonstrate a commitment to and responsibility for own professional personal development and learning.

To assess for and provide reablement programme and therapy, as appropriate.

To supervise Occupational Therapy Students or other Students visiting the Department, as agreed with your Supervisor.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


You must possess a Professional Occupational Therapy Qualification, Dip COT, BSc Honours OT, (or equivalent), and demonstrate current State Registration and be must be registered with the Health Professionals Council.

Demonstrate how your experience of working in a hospital or community setting or voluntary or agency providing Occupational Therapy Services is relevant to this post.

Demonstrate that you have applied excellent assessment skills in practice, that you have been able to work under pressure when necessary and demonstrate theoretical and applied knowledge relating to Disabled People and their needs.

Knowledge of legislation relevant to Social Services Occupational Therapy and legislation supporting this e.g. the NHS & Community Care Act 1990, The Carer’s (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 and an awareness of all legislation relevant to working with Vulnerable Adults.

Knowledge of Equipment and Adaptations for Disabled People and an understanding of how Society and the Environment can limit opportunities available for Disabled People.

Demonstrate a knowledge and ability to apply the equalities policies.

Willing to travel widely within the authority and outside the authority, on occasions.

You must be excellent at time management so that you are able to work efficiently to meet the service requirements

You must have knowledge of basic Information Technology applications.


Post-graduation experience is desirable.

Specialist knowledge of relevant areas.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, once you have read the job summary, please contact Lynne Guest , Community Promoting Independence Team Manager on 0117 4144444.


Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check. The contact details are: Sensitive Applications Team, Customer Services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD - Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle

The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Salary: £28,785 to £31,371

Hours: 37

Closing Date: 11 October 2019

Vacancy Ref: SA85008/937/SS

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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