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Prison Team Occupational Therapist

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part Time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Part Time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 16/10/2019 23:59
£28,785-£31,371 (Pro Rata)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Occupational Therapy
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
South Gloucestershire Council, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
16 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Prison Team Occupational Therapist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of a qualified Occupational Therapist in the Prison team, a part of the South Gloucestershire council Resilience Service.
We are a highly supportive and dedicated team, ensuring a positive contribution to meeting the needs of our residents in the three Custodial settings in South Gloucestershire.

There are three prisons in South Gloucestershire – HMP Leyhill, HMP Ashfield, and HMP Eastwood Park. HMP Leyhill and HMP Serco Ashfield accommodate male prisoners transferred from other prisons. HMP Eastwood Park is a female prison with generally a younger population with a wide range of complex needs including substance misuse and mental health needs.

The provision of care and support for those in custodial settings is be based on the principle of equivalence as the rest of the population receives, subject to the constraints and circumstances of custodial settings.

Main Responsibilities

Carry out assessment of needs, providing advice and guidance to service users, in order to establish care plans where appropriate, ensuring that services are effective and meet legislation, regulations and codes of practice

Review and monitor care plans and the quality of service provision, responding to changing needs and renegotiating service provision where appropriate

Manage own caseloads or specific projects to ensure specialist inputs are obtained and effective outcomes achieved.

Support the delivery of designated areas of work by coordinating day to day operations and contributing to developing projects and processes.

Raise awareness of a range of care issues and their implications and carry out risk assessments and complete safe methods of work practice guides, in order to ensure that needs are assessed and appropriate action is taken.

Develop and evaluate reablement programs as part of care and support packages, ensuring support maximizes independence.

Liaise and work closely with contacts from different sectors, including prison, probation, health and the voluntary sector, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring that communication is effective and that knowledge and best practice are shared.

Complete and present records and reports in accordance with professional and council guidelines.

Take necessary action in accordance with Safeguarding procedures in order to protect vulnerable people

Represent the Council’s interests ensuring that the Council’s position is advocated.

The successful candidate will be required to complete the enhanced security vetting and undertake specific training as required by the establishments. On-going supervision and support would be provided by the Resilience Service Team Manager.

The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with the range of professionals based within the prisons and work dynamically often in a challenging environment.

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.


1. Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent (eg Dip OT)

2. Registration with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)

3. You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in house software packages.

4. Have good interpersonal skills, be able to carry out assessments and communicate findings and risks to service users, families and other professionals.

5. You will have well developed interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with colleagues and service users.

6. You will demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, and codes of practice, processes and procedures.

7. You will have relevant experience and be confident working in what can be a challenging environment.

8. You will need to be able to work under the security regimes of the establishments.

9. You will need to complete the essential vetting, security and personal protection training at the establishments.

10. Exemplify the council's values and behaviours.

For an informal discussion regarding these roles please contact:

Victoria McCuaig, Resilience Service Team Manager, Victoria.mccuaig@southglos.gov.uk , Tel: 01454 866127

Salary: £28,785-£31,371 (Pro Rata)

Hours: 18.5

Closing Date: 16th October 2019

Vacancy Ref: CR7647 / CR7648 / SGC1509

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve. As a manager you will be expected to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate your staff to achieve.

Safer Recruitment

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

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