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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Part Time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 24/10/2019 23:59
£21,589 to £24,799 (pro rated to hours worked)
Hours per week:
30 hours
Job Category:
Occupational Therapy
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
24 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Occupational Therapy Assistant

This post is part time, 30 hours a week and limited term contact for 6 months.

Summary of Post

You will be a member of an Integrated Occupational Therapy Service across South Gloucestershire Councils Children, Adults and Health Department and North Bristol Trust, providing a consistent, equitable, and high quality user focused 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, 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.

You will be particularly involved in areas of reablement, specialist equipment and housing adaptations. You will work closely with Occupational therapists/occupational therapy assistants/Social Workers and social work assistants within the Central Team.

Main Duties

To visit and assess the needs of a people in the community in order to cope with personal and daily living activities in their own home environment, and to advise carers in the area of management, paying particular attention to the current Health & Safety Regulations. To implement reablement programmes to improve and maintain personal care and domestic skills.

Following assessment, as appropriate arrange for provision of equipment etc., and instruction in its safe use. Monitor and review its suitability to meet service user need. To keep abreast of new products available on the market and maintain a good knowledge of the current products available for the service user their families and carers.

Explore areas relating to adaptation of a property whilst adhering to the disabled facilities grant process, liaise with local authority housing departments, building contractors and technicians to ensure a safe environment.

To liaise with hospital, community health care professionals and Community Care services staff in meetings to identify rehabilitation and care needs of disabled people in the community. To inform service users/carers of options available under the Care Act 2014 legalisation.

To keep accurate case records and comply with administrative requirements as defined by Council policy and procedure, keeping up-to-date with IT developments.

To participate in supervision and the department’s personal development performance review process. To develop skills and knowledge using both staff training facilities and external training, as identified.

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 should possess a good general education including evidence of both written and verbal ability.

Have experience of working with disabled or older people, whether in paid employment or relevant voluntary sector.

You must have the ability to demonstrate initiative and be self-reliant so that you can cope with unexpected problems and situations in order to make decisions appropriately.

Able to demonstrate the ability to joint work with colleagues or agencies in any setting.

You must be willing to travel widely within the authority and outside the authority on occasions.


Have knowledge of rehabilitation, adaptations or equipment available to assist disabled people, and a knowledge and understanding of disabling conditions.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion please contact Rovena Alecsa, Senior Practitioner on 01454 86 2496 or email Rovena.Alecsa@southglos.gov.uk.


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: £21,589 to £24,799

Hours: 30 hours

Closing Date: 24 October 2019

Vacancy Ref: SGC1520/940/SS

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