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Occupational Therapist - Adults

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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 29/07/2018 23:59
£28,221 - £30,756
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Occupational Therapy
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Yate & Kingswood, Bristol
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
29 Jul

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information


At South Gloucestershire Council we are introducing a new approach to how we provide adult social care, strengthening our already extremely effective team. As a result we have a number of opportunities for social workers, occupational therapists, social work assistants and occupational therapy assistants

We believe that by working closely with our communities, the NHS and our partners, understanding local needs, working with individuals in a positive and responsive way, we can make a real difference. If this appeals to you we would love to hear from you.’

South Gloucestershire is in the West of England between Gloucester and Bristol, the Severn Estuary and the Cotswolds.

South Gloucestershire offers a mix of long-established urban communities, vibrant market towns, small villages and substantial new development, with a strong community spirit. We have a rich natural and cultural heritage and are conveniently located within easy commuting access of Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset, South Wales and beyond.

We pride ourselves on being a great place to live and work - come and join us.


Summary of Post

You will be a member of one of the Adult Care Cluster Teams 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, reablement and other relevant social care services. 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 and Rehabilitation beds based in the community.

Interviews scheduled for August

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

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

To visit and discuss with service users and their carers, 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. Working closely with the service user and relevant others you will then formulate and implement a support plan.

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 service users and their carers.

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.

To work with service users and our Reablement and Homecare providers to develop achievable goals to re-establish the everyday skills needed for daily living and ensure that needs are appropriately met.

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 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 Royal 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 rehabilitation 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.

You 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

You must demonstrate that you have applied excellent assessment skills in practice

You must demonstrate that you have been able to work under pressure when necessary.

It is also essential that you can 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 is essential

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

You must be able to demonstrate a knowledge and ability to apply the equalities policies

You must be 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.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours


Post-graduation experience is desirable.

Specialist knowledge of relevant areas

Additional Information

Working patterns may vary to meet the operating hours of the service.

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: If the nature of the duties 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.

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Lisa Williams - Team Manager Central (Lisa.williams@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 865582)

Salary: £28,221 – £30,756
Hours: 37

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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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