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Occupational Therapist - North

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full and Part Time
Working Pattern:
Full time and Part time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 02/06/2019 23:59
£28,785 - £31,371
Hours per week:
37 & 29.5
Job Category:
Occupational Therapy
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
2 Jun

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Occupational Therapist – Community North Team

Summary of Post

An exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist has arisen in South Gloucestershire Council.

You will be working with people over the age of 18 and supporting them to live at home by promoting their independence. The Community North Team is a generic team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Social Work Practitioners.

The role is very varied and will enable you to grow your skills in different areas of Occupational Therapy including:
• Adaptations
• Equipment (standard and specialist)
• Moving and Handling
• Rehousing
• Reablement
• Multi-disciplinary working with Health Colleagues

If successful you will become an important member of our Community North Team, 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.

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 people 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 person 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 people and their carers.

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 Care Act.

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 person’s changing needs and resources available.

To carry out risk assessments the person, 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 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 work with people and providers to develop achievable goals to re-establish the everyday skills needed for daily living and ensure that needs are appropriately met.

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 you must be registered with the Health Professionals Council.

Demonstrate how your experience of Occupational Therapy in a hospital or community setting or voluntary setting. For newly qualified OT’s these would include placements

You must demonstrate that you have applied excellent assessment skills in practice combined with the ability to work under pressure

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

Knowledge of Equipment and Adaptations 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 excellent at time management so that you are able to work efficiently to meet the service requirements and you must be willing to travel widely within the authority and outside the authority, on occasions

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours

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 Peter Edwards (North Team Manager) on 01454 866247 or peter.edwards@southglos.gov.uk

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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