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Occupational Therapy Senior Practitioner

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 21/05/2019 23:59
£35,934 - £38,813
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Occupational Therapy
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Job details 

Closing date:
21 May

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

A great opportunity has arisen to cover maternity leave for the post of OT Senior Practitioner in the south team. We are a highly supportive and committed team with a strong focus on ensuring a positive contribution to meeting the needs of our residents and communities. The south team is one of the innovation sites for the three conversations approach and you will benefit from this experience.

Working as a positive team member you will develop your own personal contribution to making a difference in OT and adult social care in South Glos with the skills, values and personal qualities you already possess.

You will be working with adults over the age of 18 that have physical and sensory impairments and older people.

Working alongside both occupational therapy and social work senior practitioners, you will provide a high level of support and supervision to occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Joining a positive management team, you will assist the team manager in the day to day management of the team, including the prioritising and allocation of work.

In addition, as one of the department’s Occupational Therapy Senior Practitioners you will be part of the rota to cover the occupational therapy screening desk every week.

This is an exciting and challenging post, you will be given regular support and supervision alongside developmental opportunities

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 supervise and coordinate the work of practitioners, including allocation of caseloads or other staff giving guidance, advice and feedback. Ensure that clear organisation and direction is provided and that training needs are identified and met.
If relevant, carry out specialist assessments and casework, ensuring that these are precise and effective.

If relevant, deliver and oversee programmes of work promoting and enhancing existing service delivery patterns and developing new or innovative forms of service delivery.

If relevant, provide specialist advice and/or financial assessments to ensure a fully supportive service provision is provided to individuals.

Monitor service delivery through feedback and informal complaints, ensuring that complaints are processed and rectified, and that future service delivery is adjusted as appropriate.

Work in partnership with internal colleagues and external contacts in other service areas. This will help to ensure that service objectives and priorities are met.

Whilst you will not directly manage a budget you may be involved in making recommendations for budget spend, and indirectly influence the wider service budget ensuring that maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed.

Take necessary action in accordance with safeguarding procedures in order to safeguard people at risk.

Present reports to Court/Tribunals and represent the Council’s interests ensuring the Council’s position is advocated.

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 you must be registered with the Health Professionals Council.

You will have budget management and monitoring skills.

You will have substantial post qualification experience within a similar service area and able to demonstrate your ability to successfully supervise other practitioners and to deal with complex casework

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.

You will demonstrate specialist knowledge of the relevant services, including latest service developments, legislation, regulations and codes of practice, ensuring the work of the team complies with guidance and relevant codes of practice

Knowledge of equipment and adaptations for people with disabilities and an understanding of how society and the environment can limit opportunities available for people with disabilities.

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

You will have effective relationship building skills able to provide effective management and supervision to a team. Your well-developed interpersonal skills will enable you to deal with a variety of contacts


A management qualification

Specialist knowledge of relevant areas

Additional Information

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).

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.

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

This post will be based at Kingswood Centre.

Interviews are scheduled for the 29.5.19

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Patrick Smith, Team Manager Tel 01454 865328 or patrick.smith@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.

As a manager you will be expected to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate your staff to achieve.

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