Occupational Therapist - Grade G/G+ - Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

We are looking to recruit 2 experienced Occupational Therapists. Compliance items Occupational Therapy qualification / HCPC registration / References to cover 3 years / enhanced DBS clearance / HCPC registration The post is initially for 2 months with a view to being being renewed to cover the next 6 to 12 months

The primary purpose of the Occupational Therapy service is to deliver the Council’s statutory duties under the following legislation;

· Care Act 2014

· Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996

This will be delivered through the functional assessments of people with disabilities and their carers in order to develop value for money plans to improve a person’s independence, dignity and care. To actively participate and contribute to partnership working within the Integrated Occupational Therapy Service


Accountable to: Occupational Therapy Team Manager

Accountable for: Occupational Therapy Assistants

General Contacts: Members of the Occupational Therapy Team will on a regular basis engage with citizens and their carers, colleagues within the directorate and council, colleagues within the Integrated OT Service, partner agencies, and other regulatory bodies.

Key duties and responsibilities:

1. To carry out in conjunction with other key staff, functional assessments of people with disabilities related to their daily living needs, taking into account the needs of their Carers, and to identify appropriate support plans within the scope of Care Act eligibility.

2. To independently manage a caseload of service users referred from different agencies, and self-referrals with a highly complex range of needs; to develop creative responses to support people to return to work, leisure and home activities within the scope of Care Act eligibility.

3. To have a good working knowledge of legislation, & policy surrounding disability, housing, building adaptation funding, direct payments and personal budgets.

4. To carry out environmental risk assessments within the service users own home, care home or work environment and advise on appropriate environmental design to minimise risk and maximise independence of people and their Carers.

5. To act as a specialised resource and provide advice to other professionals including housing officers ,medical staff, specialist nurses, Social Workers and other therapists regarding Occupational Therapy.

6. To give specialist advice and recommendations regarding the purchasing of resources for both short and long term needs within Care Act eligibility.

7. To identify appropriate systems of support with people and their carers, enabling them to maintain/improve their quality of life and function as independently as possible.

8. To utilise moving and handling skills in the assessment of service users and teach / demonstrate use of moving and handling equipment to service users, family and carers.

9. To liaise with statutory and non-statutory/voluntary agencies ensuring an inter-disciplinary approach to independent living.

10. To keep informed of new developments in services to people with disability and act in accordance with relevant legislation and Departmental policy.

11. To be responsible for the teaching and delivery of specialised training relating to Occupational therapy for other health and social care professionals and students from several different disciplines.

12. To be actively involved on a regular basis in audit, research and development.

13. To act as a mentor and supervisor as necessary to junior and unqualified members of staff.

General/Corporate Responsibilities:

1. To undertake such duties as may be commensurate with the seniority of the post

2. To ensure that the Council’s corporate Health & Safety policy is followed and training is undertaken in all pertinent health and safety procedures

3. To partake in the Council’s and Directorate’s staff training and development policies as well as the Council’s system of performance appraisal

4. To treat all information gathered for the Council and Directorate, either electronically or manually, in a confidential manner

5. All employees are required to demonstrate a commitment when carrying out their duties which promotes and values diversity and the equality of opportunity in relation to employees and service users which is in line with the Council’s Equality & Diversity Policy.

6. To be responsible for identifying and managing all risks associated with the job role through effective application of internal controls and risk assessments to support the achievement of Corporate and Service objectives

7. To ensure the highest standards of customer care are met at all times

8. To ensure the principles of Value for Money in service delivery is fundamental in all aspects of involvement with internal and external customers

9. To ensure that the highest standards of data quality are achieved and maintained for the collection, management and use of data.

10. To positively promote the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and ensure that it is recognised that Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility; and to engage in appropriate training and development opportunities which enhance an individual’s knowledge and skill in responding to children, young people and vulnerable adults who may be in need of safeguarding.

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