Occupational Therapist

Job Category: Social Care
Reference N/A
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration
Location Suffolk
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week Variable
Rate From £26.00 to £28.00 per hour, (£26 PAYE / £28 LTD & Umbrella)

About the job

We are seeking experienced and qualified Occupational Therapists to work in a variety of locations across Suffolk.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in the implementation of a redesigned service that will transform the way we respond to people who come to us for advice, care and support. The aim is to maximise customers’ independence by meeting their needs as quickly as possible, whether they are straight-forward, complex or enduring.

There will be opportunities for staff to develop their career through the acquisition of new competencies or specialist skills.

  • Play a key role in promoting personalisation, independence, well-being and choice by providing a Social Care service to customers
  • Carry out complex asset-based assessments/ reviews and short term enablement plans
  • Work with and support a wide range of people whose situations are complex and challenging and who are vulnerable or disadvantaged in some way
  • Act as supervisor to a small number of unqualified IWPs
  • Work closely with a wide range of internal and external partners to identify services appropriate to the individual and ensure all parties are engaged throughout the support planning and delivery of services
  • Carry out background research on referrals
  • Give good financial and benefit advice in complex and conflicting situations
  •  Advise customers and carers concerning their rights, the options available to them and how they can be better supported in a wide variety of difficult and challenging circumstances
  • Work within department policy and procedures
  • Have case responsibility for allocated customers, many of which will have complex and challenging functional needs
  • Diploma / Degree in Occupational Therapy, current HCPC professional registration and current moving and handling training
  • Demonstrable relevant or post qualifying experience
  • An understanding of OT related legislation
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical and psychiatric conditions, orthopaedics and surgical procedures, functional application and ideally specialist therapeutic techniques to treat e.g. cerebral palsy and neurological conditions
  • Knowledge of daily living equipment for disabled people e.g., hoists, bathing equipment, moving and handling equipment, environmental control systems, kitchen equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively when using an interpreter, good non-verbal communication
  • Ability to negotiate, influence and conciliate with a range of people including customers, carers and other agencies
  • Ability to demonstrate equipment, advise on methods to a range of people including customers and informal carers
  • Haverhill
  • Ipswich
  • Mildenhall
  • Sudbury
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Felixstowe
  • Lowestoft
  • Stowmarket
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • 2% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Endeavour House
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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