At Reading we keep occupation at the heart of practice as this sets Occupational Therapy apart as a profession - it is our USP (unique selling point).
OT's are a valued resource in Reading Borough Council, with an OT Lead providing strategic direction and dedicated OT meetings which provide support and Continuing Professional Development.
If you live here, work here or just visit, you will already know Reading is a great place and at Reading Borough Council we are dedicated to making Reading even better.
The Key to this is ensuring our workforce is equipped for the challenge - this is where you come in...
About The Role:
You will manage a caseload of individuals requiring functional assessments and identify necessary interventions including reablement and enablement, moving and handling, equipment and adaptations, to make a real difference in achieving improved outcomes and independent living, to our service users.
We are looking for Occupational Therapists (we welcome newly qualified graduate applicants) to work in the following roles:
Hospital Discharge Team; working alongside our health colleagues to implement occupational focused assessments using the successful Home First approach. You will also work closely with community reablement carers and trusted assessors in the community, supporting our person-centred and home first approach.
This is an opportunity to improve your skills and experience within the field of rehabilitation and hospital discharge, providing high quality, client-led, goal focused rehabilitation and interventions to service users in their own homes, in a friendly and supportive team.
This would be the ideal role for someone looking to move from hospital based work to community services.
The Advice and Wellbeing Hub; working alongside Social Workers and case coordinators to implement occupational therapy inventions to enable people to remain independent in their own homes.
The Advice and Wellbeing Hub provides an innovative way of working with a focus on prevention and well-being which is particularly well suited to Occupational Therapists, taking a "whole-person approach" and enabling people to have choice and control over their own lives. We work with adults of all ages, assisting and empowering them to meet their preferred outcomes.
Locality Team; working with long term conditions with a person-centred, using a strengths based approach with "occupation" and maximising independence at the heart of your interventions. Working with diverse conditions and ages you will gain experience with manual handling, adaptions, equipment, goal planning and interventions to support outcomes e.g. travel training.
You will be responsible for managing a caseload with support and supervision from a Senior Occupational Therapist, whilst working as part of a team to ensure excellent standards of care to our service users.
You will be based at The Avenue Centre, Conwy Close, Reading, RG30 4BZ
You will work within the legal framework provided by the statute, guidance, policies and procedures.
You must have:
- A degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy.
- HCPC registration.
- Good IT skills.
- A flexible approach.
- Experience of managing your own workload.
- Experience of working with professionals from other agencies.
- Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
You will have access to our Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth with opportunities to learn and develop new clinical skills, helping you to build your Continuing Professional Development portfolio, extending your skills and supporting you to grow as a therapist.
At a senior level you will have opportunities to build on your leadership and management skills with access to Management Skills Apprenticeships.
What CQC said about Reading...
A recent review by the Care Quality Commission recognized the good practice in the team here at Reading Borough Council.
Older people had a positive experience of health and social care services. People were treated with dignity, as individuals, and they found that services were provided in a timely and consistent way.
How we will support you:
- Comprehensive induction, supervision and support.
- People Handling and Risk Assessment Key Trainer's Certificate.
- Laptop and mobile supplied.
- 24 days annual leave rising to 29 days after 5 years' local government service.
- Local government pension scheme.
- A supportive working environment.
- Clear pathways and opportunities to progress your career.
- A culture of continuous learning.
- Flexible working options once completed probation.
- Working from home opportunities available
For further information about the role please contact Carole Lee, Lead Occupational Therapist on 0118 937 4712, firstname.lastname@example.org or Gail Muirhead, Assistant Team Manager (OT) on 0118 937 3236 or email@example.com.