This post can be based at either Millmead House, Guildford, GU2 4BB or Fairmount House, Leatherhead, KT22 7AH.
About the role
There has never been a more exciting time to bring about change for people in Surrey.
We are developing a whole life approach to ensure that people of any age with learning disabilities and autism can live healthy, safe, independent and fulfilling lives. We are working with our partners to develop an integrated service and improved journey for residents. By adopting an all age approach, we can reimagine how services join together and smooth out some of the issues that residents and their carers experience at different stages in their lives.
As part of the Adult Social Care centralised learning disabilities and autism team you will be leading work to transform lives.
The significant financial challenges we face mean we have to ensure that we make best use of available resources to meet the changing needs of people. We can also build on strong foundations with, for example: Transforming Care, the Cost of Care project and Valuing People principles.
We will be bold, being honest about where we can improve people’s experience and we will celebrate our successes. We will check with residents to ensure that we are making a positive difference to their lives.
We are looking for an Assistant Team Manager, who is a specialist in the field of Occupational Therapy and able to demonstrate a high level of understanding and commitment to strength based practice and the personalisation agenda. We are looking to create an Occupational Therapy Service that focuses on maximising potential and your creativity in creating this is key. You will also be able to demonstrate an applied knowledge of the Care Act, the Mental Capacity Act and the NHS Continuing Healthcare National Framework. You will also have excellent Safeguarding knowledge and skills.
You will be an excellent communicator and demonstrate the skills and ability to manage and support the day to day running of a large, busy and dynamic team prioritising daily challenges effectively. You will be confident in making sound practice decisions that respond flexibly and quickly to changing needs and emergencies that arise in the community. You will be able to develop effective partnership relationships with individuals, carers and families and positive relationships with health staff.
You will be supporting the manager to deliver high quality, personalised adult social care, with a clear strength based agenda. You will be responsible for the supervision of both qualified and unqualified staff and managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that they are followed through as appropriate. You must also be able to demonstrate an applied and effective knowledge of safeguarding procedures and be able to evidence this within your work.
You will be required to line manage both the Occupational Therapists and unqualified staff members within the team. You will need to apply an extensive knowledge of Occupational Therapy practice, theory and legislation to enhance practice, procedures and policies, promote innovation, and introduce new ways of working from recognised sites of excellence.
The role will include supervision of the Senior Occupational Therapists within the team. You will need to be able to provide advice and guidance to the Occupational Therapists regarding complex major adaptations, standard and specialist equipment provision and complex moving and handling risk assessments.
You will have an understanding and commitment to supporting carers and a demonstrable commitment to providing management that supports and promotes Surrey County Council’s equality and diversity policy.
You will need to have competent IT skills and be able and willing to learn to use a variety of software systems.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Significant post qualification experience and have some management experience
- A key accountability of the role is developing staff practice and therefore applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of providing effective professional supervision to Occupational Therapists and less experienced colleagues.
- A willingness and ability to travel across Surrey in accordance with the demands of the work and job profile
- That you are a qualified Occupational Therapist and have current professional registration with the relevant registration authority and adhere to their standards for conduct, performance and ethics.
This is a permanent, full time position open to both internal and external candidates.
Applicants must hold a valid Driving Licence and have access to a car.
For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job description and person specification. We look forward to receiving your application.
This post is eligible for our existing employee Refer a Friend Scheme.
We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 26/05/2020.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
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