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Occupational Therapy Associate Practitioner (OTAP) x 2 posts

  • Employer: Portsmouth City Council
  • Reference: PCC/21/173806
  • Published: Tue 23/11/2021, 14:45 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/12/2021, 14:47 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £25,000 - £29,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Civic Offices, Hampshire

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


What is the role?

The Community Occupational Therapy service works across the city of Portsmouth  in co-located health and social care teams for Older People and Adults with Physical or Sensory Impairments. This is a city wide post.


The service is based in Adult Social Care, where our statement of purpose is 'Help me, when need it, to live the life I want to live'. We are ambitious in our plans to deliver innovative and effective services that put the customer at the centre of what we do. We are committed to working flexibly and creatively to help people live the lives they want to live. Leaders and staff at all levels  work, to study, redesign, and continuously improve our ability to deliver our purpose.


Our Aim is to assist people of all ages with physical, mental and social impairment to optimise their functional independence and quality of life and for them to be able to participate as active and equal citizens retaining maximum dignity and respect.



 Purpose of the Job:

To assist in the delivery of Occupational Therapy services to the residents of Portsmouth by carrying out assessments and interventions in the community under the direction of an Occupational Therapist. Interventions will include recommending adaptations, equipment provision, making recommendations for rehousing, recommending rehabilitation programmes and teaching clients new techniques of daily living.


Main Duties of the role

  • You will use a person centred, strength based approach to assessment to identify priorities, needs and preferences of clients referred into the OT service to identify interventions and agree outcomes in order to maximise occupational performance
  • You will have knowledge and understanding of how health conditions and the ageing process impact on the performance of everyday activities.
  • You will provide support and advice to clients and their families/carers in their adjustment to disability and long-term conditions
  • You will have knowledge and understanding of how to identify hazards and barriers to independence within the home environment.
  • You will know and understand how to identify and recommend a range of standard structural adaptations that reduce/prevent risk or enable a person to perform basic activities of daily living.
  • You will use appropriate documentation and specifications to procure adaptations to meet identified need
  • You will understand when the level of complexity requires specialist input from an occupational therapist
  • You will be competent in basic moving and handling techniques
  • You will participate in the OT duty process
  • You will recommend and provide specialised equipment and give guidance to clients and carers in its use
  • You will gain knowledge and understanding of legislation and local policies that influence the delivery of the occupational therapy service
  • You will be responsible for completing risk assessments to ensure that risk in the service is managed effectively and recorded correctly.
  • You will establish robust communication channels with other colleagues both internally and externally.
  • You will understand the importance of safeguarding policy and procedures and integrate and implement these into your work.
  • You will collect specified measures for the service and use them to understand and improve interventions with clients and to inform managers.
  • You will support and promote Portsmouth City Council Equal Opportunities Policy
  • You will adhere to professional standards relating to all Occupational Therapy staff including meeting the Health and Care Professionals Council and Royal College of Occupational Therapy professional standards and codes of practice.
  • You will maintain accurate and timely client records on client record system

Portsmouth City Council is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy which affirms that all staff should be afforded equality of treatment and opportunity in employment irrespective of sex, sexuality, age, marital status, ethnic origin or disability. All staff are required to observe this policy in their behaviour to other employees and service users


Who is this person

You need to have:

  1. Qualification in Maths & English at GCSE grade A- C or equivalent
  2. An understanding of the role of Occupational Therapists in Adult Social care
  3. Experience of working ( paid or voluntary) with people who have care and support needs
  4. The ability to clearly communicate sensitively to a wide range of people in a wide range of formats.
  5. Knowledge of Adult Social Care eligibility criteria
  6. A commitment to ensuring that the client remains at the forefront of all our interventions whilst delivering an effective service
  7. The ability to acknowledge, respect and respond to individual differences and diversity requirements
  8. An ability to work on your own initiative, organise your own workload and work under pressure in response to competing demands and changing priorities.
  9. The ability to effectively measure outcomes of interventions
  • The ability to carry out manual handling techniques
  1. Demonstrable IT skills
  2. An understanding of adult safeguarding
  3. Excellent customer service skills and be a positive representation of the organisation
  4. The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post
  5. Flexibility to work occasionally outside of office hours.
  6. The ability to travel around city and gain access to a variety of venues throughout Portsmouth including client's homes.
  • Employer: Portsmouth City Council
  • Reference: PCC/21/173806
  • Published: Tue 23/11/2021, 14:45 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/12/2021, 14:47 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £25,000 - £29,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Civic Offices, Hampshire

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