Salary: £20,903 to £22,183 per annum
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley and home-based working
Interview Date: 02 February 2022 (Interviews may take place via MS Teams or face to face following covid secure guidelines)
Our Occupational Therapy Assistants need to be resilient, adaptable, organised and able to work in a fast-paced environment. You'll need to work efficiently and accurately record your work using electronic systems. You'll need to be committed to learning about Occupational Therapy and how to implement it in practice. You'll enjoy working with people and optimising their wellbeing.
You will work as a part of a strong and dynamic Occupational Therapy service as a member of an area-based team. In this role you will undertake strengths-based assessments via a variety of mediums (e.g. telephone / video assessment, home-based assessment) with the guidance of an HCPC registered occupational therapist (as directed by Care Act 2014), utilising your skills and knowledge to develop and implement a plan of support aimed at improving wellbeing and delivering outcomes for people. The plan may include advice, information, the provision of assistive equipment and recommendations for home adaptation. You will also be expected to carry out risk assessments and undertake assessments under the Mental capacity Act 2007. You will receive induction and training to enable you to undertake your role.
There is a requirement to be able to travel across the county and work from various locations. The role will also involve complex physical interventions, including transporting, demonstrating, and using occupational therapy related equipment and manual handling procedures. There is a regular and intrinsic requirement to communicate in English with members of the public.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to undertake a strengths-based assessment with necessary guidance (as directed by the Care Act 2014) to ascertain required information.
- Ability to develop a person-centred care and support plan with clearly defined outcomes.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills to provide clear and concise guidance and to demonstrate and explain practical activities.
- Ability to prioritise and organise work and meet agreed performance expectations and deadlines.
- Sound and accurate IT skills (Microsoft Office) in order to carry out research, analyse documents, present data and undertake general administrative processes.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- A minimum of 3 GCSEs including Maths and English or equivalent qualification e.g. NVQ.
- Experience of working with people with disabilities or with elderly people, and an understanding of the effects of a disabling condition on a person.
- Some experience of working in a hospital, social care or similar formal care environment.
- Knowledge of the use of and the risk and safety factors associated with disability and equipment / adaptation provision.
Rewards and Benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
From 11 November 2021, individuals who work in or carry out some of their duties in CQC-registered care homes must by law be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be medically exempt from vaccination. This requirement applies to the role advertised and successful applicants will need to provide evidence that they are fully vaccination or exempt before employment starts. We value your interest in our vacancy and if you are concerned about how this provision might affect your application, please contact us to discuss it.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
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