Working for us at West Sussex County Council is all about making a positive
difference to the people of West Sussex. This is a great opportunity for you to
join us as a qualified occupational therapist. We're embracing a strengths-based
approach and working within a community-led support model that builds on the
assets and strengths of both people and their local communities. Together, we'll
focus on prevention, enablement, reablement and safety, to promote wellbeing
and independence. We'll ensure that residents, families, and communities have
the right support in place, and at the right time.
We provide a working environment that values professional supervision and
offers the right balance between challenge and support. This provides our
workforce with what they need to deliver the best possible outcomes for our
residents. We work to ensure that innovation and evidence-based practice
underpins what we do and that we maintain an environment within which our
occupational therapists can develop and progress in their careers. If you have
the talent and ambition to achieve the best for the people we serve, then we will
support you to progress and develop throughout your occupational therapy
About The Job
this role you will be required to undertake strengths-based assessments,
applying relevant legislation and utilising Occupational Therapy skills and
knowledge to develop and implement a plan of support, aimed at improving
wellbeing and delivering outcomes for people. You will be undertaking your assessed post-qualifying period of employment and will therefore be supported to manage a caseload collaborating with people and
family or friend carers, undertake strengths-based assessments and reviews,
identifying eligible needs and personalised outcomes. You will be working within
a supportive environment to apply your occupational therapy skills to develop
and implement support plans, aimed at improving wellbeing and delivering
outcomes, including utilising community assets, and ensuring that eligible needs
are met. You will be working within a managed and supportive context to
consolidate degree learning, develop capability, and strengthen professional
confidence in an employment environment. You will be supported with
professional supervision and assessment and a workload that is appropriate to
Salary: Grade 9 - £32,020 to £34,723
Working Pattern: Full Time
Contract Length: Permanent
Interview Date: 17/05/2023
Experience and Skills
1. Ability to work proactively as a member of the team to make an accurate
strengths-based assessment of needs and negotiate and implement effective
plans and outcomes (in line with relevant legislation), working in partnership
with people, carers, colleagues, and a variety of external agencies to meet
2. Ability to apply a risk enablement approach and use evidence-based practice.
3. Ability to analyse and interpret people related information and data to
prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision.
4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with a
range of stakeholders to provide clear advice, guidance, and interventions.
5. Ability to recognise the limits of own accountability and responsibility, know
when to seek appropriate support, advice, and supervision, and to prioritise
and organise work to meet agreed performance expectations.
6. Sound and accurate IT skills to ensure effective record keeping, compliant
with data protection and respecting confidentiality.
Qualifications and/or experience:
* Diploma/BSc Occupational Therapy or recognised equivalent Occupational
* Registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
* Experience of undertaking assessments and occupational therapy.
intervention planning, implementation, and review by means of creative and
* Experience of working in partnership with those who access the service and
maintaining a focus on the needs and strengths of the people, and the
outcomes they want to achieve, whilst handling conflict and disagreement.
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.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE04393.
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Helena McNamee (Team Manager, Community Occupational Therapy Team) at For issues or queries regarding your application please contact .
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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 (delete as appropriate) Social Work England registration, HCPC registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
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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