The starting salary for this role is £41,127 per annum, working 36 hours per week.
The Transition Team, with office bases in Woking and Redhill, is a dynamic and vibrant countywide service for young people aged between 14 and 25. Although based within Adult Social Care, our journey with the young person and their family starts much earlier at Academic Year 9.
We work with young people who have a wide range of additional needs and complex conditions. We challenge inequality and traditional responses to service delivery and employ a strength-based approach to our work. Supporting them through the Preparation for Adulthood agenda, we ensure that young people have control of their life outcomes and aspirational goals that will support them into employment pathways, independent living, and meaningful occupation. Our aim is to provide a smooth, well planned transition into young adulthood for the families we support.
How is working within the Transition Team a rewarding experience?
Our job profile will tell you what you'll be doing, but more important to us, is how you do it. Working in the Transition Team, you will benefit from a rich tapestry of experience. We are remodelling approaches from traditional institutional approaches as we challenge inequalities that prevent young people with disabilities and their carers from living a life free of discrimination and limitations.
We understand the challenges of day to day occupational therapy and frontline social work and have put tools in place to improve your work/life balance and make day to day tasks more manageable. We provide hybrid devices which have a touch screen and detachable keyboard which enable staff to access council systems when working directly with individuals. These devices allow colleagues to change the way they work and to be more agile.
About the Occupational Therapy Role in the Team
We have a small, stable, Occupational Therapy Service within the Transition Team and these opportunities do not come up often. We work closely with our OT colleagues in Children’s services, however our intervention and support are focussed on supporting young adults aged 18-25. This provides an exciting opportunity to support young adults at a significant developmental period of their lives.
You will be visiting young people in their own homes, in tenancy based supported living and care homes and in educational establishments, including colleges and universities. You will carry out assessments and give advice regarding complex moving and handling arrangements, the provision of specialist equipment and property design and adaptation. You will provide advice and support to both young adults, their family carers and independent support providers – often enabling them to move on to a more independent lifestyle.
We provide support to Trainee and Student OTs as well as training to support you to provide high quality reflective professional supervision and Practice Education.
You will be a professionally qualified and registered OT with a proactive, person-centred, strengths-based approach to your work, a supportive team member and able to offer advice and guidance to OT and non-OT colleagues. You will have a minimum of three years contemporary post-registration experience, including routine experience of complex casework, risk assessment and safeguarding. Knowledge of social care policy and legislation is essential, as is a background in working directly with people with variable, unstable or challenging social care needs and clinical conditions. Experience of direct work with young people and young adults would be beneficial. The ability to get the best out of others and work collaboratively with partner agencies is equally important, and you must have outstanding assessment skills.
As a Senior Occupational Therapist, you will have proven skills and experience in major housing adaptations and complex moving and handling assessments. You will have an eye for detail but also the ability to think out of the box to co-design creative solutions for the young person, which may sometimes be viewed as unconventional.
Many of the young adults we support have a degree of cognitive impairment and an applied knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act will, therefore, be essential.
In return for your skills and commitment, we invest in our staff by offering a large variety of training courses and staff benefits. Through training and experience, you will be equipped with transferable skills to facilitate your continuing professional development which will support future career development opportunities.
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:
- A minimum of three years post registration experience of working within a social care or community focussed multi-disciplinary setting that provides care, support, and advice to meet people’s social care needs.
- Ability to complete person-centred and proportionate OT assessments including moving and handling risk assessments, recommending major adaptation and knowledge of specialist equipment to meet complex needs
- An in-depth knowledge of medical conditions and the likely impact on the individual as well as demonstrable knowledge of the impact of long-term disability on the individual, carer, and family.
- Knowledge of support planning and carers assessments
- Continuing professional development. Applicants must have and maintain current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and adhere to the HCPC standards for conduct, performance, and ethics.
- Travel throughout the county is required therefore you will need to have the willingness and ability to travel to meet the demands of the role
- Flexibility to work across the County of Surrey and visit a variety of accommodation arrangements across the country
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 21/08/2022
Interviews will take place on week commencing 29/08/2022.
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.
For an informal discussion please e-mail Lizzie Knight at Elizabeth.Knight@surreycc.gov.uk.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
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.