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Occupational Therapist

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Sth Derbys Dist Council (DCC), Civic Way, Swadlincote
Salary details
Grade 9 £23,799 - £25,31 per annum; Grade 11 £29,568 - £32,181 per annum
Job term
Part Time
Appointment type
29 hours and 18 minutes per week
Closing Date
16 June 2024

Derbyshire County Council has recently undertaken a detailed review of its Occupational Therapy services we now have a new countywide structure. Occupational Therapy is at the forefront of our reablement services whilst strengthening our ‘core’ Occupational Therapy activity, with a centralised service delivery model.

We are currently seeking to recruit a professionally qualified and HCPC registered Occupational Therapists to join our newly remodelled Short-Term Assessment & Reablement Team in South Derbyshire. We will also consider Occupational Therapists returning to practice.

As part of our multi-disciplinary Short-Term Assessment & Reablement Team (START) a person centred, goal focused approach is used in the persons own home, to enable them to gain or re-gain their independence with daily living tasks or improve their level of independence through maximising their own strengths and/or through identifying the best approach to support them.

This is underpinned by the Care Act 2014 where there is a focus on person centred working and the development of preventative and reablement services within health and social care, which aims to defer the point at which people reach crisis point. 

Your role will include the assessment of activities of daily living using a restorative and compensatory approaches by removing environmental barriers and helping people to regain practical skills and confidence. You will need to be able to carry out moving and handling assessments and activities as part of this role.

Occupational Therapist’s strengths in assessment and goal planning are integral to people achieving personalised outcomes. They can use such skills, together with their knowledge of the medical, physical, emotional, and cognitive impact of disability and injury, to ensure that reablement is tailored to an individual’s needs and potential for independence.

As leaders in this field, you will mentor your colleagues and be involved in the shaping and development of the service.

A positive approach to risk taking, personal resilience and the ability to contribute to inter agency and multi-disciplinary approaches both across the council and in other statutory bodies are key to this role.

You will be supported in your role by a wider network of Occupational Therapists including a dedicated Occupational Therapy Senior Practitioner for clinical supervision. Derbyshire offer a clear career pathway for Occupational Therapists and colleagues will be supported to identify opportunities for progression through their Professional Development Review.

Employees have access to a range of benefits and discounts including: 

  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 25/27 days annual leave per year (rising to 30/32 days after 5 years continuous service) plus 8 bank holidays (pro rata). Grade dependant.
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Paid travel expenses if required to travel to other sites
  • Smarter travel scheme including access to the cycle to work scheme
  • Supportive management and team
  • Access to our in-house occupational services which also includes free eye tests, physiotherapy and counselling
  • Derbyshire rewards – offering hundreds of discounts and cashback 

More details on the benefits of working for the council can be found on our reward and recognition page here

Interview Date: TBC

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. Click here to see our policy on criminal background checks.

The job may require unsocial hours working including weekends and Bank Holidays. Payment arrangements will be detailed in any contract offer made.

Saturday and Sunday hours will be paid at plain time where it is part of your normal working pattern unless it is between 7pm and 7am, where enhanced rates of pay apply. Enhanced pay rates are paid for Bank Holiday working.

Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career with us! By joining Derbyshire County Council you will have access to a range of amazing rewards and employee benefits, including our generous annual leave scheme, excellent local government pension and fantastic employee discounts. To discover more detail about the rewards and benefits available to you, click here