Senior Occupational Therapist – Adults
Are you an experienced occupational therapist looking for an exciting new opportunity?
Do you want to shape the way that adult services are delivered?
We are looking for a knowledgeable Occupational Therapist to provide inspirational leadership for a locality team based in Taunton and Mendip.
Here at Somerset County Council, the single most important thing is that every resident has the opportunity to lead a happy, healthy and independent life. To make this possible, we need highly effective and well-managed adult services that place the service user at the centre of everything.
You’ll be brave in your approach to work, not afraid to do things differently where it genuinely benefits the service user. You’ll be able to demonstrate a real creative spark.
You will work closely with your Locality Manager and your social work colleagues to lead a multi-disciplinary team, motivating and managing all members to ensure that their work is of a consistently high standard. Promoting independence should be the driving factor in everything your team does, and we’ll look to you to ensure that this is always the case. You will provide supervision for your team’s Occupational Therapists and work to develop the Occupational Therapy workforce alongside our Principal Occupational Therapist.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
As a senior Occupational Therapist, you will have the opportunity to shape how services in your area are delivered, designing the way that your team operates and bringing in creative ways of working.
We have created a workplace that enables our people to carry out their very best work. If you work for Somerset County Council, you will be equipped with cutting-edge technology that will help you do your job better and more flexibly.
We are continually developing new ways of working using a strength-based approach and involving all our community partners.
We want everyone who joins us to learn and grow in their roles, setting themselves up for a prosperous career. To support this, we offer a range of training and development opportunities, both in-house and externally. We champion a ‘grow your own’ approach to staff development and progression, striving to ensure that all staff are well-prepared to take the next step up when the time is right.
We feel that this is a genuinely unique opportunity to join an organisation on an incredibly exciting journey. Join us now and grab the chance to do it your way!
A few things about you
You’ll be driven by your passion for making a genuinely positive difference to lives of service users. This will be backed up by your considerable knowledge and experience of Occupational Therapy practice – allowing you to provide clear direction and command the respect of your team.
An integral part of this role is providing clear and inspirational leadership for your team – it is therefore essential that you have some experience of leadership or aspire to developing this. You should have a good understanding of data and be able to use this to evidence your practice.
It’s also crucial that you have a real community focus and an eagerness to become embedded in the area that you’re serving. We’d expect you to be the expert when it comes to making community connections in your location with a comprehensive understanding of the local needs.
Full COVID-19 vaccination status will be required as a condition of employment. Recent legislation now mandates that anyone working in a CQC registered care home and those visiting in a professional capacity, must be fully vaccinated (MHRA approved) by 11 November 2021 unless a medical exemption applies.
If you are interested in finding out more before applying, please get in touch with Michelle Thorne on MZThorne@somerset.gov.uk or 01823 357913 or Paulette Baker, Principal Occupational Therapist on 07976693739, email PBaker@somerset.gov.uk
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
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