We operate a bilingual policy. All applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapy

Closing date: 29/11/2023

Reference: REQ104972

37 hours / Permanent

40,221 - 42,403 *

Penmorfa, Aberaeron

*All salary values are pro-rata.

About the role

We are looking to recruit a Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapist to work in Ceredigion Integrated Occupational Therapy service within our Targeted & Short term Services for Porth Gofal. This is an exciting opportunity to support the development of a Through Age Occupational Therapy service within Ceredigion.

This is a full time and permanent post (37 hours per week Monday – Friday).

The vision for the Ceredigion Through Age Wellbeing Model:

  • To ensure every child, young person and adult in Ceredigion will be able to reach their full potential
  • To ensure fair access to excellent universal and targeted services that safeguard and support the health and wellbeing of all citizens
  • To develop skills and resilience that will last a lifetime and enable individuals to cope well with the challenges and pressures they face

An effective Integrated Occupational Therapy Service is paramount for:

  • Adults to remain in their own communities and in their homes, maximising their independence and improving their health outcomes and quality of life
  • Children to receive active care and support both for their immediate development and ongoing wellbeing

Integrated Triage & Assessment Services – Integrated OT team

Key objectives:

  • Strengthening Porth Gofal as a single point of access for assessment, supporting skilled triage; signposting; advice and short-term response
  • Enabling targeted support, proportionate to need, that assists people to maintain or regain independence
  • Integrated decision-making regarding allocation providing a flexible and seamless Occupational Therapy service and prudent use of resources
  • Progressing implementation of shared communication systems and record keeping: Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS) and transference of Occupational Therapy record keeping templates and Technology Enabled Care
  • Facilitating earlier discharges from hospital through Home based intermediate care & Health Home First and Discharge to Recover and Assess pathways

Benefits derived from the Integrated Approach:

  • Enables Occupational Therapy to respond to transformation agenda
  • Focus on preventative community-based interventions to reduce or delay dependency upon support services
  • Proactive supported self-management programmes re Multi morbidity models of rehabilitation
  • Reducing avoidable emergency admissions
  • Promoting faster recovery from illness or injury: Reablement; Bed based Intermediate Care, and Discharge to Recover and Assess pathways
  • Enabling the Occupational Therapy workforce to align to; strengthen and support Porth Ceredigion and the North and South Ceredigion Localities

About the role:

  • To be the Senior Practitioner for the Occupational Therapy Service and work within current legislation and statutory guidelines, as well as Council policies, procedures, and practice
  • To be a highly skilled Occupational Therapist and leader with expert knowledge and experience working in the field of community occupational therapy
  • To be a point of contact for partner agencies to support and maintain integrated working arrangements and collaborative service delivery
  • To ensure the delivery of an Occupational Therapy Service within Porth Gofal that provides the right support at the right time by the right professional to the individual and their family
  • To support Porth Gofal Integrated Triage teams with assessments made by occupational therapy personnel, ensuring person-centred preventative outcomes and working as an integral part of the wider Ceredigion Occupational Therapy Service
  • To work creatively and collaboratively to achieve the highest possible standards of performance in Ceredigion County Council’s Through Age Wellbeing model

We are looking to recruit an individual:

  • Educated to degree level in Occupational Therapy
  • Has specialist knowledge and skills in all aspects of social care legislation, regulations, guidance and best practice in relation to Adults & Children
  • Current registration with HCPC(Health and Care Professions Council)
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • We welcome applications from non-Welsh speakers. All successful applicants requiring support to learn/improve their Welsh language skills will be offered funded lessons, during work time, to help reach the desired standard

We believe work-life balance is very important. To support you in achieving this, you will have access to the following discretionary benefits:

  • Hybrid Working: Subject to certain conditions being met, you may choose to work from home or in an office location. Due to the nature of the role, it will be necessary for you to travel within Ceredigion on a regular basis.
  • Flexi-time: Hours may be worked within a defined bandwidth, Monday to Friday, subject to service needs.

Get in touch 

For further information and an informal discussion regarding this post please contact Jackie Roberts on Jackie.roberts@ceredigion.gov.uk

Job Description and Person Specification

Note: We reserve the right to extend the application closing date. 

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and adults at risk. As part of this commitment, certain roles within our organisation require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to assess the suitability of candidates. This role will require an Enhanced DBS check. Please note that the presence of previous convictions will not necessarily disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. We assess each applicant on a case-by-case basis, and take into account the nature and relevance of any convictions in relation to the responsibilities of the role. Our goal is to create an inclusive and supportive work environment where all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact us for clarification. Your privacy and dignity are of utmost importance to us throughout the recruitment process. 

What we offer

Work-life balance

Lifestyle savings scheme

Generous employer pension scheme

Cycle to work scheme

Learning and development

Where you'll work

Porth Gofal – Targeted Intervention Services

We are at the core of Ceredigion’s through-age social care provision and we focus on ensuring that each individual receives the intervention that is best placed to meet their needs or, where necessary, guide them to early help or specialist services. Our functions include:

  • Porth Gofal Intake and Triage Team
  • Targeted Intervention Services
  • Fostering Services
  • Residential and Day Care Services
  • Housing Services
  • Integrated Community Equipment Stores
  • Emergency Duty Team

More information regarding our teams can be found here.

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