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Occupational Therapist – Ref: 1284 - 1558 - Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth City Council
£27,668 - £30,152 per annum. (pro rata)
22.5 Hours per week, Mon-Fri 10:00-14:30

Occupational Therapist – Ref:  1284 - 1558 - Portsmouth City Council

Job Title: Occupational Therapist

Ref no: 1284-1558

Salary: Band 8, £27,668 - £30,152 per annum. (pro rata)

22.5 hours per week Mon-Fri 10:00-14:30

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The Service

Portsmouth Day Service provides day time support for adults who in the main have profound and multiple learning disabilities, including some behaviour that challenges others. Using the expectations of 'Valuing People Now', we aim to enable service users to make informed choices, develop and maintain existing skills and make a contribution to the community which values their inclusion. Portsmouth Day Service is currently open Monday to Friday and is committed to working with service users in ways that support their independence, relationships and social inclusion, based on knowledge ofthe individual we look to maximise engagement and communication.

There are two units within Portsmouth Day Service which offer Service Users meaningful structured activity to achieve outcomes set out in care plans. The sessions delivered are designed to encourage and improve sensory engagement.

Portsmouth Day Service is committed to supporting staff to develop skills and knowledge through relevant training, regular supervision and Personal Development Reviews (PDRs).

As a service we take pride in our work by valuing others and focusing on what's important so that we make a real and positive difference. Our values are outlined in our Ways of Working and our Guiding Principles and if they reflect who you are and how you work then this could the role that meets your expectations.

What is the role?

• You will work primarily with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities within the day service setting. You may also be expected to work with people with mild and moderate learning disabilities
• You will be devising activity plans based on comprehensive assessment of individual needs using tools such as Pool Activity Level instrument, Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool and Activity Skills checklists
• You will be working with staff to develop appropriate goals to support development of skills and promotion of wellbeing
• You will be involved in assessment of the occupational environment and providing feedback to the management team
• You will be involved in facilitating optimal group engagement and help the day service management team in planning the day service time tables
• You will be involved in individual outcome measurement and evaluation of day service sessions as a whole
• You will support the development of procedures to analyse recorded data about activities for measuring successful
• Carry out audits as appropriate
• You will be required to deliver training to day service staff
• You will be required to support and facilitate all staff to integrate and promote the principles of good occupational participation
• You will be working independently and be responsible for managing your own caseload and maintaining case records within an environment offering a high level of supervision and support
• You will explore the use of assistive technologies and design and construction methods to improve, restore and attain occupational performance
• You will understand the importance of safeguarding policy and procedures and integrate and implement these into work 
• You will be expected to supervise unqualified staff and students as part of Portsmouth’s commitment to support, develop and nurture its staff
• You will work across 2 units therefore own transport is desirable 
• Develop a process for identifying clear, achievable and measurable outcomes for skill development that fits with the individuals personal goals
• Demonstrate how these skills can be taught and maintained
• Deliver a sustainable model so that Day Service staff can competently assess skills, provide effective support to deliver clear outcomes, and, demonstrate greater service user independence
• Introduce clear output measures that PDS are required to report upon
• Engage with the wider Integrated Learning Disability Service to inform the evolving strategies
• Be available for supervision

What we offer 

Portsmouth City Council is committed to the development of its staff. Benefits include a good induction process, a dedicated learning and development team to social care, regular supervisions for support including clinical supervisions with a Senior Occupational Therapist, yearly personal development reviews, and an overall supportive environment with a chance to work in a varied environment.

Who is the person?

You need to have: 

1. A Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapist or BSc Occupational Therapy or any Occupational Therapy qualification recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
2. Current registration with the Health Professionals Council
3. An understanding of Adult safeguarding 
4. A commitment to ensuring the client remains at the forefront of all our interventions whilst delivering an effective and efficient service 
5. Experience of supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities to develop
6. Good assessment skills 
7. Knowledge of Valuing People and Valuing People Now, being motivated to achieve positive outcomes in relation to rights choice, independence and inclusion
8. The ability to cope with workload demands efficiently and effectively 
9. good communication skills, and able to deal clearly and confidently with service users, parents and carers and other organisations
10. The ability to work independently and maintain timely client records using electronic systems
11. Demonstrable IT skills
12. An ability to work alongside day service staff to change practice and implement high quality activity plans
13. Good evidence based recording skills
14. An understanding of, and an ability to carry out, moving and handling skills and techniques
15. The ability to work on their own initiative and be a wider team player
16. The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post 

Additional information:

If you have any questions, or would like an informal discussion about the role, please call Janice Webb 023 92696783

Closing 7th November 2017

Applications received after this may not be considered


21 November 2017

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.