The implementation of the Care Act (2014) means Surrey County Council now holds social care responsibilities whilst prisoners reside in Surrey Prisons. This is an exciting and developing area of social care, and we are looking to appoint a full-time Senior Occupational Therapist to join our team to deliver social care into prisons.
The location base is HMP Send, but this is negotiable. Other base locations include HMP Downview, HMP Coldingley and HMP Bronzefield.
In this role, you will be required to be self-motivated with a high level of autonomous working. You will need to be flexible and adaptable to work in a challenging and demanding environment to promote the social care agenda within the prisons for those who are eligible for services. You will need to be creative in meeting the needs of service users within the prison environment and support other team members in assessing and meeting Occupational Therapy needs. You will work closely with other social care colleagues, health partners, prison staff, probation services and people who use services.
You'll need to be a professionally qualified and registered OT with proven, excellent, supervisory skills and a proactive, person-centred approach to your work. A substantial contemporary post-registration track record, including routine experience of complex casework and risk assessment, is crucial. Knowledge of social care policy and legislation is essential, as is a background in working directly with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, older people, mental health and substance misuse. 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.
Successful applicants will be skilled at communicating and working with people with social care needs and have experience of visiting them in their own homes or their care setting. You will be confident and competent in working with people with a variety of physical and cognitive impairments. You will have well developed skills in professional assessment and risk assessment, excellent communication skills and the ability to work professionally in a multidisciplinary / multi-agency context.
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:
-An ability to undertake moving and handling assessments with knowledge of specialist equipment
-Knowledge of support planning
-Flexibility to work across the county of Surrey
-An Occupational Therapy degree / registration with HCPC / current M&H training
-Car driver is essential
You will be provided with good support from managers and colleagues to help you meet the challenges of the post.
You are required to hold a full current driving licence and use of a vehicle to enable you to effectively undertake this role. Applications from those who do not meet this requirement will not be considered.
You will need to feel comfortable working within the constraints of the prison environment and will be required to have a successful additional prison security check.
For further information please contact Donna Lander (ATM) on 07964133519 or Caroline Hewlett (Senior Manager) on 07971673277.
We look forward to receiving your application
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 17th January 2021.
Interviews date to be confirmed.
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.
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.