The starting salary for this role is £45,734 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week.
The Mental Health Service within the Adult Social Care directorate at Surrey County Council, is seeking to appoint an Assistant Team Manager in a newly created Occupational Therapist team.
"I joined Surrey County Council as an Occupational Therapist with 3 years of experience of working for the NHS and have not looked back. I now manage an OT team as an Assistant Team Manager as well as line managing OT Apprentices as they start their journey on SCC’s apprenticeship degree programme. I loved the variety involved in being an OT in social care – every day brings new challenges and new opportunities to learn and develop.” (Joanna Neish, Assistant Team Manager).
There has never been a more exciting time to bring about change for people in Surrey. We are developing our services to ensure adults with mental health difficulties and social care needs can live healthy, safe, independent, and fulfilling lives.
We are looking for an Assistant Team Manager within our mental health social care team, who is an experienced and qualified occupational therapist and is able to demonstrate a high level of understanding and commitment to strength-based practice and the personalisation agenda.
You will be joining us at the start of our journey as we develop an Occupational Therapy service for our mental health service user group. You will also be able to demonstrate an applied knowledge of the Care Act, the Mental Capacity Act and the NHS Continuing Healthcare National Framework. You will also have excellent Safeguarding knowledge and skills.
You will be an excellent communicator and demonstrate both the skill and ability to manage and support the day-to-day running of a busy and dynamic team, prioritising daily challenges effectively. You will be confident in making sound practice decisions that respond flexibly and quickly to changing needs and emergencies that arise in the community. You will be able to develop effective partnership relationships with individuals, carers and families and positive relationships with health staff.
You will be supporting the manager to deliver high quality personalised adult social care, with a clear strength-based agenda. You will be responsible for the supervision of both qualified and unqualified staff and managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that they are followed through as appropriate.
You will need to apply an extensive knowledge of Occupational Therapy practice in a social care and mental health setting, theory and legislation to enhance practice, procedures and policies, promote innovation, and introduce new ways of working from recognised sites of excellence. You will need to be able to provide advice and guidance to the Occupational Therapists regarding complex major adaptations, standard and specialist equipment provision, complex moving and handling risk assessments and mental health assessments and interventions.
You will have an understanding and commitment to supporting carers and a demonstrable commitment to providing management that supports and promotes Surrey County Council's equality and diversity policy.
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:
- Significant post qualification experience and some management experience
- Some of this experience must be in a social care setting.
- A key accountability of the role is developing staff practice and therefore applicants must be able demonstrate evidence of providing effective professional supervision to Occupational Therapists and less experienced colleagues
- A willingness and ability to travel across Surrey in accordance with the demands of the work and job profile
- That you are a qualified Occupational Therapist and have current professional registration with the relevant registration authority and adhere to their standards for conduct, performance and ethics
We can offer you:
- Continuous Local Government (LG) service if in LG, subject to meeting eligibility criteria
- Innovative technology to make day to day tasks more manageable: laptop and mobile phones are provided. Front line staff will get touch screen hybrid devices with detachable keyboards to allow you to work in an agile way and minimise unnecessary travel
- Work/life balance: flexible working is supported where possible, including working from home or hot desking at a number of County Council sites
- 26 days annual leave (28 after 2 years' service) plus 8 bank holidays
- Relocation assistance of up to £8,000, subject to meeting eligibility criteria
- Refer a friend scheme: earn up to £1000
- A generous local government salary-related pension.
- 24/7 employee assistance programme (EAP)
- Option to join our car lease scheme and many more discounted life-style benefits, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff for more information.
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Shortlisting and Interviews will take place on a rolling basis.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Mary Ogunlayi - Principal Occupational Therapist by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
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.