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Occupational Therapist

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham, UK
Closing date
26 Jul 2024

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Occupational Therapist

Adult Social Care

Grade 4 - £32,076 - £39,186 Consultation grade - subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review

Golden Hello payment - £1,000 + £5,000 per annum see below for further details and conditions 

Working 36.5 hours per week


Be Bold. Be Birmingham. Be your best in Adult Social Care.

About the role

We are delighted to announce new opportunities for Occupational Therapists within our team.  Using your understanding of the aspirations of the people who use our services and their carers, your focus will be on completing assessments to make clinical recommendations that enable citizens to maximise their quality of life.

Arranging the appropriate service provision, your role will include working with other agencies to reduce barriers to social inclusion and achieve solutions that meet individual citizens’ needs. You will explore provision of manual handling equipment, simple and specialist equipment, minor adaptations, teaching new techniques, and the provision of major adaptation. Collaborating with citizens, carers and colleagues, you can play an active role in helping to further develop our services.

You will work as part of a fast-paced, vibrant and dynamic team as well as autonomously, frequently using your initiative. 

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with excellent communication and organisational skills.

You may have opportunities to develop skills in a range of specialisms for example in provision of house adaptations, Disabled Facilities Grant assessments, specialist equipment and enablement programmes, Forensic service, Community Clinics, Single Handed Care for citizens aged 18+ and supporting with Transitions cases. In addition to this the team undertake partnership working with discretionary Blue Badge Services, Housing, Early Intervention and NHS.  

There are a variety of CPD activities available to support your development and a two year Learning and Development Programme is available to support your development.

About us 

Birmingham is a vibrant, courageous, resilient city, where great things are happening. And that goes far beyond hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games. It’s about the renewed investment, ongoing regeneration and the fierce ambition we have for the future of our brilliant city and citizens. 

We are a team that strives for innovation and we’re not afraid to say we want to be the best in adult social care – because that means better outcomes for the individuals we’re all here for. We have a strong and supportive team that works together to achieve the best for our citizens. The diversity of our communities and scale of our service means a greater variety of social care challenges and more scope for development. 

About you

You should be eligible to be registered as an Occupational Therapist with HCPC, final year students welcome to apply.

We’d like you to bring:

  • Experience of working with elderly or disabled citizens, either in a professional or voluntary capacity.
  • Understanding of equal opportunity and diversity issues.
  • Experience of report writing and strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Readiness to work flexibly across different projects across the city
  • Excellent work ethic, working continually at a fast pace
  • Ability to engage in difficult and sensitive conversations with citizens and their representatives
  • Team worker and also able to work with autonomy
  • Experience of working with elderly or disabled citizens, either in a professional or voluntary capacity.
  • Understanding of assessment processes and outcomes.      Sound use of clinical reasoning and a willingness to learn about OT delivery in Social Care specialisms.
  • Commitment to your continuing professional development, and willingness to progress to a Senior Occupational Therapist role.

What we offer in return

We’re committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity and inclusivity, healthy lifestyle choices, wellbeing and balance. We’ll empower you to be the best you can be, with coaching, mentoring and training programmes that meet your professional and personal development needs at every stage of your career with us.  

We’re also proud to offer:

  • Family friendly policies.
  • A range of benefits, including membership of the West Midlands Pension Fund, discounted gym membership and a confidential employee assistance programme.
  • 29 days’ annual leave increasing with length of service, plus the option to purchase additional days.
  • Golden Hello payment - £1,000, (upon external appointment)
  • Recruitment & Retention Payment - £5,000 per annum (paid monthly over a 12month period, pro rota for part time staff)

Be Bold. Be Birmingham. Apply today.

Find out more at Be Your Best in Adult Social Care    

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence using the English Language is required by Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 

You must upload a Supporting Statement via the attachments part of your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered. Please do not attach CVs as we do not accept them.

Birmingham City Council is an accredited Disability Confident Leader employer, and we are committed to employing, retaining and developing all of our people.

We want to ensure your recruitment journey with us is a positive and equitable one, so please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments, additional support, accessibility needs, or if there is any way in which we can support you through your application.

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Closing date 26th July 2024 at 23.59  

Interviews for this post will take place in person. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.

For any informal enquires please contact: Gemma Blundell at

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken.

Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed.

Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) would be required to hold a relevant Visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

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Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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West Midlands
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