Housing Occupational Therapist
Housing Occupational Therapist
Part time - 30 hours per week
Fixed Term 6 months
We currently have an exciting and rare opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to join the Solihull Community Housing (SCH) Aids and Adaptations team. Based with SCH and working across the Borough with the Home Options and Tenancy and Sustainment Teams the post is managed by the Senior Housing Occupational Therapist, whilst remaining employed by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.
Solihull Community Housing delivers social housing to residents of the Borough, including meeting the needs of disabled tenants. The successful applicant will contribute to the dynamic and rewarding work of supporting residents, actively assisting to improve their quality of life as you undertake assessments and attempt to match people with appropriate properties, make best use of adapted properties and ensure needs are best met in accordance with legislation and guidance, using SCH procedures and processes with housing colleagues.
In this fast paced and rewarding role you will be responsible for the assessment of people with a disability, providing appropriate recommendations in order to assist in the Council's statutory duties, including the development of a Disabled Persons Housing Register to understand and make best use of adaptations in SCH properties throughout the borough.
You will need a degree (or equivalent) in Occupational Therapy and current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Occupational Therapist. You will also have:
• Experience of carrying out effective and proportionate assessments and making appropriate recommendations for specialist equipment to meet complex eligible needs of people.
• Experience of working with people with physical disabilities, long term health conditions, children and older people and understanding of housing needs associated with disabilities.
• Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of health / social care legislation, clinical governance, health & safety, risk management and implications for practice.
• Interpersonal skills to build effective relationships with residents and staff • Excellent spoken and written communication skills • Great organisational and time management skills
• A current driving licence and access to a vehicle for independent travel around the Borough (reasonable adjustments may be made for those with a disability).
In return, we offer:
• Flexible working, including flexi leave up to 24 days per year and agile working arrangements
• Generous annual leave entitlements with opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year
• Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
• Family and carer friendly policies • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
• Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme and a staff discount card.
This is a 6 month fixed term contract due to the requirements for this post being under review, however, there is a possibility that a permanent opportunity may become available for applications after this time.
To apply, please click on the link below.
If you have a specific question regarding this post, please contact Anne Wells, Senior Housing Occupational Therapist on 07917 813591 or Pete Budge, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapy, on 07770 968861.
Interview Date: Monday 9th November 2020.
In view of the current social distancing and infection measures currently in place, Solihull Council are keeping its recruitment processes and approach to face to face interviewing under constant review. There may be various alternative options available including video interviews however, this will be taken under advisement. Candidates who are selected for interview will be informed and advised accordingly.
This post will require a DBS check.
This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.
Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.
Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.Supporting documents
SOL3596 JDPS 6.10.20.docx