Senior occupational therapist

Stafford, Staffordshire
Salary: £37,890 - £41,881 per annum (pro rata)
16 Nov 2020
29 Nov 2020
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Senior Occupational Therapist

Salary:  £37,890 - £41,881 per annum (pro rata)

37 Hours per week

Staffordshire County Council continues to undertake significant investment in its Children’s Services known as Families First.

A rare opportunity has arisen across Staffordshire Families First for 1 x full time (37 hours) Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapist within the Children’s Disability Service. This post is countywide, based on the needs of the service, however the office in which you will be based can be negotiated at interview.

We have 4 Children’s Disability teams across the county and they provide specialist services for children and young people with complex disabilities. The Occupational Therapy Team supports the Disabled Children’s Service, Countywide to ensure we reach the best outcomes for our Disabled children in a timely manner, enabling them to live their lives to the full.

You will be a qualified Occupational Therapist ideally with a minimum of 2 years’ experience working with children in a social care setting and have experience of supervising and supporting colleagues.

In the clinical aspect of this role you will have a complex caseload which will consist of but not be limited to: undertaking of P1 (urgent/high risk) visits, assessments, reviews, advice, equipment provision including manual handling equipment, minor adaptations, major adaptations funded via disabled facilities grant (DFG), supporting the social work teams and safeguarding.

As a senior OT you will be expected to support the OT manager in the practice, management and development of the team and will be a key point of contact for the team in addition to supporting with required tasks in the absence of the manager.

You will be a team player. The ability to engage and communicate with Disabled children is essential and the successful applicant will be committed to ensuring the children on their case load receive the best quality service.

Staffordshire’s Families First is one of the largest Children’s Services in England and as a consequence there are excellent career opportunities for highly motivated and experienced staff to join a ‘Good’ Children’s Service.

Staff are provided with high quality regular 1:1 supervision, senior OT meetings, monthly peer supervision and a second to none training offer which equips staff to have the tools to do their job both confidently and competently alongside excellent line management support.

Making sure you are well supported and given the opportunity to develop and progress is a high priority at Staffordshire and is very important to us.

If you are confident, have the skills and experience to manage a complex caseload, enjoy the rewarding work of promoting the independence, wellbeing and safety of children (and their families) and feel well equipped to support a team of qualified occupational therapists/experienced occupational therapy assistants in a demanding environment then this is the opportunity for you to thrive.

For an informal discussion please contact:

Lisa-Marie Forry, Countywide Occupational Therapy Manager via email:

Closing Date: midnight Sunday 29th November 2020

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

This position is subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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Closing Date: 29.11.20
Interview Date: 3.12.20

For more information about the role please contact: Lisa-Marie Forry, OT manager via email:

Please be aware, only application forms completed online will be accepted. We will not accept CV’s or Word application forms.

Our Values

The County Council has adopted a set of values that seeks to achieve the best outcomes for its citizens, communities and employees.

Our People Strategy sets out what we all need to do to make Staffordshire County Council a great place to work, where people are supported to develop, flourish and contribute to our ambitious plans. 

Our values are at the heart of the Strategy to ensure that the focus is on what is important to the organisation and the people it serves:

  • Ambitious - We are ambitious for our communities and citizens
  • Courageous - We recognise our challenges and are prepared to make courageous decisions
  • Empowering - We empower and support our people by giving them the opportunity to do their jobs well.

Benefits for working for us….

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits including:

  • An excellent local government pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 2 extra statutory days and bank holidays) depending on job role and length of service
  • The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave
  • A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
  • Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
  • Volunteering Scheme
  • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
  • Bus and rail travel discounts

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