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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Role Responsibility

Fixed Term - 12 Months

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapy Assistant to join our Short Term Pathways Team. We are offering an excellent opportunity to join a friendly, dynamic and supportive team which promotes professional development.

There are several posts available covering the North Kent, West Kent and East Kent area and focusing on the work for discharge planning for clients under the Older Persons remit. This post is within a team that works collaboratively with health and other partnership agencies and focuses on promoting a person’s independence

We are looking for motivated, experienced professionals who are interested in working within the Short Term Pathways, and keen to work with Acute, Community Hospitals. You need to be flexible in your approach and committed to working in an integrated team and ready to embrace new ways of working, to help further shape our services

Within the Short Term Pathways team you will be working with people over the age of 18 with a wide range of needs, you will manage a caseload requiring assessment, review and on-going support to make a real difference in achieving improved outcomes and leading to independent living for the service user.

Our team in Short Term Pathways is creative, energetic, dynamic and diverse. The team are proud of the high standard of service we provide to our customers at their most vulnerable times.

You should have previous experience of Adult Social Care or working in community settings, with an awareness of enablement, major adaptations and specialist equipment and be able to use these interchangeably to have a substantial impact to the person’s life.  Moving and Handling skills are essential to help maximise independence, using alternatives to traditional double handed care approaches. We are dedicated to delivering strong support for our staff offering a robust supervision, CPD and development programme to support you in your role and professional development.

You should have a proven ability to facilitate proportional, functional, holistic assessments and be passionate about maximising independence, building confidence and achieving best outcomes for people; working in a person-centred way. You will need to have good communication and IT skills and be able to work under pressure to prioritise work and manage your time effectively.

The ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible
manner at various times of the day is essential. You should note that public
transport is rarely a viable option as some rural areas of Kent often have limited
public transport.

For internal applicants this would be the possibility for a secondment opportunity.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council
therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to
ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for
the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are
set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

We are increasingly accessible to the public outside of traditional office hours, as we
move towards an 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week service to ensure service needs
are met.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service.

Contact Details

If you wish to discuss the position further please contact:

For West Kent - Melanie Arnst Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapist - 07976 811777

For North Kent - Jacqueline Challis Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapist - 07970 401120

For East Kent - Caroline Holt Senior Practitioner Occupational Therapist - 07872 418150

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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