Surrey County Council
We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced qualified and registered Occupational Therapists.
Our job profiles will tell you what you’ll be doing, but more important to us, is how you’ll do it. We are looking for people who will thrive in the culture of our organisation.
Aspects of the role, we can train and guide you on, but what we are really looking for is someone that shares the same values and ethos as we do. We want Occupational Therapists who believe it is important to ensure people have choice and control over their own support needs. We want people who our committed, like us, to focus on the person, their strengths and networks rather than routinely assessing people for services and eligibility. We want colleagues who will look first at what people can do rather than what they can’t do. We want to have conversations that identify what is important to the person to understand ‘what matters’ rather than ‘what’s the matter’. We believe that by exploring people’s goals and aspirations, and the strengths they have themselves or around them, we can help people to stay independent for longer and connected to their communities.
Joining us, you will be part of a multi-skilled team which includes: social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, assistant social care practitioners and reablement colleagues.
This diverse role will facilitate your development and equip you with a range of skills to enable you to undertake frontline holistic occupational therapy practice within a social care setting. You will have the opportunity to put into practice the legislation underpinning, and build your professional experience of, major adaptations, and moving and handling risk assessments and intervention, with the aim of supporting and empowering our clients to live meaningful lives within the community.
We are looking for the following:
From speaking to staff at workshops and engagement sessions, we learnt that career development is of huge importance to our current Occupational Therapists. One step we have taken to help address is to develop a ‘Senior Readiness Program’. This program is designed to support Occupational Therapists to develop their skills and experience so that they can progress to become a Senior Occupational Therapist
We also fully understand the challenges of day to day frontline social care work, therefore we are putting tools in place to improve your work/life balance and to try and make day to day asks more manageable. We are currently rolling out hybrid devices which have a touch screen, detachable keyboard and will enable staff to access systems such as LAS when working with clients. The new devices will allow colleagues to change the way they work and to help avoid unnecessary travel.
The new hybrid devices will allow staff to change the way they work, allowing staff to be more agile and reduce the need to return to the office between visits etc.
We have roles based in community (locality teams) and as well as specialist countywide teams such as our Learning Disability and Autism Team and Transition Team.
We have locality (community) teams based in the following towns: Guildford, Godalming, Woking, Addlestone, Ashford, Epsom, Esher, Dorking, Reigate and Oxted and Camberley
Applying – LETS MAKE IT EASY!
We recognise that the application process can be time consuming, so we offer a unique call back option. If you would like this please just email with the following information and we will contact you to discuss our opportunities further. If you wish you can also send us your CV but you don’t have to at this stage!
Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can submit your CV by clicking the ‘apply’ button below.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Please note due to the Coronavirus and current health situation, if you are shortlisted for interview you may be offered to interview virtually via one of the following options: Skype, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp Video Calls or standard video calls on mobiles as an alternative to a face to face interview. Phone calls are an option, however will offer limited ability for us to engage with candidates in the same way face to face allows. SCC will communicate with candidates in advance to confirm the most suitable interview method.
Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy.