West Berkshire Council

Current Vacancies at West Berkshire Council

Occupational Therapist - Children with Disabilities Team

Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
From £32,076 to £41,418 per annum, pro rata (Grade HI)
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury
Working Pattern:
Part Time
30 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
21/07/2024 at 23:59
Vacancy Description

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities? Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist looking for an exciting new opportunity within a supportive and inclusive working environment? Look no further, West Berkshire Council is seeking a dedicated Occupational Therapist to join our Education Services Team.

The Role:

Reporting to the Children with Disabilities Team Manager, you will be responsible for providing high quality, specialist Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions to children and young people with disabilities. Your key responsibilities include:

  • Arrange assessment of Occupational Therapy needs for services and to work collaboratively with children and families to meet the identified needs of individuals.
  • Assessing and maintaining accurate records of needs and progress
  • To negotiate the delivery of services with providers and other Agencies e.g. specialist adaptive equipment suppliers, home improvement agency and Housing
  • Collaborating with other professionals and agencies to ensure comprehensive care and support for children and their families
  • Providing advice, guidance, and support to schools, parents, and carers to promote inclusion and enable access to learning opportunities
  • To participate in other activities which would benefit from the application of OT professional skills, e.g. working parties, special service developments, policy formulation, group work and community development work.
  • Contributing to multiagency assessments, reviews, and planning processes
  • Empowering children and young people to achieve their full potential and promote independence
  • To ensure OT professional standards are met in accordance with HCPC and COT Code of Ethics

Skills and Attributes:

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Qualified Occupational Therapist with HCPC registration
  • Experience working in a similar role, ideally within a local authority or education setting
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of legislation, policies, and standards relevant to children with disabilities and special educational needs
  • Strong assessment and intervention skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with children, families, and multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • A positive and solution focused approach, demonstrating resilience and adaptability in a fast paced environment

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as:

  • Flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.0019.00
  • Hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities 
  • Generous Local Government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 29 days per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Anna Mobbs on 01635 503165 or email amobbs1@westberks.gov.uk.

West Berkshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

If you are passionate about making a difference and are ready to contribute to the wellbeing of children with disabilities, apply now to join our dedicated team at West Berkshire Council.

Equal Opportunities

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

How to apply

Please now complete a short online application form. You will then be able to upload your CV, if you do not have a CV please download our full application form below, complete and upload that instead.

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This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.

All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

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