We work with the residents of Bracknell Forest to improve their health and wellbeing and maximise their independence. We are a friendly supportive close-knit team.
We’re proud of our community; the care we give and the services we provide. This is why we give our team members the time, support and resources they need to do their job well. You’ll have a manageable caseload, and we will listen to your ideas - if you think something needs to change, we want to know about it. This is your opportunity to take ownership and to change lives for the better.
Because we’re Bracknell Forest
What it’s like working for Bracknell Forest Council…
Together, we make big things happen (the Lexicon is just one example). But we’re also focused on the smaller things that make all the difference. And that’s as true for our employees as it is for our residents. We have a car park with plenty of spaces (you won’t need to worry about where you’re going to park – which means more time to focus on your work). We have strong teams and excellent manager relationships. Expert advice is there whenever you need it. Put simply, a career with us means having everything you need to build on your skills. To build better relationships. To build even better communities. This is your chance to make a lasting impact.
You will be working as an Occupational Therapist in our Gateway (duty) service as part of the Adult Community Team. This is made up of support coordinators, social workers, OTs and managers. You will be carrying out Manual Handling Risk Assessments and Manual Handling plans for urgent cases. You will also have the chance to improve your expertise in manual handling. The post is varied and challenging but immensely rewarding and we give you the tools to be innovative and influence change.
We have great feedback from the people we support, this is just one example of some recent feedback: “I just wanted to write and thank you very very much for your help over the past couple of months. You have always been so patient and understanding and never minding how often I phoned! The chair is absolutely super and really comfortable! I wanted to write to you to express my gratitude for your kindness and sympathy.”
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…
- Work with people to identify their needs and undertake comprehensive assessments of adults. Work with those with diverse or complex presentations in a way that maximises independence, choice and control that are Care Act compliant and cost effective.
- Manual Handling assessments
- Document all work abiding by local policies & procedures
- To take responsibility for own learning, including mandatory and suggested training, and the training of OT students
- You will be supported in your career and personal growth and continue your professional development portfolio.
The benefits you will experience are…
- Regular opportunities for continuous professional development through internal and external training courses.
- Able to contribute to service improvement and implement new ideas.
- Essential car user allowance and London Weighting
- Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme and the promotion of homeworking
- Agile working – from home and in the Community – supported by up to date IT kit
- An inclusive and friendly working environment
- A great office location, with free car parking next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
- Generous annual leave entitlement (increases after 3 years)
- Internal sports and social club opportunities, discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
- Supermarket discount.
What we’re looking for…
- We’re seeking qualified and HCPC registered Occupational Therapists with a passion for providing exceptional care and support. You’ll need to show excellent knowledge of OT best practices and provide expert advice to both colleagues and partner agencies, as well as to residents. We are looking for Occupational Therapists who want to work in a dynamic and team orientated environment. Above all, you’ll empower service users; facilitating their independence and helping them overcome the barriers that prevent them from doing the activities that matter to them.
- We are looking for applicants with experience of manual handling situations as a qualified OT
Interview dates: 12th-13th August 2021.
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role. Please contact:
Gavin Austin, Assistant Community Services Manager on 01344 351481
Emma Shaw, Senior Occupational Therapist, Gateway on 01344 351439
As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.