Occupational Therapist

Sutton Council
Full Time
£39,264 - £47,040 (£49,083 unconsolidated maximum)
Per annum
27 days

09/12/2022, 23:55

In Sutton, there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. This includes high levels of resident satisfaction, the quality of our services, our success in addressing our financial challenges to date, the way that we involve and engage with residents on key issues facing the borough, and the enthusiastic and motivated staff that we employ. 

Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, while the Council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment.

All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and set to deliver more improvements for the borough. We've set out our vision for the future of Sutton in our corporate plan - Ambitious for Sutton. This strategic plan will shape the outcomes we achieve, the services we provide, and the impact we have on residents, to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Situated in Zone 5, Sutton is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. There are 10 train stations which serve key neighbourhoods within the borough providing direct connections to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Sutton also has direct rail connections with Epsom, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and West Croydon for the London Overground. There’s also an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M25 and M23.

Occupational Therapist  - Adults with a Learning Disability

Grade 8  £37,038 - £44,814 (unconsolidated maximum £46,857)

This is a really exciting opportunity to contribute to our MDT for people with a learning disability.  In the role you will work closely with Speech and Language Therapist, Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational  and  Creative Therapists.  You will also collaborate with family carers, Social Workers, Commissioners, the NHS  and providers of residential care and supported living. 

Reporting to the Clinical Health Team Manager you will be required to deliver the best outcomes for the health of adults with a learning disability.  

This role supports the commitments set out in Sutton’s Health and Social Care LD Strategy to help improve access to work, health, independence and social participation.  You will work collaboratively deploying your specialism to support the work of the wider team. 

Sutton has embraced hybrid working and, although you will be required to work face to face with service users, there will also be ample opportunities to work remotely.  

As an Occupational Therapist, you will perform functional assessments, including those relating to complex manual handling and sensory integration.  You will also provide assistive equipment and implement support plans to address assessed need.

Our vision encapsulates the community based approach and commitment to improving the quality of life and wellbeing of people with a learning disability who live in Sutton 

PRIDE - the acronym that illustrates our five core values which reinforce the vision and provide the underlying context to the ways in which we work:

  • Working in PARTNERSHIP with the people who live and work in the borough 
  • Making our services open and accessible so that everyone is listened to and treated with RESPECT 
  • Seeking INNOVATIVE approaches in order to provide better, more cost-effective services 
  • Promoting DIVERSITY and ensuring that we recognise and celebrate difference within the context of fairness and equality 
  • EMPOWERING everyone so that we can all 'take part and take pride' as active citizens and staff.

The Clinical Health Team for Adults with a Learning Disability

This is a really exciting opportunity to join a friendly multidisciplinary team of health professionals. We are committed to eliminating the health inequality experienced by people with a learning disability.  We are also working with colleagues to increasing the uptake of employment and daytime opportunities and improve respite provision for carers.  

You must:

-  Be a qualified, registered Occupational Therapist

-  Have significant experience of working with people with a learning disability

As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.

In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.

Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
  • Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)
  • Comprehensive learning and development programme
  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Car parking scheme
  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
  • Zip car scheme
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
  • Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
  • Subsidised gym membership

Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.

To support our diversity agenda and reduce the risk of bias in our recruitment activities, our short listing process completely anonymises personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc. Our hiring managers review and short list applications based on the information provided as part of your application as to how well you meet the requirements and criteria for the role, as outlined in the job profile.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve - the key highlights from our recent Equalities Workforce Report can be seen here. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. As part of our Disability Confident Committed status, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.

Important Information - Criminal Records
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory result to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Local Intelligence Check (LIC) and Counter-Terrorism Checks Level 3 Vetting

Important Information - Local Intelligence Check (LIC) and Counter-Terrorism Checks Level 3 Vetting
The successful candidate will have to undergo the specified vetting process including an initial Local Intelligence Check (LIC) and Counter-Terrorism Checks Level 3 Vetting.

Part 1: A Local Intelligence Check (LIC) which involves local Sutton Police officers running a search on the successful candidate on a database to ensure there’s no/limited risk to working from the Police Station pending the outcome of full vetting (part 2). This process is expected to take 2-weeks and is to be completed before the agreed start date.

Part 2: A New Scotland Yard CTC Level 3 Vetting: This process is done upon appointment and commences on the agreed start date at the Police Station. This is an enhanced process which involves a more thorough background search to provide the right security clearance for access to the police station. This process typically takes at least 3 months to complete.

Please note: Appointment and employment is conditional on the post-holder completing and successfully holding Met Police Vetting (Non Police Personnel Vetting Level 2) in order to operate from Sutton Police Station. Failure to pass Met Police Vetting will result in the immediate termination of contract.

This opportunity is closed to applications.