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Band 6 Occupational Therapist - Housing Adaptations

Job reference: HQ00082212
Up to £38994.00 per annum
Occupational Therapy


This vacancy has now expired.

Sanctuary Health has a permanent vacancy for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to work within a Housing Adaptation Team based in London on a full-time basis.

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary of £31,794 £38,994 per annum.

Purpose of the role:
Working within the Housing Adaptation Team, the Occupational Therapy Service undertake holistic assessments for eligible residents of all ages, recommend home adaptions, complete re-housing assessments and reports, and work closely with the lettings team to match people to properties.

- To manage a caseload of clients, including those with complex needs and high levels of risk, who have requested adaptations to their homes.
- Undertake timely assessments, in the clients homes to determine their needs and eligibility for services.
- Produce detailed recommendations for minor and major adaptations to homes.
- Promote independence through the recommendation and provision of a range of measures that will also seek to prevent further deterioration because of existing ailments.
- To prioritise clients with urgent needs requiring specialist assessments.
- To assist in designing cost effective and innovative schemes to adapt people's homes that effectively meet the needs of clients and carers within the constraints of associated legislation and property limitations.
- Carry out site visits throughout the adaptation cycle in support of the Technical Surveyor. This includes interim and final visits to ensure adaptations meet the clients/carer needs and that they are fully trained in the safe and correct use of equipment and adaptations.
- To carry out post-installation visits to monitor recommendations and undertaking a re-assessment of the person's needs where necessary.
- At all times to place the client at the centre of their own care planning process, working in partnership to ensure that the best possible service provision is tailored to individual need.
- To play an advocacy role in supporting clients, carers and families in accepting major changes to their environment such as large equipment or alterations to their homes.
- To carry out complex re-housing assessments of clients with high levels of risk as identified and compile re-housing reports and recommendations.
- Maintain an awareness of current equipment and adaptations for independent living and undertake sourcing specialist equipment and research as necessary.
- To have a working knowledge of the Disabled Facilities Grant legislation and council guidance and policy regarding adaptations to private and social housing.
- To be a specialist resource providing advice and information to council staff, voluntary agencies, housing associations, owner occupiers, council tenants, landlords and developers, care agencies and client's families.
- Attend and participate in multi-disciplinary case conferences and reviews, as appropriate, identifying the individual needs of users and recommending appropriate OT intervention.
- To identify and initiate referrals of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults to the relevant care management team.
- To work on a multi-agency basis where abuse has occurred, participating in strategy meeting to decide actions to investigate cases and contribute in conferences to draw up protection plans.
- Maintain accurate and relevant client records including details of vulnerability or disability and OT interventions.
- Respond to complaints and members' enquiries with regards to all elements of the role with a solution-focused and positive attitude.
- Update LAS, Flare and the OHMs housing management system regularly to keep casework accurately recorded.
- Undertake other duties consistent with the purpose of this post.
- Work within the Councils Equality and Diversity and Health and Safety policies and procedures at all times.

Requirements of the Occupational Therapist:
- Have a minimum BSc or recognised postgraduate diploma in Occupational Therapy
- Hold current HCPC registration
- Previous experience in a similar role

This Occupational Therapist job is advertised by Craig Osborne; if you are interested in this position please click below to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

Reasonable Adjustments:
If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting Kellie Thorndyke. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.

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