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Occupational Therapist - Adaptations/Access to Homes Team

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  • Job reference: HQ00092355
    £30756.00 - £36915.00 per annum
    Occupational Therapy


    Sanctuary Health is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Occupational Therapist to work within an Adaptations/Access to Homes Team based in Doncaster. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of Occupational Therapy and be registered with the HCPC.

    The Salary for this permanent Occupational Therapist role is £30,756 - £36,915 per annum

    Job purpose:
    - To assist the Doncaster Home Choice team and Doncaster Council to ensure that applicants are supported through the assessment and allocations process and given clear information on appropriate accommodation and realistic rehousing advice, to ensure the best use of housing stock.
    - The post holder will also work with Housing Options to establish priority need relating to medical circumstances and identify at the earliest point, suitable accommodation in a timely manner.
    - The post holder will provide support in referrals to Doncaster Council OT services and embed effective referral paths between agencies in accessing housing, effective and responsive service delivery and promoting independent living.

    - Promote the organisation's vision in the delivery of excellent services.
    - Contribute to the development and delivery of effective strategies to provide high performing customer-focused services.
    - To provide a timely assessment of customers medical needs.
    - To work with the Home Options Team to assist in establishing priority need in relation to medical circumstances at the earliest opportunity. To ensure accommodation is suitable to meet the customers need when discharging the authority's duty. This will include temporary and permanent accommodation with a timelier move through to permanent accommodation.
    - To provide timely advice and support in referrals to the Doncaster Council's OT services for adaptations in order to prevent homelessness.
    - To be involved in a partnership approach with planned hospital discharges to avoid unnecessary delays.
    - To work with Doncaster Council to ensure applicants are supported through the allocations process and given clear information on appropriate accommodation and realistic rehousing advice.
    - To contribute to the efficient and effective use of St Leger Homes resources through, e.g. adherence to relevant policies and procedures regarding, record keeping, equipment, adaptations, identifying and recording unmet needs for future planning purposes.
    - Liaise with the Partner agencies including, Social Care, Health, Housing adaptations, officers from other authorities, medical staff including GPs, consultants and nursing staff, probation, councillors, and supported housing providers to establish and embed effective referral paths.
    - Assess the needs of vulnerable people and their carers, and to provide and/or facilitate provision of appropriate occupational therapy intervention, e.g. advice, specific treatments, equipment trial/provision, adaptations, recommendations, counselling and supporting service users and carers in the management of disability.
    - Administrative duties including responding to email, answering enquiries, telephone calls, inputting applicant details on to the IT systems.
    - Assess customers in their current home with varying needs as a result of their vulnerability, to establish their housing need.
    - Visit properties, either with customers, or before an offer is made, to determine suitability.
    - Participate in the collation and distribution of relevant information for disabled people and their carers, including the promotion of welfare rights and voluntary sector services.
    - To liaise with Local members and MP's where appropriate.
    - To assist in answering complaint and enquiries within SLHD Service Standards.
    - To adhere to the RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. To work within HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
    - To be proactive in including people and removing barriers to equal opportunity

    Requirements of the Occupational Therapist:
    - HCPC registered as an Occupational Therapist.
    - Dip COT or Degree OT or equivalent, minimum 2 years post qualified experience.
    - Knowledge of the Care Act (2014) and knowledge of physical, mental health and learning disability issues.
    - Sound knowledge of major and minor adaptations and equipment services and the role of local authority and other agencies in housing to support vulnerable people.
    - Ability to work under pressure, particularly to manage own priorities but still give appropriate professional guidance and support to colleagues.
    - Excellent IT skills.

    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. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.

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