Occupational Therapist (First Point of Contact)
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£27,905 - £33,799 Annually
Hours per week:
37 hours per week
Social Care - Adult Service
Temporary for 2 years
We have an exciting opportunity for 2 suitably qualified and experienced Occupational Therapists to join Darlington Borough Council’s Adult Social Care Department. The role will be based in the First Point of Contact Team, based at Central House in Darlington.
The successful applicants will work as part of the First Point of Contact Team, which consists of Social Workers, and Community Assessment Officers. The First point of Contact team are responsible for taking all initial contacts into Adult Social Care, such as requests for assessments of need, enquiries regarding safeguarding issues, advice and information about local services, and responding to urgent or crisis situations. The role of the Occupational Therapist will be to provide advice & signposting, as well as screening of OT referrals and attending any joint visits with Social Work staff.
The dynamic, fast paced nature of the team is underpinned by a strong commitment to the principles of The Care Act 2014 and other relevant legislation. We are looking for people who are committed to strength-based practice, focusing on enabling people as much as possible to build on their own networks and strengths as a means of resolving situations and meeting their needs. The successful applicants will also be responsible for identifying when an individual requires further assessment from the Long Term Teams.
The successful applicants will:
• Have sound OT skills and knowledge regarding equipment &
adaptations/moving & handling/Disabled Facilities Grants
• Be able to respond to initial contacts appropriately
• Be able to work in a busy environment and to tight time scales
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Be committed to multi-disciplinary working
You will be provided professional supervision from the Occupational Therapy Team Manager.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals.
For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.