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Social Care Practitioner (OT Qualified)

Salary details: £23,866 - £32,233

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Ref: AH 710

Kirklees Council

Adults and Health

Adult Social Care Operation

Place of Work: Various sites across Kirklees


Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full Time

Appointment type:

Hours per Week: 37

Closing date: 04 November 2018

Provisional Interview Date:

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You will be based at one of the following locations: Dewsbury, Batley, Huddersfield Central or Slaithwaite. 

Adult Social Care supports adults to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing, maximising their independence, choice and control. It supports people and their carers, who need practical and emotional support, to lead an active life. Social care helps people to do everyday things, to participate in their community and safeguards people from significant harm.

At Kirklees we want to be innovative and creative in the way we work to deliver services to our communities. The introduction of Occupational Therapists as social care practitioners into our community hubs is new and exciting and provides an important professional function working with some of the most vulnerable adults, their families and carers to deliver statutory duties under the Care Act 2014. 

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team the Social Care Practitioner will undertake assessments of need and be responsible for the day to day management of assigned cases, including the provision of specialist support and advice such as moving and handling and arranging equipment and adaptations to help individuals develop and sustain their capacities for independent living. The role will include protecting those at risk of abuse and neglect and in complex situations to try and prevent or resolve conflict which may place individuals at risk. 

You will have:

  • A recognised OT qualification and evidence of HCPC registration.
  • The ability to keep up to date with changes in practice, legislation and guidance and are committed to continuous professional development and working within professional standards.
  • The ability to promote positive change, independence and wellbeing in accordance with assessed need to meet outcomes.
  • Work or placement experience of working with vulnerable adults and their carers, preferably in a community setting.
  • A working knowledge of relevant legislation and the ability to apply this to practice.
  • The ability to undertake high quality assessment and provide clear analysis within set timescales
  • An ability to transfer knowledge and skills into new situations
  • An excellent understanding of IT systems to support the accurate and timely case recording.                       

Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time.  It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car. 

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for this job.  A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.

Kirklees Council honours previous service with the NHS when calculating the following:

• Annual holiday entitlement

• Sickness pay

• Maternity or paternity leave

• Notice period

• Pensions (subject to transfer in)

In order to be considered for this job please complete the attached Short-listing Questionnaire. CVs will not be accepted.