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Occupational Therapist

Norfolk First Response is part of the Adult Social Services Department at Norfolk County Council. The reablement and fast response services that we provide are a very different areas of adult social care.

Norfolk First Response has five bases across Norfolk. Our team helps people to regain skills they may have lost following an illness or hospital admission in their own homes for up to 6 weeks. We aim to re-able people to regain their independence as much as possible while also reviewing their ongoing care needs. We also operate a 24/7 fast response service which attends to minor emergencies in people’s homes where an ambulance isn’t required. We have Occupational Therapists based in each location.

As an Occupational Therapist (OT), you will play an essential role in the reablement of many of our service-users. Once a service user is referred to Norfolk First Response, Occupational Therapists assess the service- users, agree a plan of action and then assist the service user to achieve their agreed physical aims and objectives.

The OT may recommend the use of specialist equipment, may work with the individual to adapt the way they do their daily activities, could provide strategies to increase motivation and deal with fatigue management and may teach Reablement Support Workers colleagues how to help service users with their exercises.

The role of OT is a hybrid position. You will be expected to work from your dedicated base, from home and in people’s homes as the job requires. Our dedicated bases are found in King’s Lynn, Dereham, Fakenham, Aylsham, Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Occupational Therapists must be Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC) registered.

What you'll do

  • Complete a holistic assessment of each individual, and work with them in their own homes to set and agree achievable person-centred goals
  • Have a broad range of skills including manual handling, assessing for equipment/methods of completing the task/breaking down the task
  • Always ensure that occupation and meaningful goals are the main focus of activity
  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to promote independence and provide optimum care levels
  • Form a strong network with other professionals both within Norfolk First Response, at Norfolk County Council and with external organisations, including Health
  • Use the case management system to receive referrals and record all relevant information
  • Review progress following intervention using the Morriston Occupational Therapy Outcome Measure (MOTOM)
  • Record the assessment conversation and clear clinical reasoning for the programme of activities and exercises on Liquid Logic (LAS).

About you

We’re looking for a friendly, reliable, can-do person with the following attributes:

  • Good communications skills
  • An enquiring mind and can-do attitude
  • Ability to break down tasks
  • Problem solving skills
  • Partnership working skills and good interpersonal skills
  • To be committed to supporting others
  • Full driving licence

Before you apply, please see the full person specification and job description on the council’s online recruitment platform. This will help you to write your application to demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role.

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