Occupational Therapist (Permanent, Full Time 40 Hours per Week)

Look Ahead Care and Support
18 Apr 2019
10 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Recruiting an Occupational Therapist to join our new adult homelessness services in Kent!

Our services are located in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks and Dartford, Gravesend and Swale.

GBP 30,000 per annum plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more.

Job Overview:

Working within our Kent Homeless Connect services, the Occupational Therapist will hold responsibility for assessing clients in our intensive reablement services and guiding support workers to provide the relevant support to your clients. Look Ahead operates trauma and psychologically informed approaches, ensuring that our customers benefit from being supported through strengths-based practices. The Occupational Therapist shares responsibility by ensuring that a holistic and cohesive model of customer support is embedded across Kent.

The purpose of this role is to assist customers within our homeless services to develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. By carrying out assessments with individuals and guiding support staff in actions that will facilitate a quicker and smoother transition to independence, this role is central to the efficiency of our accommodation recovery model and long term stability for our customers.

Kent Homeless Connect helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

We are a network of specialist services that prevents vulnerable people from losing their homes and provides a rapid response to re-house people if they have already become homeless.

We use an integrated approach to help people who need additional support to avoid or recover from homelessness.

We help people to be healthy, find a stable home, or manage their tenancy or their finances so that they can move away from homelessness for good.

Kent Homeless Connect is delivered by Porchlight and Look Ahead on behalf of Kent County Council.

Key Responsibilities:

- Observe customers doing daily tasks, ask them questions, and review their medical history including liaison with health professionals where deemed necessary

- Assess a customer's physical/mental and overall health needs and complete a needs assessment aimed at sustainable independence

- Feed into a support plan for customers, laying out the types of activities and specific goals to be accomplished to meet their individual needs

- Help people with various restrictions or difficulties completing different tasks by example

- Create exercise plans that can help relieve pain for people with chronic conditions

- Offer guidance and direction to colleagues supporting customers who have been assessed as having specific needs

- Evaluate a patient's future home or workplace and, based on the patient's health needs, identify potential improvements that are realistic and achievable

- Liaise with the client's family and/or employer about how to accommodate and support the client

- Recommend and help locate special equipment, such as wheelchairs and eating aids, and instruct an individual on how to use that equipment

- Assess and record patients' activities and progress for patient evaluations, for billing, and for reporting to physicians and other healthcare providers

- Undertake all administrative work and keep accurate and comprehensive tenant/customer records to professional standards

- Adhere to Look Ahead's Policies and Procedures

- Engage in learning and development activity to increase knowledge and skills

- Engage positively in reflective practice sessions with colleagues

- Undertake any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as may be reasonably assigned

This is not an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of Look Ahead.

Person Specification:

- Enjoys social interaction and the company of others, joins in local activities to encourage customer involvement

- Exudes a warm friendly presence and open behaviour

- Prefers working as part of a group or team

- Is fundamentally calm and resilient, does not let emotion adversely affect them or obscure their judgement

- Has a practical and logical mind and is naturally well organised

- Thrives on change and enjoys dynamic diverse environments

- Is confident with high levels of self-esteem

- Is respectful, articulate and sensitive in style of communication

- Is motivated towards excellence and improvement of personal performance with a can do attitude

- Ability to cope positively with challenging and diverse behaviour

- Demonstrates a desire for continuous professional development

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:


- Degree in Occupational Therapy

- Registered membership of the Health and Care Professionals Council


- Full Driving Licence and access to use of vehicle

- Two years' demonstrable work experience with vulnerable adults

Please note that we have the right to close any vacancy before the advertised closing date if we have received a high number of applications.

If your application for this role is unsuccessful, but we feel that you would be suitable for another role, we may contact you to discuss alternative opportunities. If this occurs you would not need to submit another application for the alternative role

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