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Social Care Occupational Therapist
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Salary Details: AfC Grade 30-33 - £34,794 - £37,842 per annum
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Hours: 36
Location: Chessington
Directorate: Prevention and Early Help
Reports To: Head of Integrated Service for Children with Disabilities

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced Social Care occupational therapist to join our team at a time of exciting and positive change.

The Social Care Occupational Therapy Service is part of a therapy team in the Integrated Disabled Children’s Service based at the Moor Lane Centre in Chessington.

A Social Care Occupational Therapy Service is provided for children with a range of physical and developmental disabilities in the community. The service aims to support children with permanent and substantial physical or learning disabilities, and their families, to enhance the individual’s abilities and independence at home and to support parent/carers in managing the child’s daily activities.

The post holder will carry out comprehensive, assessments and recommendations to solve practical problems encountered by children and young people with disabilities and their families within their home. This will enable them to remain safe and to retain/regain an appropriate level of independence. The post holder will also facilitate major and minor adaptations and supply of specialist equipment for use in the home environment.

About Us

Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014 along with Windsor and Maidenhead in 2017, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs’ children’s services. 

We have been up and running for five years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

About You
To be a Social Care Occupational therapist for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
  • Experience of working as a Social Care Occupational Therapist 
  • Have experience in working with children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and complex needs
  • Able to manage a workload of complex caseloads
  • Able to carry out assessments for and provisions of complex adaptions
  • Have the ability to communication effectively both written and verbally
You will also need to hold a relevant qualification in occupational therapy and be registered with the H.C.P.C. 

Find out more
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Shelly Ritchie for an informal discussion: 020 8547 6526 or email: 

If you would like more information about this role please see attached the job description and person specification.

To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here

You will find out more about our organisation at click here.

Benefits of working for Achieving for Children 

As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.

The successful candidate will have access to;
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
  • A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
  • Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
  • A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
  • Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
  • Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
Our Chessington office is based at Moorlane Centre, Chessington. It has some great benefits to staff that work here including: 
  • Free car parking
  • Good transport links, Chessington South station is less than a 10 minute walk from the office and these lines go direct to Waterloo and takes 30 mins to get to Waterloo. Both are a short drive from the M25 and A3. 
  • There are shower facilities for those that cycle into work.
  • Chessington office benefits from being near a lovely parade of shops and cafes
  • Close proximity to our clients means less travelling.
How to apply 
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile. Some of our positions require CV only.

Alternatively, you can attend one of our Recruitment Drop-Ins to 'Meet the Employer', which we hold every last Thursday or Friday of each month.
 For more information on these Recruitment Drop-Ins please click here 

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a DBS Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.

Closing Date: 1st March 2020
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