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Therapy Assistant

About the team we are recruiting to

Adult Social Care is part of the People Directorate within Coventry City Council.  We have a simple vision and strategy that defines what we are trying to achieve, our purpose and our approach which underpin the principles of Adult Social Care, and we continue to work in support of this.

In a simple sense all our work, at whatever level should continue to support the strategy of: ‘Providing support, in the least intrusive manner possible, based on the assets, resources and abilities that are available to people’.

Adult Social Care encompasses a wide range of vital services covering;

  • Social Work Services - we work with individuals who have care and support needs, and with their carers be they older or younger adults
  • Occupational Therapy and Equipment Services - we aim to enhance people’s ability to live safely and independently in their home
  • Internally Provided Services – we provide direct support to people enabling those in most need to live independent and fulfilled lives
  • Business Systems and Continuous Improvement - we provide a range of services including Financial Assessments, provider payment processing and Business Systems administration. The Business Systems team provide support to Adult Social Care, Children’s Services and Education Services.

This is an exciting time to join us as we work to put adults and their carers at the heart of everything we do. Specifically, if you are social workers, occupational therapists or social care professionals who are committed to achieving the best outcomes for adults and their carers we will help you make a difference through manageable caseloads, high-quality professional support, supervision and guidance and excellent learning and development opportunities

What is the job role?

Are you passionate about care and seeking a new challenge? Do you have previous experience within a care, mental or physical health setting?  Are you looking to develop new skills in an Occupational Therapy setting? 

The role of Therapy Assistant within Coventry City Council is dynamic and fulfilling.  You will work with disabled adults in the community, helping them to regain and enhance their safety and independence at home.  You will do this by assessing customers via telephone, video call or in person.  You will be able to identify their needs and provide interventions such as advice and the provision of aids and adaptations to enable the customers to reach their goals. 

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking an enthusiastic, organised and reliable individual to work within our Occupational Therapy team.  You will deliver a robust assessment and treatment service to our customers, covering physical, learning, and mental health disabilities. You will work within a highly motivated OT team with ample opportunity to develop your professional range of skills. 

We want a team member who can work as part of a team and also work independently - managing and prioritising their own time and workload.  You must have good communication skills and have basic computer literacy. 

It would be beneficial for you to have awareness/understanding of issues relating to a variety of disabilities, and awareness of techniques that can be used to promote functional independence.

Your skills will include: 

  • Effective communication – in person, written and over the telephone 

  • Conducting assessments in a variety of ways to identify the customer's strengths and how they can use these strengths to improve/maintain safety and independence in their home environment 

  • Providing instruction to clients and their carers to enable them to achieve maximum functional independence. 

  • Working both independently and as part of a team 

  • Organising an allocated workload, planning and prioritising work to achieve objectives and meet deadlines 

  • Developing effective working relationships with customers, colleagues and other agencies  

  • Maintaining accurate case records on the computer database 

In return you will be rewarded through working with a highly experienced, vibrant & passionate team that is willing to support you through personal and professional development. 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Interview date: 11th December 2020

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a Council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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