Job vacancy – Senior Occupational Therapist (Housing), Customers and Communities – REF: TGHC596

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under About us - find a job, About us - find a job - vacancies, News.

  • Job title: Senior Occupational Therapist
  • Service area: Customers and Communities
  • Job ref: TGHC596
  • Grade: Grade K £36,153 – £39,002 pro rata per annum (SCP 40-43) Part time 22 hours & 12 minutes per week. Permanent.
  • Applicable to: External and internal vacancy
  • Closing date: Midnight on Tuesday, 18 December 2018.

The Gateshead Housing Company does not accept CVs.

The Gateshead Housing Company is a non-profit organisation responsible for the day-to-day management of nearly 20,000 homes.

We aim to provide excellent and efficient services to create homes and neighbourhoods that meet the aspirations of the people of Gateshead.

We employ over 700 people and involve our customers in making our services better.

An opportunity has arisen in the Lettings Team for the role of Senior Occupational Therapist (Housing).

We are seeking to appoint an experienced, fully qualified Occupational Therapist who will work with tenants and prospective tenants who have complex and severe physical and/or mental health issues to ensure appropriate housing is sourced.

The role involves providing specialist advice and support to customers seeking rehousing. The client group will include but is not limited to both adults and children who may be wheelchair users, have degenerative and life limiting conditions, complex physical and mental health issues.

A sensitive and flexible approach to liaising with those in very difficult situations will be needed. You will need to understand the Council’s property stock within Gateshead and be able to match available properties to the needs of these clients. You will also be involved in the co-ordination and ordering of any follow up work to ensure complete suitability of housing including adaptations and equipment.

You will be working as part of specialist team therefore a positive work ethic and flexible, can-do attitude is important. There is a high workload of complex cases and it is essential that you have excellent organisational and time management skills.

You will need to be competent at documenting and presenting your cases in a variety of ways at a number of different forums, including meetings, panels and in the training environment.

Partnership working with a variety of professionals including but not limited to Gateshead Council’s Occupational Therapy Team, Social Workers and the NHS will be key in helping to deliver a joined up service for each individual.

You will also be involved in the assessment process and have an advisory role in the award of appropriate priorities for housing based on medical information.

You will be working alongside another Senior Occupational Therapist. You will be supported by an Occupational Therapy Assistant, and will provide professional guidance and support to that role.

You will adhere to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Standards of the College of Occupational Therapists.

You will need to hold a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Occupational Therapy.

Please note potential secondments will require approval from your line manager before you apply for this position.

For an informal discussion please email Adam Bland, Senior Occupational Therapist, or call 0191 433 5867 or email Kevin Johnson, Head of Customer Services, or call 0191 433 5378.

You should consider the job profile when applying, giving examples of how you meet the criteria.

What to do next?

  • Read the job profile of this role.
  • Complete our online application and confidential forms or download printable application and confidential forms. You must complete both forms for your application to be considered.
  • Assessments will be by application, ability tests and interview for this vacancy.

Applications are to be returned by email or post no later than midnight on Tuesday, 18 December 2018, to:


Human Resources Team
The Gateshead Housing Company
Civic Centre
Regent Street

The Gateshead Housing Company does not accept CVs.

If you need any further advice email the Human Resources Team or call ext 5333.

Why you will love working for us

We know that we can’t achieve our vision without the right team of people.

We expect our employees to work in partnership with colleagues, and to apply their skills effectively with commitment and enthusiasm. In return we do our best to make sure they are happy in their work by listening to their ideas and making them feel welcome.

Because we work in partnership with Gateshead Council, we can offer you all the benefits of working for a large organisation as well as the intimacy of working for a small, independent team.

You will be able to take advantage of:

  • Our Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Occupational health
  • Appropriate training courses
  • A work life balance policy
  • Flexitime scheme
  • Generous annual leave entitlement.

The Gateshead Housing Company is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates of any age, disability, marital status, race or sex.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email. You should check your spam folders as well as your inbox.