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Our story

Our story

Support – Be part of a well-trained and strong team which is both supported and supportive

Balance – Opportunities for flexible working, with the right help to achieve a good work-life balance

Develop – Work towards your own progression through CPD and clear career paths

We’re on a drive to achieve our ambitions for people in West Sussex and we would love you to join us to be a part of that.

Our ambition is to deliver care and support that will ensure people remain active, independent, resilient, safe and well by moving towards a strength-based model with our ways of working.

But we need more people like you; talented, skilled, professional people with the natural ability to work with people and find great solutions that meet their needs.

We want to make sure we give all our residents the tools and support to remain independent and help them achieve the outcomes that are right for them.

We know this can be achieved by offering good information, advice and guidance to everyone. This includes people who pay for their own care, so that they are aware of all the local resources available to them and can make positive choices.

We are focusing more on services that get people back to how they want to be as they recover from difficulties or periods of ill health. We know it’s vital for people to gain and regain skills which give them the confidence to live the lives they want.

In return, to help us achieve our ambitions, we offer you our commitment to professional high quality supervision and will value the contribution each discipline brings to our service. We will give you the opportunities to increase your knowledge and acquire the skills to help us provide the best possible outcomes for our residents.


Why work for us

Progression

Benefits

Benefits

Occupational therapist benefits

  • Annual leave of up to 29 days, plus the ability to buy additional annual leave
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Flexible and mobile working opportunities supported by our technology
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Health and Care Professions Council fees paid for all occupational therapists up to Grade 12
  • You can access our high quality essential training and many continuous professional development opportunities which can be tailored to your needs
  • Fantastic support for you and your family, including childcare vouchers*, career breaks and access to health and financial wellbeing schemes and benefits
  • Access to a wide range of discounts on areas such as:
    • groceries
    • travel
    • cinema tickets
    • days out
    • leisure activities
    • high street retailers
    • the opportunity to save over £1,000 a year through our West Sussex Choices benefits platform.
  • Range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives
  • Relocation packages of up to £10,000 are available, subject to meeting certain criteria
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*The Childcare Vouchers scheme is now closed to new entrants, however the Tax-Free Childcare scheme (GOV.UK) is available.


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Occupational therapy jobs

Occupational therapy jobs

To apply for an occupational therapy vacancy you must:

The role will also be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

You can download our Occupational Therapy Applicant Information Pack for more information on working in our Adult Social Care teams. 

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Social Care Casual Bank

Social Care Casual Bank

The bank is an in-house service to be used by our teams across children’s and adult social care services and or occupational therapy teams, for when there is a need for additional support, on an ad-hoc basis.

Whether you have tons of experience in different teams, a specialist in one or if you are still finding your feet, the bank could be the right opportunity for you.

Our bank offers you flexibility to work when it suits you, so is perfect if you have other priorities that your work needs to fit around.


Job vacancies

We are currently looking for:

  • occupational therapists (children)
  • occupational therapists (adults)
  • senior occupational therapy practitioners.

Or why not consider joining our new Social Care Casual Bank for Adults' Services.


Staff stories

Occupational therapist, Becca Putt-Jones, talks about the support and career opportunities here at West Sussex County Council.

Occupational therapist, Kate Phillips, tells why she enjoys working at West Sussex County Council.

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