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Occupational Therapists (D2A)

  • Reference:orbis/TP/41397/16993
  • Positions:5
  • Salary:£36,282 - £40,146 per annum
  • Category:Occupational Therapy
  • Contract type:Permanent
  • Working hours:36 hours per week
  • Posted on:2 December 2022
  • Closing date:N/A
  • Directorate:Health,Wellbeing & ASC
  • Location:Surrey

About the role

As part of our greener future strategies and our commitment to creating a healthy work-life balance, we welcome a conversation with you regarding our remote working options. Remote working to us is a balance of spending time in our communities, our offices and working remotely from home or wherever works best.

We provide hybrid devices that allow staff to work in an agile way.

We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced qualified and registered Occupational Therapists for our new Discharge to Assess (D2A) roles within our Adult Social Care Locality Occupational Therapy teams in Surrey County Council.

Joining us, you will be part of a multi-skilled team which includes: social workers, occupational therapists and assistant social care practitioners. You will also work with colleagues across all sectors to arrange appropriate support in the community and will be managing a caseload of clients ensuring a high standard of Occupational Therapy provision.

Discharge to Assess is a pathway designed to rapidly discharge 95% of people from hospital once it is medically optimal and safe for them to return home. With this model, there is limited assessment of rehabilitation within the acute hospital setting. Once someone has returned home, detailed functional assessments are completed, and ongoing care and equipment needs are identified and organised. You will play a key role in facilitating the transition from hospital to a community setting, developing partnership working with healthcare providers and adult social care.

The newly created Occupational Therapy roles will sit within various locality Adult Social Care teams across Surrey. The role involves providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and treatment to inform further care planning for clients on this pathway within the 4–6-week timeframe.

This exciting new post is an opportunity for practitioners who may have worked in a healthcare setting to utilise their knowledge and skills of this sector whilst also developing their professional experience of working in adult social care. You will have the opportunity to put into practice the legislation underpinning, and further enhance your skills in, moving and handling risk assessments and intervention, equipment provision and rehabilitation with the aim of supporting and empowering our clients to live meaningful lives within the community. You may also be required to undertake safeguarding work and mental capacity assessments for those under your care.

We are looking for the following:

  • Ability to complete person centred and proportionate OT assessments
  • Familiarity with moving and handling equipment such as hoists and stand aids
  • Knowledge of medical conditions and the likely impact on the individual, carer and family
  • Continuing professional development. Applicants must have and maintain current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and adhere to the HCPC standards for conduct, performance and ethics.
  • A full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.

We have D2A teams based in the following towns: Esher, Guildford, Redhill and towns across North West Surrey and Surrey Heath.

For more information regarding the OT service and benefits of working for Surrey, please click here.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional information

Part time applicants may be considered.

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact details

For an informal discussion please contact ASC Workforce Team by e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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  • Updated: 05 Dec 2022