About us

Luton Council is on a journey of improvement. So when you join our close-knit team, you’ll become part of our journey too. We care about giving our children a better future, so we’ve pledged that none of our children will live in poverty by 2040. It means that you’ll be part of something more than the nine to five. You’ll be part of something inspirational. With our support, you’ll achieve remarkable work and help our families and children to realise just how remarkable they are.

About the job

Salary: £35, 745 - £38,890 a year, plus £963 essential car allowance and £3500 market supplement

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

As a Children’s Senior Occupational Therapist at Luton, you’ll join a supportive learning culture. So you’ll be able to influence change, challenge others and share your expertise. You’ll deal with complex cases of vulnerable / at risk children with a disability. To promote, enable and support independence and development, and to maintain health and wellbeing for Children with disabilities to strength based and person centred approach to practice.
With your understanding of child development and family dynamics, you’ll be working with Children, their families, carers and associated professionals. Under the direction of the Team Manager, provide advice, guidance and assistance to team members and other professionals, to support best practise in professional Occupational Therapy services provided by the Team.

About you

You will be an experienced Occupational Therapist with strong communications skills. You will be able to build effective relationships with children and families, staff, public and other professionals.
You should have in-depth knowledge of current legislation, national guidelines, social care needs and best practice relevant to the post.  This may see you making informed judgements and high-risk decisions in challenging situations. No matter the case or task, you’ll always promote anti-discriminatory practice and empower others.
We do ask that you have a diploma or degree in Occupational Therapy and Health Professions Council registration.

Additional information

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:
Working in small teams, agile improvement framework, regular supervision, coaching and mentoring.
- Childcare vouchers, generous annual leave and pension, phone and laptop and a free car parking space or use of our electric cars if you travel here by train
- Career development opportunities and continued professional development
- A flexible relocation package up to £8,500
- A 50% discount on the Thameslink line from London St Pancras to Bedford and a loan is available to buy the season ticket
- Opportunity to buy up to an additional 20 days annual leave
Talk to us about flexible working options! We will be happy to consider different working patterns in line with the service’s requirements. During the current pandemic, we are all working from home and we provide a laptop and mobile phone. We stay in touch through a variety of online platforms.
Luton is a challenging yet unique environment that is bursting with opportunity. In this career enhancing role you will play a significant part in leading our Children’s Services to good or outstanding, leaving a lasting impact on the children of Luton.
Join us and help us “realise the remarkable” every day!

Application process

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.