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Aiming to enable visually impaired people to enjoy the quality of life others take for granted.

Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment

Rehabilitation Officer
Organisation: Sight Service 
Salary: £25,000 pa 
Contract Type: Fixed term - 35 hours per week - The contract is initially for 6 months with a view to making it permanent from April 2021

How to apply

If you are interested in this role please Email your CV and a supporting statement, of no more than 1000 words, that highlights why you have the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful in this post.

Email: contactus@sightservice.co.uk   

(Please ensure you include the Job Title within the subject heading)

Closing date: 9:00 am Friday 25th September 2020

Location: You will be based in our GATESHEAD office

Rehabilitation Officer – Visual Impairment

As Rehabilitation Officer you will be joining our established rehabilitation service, which forms a vital part of our dynamic multi-disciplinary team whose focus is on enabling individuals with visual impairments to achieve optimum control of their lives through the process of rehabilitation. Holding a qualification in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment), you will be an enthusiastic, proactive individual who can build professional trusting relationships with service users, their carers and other organisations.

You will be responsible for assessing service users who are visually impaired and will provide Rehabilitation input by using an outcome focused approach including provision of low vision aids, rehabilitation training in mobility, orientation and daily living skills.

The role will also involve working closely with our team of community optometrists who support our low vision work and our enablement team, to ensure that specialist rehabilitation support is embedded across our provision.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:                    Rehabilitation Officer - Visual Impairment

Responsible to:          CEO

Responsible for:         None:

Location:                    Gateshead/South Tyneside

Salary:                        £25,000 per annum

Contract:                     35 hours per week. The contract is initially for 6 months with a view to making it permanent from April 2021

Function:

To provide a wide range of structured and holistic rehabilitation activity to visually impaired people to enable them to maintain, as much as possible, and grow their independence. To develop integrated Rehabilitation activities that complement our Enablement and Vision Support services. And to work with colleagues to ensure interventions are allocated to the right person at the right time – ensuring rehab resources are directed to the most complex cases. 

Main Tasks

  1. To provide a wide range of structured rehabilitation training and support programmes to visually impaired people to enable them to maintain or enhance their independence and confidence. This will include independent living skills training, orientation and mobility skills, communication skills and general safety awareness.
  2. To offer specialist advice, information and support to service users, carers and associated professionals.
  3. To liaise with and refer service users, as appropriate, to all relevant internal and external services and agencies.
  4. To participate in the ongoing development and delivery of the Living Well with Sight Loss programme.
  5. To develop visual impairment awareness training and deliver sighted guiding training to staff, carers and wider stakeholders and organisations.
  6. To maintain accurate monitoring records so that reports can be produced on individual service user progress for general recording purposes, presentation to service users, relevant professionals and /or other agencies.
  7. To develop programmes of support (care plans) and regularly review service user progress and adapt and amend programmes to meet individual needs.
  8. To accurately input relevant service user data into our management and monitoring systems e.g. Charity Log. To assist and participate in the evaluation and monitoring of the effectiveness of service provision.
  9. To keep up to date with developments in the field of vision rehabilitation and low vision and to undertake such training and attend professional events as deemed appropriate.
  10. To carry out other tasks that may be required from time to time as appropriate to grade and experience.

General

  1. Provide expert service user specific Visual Impairment advice to the rehabilitation team and the wider organisation.
  1. To represent the organisation effectively to external organisations and to participate as required in local, regional and national events.
  1. To work as an effective member of the Sight Service team, contributing to all aspects of development, innovation and engagement, as may reasonably be required taking account of the nature and scope of the duties of this position. The staff team is structured to enable team members to work cross functionally depending on experience and skillset even if their primary assignment is not to that area.
  1. To work cooperatively in conjunction with other Sight Service staff/departments to implement the organisation’s business plan.
  1. It is a requirement of all staff that they:
  • Work to support of the values of the charity.  These promote respect of service users recognising their skills and entitlement to choice, dignity and independence.
  • Work positively in support of the principles outlined in the organisation’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
  • Assist in maintaining a safe working environment by attending training in basic and specialist health and safety as necessary, both on appointment and as changes in duties and the law require and to follow the requirements of the Sight Service Health and Safety at Work policy and any local codes of safe working practices.
  • Comply with the requirement of the charity’s human resource policies and procedures.

Special Requirements

The post will involve often working without direct supervision, occasional lone working and some working out of normal office hours.

A willingness to work in an environment with Guide Dogs is essential. 

Rehabilitation work will be delivered in a variety of locations, including service users homes, places of work, local community etc. therefore a driving licence and/or access to a vehicle for work purposes and willingness to travel is required.

Sight Service has implemented robust measures to mitigate against Covid-19 contagion. The successful candidate will be required to adhere to our risk assessments, policies and procedures to ensure the safety of themselves, colleagues and clients.

An enhanced DBS Disclosure is required for this post.                 

PERSON SPECIFICATION – Rehabilitation Officer

EDUCATION

Essential (E) Desirable (D)

Assessment

Application

Interview

Task

Reference

Dip HE (visual impairment rehabilitation) or Cert in Rehabilitation    

E

X

 

 

 

Proficient use of the Microsoft Office suite of programmes

E

X

 

 

 

Knowledge of any database or CRM systems (e.g. Charity Log, SalesForce or others)

D

X

 

 

 

SKILLS

 

 

 

 

 

Must demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of all aspects of vision rehabilitation including orientation and mobility, independent living skills, low vision therapies, lighting and communication

E

X

X

X

 

Must demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of assistive and access technology and a willingness to keep up to date with developments in these areas

E

X

 

X

 

Ability to work with others to develop creative and innovative projects and solutions

E

 

 

X

X

Excellent project management skills

E

X

X

X

 

Excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage own workload, work independently, organise multiple tasks and achieve results without close supervision

E

X

X

 

X

Ability to contribute positively and proactively to a wider Team

E

 

 

X

X

A good understanding of the emotional issues individuals may be facing and the ability to provide or refer to appropriate support

E

 

X

 

X

Creativity and resourcefulness to help identify solutions to problems

E

X

 

X

 

EXPERIENCE

 

 

 

 

 

Proven experience in project development and management in a community-based setting

E

X

 

 

X

Developing individual rehab programmes

E

X

 

 

 

Lived experience of sight loss

D

X

 

 

 

Report writing and record keeping

E

X

 

 

X

Monitoring and reviewing individual progress

D

 

X

 

 

Knowledge of and commitment to;

  • Safeguarding
  • GDPR Data protection

E

 

X

 

 

ATTRIBUTES

 

 

 

 

 

To develop positive, professional relationships with internal and external contacts

E

X

 

 

X

Willingness to learn new software packages

E

 

X

 

 

Must possess high standard of integrity

E

 

X

 

 

A commitment to work in accordance with the principles of equality and diversity

E

 

X

 

 

A flexible approach and willingness to learn and develop

E

 

X