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Obair Associates Vacancy

Occupational Therapist

Location

London and South East England


Job overview

We have excellent opportunities for an experienced HCPC registered Occupational Therapist to join the Obair team. Part of the Proclaim Group, we are an award-winning, national provider of occupational therapy and vocational rehabilitation solutions for individuals with injuries, disabilities and health conditions. This is a flexible working, home-based role that involves regional travel. It is suitable for a candidate based in London or South East England (Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire & Essex).


Location/s

London & South East England


Hours

35 hours per week (part-time roles also considered – no less than 28 hours)


About us

Proclaim Group deliver market leading case management, occupational therapy and vocational services and are widely recognised not just as experts in our field, but as a caring company that puts the interests and wellbeing of our clients, staff and customers at the heart of everything we do.

Obair is well recognised for our expertise in delivering evidence-based occupational therapy and vocational evaluation and intervention services, aimed at addressing the barriers to participation in activities of daily living and employability.

Our company values are to Excel, Inspire and Achieve with Integrity. We are proud to live by these values in everything we do. They guide our decision-making, service delivery and interpersonal interactions with staff, suppliers and customers alike.

We are passionate about quality and are proud to invest in our people; enabling them to thrive and develop in their roles. We are passionate about training and development and invest heavily in providing staff with opportunities to upskill and deliver the best possible services to our clients.

At Proclaim Group, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work. In a recent survey, our staff rated us at an average 80% in the areas of internal communication, fostering a sharing culture, inspiring staff to do their best work, and providing support and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

We also care about the environment and have committed to achieving ISO14001 accreditation.


About you

Are you interested in delivering occupational therapy services aimed at improving an individual’s physical, psychological and/or cognitive function?  Are you interested in maximising the functional capacity, well-being, and employability of individuals who – due to injury, health condition and/or disability – are struggling to participate in everyday activity and/or work? If so, we want to hear from you!

We are looking for HCPC registered Occupational Therapists with proven skills in evaluation and rehabilitation, who are interested in enhancing their existing skills in occupational therapy and developing new skills in vocational rehabilitation and rehabilitation case management.

You will join a dynamic team of highly skilled therapists, work on a variety of service provisions and have the opportunity of upskilling through our training programmes. You will need to be innovative, flexible, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team and align with our company values. Whilst based from home, you will be required to travel regularly within the region to meet with clients.

The role

This is an exciting opportunity to utilise your clinical skills and experience in a commercial environment to help our clients reach their clinical and vocational rehabilitation goals.

We are looking for individuals who:

  • Have skills in the objective evaluation and provision of rehabilitation intervention to individuals with limitation in their physical, mental, intellectual and/or cognitive function for everyday activity and work.
  • Are able to critically evaluate evidence gathered during evaluations and from other sources and service providers, and use sound clinical reasoning to derive solutions that support an action plan and recommendations.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Are interested in developing existing skills, learning new skills, accessing training, and excellent CPD opportunities.

Our Occupational Therapists work from home but are required to travel regularly to meet with clients. Virtual team meetings are held on a fortnightly basis and team members attend regular training events.


The benefits

Employee benefits on offer include:

  • Excellent remuneration package, including a competitive salary, pension scheme and company credit card.

  • 32 days annual leave (including bank holidays).

  • The ability to work from home.

  • We are a flexible working employer with the ability to formalise suitable working hours, whilst meeting the responsibility of the role.

  • Generous wellbeing initiatives and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

  • Excellent training and development opportunities:
    • A comprehensive company induction as well as extensive training and support, as required.
    • Training and support to conduct specialist vocational assessments such as functional capacity, ergonomic and workplace assessments.
    • Access to industry-leading CPD accredited training packages designed by the Proclaim Training Academy.
    • An exciting annual ‘Training & Events Calendar’, featuring free in-person and virtual webinars, workshops, study days, company conferences, charity social events and team hub days.
    • Attendance at external CPD events paid for by the company.

  • Access to high quality, proactive support, mentoring and formal clinical supervision.

  • Involvement in projects and initiatives within Proclaim Care and the broader Proclaim Group, including:
    • Voluntary involvement in our various company forums, e.g. Wellbeing Forum and Green/Environmental Forum. Involvement in these forums offers employees the ability to influence and drive positive changes within these priority areas.
    • Training and support to develop skills in rehabilitation case management through Proclaim Care.

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    • By submitting this form, you confirm that the information provided is complete and correct and that any untrue or misleading information will give Proclaim Group the right to terminate any employment contract offered. You also agree that any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, checks and a probationary period.

    • Job Applicant Privacy Notice

    • As part of any recruitment process, the organisation collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The organisation is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations. Please see our Job Applicant Privacy Notice below.

    Why Join Proclaim Group?

    Whether you are part of the support team, a Rehabilitation Manager or work in IT you are a crucial part of our business. Working for Proclaim Group is an exciting and inspiring experience and we are committed to supporting the growth of all our staff. Our Academy of Rehabilitation and Vocational Expertise delivers a learning culture to enable career progression.

    Our reputation as a multi award-winning independent business is due to the skills and expertise of our staff. Their commitment has made us one of the foremost provider of Rehabilitation, Vocational and Occupational Therapy Services in the UK.


    Job Applicant Privacy Notice

    Data controller: Obair Associates Limited (“Obair”, “Company”, “we”, and “our”)

    Data protection officer (“DPO”): Thorntons Law LLP, dataprotection@proclaim-group.co.uk

    This privacy notice applies to our applicants. As part of any recruitment process, Obair collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. Obair is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.


    What Information Does Obair Collect?

    Obair collects a range of information about you. This includes:

    • Your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
    • Details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history;
    • Information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements;
    • Whether or not you have health, religious or other needs for which Obair needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process;
    • Information about your entitlement to work in the UK;
    • References;
    • Information on business car insurance where applicable;
    • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence;
    • A record of your progress through any hiring process that we may conduct;
    • Any information you provide to us during the recruitment process and/or the interview;

    Obair may collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment.

    Obair may also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as Job Advertising Specialists, references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers, Experian for checks in relation to finance, and information from criminal records checks (in England this would be from the Disclosure and Barring Service and in Scotland this would be from Disclosure Scotland). Obair will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so.

    Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, internal shared data network and on other IT systems (including email). All information will be held in the UK.


    Why Does Obair Process Personal Data?

    We will use the personal information we collect about you to:

    • Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role you have applied for or for other roles.
    • To enhance any information that we receive from you with information obtained from third party data providers.
    • To verify your identity and carry out background and reference checks, where applicable.
    • To verify that candidates are suitable. 
    • Communicate with you about the recruitment process.
    • Keep records related to our hiring processes.
    • Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.

    Obair needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into an employment contract with you. It may also need to process your data to enter into an employment contract with you.

    In some cases, Obair needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant’s eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.

    Obair has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows Obair to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate’s suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. Obair may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.

    Obair may process information about whether or not applicants are disabled or have other requirements to make reasonable adjustments for candidates. This is to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.

    Obair will not use your data for any purpose other than for the recruitment exercise for which you have applied or as otherwise explained in this privacy notice.


    If You Fail to Provide Personal Information

    If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully. For example, if we require a background check or references for this role and you fail to provide us with relevant details, we will not be able to take your application further.


    How We Use Particularly Sensitive Personal Information

    We will use information about your disability or religious status to consider whether we need to provide appropriate adjustments during the recruitment process, for example whether adjustments need to be made to the interview.

    Where the information we process is special category data, for example your health data, the additional bases for processing that we rely on are: 

    • In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent.
    • Where it is necessary for the purposes of carrying out our obligations and exercising our rights in employment and the safeguarding of your fundamental rights.

    Less commonly, we may process this type of information where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.

    In addition, we rely on processing conditions at Schedule 1, Part 1, paragraph 1(1)(a) of the Data Protection Act 2018. These relate to the processing of special category data for employment purposes. We do so in accordance with our Appropriate Policy Document.


    Information About Criminal Convictions

    We will collect information about your criminal convictions history if we would like to offer you the role (conditional on checks and any other conditions, such as references, being satisfactory). We are entitled to carry out a criminal records check in order to satisfy ourselves that there is nothing in your criminal convictions history that makes you unsuitable for the role. In particular, Obair as a business works with vulnerable people and so we would require to obtain a disclosure of your criminal records history.

    We are allowed to use your personal data in this way because it is necessary for legitimate interests pursued by us and it:

    • Is necessary for the purposes of performing or exercising obligations or rights which are imposed or conferred by law on the controller or the data subject in connection with employment, social security, or social protection. (Paragraph 1(1)(a), Schedule 1, DPA 2018.)
    • Meets one of the substantial public interest conditions set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the DPA 2018 (such as protecting vulnerable groups). (Paragraph 18(1), Schedule 1, DPA 2018.)

    We have in place an Appropriate Policy Document and safeguards which we are required by law to maintain when processing such data.


    Who Has Access to Data?

    Your information may be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the HR and recruitment team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.

    Obair will not share your data with third parties, except for limited information with any recruitment agency representing you and/or unless your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment. Obair will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you, employment background check providers to obtain necessary background checks and the Disclosure and Barring Service or Disclosure Scotland to obtain necessary criminal records checks.


    When Might You Share My Personal Information With Other Entities in the Group?

    We will share your personal information with our parent company, Proclaim Care Limited if necessary as part of our regular reporting activities on company performance and shared HR function or in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise. 


    How Does Obair Protect Data?

    Obair takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.


    For How Long Does Obair Keep Data?

    If your application for employment is unsuccessful, Obair will hold your data on file for six months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. At the end of that period, your data is deleted or destroyed.

    If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment. The periods for which your data will be held will be provided to you in a new employee privacy notice.


    Your Rights Over Your Data

    It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your working relationship with us.

    Should you need to contact us in respect of your personal rights, please contact the Data Protection Officer.

    Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

    • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
    • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
    • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
    • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. 
    • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
    • Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.

    You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

    We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

    In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact helpis@weareobair.com. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.  Any withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of our processing up to the point of withdrawal.

    We reserve the right to update this Privacy Notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new Privacy Notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.

    If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact:

    Data Protection Officer 
    Email: dataprotection@proclaim-group.co.uk

    You also have the right to refer any concerns you may have regarding Obair Care Limited’s use of your information to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
    ICO information can be found by visiting the ICO’s website at: www.ico.org.uk.