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Vision Rehab Worker (VRW)

Posted: 11 Jun 2021 Closes: 25 Jun 2021
Not Specified £27,000 per annum + Benefits
Permanent & Full-time SAB_1219

Vision Rehab Worker

Salary: £27,000 per annum, Plus benefits

Location:Organisation wide

Hours: Full time- 37.5 hours per week

We are looking for a Vision Rehabiliation Worker to join our Specialist services team working with people with Learning disabilities, autism and complex suport needs many of whom have sight loss. You will work across many residential and support living environments to provide assessment, rehabilitation and habilitation intervention to increase independence, choice and control for the people we support. The successful candidate will be creative, brave, and passionate and do what is right in keeping with the organisations key values.

The factual bit

Our organisation is fast-paced, innovative, bold and fun and it's our people that make the difference. We provide highly specialist support for people with learning disabilities and autism, many of whom have sight loss.

We don't underestimate people. SeeAbility's approach is responsive and truly person focused, enabling extraordinary progress towards positive outcomes. The people we support can live more independently as active participants in our communities, and make more choices about what they want from life every day.

Our multi-disciplinary team of specialist clinicians offers life-changing support to people with autism, learning disabilities, sight loss and multiple disabilities. By delivering and supporting external vision rehabilitation and positive behaviour support you will enable people to grow in confidence, manage their health and wellbeing, and lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

You will also have the opportunity to shape, protect and nurture our culture, adopting a 'do what's never been done' approach.

Our Culture

The most important thing to us is making a difference to the people we support. Breaking down barriers and obstacles in a way that enables them to lead an active life with extraordinary experiences each and every day from climbing high ropes, to sky diving, to having access to employment.

About you

To be effective in the role you will have excellent relationship building and networking skills as you will be the face of clinical and specialist services. Your area of specialism will be in vision rehabilitation as at least 80% of the people we support have a visual impairment. You will also support and guide on positive behaviour and giving guidance to support teams.

You will provide assessment, diagnosis, therapy, training/coaching and advice to staff to enhance the quality of life for people with multiple disabilities and sight loss. You will need to create great working relationships with community services to ensure the people we support are getting the right interventions. Positivity and passion for making a difference are a must!

You will work closely with teams in our homes, the behaviour consultants and the local community teams to get extraordinary outcomes for the people we support. To achieve this you won't be afraid to roll your sleeves up and work alongside clinical teams and our support teams. You will offer advice and support and become a critical friend to our homes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • To manage own case load in relation to vision rehabilitation
  • To work closely with the Lead vision Rehabilitation, Head of service, the Speech and Language Therapist's, behaviour consultants and NHS services to provide a holistic model of support.
  • To play an active role in providing the rehabilitative/habilitative needs of those living within SeeAbility services.
  • To work closely with the Service Managers to develop the rehabilitative/habilitative approach to be delivered by teams in our homes.
  • Develop effective working relationships with families, carers, and a circle of support to ensure best outcomes for people we support.
  • To provide information and advice to staff members regarding the rehabilitation/habilitation requirements of people we support, including attendance at team meetings as agreed.
  • To work closely with the local services and build relationships so we have a full and well-rounded approach to specialist and clinical services. Supporting managers to tap into the right service and the right time.
  • To assess, in collaboration with other staff, the rehabilitation and support needs of people we support, including a specialist functional vision assessment.
  • To assist and provide information, training or support with regards to an individual attending ophthalmic appointments.
  • To ensure that an individual's person centred support plan and programme adequately reflect their requirements.
  • To monitor and evaluate the rehabilitation/habilitation elements of the service provided to individuals.
  • To attend / provide information to multi-disciplinary meetings, reviews and case conferences, to advice on and advocate for, the developmental needs of people we support, including the sensitive understanding of the implications for individuals with visual loss.
  • To maintain confidential records in line with SeeAbility's recording policy, prepare reports and undertake administrative tasks, which meet professional standards. To ensure all reports are managed in line with SeeAbility's service review policy.
  • To devise, implement and deliver packages of training to enable staff to carry out their duties in a rehabilitative/habilitative manner, with commensurate understanding of the needs and abilities of individuals with visual impairment and multiple disabilities.
  • To use initiative in problem solving, identifying new approaches to maximise individual potential. To assist in maintaining a safe working environment and to follow the requirements of SeeAbility's Health and Safety Manual (policies and procedures) and any local codes of set working practices.
  • To undertake periodical reviews of the environment to ensure it remains appropriate for the needs of the people we support
  • To maintain and demonstrate a high level of professional knowledge of philosophy; practice; relevant documents; research findings and visual impairment aids/adaptations.
  • Have a good understanding of Positive behaviour support to give advice and guide homes and to know when to call on specialist support.
A diploma in rehabilitation studies visual impairment or equivalent and 2 years' experience is required. Experience of working with those with learning disabilities is preferred and a full valid driving licence.

Our Benefits

What are the Benefits?
  • Discounts platform 'The Hive' for permanent staff, including gift cards, discount codes and other benefits
  • Pension scheme
  • Long Service, Employee of the Month and Annual Staff Awards
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for help with financial, physical and mental wellbeing
  • Paid enhanced DBS
  • E-learning/Classroom training/Diplomas
  • Regular one to one supervision
  • Refer a friend bonus scheme - £600
  • 28 days annual leave increasing with length of service
  • Flexible working
  • Life assurance

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