Regional AHP Workforce and Recruitment Project Lead (Ref.2892)

  • Exeter
  • Full Time
  • £38,553 - £42,614 per annum

We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join Devon County Council to lead on a workforce project focussed on growing and retaining the occupational therapy workforce in Adult Social Care.

This new role is funded by Health Education England and will cover Devon County Council and Somerset County Council for one year.

We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join us at Devon County Council, where we can offer a full-time opportunity which will develop your skillset as a project manager alongside enhancing your knowledge and experience of  workforce issues and system wide working.

About the role

Occupational Therapists play a key role in enabling people to overcome barriers preventing them from doing activities that are important to them, promoting independence and a sense of identity.

This is a short term externally funded post, funded by Health Education England for one year. Devon County Council and Somerset County Council are exploring improving investment in the existing workforce and scoping new ideas to enhance the workforce of the future in Adult Social Care.

This project will support the creation of systems wide sustainable workforce for both counties. We aim to create capacity to work collaboratively across the two organisations to:

  • Establish a structured career promotion campaign, offering shadowing opportunities across both local authorities
  • Support the development of a new preceptorship policy and programme to support newly qualified OTs, those new to the organisations and returners to practice
  • Build on existing work to progress a sustainable work experience offer in partnership with education providers
  • Design a programme to enhance practice educator training which will create expert educators through the development of confidence, competence, and leadership skills
  • Scope and explore the benefits of introducing physiotherapy roles in Adult Social Care.
  • Explore the potential of an integrated Occupational Therapy Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role, enabling innovative solutions to improve outcomes across the local populations.
  • Share the learning from these outcomes both nationally and across the Southwest, feeding into the AHP Southwest forum and Principal Occupational Therapy Network


There are national drivers for increasing numbers of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) considering the impact and need related to Covid-19. Occupational Therapists have a key role in the rehabilitation, maintenance, and promotion of independence for people impacted by the pandemic. Currently there is a national shortage Occupational Therapists nationally, so there is a need to ensure a focus on investment in the workforce to support retention whilst also capturing interest in the profession through a variety of routes.

This role will see you developing key strategies to address existing and new opportunities to promote, invest in and innovate the Occupational Therapy workforce in adult social care.

You will work collaboratively across the two Counties and across the Southwest region to strengthen the Occupational Therapy profession through collaboration and shared learning.

About you

We are looking for an experienced Occupational Therapist with a passion for seeking innovative solutions and for leading change to join our workforce development team in this unique and exciting role. 

You will provide a person-centred approach and have experience as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings. You will have experience of leading and managing workforce related issues and have the project management skills needed to lead and drive this work independently to achieve the outcomes of the project. You will be responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of this work within the wider workforce agenda.

We actively encourage you to suggest positive ideas to improve the service and support you to develop good time management and organisational skills to help you to manage your work/life balance.

The role may require travelling significant distances, in a rural environment where public transport may not be available across Devon and Somerset. Our posts all carry an essential car user role, and you will need to hold a current full driving licence and have access to a vehicle.

  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 
  • DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. 
  • The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity webpages
  • This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English. 
  • Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice
  • Happy to Talk Flexible Working
  • For more information about Working for Devon please visit our Working for Devon page


This role requires a DBS disclosure.

If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact Vicki Baker - Workforce Development Service Manager on 01392 383000 or 

Please note Devon County Council is not currently offering VISA sponsorship for this role. We will only consider applicants with valid Right to Work in the

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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Council
  • Work LocationExeter
  • Work Postcode

    EX2 4QD

  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupSocial Care & Health

  • Salary Details

    £38,553 - £42,614 per annum

  • Job TermFixed
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
  • Hours


  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required