Workforce Development Lead - Occupational Therapy (Ref.3384)

  • Multiple Locations
  • Part Time
  • £38,553 - £42,614 per annum pro rata (pending the 2022/23 pay award)

Do you have a passion for supporting and developing professional practice in Adult Social Care?


We are looking for an innovative, highly motivated Occupational Therapist with strong communication, organisational and leadership skills to be part of our Workforce Development Team, within Adult Social Care and Health at Devon County Council.


You will be driving and supporting the delivery of our learning and development offer in Adult Social Care for the adult social care workforce including students, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists.


We have the following role available:

  • Workforce Development Lead (Occupational Therapy) – Permanent, 30 hours per week

This is a NEW and exciting role within our newly configured workforce development team. You will have a key role in optimising quality of service delivery, ensuring that our learning and development offer aligns with our organisational values and behaviours; national strategy/policy/best practice; is responsive to the learning and development needs of our workforce; based on what matters to people, as well as the professional standards for Social Work and Occupational Therapy. You will be working in collaboration with an existing Social Work Workforce Development lead and a wider workforce development and recruitment team.


This will include:

  • Line management responsibility of one Workforce Development Officers
  • Co-ordinating and leading on student and newly qualified professional programs
  • Co-designing, delivering and leading where applicable, the workforce development strategy, including delivering/maintaining a training needs analysis and procuring/commissioning a core learning package for existing staff.
  • Leading on specific projects within the team such as moving and handling, developing a preceptorship program, career pathways, quality improvement etc relevant to the service need at the time.
  • Developing strategies and plans relating to supervision and Practice Educator training and support


Who are we looking for?


We are looking for one individual who has experience in delivering practical workforce development solutions and supporting professionals, students and practice educators in their relevant profession. They also need to demonstrate our organisational values and professional values (OT). You will also need to have:

  • Outstanding prioritisation skills and able to work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly the ability to manage demanding and challenging discussions sensitively and effectively, and the ability to write concise and clear documents.
  • Experience in learning & development, including identifying workforce development needs, developing and implementing workforce development plans, evaluating impact and measuring effectiveness.
  • A suitable professional qualification in Occupational Therapy.
  • Experience of supporting students and practice educators in Occupational Therapy.
  • An inclusive people-orientated approach and to be enthusiastic and positive about helping others develop to achieve their potential.


What we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to work with a progressive and forward-thinking team
  • Professional supervision
  • We are committed to your continuous professional development, doing all we can to help you to get the most from your career. You will receive excellent support and supervision, with regular opportunities to discuss and reflect on your practice, both with your line manager and peers.
  • We offer 25 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, rising incrementally to 30 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Flexible working opportunities are available, these include part-time hours, flexitime, compressed working hours and homeworking (this is subject to the needs of the role – please discuss at further at interview)
  • Offer an opportunity to enter a generous Local Government Pension Scheme
  • As a place to live and work, Devon is hard to beat with top-performing schools, universities, vibrant cities, pretty villages and some of the most scenic coast and countryside in the UK. Living and working in Devon has never been more attractive.
  • We believe that a positive working environment that allows employees to thrive and achieve is only possible if our staff feel supported. We have a dedicated wellbeing coordinator in adult social care.


If you have the skills and qualities required for this role and are looking to make a difference in supporting a fast-paced front-line service to bring real benefits to your community, we would be keen to hear from you.


For an informal discussion please contact Vicki Baker on or 01392 383000

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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Council
  • Work LocationExeterDevon
  • Work Postcode

    EX2 4QD

  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupSocial Care & Health

  • Salary Details

    £38,553 - £42,614 per annum pro rata (pending the 2022/23 pay award)

  • Job TermPermanent
  • Appointment TypePart Time
  • Hours

    30 Hours Per Week

  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required