Share this Job

Visual Impairment Specialist OCC8073

Job Details:


Salary range: £29,909 - £36,153 per annum

Work location: Abbey House, Abingdon

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 31 May 2019

Advert Text:


The Sensory Impairment Team is an established dynamic multidisciplinary team with a diverse range of expertise in visual and hearing impairment. We are in integral part of Adult Social Care but work independently and cover the whole of Oxfordshire. The Visual Impairment Team is based in the South of Oxfordshire and we are looking to recruit a qualified Rehabilitation Worker who has the desire and the ability to work with adults and children with a visual impairment. You will be joining a friendly, highly motivated team committed to improving outcomes for people who have a visual impairment.


You will be working directly with adults and children and will be responsible for assessing, planning, providing, signposting and providing direct rehabilitation programmes to service users and where appropriate their carers. You will be required to work within Oxfordshire's County Council policies and safeguarding procedures.

As an excellent team player, you will be an effective communicator able to produce high quality written work. You will be able to demonstrate effective analysis, risk assessment and decision-making skills, be resilient and be able to work in a busy, sometimes stressful environment. You will be supported by your team and by our committed managers who provide high quality supervision and opportunities for professional development to ensure rehabilitation workers can meet the challenging needs of these roles.


Oxfordshire County Council’s ambition is for a county where local residents and businesses can flourish; where people can access the information and support they need; and where all services are efficient, joined up and value for money – a ‘Thriving Oxfordshire’. The Council delivers 80% of local government services in the county and works effectively with local partners to achieve our ambitions.  


Due to this post having access to vulnerable adults and/or children, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

Job Purpose:


  • Ensuring people with a visual impairment have the maximum choice, control and power over the services they receive to achieve the best possible quality of life and the equality of independent living wherever possible
  • To work within the Care Act guidance by providing specialist assessments and advice to visually impaired service users and carers. Enable them to manage practical tasks, through a problem solving approach and provision of specialist equipment and adaptations which meet their need and reduces risk. To support and empower them to liaise with other organisations and to provide advocacy support where identified
  • Arrange formal care arrangements when identified following the assessment process. Where complex care needs are identified the referral will need to be made to the appropriate locality team
  • This post holder is responsible for ensuring that all County Adult Protection Policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies
  • To provide rehabilitation training to visually impaired people in order to encourage maximum independence
  • To increase knowledge of the needs of this group within other agencies and the community
  • To undertake other work as appropriate within professional expertise and accreditation

Role Responsibilities:


1. To assess the needs of individual clients with particular reference to

            (i)         physical and sensory ability

            (ii)        psychological adjustment to visual impairments

            (iii)       motivation for rehabilitation

            (iv)       appropriate equipment

            (v)        benefits and entitlements

2. To work with the client/family/carers to develop skills in

            (i)         indoor and outdoor mobility

            (ii)        daily living

            (iii)       communication

            (iv)       use of leisure time

            (v)        use of residual vision

3. To work with client to identify needs and abilities, providing appropriate counselling or referring to other agencies if required.

4. To assist clients in group settings where required.

5. To work closely with other statutory and voluntary agencies and services providers regarding this client group.

6. To take part in the team duty system on a rota basis if required to do so.

7. To maintain records, prepare reports and contribute to the creation of systems and maintenance of an information base for use in service planning.

8. To keep up to date with developments in the Visual Impairment field and to develop personal and professional skills.

9. To work as a full member of a multidisciplinary team and attend meetings as required, including representing the team where appropriate.

10. To provide specialist knowledge and expertise, when consulted, to colleagues and managers within the service.

11. To adhere to all statutory and departmental procedures.

12. To participate in the Department’s staff supervision and appraisal systems.

13. To assist in supervision of students, support workers, volunteers or others as required.

14. To have an awareness of Oxfordshire policies which include eligibility and prioritising policies, user and carer involvement guidelines and complaints procedure.

15. Ensure records and information systems are kept accurately including the inputting and updating of information of  the Department’s computerised information systems (e.g. SWIFT).

16. Oxfordshire County Council is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy, which affirms that all staff should be afforded equality of treatment and opportunity in employment irrespective of sex, sexuality, age, marital status, ethnic origin or disability. All staff are required to observe this policy in their behaviour to other employees and service users.

Essential Role Requirements:


1. Educational achievements, Qualifications and Training

  • DipHE (Visual Impairment) or equivalent
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Evidence of consistent pattern of learning and development


2. Experience, Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Ability to undertake needs led assessments and reviews
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and independently
  • Wide range of experience including Social Services
  • Ability to work with clients, their families/carers, across all ages including children
  • Knowledge and applications of the making safeguarding personal principles
  • To have a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical and legislative framework which underpin Adult safeguarding and Vulnerable Adult work within Adult Social Care
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • Experience of working with health and other agencies to deliver better outcomes for individuals
  • Experience of liaising and working effectively with clients, their families/carers, other professionals and agencies to achieve the best outcomes for people
  • To demonstrate an ability to work within agreed targets including safeguarding timeframes
  • To demonstrate and champion evidence-based practice
  • To draw upon and promote professional values and ethics
  • To demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills
  • To demonstrate skills in record keeping and report writing in line with Departmental requirements and ensure that records are sufficiently robust to withstand legal challenge
  • Working knowledge of legislation and statutory guidance relevant to Adult Social Care 
  • Good IT competency including experience of electronic recording systems and the Microsoft office suit


3. Management of People and Personal Qualities

  • Ability to operate in a climate of change and to embrace new ways of thinking and working
  • Stays calm under pressure
  • Accepts and responds to constructive feedback
  • Highly organised with a solutions focused, logical and innovative approach to challenges
  • Is prepared to constructively challenge assumptions in decision making, seeking other people’s views and opinions
  • Considers the impact on others when making decisions
  • Is available and approachable and takes time to consult and communicate with sensitivity and understanding
  • Ability to positively and clearly communicate to a wide range of people
  • Actively supports and contributes to the flow of communication through the organisation
  • Prioritises clearly and appropriately
  • Effective and sensitive supervisory skills


4. Strategic Awareness

  • Awareness of and ability to articulate the broad organisational goals and outcomes


5. Equal Opportunities

  • Commitment to and understanding of the principles of Equal Opportunities for all in employment and the delivery of services 
  • Acknowledges, respects and responds to individual differences and diversity requirements


6. Special Requirements

  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Ability to travel to and access a variety of premises
  • Commitment to inter-agency working
  • Some flexibility in working arrangements/hours to meet operational requirements including responding to emergencies

Desirable Role Requirements:


1. Educational achievements, Qualifications and Training

  • Foundation degree in habilitation for visually impaired children


2. Experience, Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Experience of undertaking adult safeguarding investigations 


3. Strategic Awareness

  • Ability to identify whole system problems and propose solutions

Vetting Requirements:


This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Contact details for an informal discussion:


John Fearn-Webster, Sensory Impairment Team Manager on 07711 117411 - 01865 894948


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.

To stay up-to-date with the latest news and featured jobs from Oxfordshire County Council, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Job Segment: Rehabilitation, Social Media, Information Systems, Healthcare, Marketing, Technology, Part Time

Apply now »