Recruiting: Play Resource Officer (PRO) Intern – Occupational Therapy Graduate (Glasgow Caledonian University)


A full-time, qualified (registered/registering) Occupational Therapist to work collaboratively with our Occupational Therapy and Leadership teams to develop key resources for our innovative, specialist health and wellbeing service as we move into a ‘new normal’.

Employer: bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy CIC
Position title: Play Resource Officer (PRO) – Occupational Therapy (OT) Graduate Internship
Position Ref: GCU-OT-INTERN
Industry sector: Health & Social Care
Type of business: CIC – Community Interest Company (social enterprise)
Application close: 11 Jan 2021
Commences: Monday 22nd February 2021

As an intern Occupational Therapist, you will be responsible for developing a ‘new’ area of the business, with support from the Occupational Therapy Lead & Leadership team. This role has been designed to enhance our newly established “Therapy at Home” service; set up in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This will also complement other projects and services that have been delivered by the Occupational Therapy team at bOunceT since the virus outbreak (e.g. Inclusive & Meaningful Play for Wellbeing, and Weekend Wellbeing – see our blogs for more information).

You will be responsible for the creation of accessible and disability-friendly play resources (online and hard-copy) that the occupational therapy team (staff and students) will use during interventions with families. In addition, you will be expected to manage a small caseload of children and adults with disabilities. It is expected your main intervention will be to deliver ‘therapy at home’ with your caseload – following both an educational approach & an occupational performance coaching (OPC) approach within your practice. In addition, you will support the Occupational Therapy Lead with ensuring all individuals accessing bOunceT – and those families on the waiting list – follow the organisations service pathway. Furthermore, as and when required you will be expected to deliver therapeutic play sessions with families who access bOunceT.

This will undoubtedly influence how you develop play resources as you will learn from primary feedback what is meaningful to families, and/or what else will meet their needs.

In summary, your main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•            Develop and publish an Occupational Therapy process / pathway specific to the PRO project.

•            Be responsible for conducting initial assessments (and relevant follow up interventions ) with individuals with disabilities, and their families/carers (primarily online via MS Teams). You will take initiative to follow the occupational therapy process and organisations service pathway independently with your small caseload.

•            Contribute to, and sometimes take ownership to publish, individuals progress reports. Prepare to present this information at review meetings with multidisciplinary team, if required.

•            Be responsible for independently managing your caseload securely, whilst meeting project management timelines and outcomes.

•            Ensure all relevant parties involved in the care of the individuals within your caseload are regularly updated on changes and progress of the interventions delivered by you (and the rest of the occupational therapy team if they are involved).

•            Actively contribute to effective team working across the organisation – e.g. attending staff team meetings, leadership team meetings & monthly Board of Director meetings with senior management.

•            Identify personal learning needs – continue to develop skills required by the service and the job within PDP (personal development plan).

•            Complete mandatory training and training updates, as required.

It is essential you have minimum 1 years’ experience working with children or adults with additional support needs and/or disabilities (in any health or social care capacity). A positive attitude is mandatory. To be successful in this role we believe you enjoy working independently, managing several responsibilities at once. You can plan, prioritise, and execute tasks based on current needs and conditions of the organisation. As a person you are also a great team player who can ‘juggle different things at once’ or ‘spin different plates at the same time’.

We also believe that you will have:

•            Excellent writing skills.

•            Strong creativity and planning skills with great attention to detail.

•            Be flexible and willing to adapt to the needs of the business.

•            Excellent reliability and timekeeping.

•            Ability to take initiative where appropriate – both in your project management and caseload management.

We can offer you:

•            Flexible working hours (between Mon-Fri).

•            Remote working opportunities. We can supply you with appropriate work from home equipment.

•            The opportunity to be part of a small but fast growing, multi-award winning Scottish social enterprise.

•            Competitive pay based on experience.

•            Pension contributions (opt-in).

•            Occupational Therapy specific CPD and shadowing opportunities with other registered occupational therapists in the service.

•            Regular supervision with the Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Lead

•            The opportunity to work with BSc (Hons) & MSc (Pre-Reg) Occupational Therapy students.

Work remotely:

•            Yes.

•            City centre office location – easy access to train and bus stations if you are using public transport.

•            On-site parking (when/if you work at our office in Stirling).

Application procedures

How to apply:

• Please email your Cover Letter & answers to the following questions to

  1. What is your understanding of play and the importance of this?

2. How do we use play at bOunceT?

3. What do you think play would look like for a 17 year old with autism?

Application close: 11 Jan 2021

Commences: Monday 22nd February 2021

Contract Type: Temporary

Contract Hours: Full Time (37.5 hours per week)

Remuneration/ Pay rate: £5,500

Supervisor contact name: Callum MacKinnon (Founder & Occupational Therapy Lead)
Contact email address:
Contact telephone number: 07415323683

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