Kathryn has enjoyed her time with Cheshire West and Chester Council since joining the Occupational Therapy team last year, helping people with daily tasks to become more independent and live their lives to the full.
Occupational therapy can help you with practical tasks if you:
are physically disabled
are recovering from an illness or operation
have learning disabilities
have mental health problems
are getting older.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and can look at all aspects of daily life in your home, school or workplace.
After working as an Occupational Therapist for the past 13 years at councils across the UK, Kathryn joined Cheshire West and Chester Council to support people in the local area.
Kathryn said: “I really enjoy working here as the team is very supportive and there’s a great structure so there’s a lot of career and development opportunities.
“For me, it’s a really great council to be with.
“I’d encourage people to start a career with the Council because, when I was newly qualified, I had a wide range of opportunities to develop my skills as an Occupational Therapist.
“Whether you’re newly qualified or looking to start an apprenticeship, I’d recommend people look at a career with the Council.”
Like many other careers in Adult Social Care, occupational therapy brings a lot of rewards with it.
Kathryn added: “The best part of the role is meeting a lot of different people as every day is different with the different cases you get.
“We’ve got the opportunity to work with both adults and children and we can make a difference to their lives by promoting their independence, safety and wellbeing.
“No day is the same as you’re learning all the time and you certainly don’t get to a stage where you know everything.
“It can be helping people with moving and handling one day and adaptations the next day so it’s really varied.”
The Council’s Adult Social Care teams have plenty of opportunities to progress your career, offering a range of benefits.
Competitive pay for the Adult Social Care sector
Excellent pension scheme with 22 per cent employer contributions – compared to the typical three per cent
Generous holiday allowance of 26 days (pro rata), increasing to 31 days after five years of service
Reward and salary sacrifice schemes
Ongoing training and development opportunities
The Council’s recruitment website highlights the range of Adult Social Care career opportunities available in west Cheshire.