West Berkshire Council

Meet our staff

People come to us from many different paths and their journey in the council can lead in many directions, including social work, occupational therapy, caring, reablement, finance, administration and management.

Hear from our staff about what their roles involve and how their careers are progressing, as well as finding out more about the area they work in. 

Reablement Team 

The reablement team support people as they return to independent living, often after an illness or injury. They visit people in their own homes and provide them with 'hands on' support, always working with the ethos of 'doing with' rather than 'doing for.'

Becky, Reablement 

Becky is one of our reablement officers. After working as a carer and discovering her heart lay with in working with the elderly, she joined West Berkshire's reablement team who support people to return to independent living, typically after a hospital stay or carer break-down.  

Becky finds it rewarding to see the difference that her work can make to individuals over the course of the six weeks she spends working with them. She talks about the focus of reablement being about getting people back to doing things for themselves so they can continue to be independent and the difference this makes to their lives.

Sophie, Reablement Officer and Apprentice Occupational Therapist 

Sophie has recently begun an apprenticeship as an Occupational Therapist whilst continuing to work as a Reablement Officer with West Berkshire Council. West Berkshire Council are supporting her to study, funding her course and allowing her time to study during the working week.

Sophie enjoys being challenged to find the best solution to resolve issues people she cares for are experiencing. She finds Rapid Response cases particularly rewarding. This is when the reablement team are called to be on hand within two hours to help support older people remain well at home and avoid hospital admissions.

Joint Care Provider Services

The Joint Care Provider Services Team work to make sure that patients leaving hospital return home safely and at the right time. The reablement service is part of this team. 

Justin, Assistant Team Manager, Joint Care Provider Services

Justin is a qualified Occupational Therapist who started at West Berkshire as a locum in 2015 and was keen to join on a permanent basis having to know the team. He enjoys the flexibility and fast pace of work in the Joint Provider Service team as they work to support people who are being discharged from hospital. 

He has appreciated the high quality of training available to him at West Berkshire and how this has helped him deepen his understanding of his role and strengthen his working practice.

Occupational Therapy

If you are a practical problem solver and want to make a difference in others' lives, Occupational Therapy could be for you.

Emma Occupational Therapist 

Whilst working in another role in Adult Social Care, Emma was struck by the impact occupational therapists were able to make on the lives of those they worked with. She was supported by the council to study and has now qualified with an Occupational Therapy degree. 

She enjoys managing her own case load and the independence she has while working for the council.

Ian, Occupational Therapist

 

Ian had a sports therapy background and joined the council as a Community Care Officer before training as an Occupational Therapist whilst continuing to work for the council. 

He talks about the different route that occupational therapists he works with have taken, with some joining directly form university whilst others have changed career.

Shared Lives 

Share your home and family life with an adult who needs support as a Shared Livers Carer

Mel, Shared Lives Carer

Mel talks about the Shared Lives Scheme where carers share their family lives with people they care for, providing either long term or respite care. 

She says being a shared lives carer is about embracing supporting others and tells us that it's key to have compassion and be flexible. She feels that everyone brings something different to the table and that's why it's so exciting to work in Shared Lives.

Social Work

If you care about people and are a great communicator, able to use your initiative, thorough and non-judgmental - social work could be for you.

Mia, Assistant Team Manager

   Mia joined the council as a Social Care Practitioner and was supported to train as a Social Worker before then being promoted to Assistant Team Manager. She continues to be supported to develop professionally.

She talks about how empowering she finds the focus of West Berkshire Council to support people to remain independent and how she feels West Berkshire is a supportive and positive place to work.

Social workers regularly work alongside the reablement team, occupational therapists and social care practitioners as well as healthcare workers.


 

 

 

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