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Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth present a unique opportunity to be part of a team who are working together to create a ground-breaking shared staffing structure across both boroughs.

We are looking for an experienced, qualified, Rehabilitation Officer Vision Impairment (ROVI) to join the Sensory Service based in the First Contact and Community Advice Team.

We pride ourselves on the excellent multi-disciplinary work and proactive support we provide to residents with Vision Loss, Hearing Loss or Dual Sensory Loss.

There are excellent road, train and bus links into London and outer London, Surrey and beyond. As a qualified ROVI key aspects of your role will include using a strength-based approach to undertaking assessments of individual and carers needs and risks in the community. This will involve working in partnership with key agencies to support with the aim of maximising independence, well being and choice.

The Rehabilitation Officer Vision Impairment plays an important role in the Sensory Service providing effective, accessible, customer-focussed support in relation to sensory loss. This involves providing accurate assessment, planning and providing rehabilitation support including daily living skills, mobility training, equipment provision, communication support and low vision assessments as well as providing good quality information and advice to people contacting via telephone, correspondence and in person.

ROVI’s support independence and informed choice by providing pertinent information and advice covering a range of topics including: care and support; prevention of needs; finances; health; and safeguarding.

ROVI’s deliver and evaluate professional rehabilitation interventions to people with vision loss or dual sensory loss to enhance their skills and confidence to maximise their independence.

You should have a good knowledge of relevant legislation and local authority responsibilities in the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. In addition, good communication, decision-making and time management skills are essential.

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include Compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need), and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as Performance Related Pay, membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  Monday 10th October 2022

Shortlisting Date: Thursday 13th October 2022

Interview Date: Tuesday 18th October 2022

For an informal discussion please contact Sandra Powell, Assistant Service Manager on Tel: 020 8831 6244 Mob: 07983 706202 or Email:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and

could be subject to change.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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