Our staff are our most important asset. A well-supported and happy workforce, paid a living wage, is an effective workforce.
We regularly ask staff to give us their feedback. The yearly staff satisfaction survey is an opportunity to tell us what they think so we can continue to improve. We also run a quarterly Staff Consultative Forum where staff voice their opinions, make suggestions about improving practice, and receive information about what matters to them.
We have a variety of benefits which we hope will help staff feel valued and part of the Optalis family.
- A monthly STAR awards reward scheme recognises staff who have gone the extra mile
- A £25 voucher is awarded by managers to staff who have worked above and beyond
- Staff are eligible to sign up to a Scottish Widows pension scheme
- Our benefits programme through Kaarp offers loads of discounts throughout the year - there is a regular round up of discounts such as reductions on the prices of new cars, holidays and days out which you can read here
- We're a Mindful Employer which means we are serious about increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and providing support for our staff
- Childcare benefits – if you are paying for childcare now or you will be in the future, we have a Childcare Voucher Scheme.
- Discounted gym membership
Find out more about working with us in our 2 minute video below...
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ALISTAIR APPLEBY - ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PRACTITIONER
"My job as the Assistive Technology Practitioner is to think about how technology can be used to keep the people in the community of Wokingham safe and independent. So I focus on assistive technology (AT) relating to social care.
AT can be any gadget, app or equipment that enable people in the community to carry out everyday tasks:
- More safely, more easily and more independently;
- Which they couldn’t otherwise have done;
- Which enhance their quality of life and/or well-being.
However, although technology is vital, what is even more important is thinking about people and meeting their needs. I therefore collaborate with a whole team of professionals, including social workers, occupational therapists and brokers to provide support.
The first step is the assessment process. At this stage, it’s about finding out what the person’s circumstances are. What has happened and how is this affecting you? What are the issues affecting your ability to be safe or live independently? Plus consider eligibility under the Care Act and how support will be funded.
The next step is working out the solution - What technology is out there that can support the person to be more independent or keep them safe? I believe that every person is unique, therefore the solution should be bespoke and meet their specific needs. Working out the best option often requires a mix of logical and creative thinking.
After the equipment is provided, I then need to review the technology to make sure it is working properly.
Sometimes the solution doesn’t quite work out as planned. Then I see if I can find another way of supporting the person.The AT also needs to be reviewed six months or a year later to make sure that it is still working well for the person
Providing AT is a dynamic process which has the person at the centre. Receiving bespoke technology that meets their needs to be safe and independent in the community."