Senior Practitioner – Occupational Therapy

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Hackney is London’s most diverse and dynamic borough. Stretching from the edge of the City, to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including Shoreditch, it is an area of rapid economic growth, particularly in the tech, media, fashion and other creative industries. Hackney has more green space than any other inner London borough, some of the capital’s best schools, and first class transport connections, which combined with excellent local public services and a thriving arts, cultural and retail sector, are fast making it one of London’s most popular areas to live, work and visit. The challenge for Hackney is to make sure that the borough’s economic growth provides benefits for everyone who lives here, and to create opportunities that will transform the lives of local people.

We know that staff are key to our success and we are seeking people with ambition, creativity and commitment to our values to help us achieve the best for the people of Hackney.

In Hackney we’re committed to promoting independence for older people and people with disabilities. As part of our Occupational Therapy team, you’ll help to make that promise a reality. We recently achieved an outstanding report in our 2010 inspection.

As Senior Practitioner, you will be joining a highly successful established team, which is centrally based and directly supervised by the OT Service Manager. Based in the Hackney Service Centre, with its state-of-the-art facilities, you will supervise your designated team and will be responsible for planning and monitoring tasks that enables the successful delivery of the business objectives.

For this role, you will be required to have substantial community based work experience, including management and supervision experience. You will also be required to carry out complex OT assessments.

A UK state registered degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent is essential. An understanding of the issues relating to the delivery of OT services to disabled people within a diverse community setting and the range of solutions available to facilitate their independence is essential

If you are ready to meet the needs of our diverse inner-city community, we would like to hear from you.

At Hackney, we go that extra mile for our people;we offer a work environment which is stimulating, fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within a high profile organisation.If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please visit our website using the link below to apply.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 30th November 2014.

Interviews: W/c 15th December 2014.

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Indian startup funding up 261%

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SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is an investor in India’s Alibaba: SnapDeal.

What will be the next Alibaba?

Look to India — investors are.

In fact, venture capital funding to Indian startups is up 261% from 2013, totaling $3.86 billion to date, according to PrivCo.

“If you look at India’s growth and demographic, you can see that the next hot tech market after China is India,” said PrivCo senior analyst Matt Turlip.

As in China, Indian e-commerce is especially hot.

Flipkart Online Services — an Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Alibaba (BABA, Tech30)-like marketplace — received $1 billion in funding in July.

“That’s one of the best-funded startups in the world — not just in India,” said Turlip.

Related: India’s economy will get its “big bang”

Flipkart rival SnapDeal also captured $653 million in October, for a total of $1 billion just this year.

SoftBank, the Japanese VC firm that was an early investor in Alibaba, has been funneling money into the Indian marketplace. In the last couple months, it invested $800 million in SnapDeal and Olacabs (the Uber of India). It also took a 36.5% stake in ScoopWhoop (India’s Buzzfeed).

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Also actively investing are major VC firms Sequoia Capital (known for early-stage investments Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL, Tech30)) and Accel Partners (an early investor in Facebook (FB, Tech30)).

Investors and entrepreneurs are smart to capitalize on the Indian market.

“500 million people will be coming online over the next three to four years on inexpensive smartphones,” said Vivek Wadhwa, an Indian-American academic and entrepreneur. “This will create an Internet revolution that will make our dot-com boom seem lame.”

Related: The tech behind smart cities

These soon-to-be connected consumers are also young — making them an ideal e-commerce target.

By 2050, India is expected to be the most populated country with the largest economy, according to Pew. Half of its 1.25 billion residents are currently under the age of 25 — and by 2020, it’s set to become the world’s youngest country with an average age of 29.

Microsoft(MSFT, Tech30) has tuned into this. This month, the company announced plans to bring free Internet access to India with three data centers throughout the country. CEO Satya Nadella said the company sees a $2 trillion opportunity in the Indian market.

According to Sharad Sharma, an angel investor based in Bengaluru, India, the majority of India’s startup talent is coming from the country’s multinational RD centers like Google, HP (HPQ, Tech30) and Cisco (CSCO, Tech30).

As cloud-based solutions have grown, the need for these IT hubs has slowed. This has many Indian entrepreneurs leaving the corporate world and launching startups.

“Employees are starting to feel stagnation as parent companies slow down,” said Sharma. “Essentially, these employees are going from building global software products for [corporations] to building them for their own startups.”

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Development Officer Parking Services

A challenging role has become vacant in our Neighbourhood Services team and we are looking for a committed and enthusiastic person to join us.

Parking in Woking brings in revenue of above five million each year and the Council has ambitious plans to develop and expand its services.

This role of Development Officer will work to support the management and daily delivery of Woking’s parking services.

The ability to interact with fellow officers and members of the public is essential as is a strong understanding of customer services.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop new skills in a multitude of different areas as you’ll be getting stuck in and making a difference from day one! You will assist with the day to day functions of the team but also have the opportunity to review and develop the parking services department.

Ideally we are looking for someone who has the ability to multi task and take an innovative approach to problem solving. You should be confident and be able to communicate and develop rapport with stakeholders and all levels.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the post, please contact Gavin Manger Parking Manager on 01483 743022.

Interview date: 10 December 2014

Equal Opportunities


Woking Borough Council values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


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To apply please download the Application Pack and the Application Form at the end of this advert. If you are unable to download, please ring Woking Borough Council on 01483 743858.

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