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Qualified Habilitation Specialist

Vacancy Details

Salary: £31,577 to £36,605 per annum
Location: London
Region: South East
Job Type:
Category: Permanent- Full Time
Closing Date: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 06/08/2020
Reference: 0000034744


Qualified Habilitation Specialist
Location: London supporting all boroughs with some flexibility to support locations across the South East Region on occasion
Starting Salary: £27,472 to £32,500 per annum depending on experience (+ £4,105 London weighting) (+ benefits)
Current Salary Progression: Up to £38,123 per annum (+ £4,105 London weighting) depending on development within the role
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: 35 hours per week
Benefits: Additional 3% of annual salary to spend on a selection of flexible benefits or receive a proportion as cashback.

Changing the lives of visually impaired children and young people as a Habilitation Specialist, who will support children and young people to develop mobility, orientation, independent living skills as well and building confidence.

The role
As a Habilitation Specialist, you will help children and young people with a visual impairment by delivering person-centred specialist mobility and independence services. 

Within this role, you will assess individual needs and capabilities to plan, implement and review training programmes by giving one to one individual instruction in school, home and community settings. Through advice, information and assistance, you will also support parents, carers and others to raise their awareness of vision impairment and resources available.

This rewarding role also allows the Habilitation Specialist to lead, inspire and mentor trainee staff, ensuring service excellence to help people with sight loss to live the life they choose.

Who we’re looking for
You will be a qualified Habilitation Specialist with experience of teaching mobility and independence skills to children and young people with a vision impairment in home, school and community settings. Alongside this you will have:

  • Ability to work safely with children and young people.
  • Ability to work directly with children and young people and their parents/guardians to carry out effective habilitation programmes, including low vision training.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with other professionals/agencies
  • Assessment and skills planning
  • Effective communication skills, verbal and written
  • Knowledge of a range of resources available to Children & Young People with a vision impairment
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • Good organisational and administrative skills

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to being successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below.

How to apply
Applications can be made using the online application form. You will need to evidence the criteria as set out in the attached job description. As part of our safer recruitment policy, we do not accept CVs for job applications. Please contact for more information.

The core hours of this role are 9am to 5pm including some overnight stays, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. 

We believe that wellbeing at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs. As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs:

  • Defined Contribution Personal Pension Plan
  • A choice of Flexible Benefits equivalent to 3% of salary to purchase benefits though an on-line portal including Gym Membership, Travel Insurance, Healthcare and Hospital Treatment Plan, Dental Insurance, Additional Life Assurance, Health Screening, buying and selling annual leave (up to 3 days), Cashback to salary (up to 2% ofsalary equivalent)
  • Discounts and Cashback Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Occupational Sick pay
  • Occupational Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay enhanced above the statutory minimum.
  • Life Assurance
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Eye Care Vouchers


Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome, and seek to ensure, that we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invite to interview for all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job.


Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

We reserve the right to close adverts early. 

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.


Salary: £31,577 to £36,605 per annum
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