Habilitation Specialist

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£34,123 - £38,387 per annum depending on experience + benefits

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England, Midlands, Midlands & East Region

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Operations - Midlands & East

Job Title

Habilitation Specialist

Job Level

Specialist Professional

Contract type


External job advert

We are looking for a Qualified Habilitation Specialist or Rehabilitation Specialist (holding one of the qualifications detailed below) with CYP experience who demonstrates the motivation and willingness to study for the BSc Hons Top-up Degree Habilitation Studies (BCU) or equivalent to join our friendly team in the Midlands & East region on a permanent basis. This is a full-time role, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.


  • Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment)
  • Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment)
  • Both Mobility Officer and Technical Officer Certificates
  • Diploma in Higher Education in Rehabilitation Studies (Visual Impairment)


The area this position will generally cover is Cambridgeshire with the flexibility to work across region as required delivering specialist services that enable blind and partially sighted children and young people to become more mobile and independent. This position provides regular CPD, professional and technical supervision, access to a large supportive community of Habilitation Specialists and great opportunities for career progression.


What’s in it for you?

No two people with sight loss are the same, and none of our people are either. So we are proud to offer a range of person-centred provisions that can support each member of staff in ways that really mean something to them – and show them how much they mean to us. To find out more about the benefits of working for Guide Dogs follow this link: https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/about-us/careers/what-we-offer-you/



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 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 people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to 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.

Candidate profile

Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;



  • Demonstrable post qualifying experience in statutory or voluntary sector.
  • Experience teaching mobility and independence skills to individuals with a vision impairment in home, education and/or community settings.
  • Experience of supporting children and young people (Not necessarily vision impairment related) e.g., Youth Work, in an education setting, brownie or scout leader.
  • Knowledge of range of resources available to Children & Young People with visual impairment.
  • Can evidence the ability to work safely with children and young people.



  • Recent training related to either sensory impairment, Community Care practice, or working with children and families.


For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.


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.


How to apply

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact our Recruitment Team on 0118 3540345 or recruitment@guidedogs.org.uk.


Applications need to be made using the online application form, accessed using the ‘apply’ button above.


As part of your application ensure you provide evidence and examples of how your skills & experience meet the criteria as set out in the attached job description.


The system has a one-hour time limit. We would advise you to prepare your answers separately and then copy and paste into the online form once finalised.

If any mandatory fields are missed, a pop-up box will appear at the top of the page advising which sections require completion.


Please note that you’ll have to upload a CV as this is a mandatory requirement as part of our Safer Recruitment Policy.


Guide Dogs follow Safer Recruitment practices to ensure we are safeguarding the vulnerable people we work with. As part of this, we require a full work history with any gaps accounted for & a minimum of 2 professional referee details fully covering the past 5 years. If there is not enough space in your application form to provide this information, please ensure you upload additional documentation containing the additional detail.


Please contact our Recruitment Team on 0118 3540345 or recruitment@guidedogs.org.uk if you require any support with your application.

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