A great opportunity has arisen for an experienced Band 5 or 6 Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Nurse or Paramedic to join the Rapid Assessment & Frailty Team (RAFT) working within the emergency care settings at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn.
This full time post is integral to supporting the delivery and development of RAFT, in providing urgent and unplanned discharge planning and admission avoidance assessments. You will work alongside an integrated multi-disciplinary team, using a fusion-skilled hybrid approach, focussing on high quality frailty care, promoting comprehensive assessments and supporting hospital teams in admission avoidance over a 7 day service. A willingness to work flexibly, undertake tasks traditionally allocated to specific disciplines and a sense of humour are all key to the role. You will be supported by experienced team leads employed by the two stakeholder organisations, giving insight into true integrated partnerships and the benefits this brings. You will also be working alongside colleagues from primary and secondary care, statutory and voluntary services in supporting patients to remain within their community's.
If you are looking for a development opportunity and work well in a time pressured environment, have great interpersonal skills and are able to think innovatively, then we need you.
It is essential that applicants have UK NHS experience and preferably to have worked as a professional within an Acute setting.Main duties of the job
The key features of the role are to provide:
Comprehensive specialist assessment, diagnosis and discharge care planning for patients within the speciality with an emphasis on those with highly complex multi co-morbidities and/or chronic presentation.
A prompt and effective assessment within agreed standards to ensure the appropriate and safe, timely & effective discharge of patients to home or other suitable environment.
To assist in the planning, co-ordination and evaluation of clinical input from the team within all clinical areas covered by the team.
When required, they will seek guidance from a senior team member for more highly complex situations. They will provide specialist assessment, diagnosis and discharge planning for patients within their own caseload ensuring to further consolidate knowledge and skills gained. This work is carried out in hospital with referrals being made to external agencies as appropriate. The post holder will maintain records as an autonomous practitioner and assist and support in the service development within the specialities.
The post holder will be supervised on a regular basis by more senior members of the Rapid Assessment Team. The supervision, either formal or informal, takes the form of evaluating and developing practice. Advice, training and support are available as required.About us
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) King's Lynn is located near some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, along the north Norfolk coast, and not far from Sandringham House.
We provide a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based healthcare services to around 331,000 people across west and north Norfolk, in addition to parts of Breckland, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire.
We have more than 4,000 staff and volunteers, approximately 530 beds, and a helipad for air ambulances. We work with neighbouring hospitals for the provision of tertiary services, including as part of regional partnership and network models of care, such as the trauma network.
In February 2022 the significant progress that has been made at QEH was recognised by the Care Quality Commission who rated the Trust as 'Good' in all of the core services they inspected. They recommended the Trust moves out of the recovery support system (formerly special measures).Job descriptionJob responsibilities
Please see the full Job Description & Job Specification for the main details and responsibilities of the post.Person SpecificationQualifications, training & professional developmentEssential
- Degree in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Practice or Paramedic Science
- Registered General Nursing Registration, Health & Care Professions Council registration
- Demonstration of a variety of post-graduate courses to increase levels of skill and knowledge
- Practice Educator course and ability to supervise under-graduate students from your profession
- Covered a variety of specialities as a post-graduate Nurse, Therapist or Paramedic
- Experience of working with older people.
- Experience of multi-professional working
Skills, abilities & knowledgeEssential
- Experience of working in the emergency care environment
- Experience of community care
- Broad range of NHS experience
- Excellent clinical reasoning skills
- Ability to use a wide range of assessment skills
- Sound working knowledge of diagnoses and interpretation of disorders
- Ability to make sound clinical judgements & decisions in response to complex or crisis situations.
- Ability to use initiative & to work as an autonomous practitioner
- Ability to work within a multi-agency team
- Ability to prioritise one's own workload and utilise the skill of delegation as appropriate
- Ability to problem solve and use initiative
- Organised approach to clinical & managerial work
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
- Good organisational and time management skills
- Understanding of clinical governance and evidence-based practice
- Committed to life-long learning and continued professional development through post graduate education
- To have a very good understanding of the role and responsibilities of the post
- Knowledge of working with older people
- Knowledge of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment process & Frailty
- Experience of staff supervision and appraisal
- Computer skills using: Word, Excel, PowerPoint Positive approach to data collection and clinical audit
- Have a flexible/adaptable approach to work & the needs of the Acute Hospital Service including evening, weekend and bank holiday working
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to handle difficult conversations. Ability to empathise, use tact and diplomacy when required
Employer detailsEmployer name
- To have actively gained an understanding of the Rapid Assessment & Frailty Team and service provision at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- Honest, polite, punctual, professional in appearance and manner at all times
- Good multi-disciplinary team worker with evidence of leadership qualities
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHSFTAddress
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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