An exciting opportunity has arisen for an ambitious and innovative Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to lead and drive our Early Supported Discharge (ESD) service for the future.
The ESD service is a dynamic service tasked with the important role of facilitating timely discharges from hospital. We achieve this by focusing on meaningful occupations that the patient is motivated to engage in and we take both an adaptive and reablement approach to our work.
The ESD team support the principles of a 'home first' approach using creative strategies, specialist assessments and bespoke interventions to help patients return home more quickly. We complete in-reach rehab on the wards, drive patients home and assess in their own environment. These assessments inform a vast array of interventions which result in excellent outcomes for the patient.
This approach allows our Therapists to maintain and develop a high level and range of skills, including bespoke and person centred equipment assessments, requiring problem solving skills.
The team work closely with their local community partners to provide seamless health care between hospital and home.
***Please note: car driving is a day to day part of this role (including driving patients). Please therefore only apply if you have a UK driver's license and indicate this in your supporting statement.***Main duties of the job
- To be a member of the Therapy department leadership team, contributing to delivery of safe and effective services
- Leading on service development, quality improvement planning, and policy development in the ESD service and department-wide
- To deputise for the Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy as required
- To ensure the high quality, effective delivery of the Early Supported Discharge service.
- To be an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist with advanced clinical skills in the management of patients who are under the care of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Hospital (RBFT)
- To be responsible for the operational management and clinical leadership of the Early Supported Discharge team, in conjunction with the Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy
- To use highly specialist knowledge and advanced clinical reasoning skills to provide specialist support and advice to the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy team and other healthcare staff
- To manage own caseload of patients with highly complex conditions as an autonomous practitioner
Please see the attached job description and person specification for a comprehensive overview of the role and duties.About us
The Early Supported Discharge Team is a dynamic service tasked with the important role of facilitating timely discharges from hospital. They support the principles of a 'home first' approach using creative strategies, specialist assessments and bespoke interventions to help patients return home more quickly. They work closely with their local community partners to provide seamless health care between hospital and home. We are looking for someone who has the passion and experience to deliver high quality occupational therapy assessment and interventions, and has the drive to shape this service for the future.
In many areas, the Trust is nationally recognised as delivering outstanding care and the Therapies service is fully focused on delivering on the trusts ambition to continue to enhance this excellent work. This is embodied in the Therapies service vision - to deliver a high quality, patient centred, modern service which promotes innovative thinking and prioritises the development of staff.
Come and join our team as we pride ourselves, our staff and our services on excellence.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
- Providing leadership to the Early Supported Discharge Team to ensure they are able to deliver safe and effective services
- To keep abreast of new developments generally within occupational therapy, and within the designated area .
- To monitor quality of services and facilitate implementation of best practice to improve patient experience and outcomes
- To ensure statutory training is maintained and that there is relevant training for the team, supporting staff to develop their knowledge and skills within their role
- To use expert knowledge to provide specialist teaching on a wide range of topics to the designated team, other occupational therapy and physiotherapy staff and students, and other professionals
- Proven experience leading a designated area of clinical practice
- Experience working in the NHS healthcare system
- Substantial clinical experience working in acute care practice (2 years or more)
- Experience in managing complex team issues
- Experience in performance management
- Leadership experience managing a team of clinical staff
- Evidence of highly specialist knowledge of OT within acute adult services
- Knowledge of current issues and policy relating to field of practice
- Completion of post graduate education or specialist courses relating to OT practice and acute care
- Evidence of leadership or management training
- Registered Occupational Therapist with HCPC
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- Evidence of ongoing learning through CPD record
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation TrustAddress
Royal Berkshire Hospital
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