Specialist Wheelchair Therapist - Occupational Therapist / Physiotherapist
Do you want to make a difference to the quality of life of wheelchair users?
Are you an organised person with the ability to problem solve?
We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to join the team. This could be a band 5 looking to progress to a Band 6 post, or a Band 6 looking to develop skills in a new area.
The Service provides a comprehensive wheelchair, posture and seating service to the population of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. Whilst the service is primarily provided through clinics at the Bowley Close Rehabilitation Centre, Crystal Palace, a large proportion of this post will be undertaking community visits.
Previous wheelchair service experience is not required but a clinical background in either neurology, paediatrics or community work would allow you to utilise transferable skills. Development of knowledge in the equipment used will be well supported by the senior clinical and engineering team. A position with the team offers an opportunity to develop your clinical skills in all areas of postural and mobility assessments and related equipment prescription. A flexible but organised approach is required to meet the varied needs of the client group. The service is provided to paediatric and adult clients.
For an informal visit or more information about the post please contact Suz Shari, Specialist Therapist on 020 3049 7760.Main duties of the job
To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including knowledge of indications and precautions of chosen techniques/equipment provision, in line with National and Trust clinical guidelines, protocols and pathways where they exist.
To receive referrals, undertake full assessment, independently or as part of a team, plan individual specialised wheelchair and seating prescriptions for clients, based on the assessment outcomes. Use clinical reasoning and specialist skills and knowledge to ensure the best ongoing programme or most suitable wheelchair (buggy, manual or powered) prescriptions for all clients including those with complex, multi-pathologies.
To use recognised outcome measures to evaluate the effect of the therapy and multidisciplinary team intervention and decisions, and ensure that future interventions are progressed appropriately.
Undertake other clinical duties as requested by the Clinical Lead Therapist. For more duties, Please view the job description attached to this vacancy. About us
Guys and St Thomas' Wheelchair Service comprises a dynamic multi-disciplinary team made up of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Rehabilitation Engineers, Technical Instructors and Administrators.
GSTT Wheelchair Service is unique in that we manufacture our own customised seating and undertake speciality controls assessments. The service is part of a Regional Rehabilitation Centre and as such we work very closely with the Assistive Communication Service, Prosthetics and Orthotics Services. We are an innovative and dynamic team who are able to support training and development.
We are a highly committed and dedicated team, the working environment is supportive, and if you like innovation and creative problem-solving, putting clients at the centre of practice, we would like to hear from you.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
The job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. These documents are attached to this vacancy advert, please review them.Person SpecificationExperienceEssential
- Clinical experience in a least paediatrics, neurology, and/or community
- Involvement with wheelchair provision in any setting
- Must have a valid drivers licence
- Able to give clear, concise written and verbal reports in English and complete client records
- Able to work collaboratively within multi- disciplinary team and understand roles
- Able to think logically
- Able to work independently
- Good physical assessment rehabilitation skills
Desirable Employer detailsEmployer name
- Degree or other recognised qualification in physiotherapy/occupational therapy
- HCPC registration
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation TrustAddress
Bowley Close Rehabilitation Centre
Bowley Close , Farquhar Road
Crystal Palace, London
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