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Occupational Therapist/Rotational - Development Role

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Huntingdon / Cambridge
£25,655 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Please note for this job you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Band 6 Specialist Neuro Occupational Therapist to join the Stroke Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Team. We are also able to offer this role as a Band 5 development post. The ESD service is a key part of the stroke survivors' pathway supporting early hospital discharge and providing intense community rehabilitation in patient's homes or inpatient rehab settings. We work as an integrated service with the Community Neuro Rehab Teams.

This is a rotational post where we are in the unique position to offer rotations between the Community ESD service and the acute stroke services at Cambridge University Hospital. The successful candidate will be employed by CPFT and complete regular rotations between the two settings.

This vacancy is in the south locality, however the successful candidate will be expected to provide countywide cover. The successful candidate will also work in an agile manner using virtual consultations to support caseload management.

Main duties of the job

You will provide comprehensive assessments and deliver evidence-based specialist occupational therapy programmes for people following stroke. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team working closely with physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, therapy assistants, psychologists and nurses. You will support patients with physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs to achieve their potential.

Staff personal and professional development is highly important, and staff have the opportunity to receive training through in-service training and are supported to complete a competency package. The successful post holder will supervise other staff and be actively involved in training and teaching for junior and non-registered staff. The ideal candidate will be flexible and adaptable to support service delivery.

The post holder must have access to a personal car and driving licence valid in the UK for independent travel across the work locality. Public transport is not feasible.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects for your own and delegated work.
  • To work within codes of practice and professional guidelines.
  • To undertake specialist holistic assessment (including those with complex presentations and multi pathologies) making use of clinical reasoning skills.
  • To use evidence-based practice, to ensure clinical care is effective and appropriate.
  • To formulate and deliver an individual Occupational Therapy programme based on knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment options.
  • To evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes when required.
  • To understand and be acutely aware of significant medical observations during assessment and treatment of patients and report significant changes in patients conditions to the appropriate medical professional e.g. named nurse, GP etc.
  • To ensure smooth transfer of care which will include discharge from the acute or ESD services.
  • To work within Trust, RCOT and HCPC guidelines, demonstrate a good working knowledge of nation and local standards of practice in line with legal and operational requirements and use own professional judgement to vary from established practices where required.
  • To promote independence and wherever possible to avoid hospital admission and reduce inpatient length of stay to ensure those patients receive the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.
  • Organise and manage own time, delegating work appropriately.
  • To conduct and contribute to risk assessments and health and safety assessments and including immediately reporting any changes/newly identified risks.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of resulting recommendations from risk and health and safety assessments.
  • To demonstrate the importance of gaining patient and carer consent in all interventions.
  • To effectively communicate verbally with patients, carers and colleagues using tact and persuasive skills. This may involve using skills where patients have difficulties in communication, e.g. hearing loss, diminished sight, depression, aphasia, speech problems, cognitive impairment, behavioural problems and pain.
  • Take an active part in the development of the Service and in supporting the organisational aims and objectives of organisations models of care.
  • To contribute to and work towards the service/organisational aims and objectives of the Integrated ESD and CNRS.
  • To work effectively within the service and liaise appropriately with members of the MDT and other agencies by attending MDT meetings, case reviews.
  • To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and HCPC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate.
  • To provide specialist Occupational Therapy advice to all members of the MDT, service users and appropriate others of changes involving current care plans, patients progress and other relevant matters that pertain to the care of the patient.
  • To support the Advanced Practitioner/band 7 with day-to-day planning and delivery of a high-quality service.
  • To deputise for the Advanced Practitioner/band 7 for the management of patients.
  • Participate in annual audit plans for the Service and annual staff and patient surveys.
  • To undertake evidence-based practice to further own and teams clinical practice.
  • To comply with the collection of data required by the service including SSNAP data.

  • Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc, MSc or Diploma entry level qualification into the OT profession
    • Current HCPC registration
    • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development
    • Willingness to undertake Fieldwork/Practice Educator qualification
    • Member of RCOT
    • Member of RCOT Specialist Section for Neurological Practice
    • Fieldwork/practice Educator qualification
    Experience Essential
    • Experience in this specialist field of practice
    • Teaching experience
    • Varied clinical experience
    • Experience of working in either the NHS or social care
    • Evidence of student supervision
    • Experience of supervision of junior registered and non-registered staff
    • Experience of developing and delivering training to other professionals
    • Supervision of Band 5 OTs
    • Experience of audit/EBP/research process
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Experience of clinical supervision
    • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
    • Effective communication skills including working with patients with impaired communication skills
    • Motivated to learn and develop as a professional
    • Evidence of participation in research/audit
    Knowledge and Understanding Essential
    • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
    • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
    • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
    • Understands the principle of confidentiality
    • Demonstrates professional curiosity
    • Able to participate in weekend and bank holiday working
    • Well established knowledge of a range of assessment tools and therapeutic interventions in the areas of stroke/neuro rehabilitation
    • EPIC/SystmOne
    • Able to participate in the on call rota
    Physical Requirements Essential
    • The ability to Kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments
    • Manoeuvre patients using moving and handling equipment.
    • Must have access to a personal car and the ability to drive independently around the locality, due to the radius covered and tack of public transport in some areas.
    Other Requirements Essential
    • Positive approach to people with long-term neurological conditions
    • Ability to use the Trust Values to guide behaviour to patient, carers and colleagues.
    • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
    • Willingness to embrace MDT working
    • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude

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