Senior Occupational Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Chandlers Ford
£32,306 to £39,027 pa
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an Occupational Therapist looking for a new challenge?

If so then we would love to talk to you!!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for B6 OT’s to join a new rotational pathway.

The post would rotate between two teams: The University Hospital Southampton Medicine for Older People team and Southern Health NHS services Integrated Community Team in Chandlers Ford.

We are looking for dynamic and fresh thinking Occupational Therapists who are passionate about delivering outstanding healthcare across the acute elderly care wards and within the integrated community team to prevent hospital admissions and facilitate hospital discharges.

Within the acute Medicine for Older Person’s team, you will have the opportunity to work in an existing 7 day service, across 6 wards and the Specialist Dementia care ward, Bassett ward. This patient group have a variety of conditions and co-morbidities which provides great learning opportunities and complex patient management. The Integrated Community Team works closely with MDT colleagues and frailty teams to prevent hospital admissions, support patients being discharged from hospital, promote self-management plans for long term conditions and provide palliative care.

Within the community we are continuing to develop the UCR (Urgent Community Response) model of care whilst continuing to deliver rehabilitation to adults living in the area who have long-term or complex health needs.

Applicants must be a registered Occupational Therapist and have full access to a vehicle for work and possession of a full driving license is essential. The post holder will also need to be willing to work flexibly to support our 7 day service from 8am to 8pm.

What can we offer you?
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills, line managing junior staff
  • Opportunities to actively promote eat, drink, move, previously presented at internationally by the UHS team.
  • The opportunity to work with a diverse caseload including multifaceted falls assessments, complex discharge planning, equipment provision and the management of people with cognitive impairments
  • Clinical specialist skills including; advanced postural management and seating assessments, complex moving & handling assessment plans including equipment prescription
  • An opportunity to develop skills in end of life care and enable patients to be discharged to and remain within their preferred destination of care
  • Experience of building strong inter-professional working relationships across all care providers both acute and community settings
  • Opportunities to engage in up and coming service development projects, be innovative and influential to enhance the services we offer
  • Teaching and learning development of others
  • Endless opportunities to explore career development and CPD activities (both clinical & leadership)

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do:

- Lead the specialist assessment and treatment to patients with a variety of pathologies in both the acute and community environments

- Lead on complex discharges and urgent community assessments, with the support of a robust health and social care MDT

- Lead on equipment prescription and provision to patients in both the acute and community environments

- Participate in quality improvement initiatives, audits and service development projects within both teams

- Engage in training and developmental opportunities for yourself and others within both teams

- Develop leadership and management skills to be able to supervise and support other members of the team

- Deputise for and assist with leading the acute and community therapy teams

- Mentor students from local universities

What we’re looking for:

The successful candidate(s) will have a broad range of relevant clinical experience and be able to demonstrate a real passion for the care of older people. They will have a specialist interest in frailty and admission avoidance and be able to demonstrate specialist clinical skills in these areas. The ability to treat patients with care, compassion and dignity is imperative, as well as excellent prioritisation and time management skills. An understanding of working in the acute setting is essential, and recent NHS experience is desirable.

We would encourage contact ahead of application. If you would like some more information about the post, please contact Annette Purkis (Head of Therapy Services UHS)02381 206457 or Hannah Godfrey (Southern Health) 07867 341105 for a friendly discussion.

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