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Community Respiratory Service - Senior Occupational Therapist

Employer
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Brighton
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum/Pro Rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Profession
Occupational therapist
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time

Job Details

Are you an Occupational Therapist with an interest in long term or respiratory conditions?

This post is a part-time (no less than 30 hours/week) post. It is working in the Community Respiratory Service (CRS) in Brighton and Hove.

You will be part of a well-established and supportive team of multi-disciplinary practitioners, clinically led by a respiratory nurse and with input from secondary care consultants and healthcare professionals. You will work with patients, individually and in a group education setting.

The CRS is a seven day service (the OT role is not required at weekends. It aims to improve the self- management of people with chronic lung conditions through education, support and close liaison with the wider health and social care community. We provide a variety of services, including a pulmonary rehabilitation programme, supplementary oxygen assessment and rapid response for those in an exacerbation. The CRS aim to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions where possible. A significant component of the OT role will be working with patients to help manage their anxiety and breathlessness that are associated with respiratory conditions.

The successful candidate will work well within a team, and demonstrate excellent skills of communication and prioritisation.

Car driver with car available for work are essential.

You will be based at Brighton General Hospital but may need to work at various sites across Brighton and Hove.

Main duties of the job

  • Being the sole OT within the Community Respiratory Service
  • Being an active member of the multidisciplinary team, assessing and treating patients with complex respiratory needs. This includes holding a significant caseload of patients needing anxiety and breathlessness management techniques
  • Identification of measures that would contribute to a stabilisation in patient status and reduction in hospital admissions
  • Involvement in the delivery of Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Oxygen services
  • Participation in the clinical and service MDT meetings
  • Provision of empathetic care with a clear ability to identify needs and work with multiple agencies across the whole spectrum of respiratory patients
  • Effective and professional communication with primary, secondary and tertiary care, and other community teams and agencies
  • Appropriate triage of patients who may be significantly unwell, or escalation of monitoring or medical input as required.
  • Identification of quality improvement opportunities.
  • Provision of specialist advice to other professionals both within the Trust and outside agencies, and to be able to effectively liaise with families and carers
  • Forward-thinking, with a keen interest in research and expert teaching, working closely with consultants and an enthusiasm to engage in leadership opportunities


About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff


Job description

Job responsibilities

To be successful in this role, you will need:
  • Professional qualification such as a degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
  • Current registration with the HCPC
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate courses / CPD and reflective practice relevant to clinical speciality
  • Substantial relevant post-qualification experience covering a broad range
  • Experience working within a relevant specialist area
  • Experience in interdisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising junior staff, assistants and students
  • Experience in independently managing a clinical caseload
  • Experience in contributing to audit and evaluation within a clinical governance framework
  • Experience in a range of caseload management and prioritisation systems
  • Experience within specialism underpinned by theory and specific therapeutic knowledge
  • Experience in using assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • To be able to demonstrate competency in a range of clinical skills

Please see the attached supporting documents for a detailed job description and main responsibilities.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Professional Registration

Essential

  • Professional qualification such as a degree or equivalent in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist.
  • Evidence of relevant postgraduate courses / CPD and reflective practice relevant to clinical speciality


Desirable

  • Training in student education


Experience

Essential

  • Substantial relevant post-qualification experience covering a broad range
  • Experience of working within a relevant specialist area
  • Experience of interdisciplinary working
  • Experience of supervising junior staff, assistants and students
  • Experience of independently managing a clinical caseload
  • Experience at contributing to audit and evaluation within a clinical governance framework
  • Experience of a range of caseload management and prioritisation systems
  • Experience within specialism underpinned by theory and specific therapeutic knowledge
  • Experience of using assessment tools relevant to client group


Skills and Knowledge

Essential

  • Able to demonstrate competency in a range of clinical skills
  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for individuals
  • Able to plan and prioritise own workload efficiently
  • Able to delegate work to others
  • Able to demonstrate leadership in practice
  • Good numeracy, literacy and IT skills
  • Promotes choice and independence in undertaking patient care
  • Able to demonstrate advanced communication and negotiation skills
  • Able to demonstrate the application of research based practice
  • Up to date knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the clinical setting
  • Up to date knowledge of clinical governance, clinical audit and risk management
  • Able to give supervision and appraisal of junior staff
  • Up to date knowledge of professional code of conduct
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge / understanding of boundaries of role
  • Able to demonstrate how to reflect and learn from situations and identify difficulties as challenges to then work with others to identify solutions
  • Able to demonstrate co-operative team working and awareness of the roles of other professionals
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to learning and development with documented evidence of CPD


Other Requirements

Essential

  • Car driver (Valid Driving License for use in the UK)
  • Willingness to undertake training to develop within the role


Desirable

  • Flexible working
  • Access to a vehicle for work purposes


Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove

Brighton

BN2 3EW

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

150-OM10044-EAS-A

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