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Occupational Therapist

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Gloucestershire Health & Care Foundation Trust provides care for approximately 600,000 adults, children, and young people across Gloucestershire, including community inpatient and outpatient services, public health nursing, community nursing and therapy staff.

Main duties of the job

We are currently seeking enthusiastic, skilled Occupational Therapists to work with us in utilising a person centred approach to aid, coach and support positive outcomes for the diverse population of Stroud. You will have opportunities to gain experience working in urgent response work, Home First and Reablement services, falls response as well as the management of long term conditions and housing adaptations. This post is ideal for newly qualified therapists or those with more experience who wish to explore a broad spectrum of service areas to see where your passions lie and develop core skills for your career progression.

As a Registered Occupational Therapist, you will be caring for patients in their own individualised environment. We work collaboratively with the wider MDT within our service and our Integrated Care System (ICS) partners to provide the high standard of care our patients deserve.

About us

In addition, Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust Occupational Therapists are provided with opportunities, including: -
  • Individualised development planning
  • A supportive, diverse management structure
  • Specialised training opportunities:
  • Core Skills Framework
  • Health coaching
  • Experience in urgent response work, Home First and Reablement, falls response and management of long term conditions and housing adaptations.
  • Development of leadership skills through our THRIVE programme.
  • Regular supervision and development of your own learning needs and the ability to support and develop therapy assistants and students.
  • Funded university accredited courses (relevant to post in line with individual Occupational Therapist's career progression wishes and agreed upon with line management)

We are a Technologically SMART Trust, offering a 'Mobile office' model providing you with all the equipment needed to carry out your role in comfort whilst on the road

Job description Job responsibilities

To be responsible for carrying out evidence based assessment, intervention and evaluation of occupational performance needs of patients/service users and adults with physical disabilities. You will assess, provide advice, provide appropriate standard or specialist equipment, refer on for minor adaptations and liaise with the borough councils and housing associations in relation to major adaptations.

To be competent in risk assessments and managing risk autonomously within the home environment, together with moving and handling assessments.

To advise other professional groups on moving and handling issues, e.g. district nurses, carers.

To liaise with partner agencies to ensure service user access to environmental adaptations via the Disabled Facilities Grant process. To design, plan and monitor environmental adaptations. To be competent in major adaptations.

To manage a diverse caseload of service users with wide ranging and complex levels of need, including conditions such as orthopaedic, medical, neurological and palliative care.

To understand the nature, aetiology and expected progression of a wide variety of diseases/disabilities and to plan appropriate interventions accordingly.

To understand the psychological aspects and the sociological impact of disease/disability on the service user and carers.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training, advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the physical, psychological and social environment to meet the occupational performance needs of the service user.

To plan and implement individual interventions by setting goals in collaboration with the service user, using a range of rehabilitation approaches to achieve occupational performance goals.

To enable service users and carers to safely carry out necessary occupations thereby enabling the individual to be as independent as possible and to remain in their own home.

To advise colleagues and undertake joint visits as appropriate.

To attend appropriate specialist courses and provide cascade training to colleagues in your workplace.

To monitor and support supervisees e.g. Occupational Therapy Assistants, students, in prioritising their workload to make the best use of resources.

This is as a result of the YOU SPOKE - WE LISTENED initiative which considered what our employees told us would aid them in carrying out their role.

SMART working results in staff safety due to live system and instant access to patient notes and past interactions whilst on the move.

To excel in this role, you will require excellent communication skills, the courage to make clinical decisions and a willingness to develop your potential. You will require current HCPC registration, post-registration experience is helpful but not essential and we have an excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified Occupational Therapists.

If you feel you have the drive for excellence and wish to experience the freedom, self-management and progressive nature of Gloucestershire Health & Care Foundation Trust Occupational Therapy then make applying the next investment in your future career today

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trusts view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a Veteran Aware Trust, evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right-hand side, titled Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
  • Current Moving & Handling training.
Experience Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate judgement in complex clinical/operational problems, which require investigating, analysing, assessing and resolving.
  • Awareness of the application of Models to address Occupational Performance issues
  • Significant experience of working as a registered Occupational Therapist
  • Understanding of Community Care and Housing legislation, Understanding of the Care Act 2014 and relevant housing legislation.

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