The occupational therapist will work as a part of the multi-disciplinary Rapid Response/ Fast falls team to meet the needs of patients referred to the team, ensuring the highest possible standards of practice and the post holder will provide assessment and treatment for patients with a wide range of complex physical, sensory, perceptual and cognitive problems within community settings.
The Rapid Response/ Fast falls Team provides a service for adults requiring a more intensive level of case management, for short periods, as an alternative to hospital admission. The Rapid Response Team aims to prevent avoidable hospital admission and provide enhanced care and support to Nursing and Residential Homes.
Main duties of the job
To provide specialised client-centred occupational therapy intervention to clients (aged 16 or over) who are resident in the community and are referred primarily due to a physical disability. This includes clients who may present with complex physical, cognitive, psychosocial and housing needs as a result of a wide range of medical conditions.
To work as an autonomous practitioner in managing a defined caseload of complex cases, in a community setting. To evidence problem solving and clinical reasoning skills in line with evidence based and client-centred principles. To formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan designed to reduce the impact of disability, from an assessment of the client's needs.
To be an influential member of the multidisciplinary team, providing expert, integrated, client-centred, goal-orientated rehabilitation.
To provide supervision, teaching and appraisal for junior occupational therapists, support workers, students and other members of the multidisciplinary team
To work collaboratively with members of the multidisciplinary team and contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of the Extended Primary Care Services and Virtual Ward.
To continually engage with and contribute to the development of the provision of occupational therapy withincommunity services.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations
Job description Job responsibilities
Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Occupational Therapy Degree or equivalent
- Registration with Health and Care Professions Council
- Maintenance of continuing professional development portfolio
- Clinical post registration experience occupational therapy practice, some of which should include working with clients with a range of physical disabilities
- Experience of training others
- Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Knowledge of theory and practice of occupational therapy with clients with physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs
- Knowledge of legislation affecting occupational therapy with clients with physical disabilities in the community
- Evidence of knowledge of the roles of the multidisciplinary team and other agencies involved in community rehabilitation
- An awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of a multicultural client group
- Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application
- Knowledge of safe manual handling techniques
- Knowledge of national policies relevant to this client group
- Ability to work and communicate with a wide range of professionals as a member of a multidisciplinary team
- Ability to establish a therapeutic relationship with clients and their families/carers
- Ability to undertake all aspects of the occupational therapy process
- Ability to develop and apply specialist skills in relation to occupational therapy with clients with a wide range of primarily physical disabilities
- Ability and commitment to working within a non-discriminatory client-centred framework
- Ability to impart complex information to clients and their families/carers regarding their medical conditions and the occupational therapy assessment and interventions
- Ability to use equipment safely with clients/families/carers, including training them in use e.g. hoists
- Ability to apply safe manual handling techniques to clients with complex disabilities
- Evidence of basic ability to supervise and manage a junior member of staff and a student with a commitment to developing these skills
- Good time management skills and an ability to prioritise own workload taking into account both clinical and non-clinical elements
- Ability to support and train others (junior staff, students, other disciplines) in the theory and practice of occupational therapy in relation to clients with a wide range of physical disabilities
- Ability to apply specialist knowledge and skills in providing advice on service delivery and in commenting on policies and procedures e.g. suggestions on how service delivery can be improved
- Evidence of good communication skills, both written and verbal, in relation to clinical and other areas of work
- Ability to assist with locality managerial procedures
- Ability to reflect and critically appraise own and others performance
- Ability to use a computer to enter statistics, produce assessment reports and use electronic patient record and equipment ordering systems
- Ability to keep appropriate clinical and departmental records including statistics
- Ability and willingness to work within various community locations e.g. client's homes, community settings, locality bases
- Evidence of a flexible approach to work
- Must demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for the needs and aspirations of clients and carers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
- Commitment to delivering occupational therapy that is grounded in and focused on occupation
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