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Neurology Occupational Therapist (Band 5)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a neurology Band 5 Occupational Therapist for a 12 month fixed term to cover maternity leave.

The post holder will provide a high standard Occupational Therapy Service as part of the specialist neurology OT team which has a base both at Musgrove Park hospital and at Somerset Neuro Rehab Centre (SNRC).

The post holder will hold responsibility for their own caseload of patients with a neurological condition and undertake all aspects of clinical duties such as assessing current function, provide rehabilitation, improve safety awareness, cognition, balance, independence and mitigate risks for discharge, to include liaising with family and help to facilitate a return to the community. You will work as an autonomous practitioner, working without direct supervision but having access to a Senior Occupational Therapist on a daily basis.

Main duties of the job

To undertake comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multiple pathologies, eg. Complex social situations, end of life care, people with, life threatening and complex neurological conditions.

The post holder will be expected to make clinical judgements which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of different treatment techniques and options, to establish physical and cognitive functional levels. These will include personal, domestic, vocational and leisure activities of daily living, assessment and provision of assistive equipment.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Carry out standardised assessments to diagnose physical and cognitive functional levels. Examples of tests that may be used are; ACE III, COTNAB, Rookwood, BICS, OCS, Rivermead Perceptual (& memory) Assessment Battery, to help determine treatment aims and monitor changes in perceptual ability following a Stroke or head injury

Formulate and deliver an individual occupational therapy treatment programme using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills e.g. activity analysis of functional skills, patient education, manual handling techniques and other alternative options. To do this taking into account the persons own goals and those of the multidisciplinary team to predict achievable outcomes and recommend the best course of intervention.

Assess a persons understanding of treatment intervention/goals, gain valid informed consent from the patient and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment, e.g. those people with cognitive difficulties.

The post holder will continually reassess and evaluate the persons progress through assessment and intervention. Treatment programmes will be altered as a result of this.

To carry out clinical risk assessments for patients on own caseload and take action to effectively manage identified risks, eg. Patients who are difficult to transfer and aggressive patients.

To ensure continuing professional expertise and standards by conducting literature reviews and by attending and/or presenting at in-service training.

To actively take part in monthly professional clinical groups, such as peer review groups and other development activities, through administrative duties such as chair and minute taker on a rota system, presentation of patient case studies, feedback from training and discussion around relevant topics.

To undertake the measurement and evaluation of own work and current practices through active participation in supervision and peer review using case presentation, article reviews, evidence based practice projects with support and guidance from senior therapists.

To deliver group education/treatment sessions for service users, carers, nursing staff and others, both formally and informally, as and when required.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy/HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of continual professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Application of the OT process
  • Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • Evidence of reflection/critical appraisal of own performance
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • Use of functional assessments and activity analysis
  • Good personal organisational skills

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