Neuro Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Please note for this job you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines.

The role will be working in the community with patients with complex neurological problems and progressive neurological conditions. You will have opportunities to work closely with other multidisciplinary teams in the community, primary care, the acute neuro rehab team, the Early supported discharge for stroke team and other outside agencies. There is an in-service training programme in place. The post is within a multidisciplinary team and you will work alongside our Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Rehab assistants.

The post will be based at either Hinchingbrooke or Brookfields Hospital, dependent on closeness to their home. The successful candidate will work in an agile manner using virtual consultation to manage their caseload of patients, having access to a smart phone and laptop to support this.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Neuro Occupational Therapist to join the Team. This role is to support the delivery of community neuro rehab to patients in their own homes. Close multidisciplinary work is a key way of working, providing a supportive environment for all staff. You will support patients with physical, cognitive and psychosocial challenges to achieve their potential and will be instigating, ultimately delivering better health, care and improved efficiency for our patients.

Staff personal and professional development is highly important to us and staff have the opportunity to receive training through in-service training as well as being supported to undertake a blended competency package to help you develop within your profession and role.

The ideal candidate will be flexible and adaptable to support service delivery.

The post holder must have access to a personal car for independent travel across the work locality. Public transport is not feasible.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects for your own and delegated work.
  • To work within codes of practice and professional guidelines.
  • To undertake holistic assessment of patients with neurological problems (including those with complex presentations and cognitive problems) making use of specialist clinical reasoning skills.
  • To use evidence-based practice, to ensure clinical care is effective and appropriate.
  • To promote independence and wherever possible to avoid hospital admission and reduce inpatient length of stay to ensure those patients receive the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.
  • Organise and manage own time, delegating work appropriately.
  • Conduct risk assessments and health and safety assessments and including immediately reporting any changes/newly identified risks.
  • To demonstrate the importance of gaining patient and carer consent in all interventions.
  • To effectively communicate verbally with patients, carers and colleagues using tact and persuasive skills. This may involve using skills where patients have difficulties in communication, e.g. hearing loss, diminished sight, depression, speech problems, cognitive impairment, behavioural problems and pain.
  • Participate in the development of the Stroke ESD and Neuro Rehab service and support organisational aims and objectives of the Integrated Care Teams, Neighbourhood Teams and the new model of care.
  • To work effectively within the integrated care team and neighbourhood team structure and liaise appropriately with members of the MDT and other agencies by attending MDT meetings, case reviews.
  • To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and HCPC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate.
  • To provide specialist advice to all members of the multi-disciplinary team, service users and appropriate others, of changes involving current care plans, patients progress and other relevant matters that pertain to the care of the patient.
  • To work within Trust, HCPC and CSP guidelines and to have a good working knowledge of national and local standards of practice in line with legal and operational requirements.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc, or Diploma entry level qualification into the Occupational Therapy profession.
  • Current HCPC registration.
  • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development.
  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy
  • Member of Royal College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section Neurological Practice.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in the NHS.
  • A broad range of undergraduate placements completed including stroke and/or neurology.
  • Clinical experience including neurology and/or stroke.
  • Community experience.
  • Acute setting experience
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Professional approach.
  • Able to pass skills/knowledge to others within formal/informal settings
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good report writing
  • Able to assess plan and implement care
  • Support non-registered staff
  • Standard keyboard skills and ability to communicate through IT using packages such as Word,
  • Time Management and prioritisation skills
  • Understanding of clinical supervision
  • Motivated to learn and develop as a professional practitioner
  • Ability to communicate with patients with impaired communication abilities
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others.
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role.
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately.
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality
  • Demonstrates professional curiosity.
  • Responsible for maintaining registration with HCPC and/or other professional bodies
  • SystemOne
  • Relevant outcome measures
Other Essential
  • Must have access to a personal car and the ability to drive independently around the locality, due to the radius covered and tack of public transport in some areas.

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