Specialist Occupational Therapist

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Stay Well at Home team (SW@HT) are looking for their next clinical specialist Occupational Therapist. The successful candidate will join an established and award winning team focused on preventing unnecessary admissions 'at the front door' within Accident and Emergency and medical assessment units.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly skilled individual who is able to work within an integrated health and social care team. You will work with a team of Occupational Therapists, social workers, physiotherapy and assistant practitioners. An ability to undertake swift but thorough assessments of individual functional performance and develop a plan to overcome potential challenges to discharge is essential. In addition you will be responsible for identifying and prescribing packages of care.

Your role will also involve identifying and contributing to areas of service improvement and ensuring good governance is maintained within teh team through regular audit, education, training of staff members.

About us

This is a rare opportunity to work within an integrated post within health and social care. The post offers opportunities to enthusiastic and motivated staff to develop and share their skills. We offer access to formal education including clinical and managerial development opportunities, including external MSc and the in-house 'ignite aspire and inspire' leadership programs . We also offer in house peer support and training, opportunities to lead quality improvements and clinical audits and amazing colleagues and patients to work with every day.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to:

Lead the OT element of the Staying Well @ Home Team (SW@HT), working closely with the physiotherapist and support workers to provide a rapid response service to people attending the Emergency Care Centre Dept, the Short Stay Unit and Clinical Decision Unit at the Prince Charles Hospital. Team members work in any of those area and possibly in peoples homes in the community. They may also carry out assessments on the wards where patients are admitted overnight to await input from the team. The OT works with the other members of the MDT to reduce the number of unnecessary admissions promote safe early discharge, a reduction in length of stay where there has been an admission and a reduction in re-admission rates, balanced against the safety and well-being of patients.

The OT will assess the ability of highly complex individuals to manage daily activities and will liaise with families, carers and advocates as well as the Local Authority community care division, Hospital Bed Management and the Discharge Liaison teams, in order to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital. The Therapist will advise medical staff regarding the potential for discharge where an individual has been admitted for observation or tests, or where an overnight admission has been necessary to await assessment. The OT will co-ordinate a limited short term rehabilitation programme and will liaise with community based teams such as Intermediate Care to ensure appropriate longer term follow up.

Person Specification Personal Qualities Essential
  • Professional confidence
  • Adaptive skills that embrace change and new developments
  • Ability to cope with exposure to challenging work environments
  • Ability to cope with highly emotional or distressing circumstances safely
  • Ability to be mobile around geographical patch
Qualifications and/or Knowledge Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered member of the Health & Care Professions Council
  • Post graduate training in fieldwork education
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD
  • Evidence of ability to work at Masters Level
  • Membership of professional body
  • Membership of relevant special interest group
  • Post-graduate training in motivational interviewing, goal planning, emergency department medicine
Aptitude and Abilities Skills Essential
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Professional confidence to represent service on Emergency Care issues.
  • Ability to reflect and appraise own performance
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate in a way which will neither offend nor antagonise
  • Autonomous practitioner with excellent personal organisational skills for caseload management, including time management and prioritisation skills
  • Computer literate and able to use internet
  • Demonstrable clinical reasoning skills, and able to make effective clinical decisions following assessment of highly complex cases
  • The ability to speak Welsh is desirable
Experience Essential
  • Extensive post - graduate clinical experience with appropriate experience in a specialist area related to post
  • Experience of MDT/ Multi-agency working
  • Experience of supervision of junior/support staff/ students
  • Experience of research and audit
  • Management experience
  • Experience at professional grade equivalent
  • Awareness of current professional issues
  • Experience of advising/teaching
  • Experience of supervisory skills including appraisal

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