Post Covid Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to be involved in the delivery of our Post Covid Service in Norfolk and Waveney.

This is a rewarding and challenging post in a new service which has been commissioned to assess, recognise, investigate, support and rehabilitate patients with Post Covid Syndrome.

Main duties of the job

Our post-Covid Service is working in line with national guidance, service specification and standards to offer assessments for people with new or ongoing symptoms 12 weeks after acute COVID-19, Investigations and referral, Planning care, Management, including self-management, supported self-management, follow-up and monitoring, service development, joint work with research teams and advice or signposting or offering rehabilitation.

We are looking for the right people for our team, who have a passion for patient centered, supportive care within a multi-professional team, with prior expertise, knowledge and training in complex, patient focused assessment, goal identification, coaching and self-management with a strong understanding of physical health and mental wellbeing and the possible symptoms and complications for patients in post-Covid syndrome.

About us

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

All post holders are required to adhere to the Trust's Behaviour Framework in the undertaking of their duties.

Job description Job responsibilities

To work with all health, social care, and wellbeing professionals, and statutory/non statutory agencies to provide a holistic and seamless, integrated, service to our patients.

To review referrals, support triage and liaison for patients referred into Post-COVID Service.

Complete comprehensive and holistic assessment of patients referred to the service, undertaking a compassionate, non-judgmental, discussion with active listening skills.

Supporting patients in acceptance of their changed circumstances encouraging patient focused outcomes, use of supported self-management and health coaching style advice on rehabilitation.

Supporting the MDT process and lead where required at Post-COVID Service, review patients holistic needs, communicating highly complex and sensitive information to referrers, and colleagues, patient and carers as required.

Use risk stratification methods in partnership with other professionals to identify those patients most likely at risk of health, social care and wellbeing crisis and focus support to ensure the patients independence is maximised.

Person Specification Skills, Abilities and Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within team, demonstrating leadership skills.
  • Ability and confidence in use of, and discussing clinical reasoning
  • Oganisation, concentration, attention to detail and use of initiative
  • Previous use of SystmOne
  • Triage experience
  • Knowledge of acute and community pathways
  • Able to perform advanced assessments to support clinical decision making and developing a management plan
  • Knowledge of change management
Qualifications Essential
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Relevant clinical training
  • Additional Post Graduate education in relevant area
Experience Essential
  • NHS experience working at relevant level
  • Leadership experience
  • Background of broad spectrum of clinical experience
  • Understanding of Primary, Community and Secondary care within the current NHS agenda.
Communication Essential
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrate empathy and sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
  • Evidence of Advanced communication or training to include difficult / sensitive discussions.
  • Experience with running group education/exercise sessions
Personal and People Development Essential
  • Experience in supporting staff
  • Appraisal training
  • Completed student assessor training
Personal Attributes / Behaviours Essential
  • Work autonomously under pressure, able to prioritise work with good time keeping.
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults.
Other Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language
  • Able to make own travel arrangements as required

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