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Stroke ESD Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Stroke Early Support Discharge Service (ESD) is a key pathway for stroke survivors allowing them to leave hospital earlier than they may have otherwise; they receive up to 6 weeks of intensive rehab in their home/ community or in one of our inpatient Community wards in Cambridge or Peterborough.

This stroke Rehab model enables patients to maximise their independence as quickly as possible.

Our team consists of Stroke trained Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists, Rehab Assistants, Nurse Co-ordinators, and Data Co-ordinator.

We work as an integrated service with the Community Neuro Rehab team across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

This vacancy is in the north locality, however the successful candidate will be expected to provide countywide cover.

The successful candidate will also work in an agile manner using virtual consultations to support caseload management.

This post is open to candidates returning to practice and/or awaiting HCPC registration if you fall under these categories please contact us for application details.Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence and have use of a vehicle. You cannot usepublic transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Neuro Occupational Therapist to support the delivery of ESD Stroke Rehab as in-reach to the inpatient rehab beds, as well as working with patients in their own homes.

You will play a vital part in supporting patients with physical, cognitive and psychosocial challenges as part of a MDT to achieve their maximum potential whilst instigating and delivering better health, better care and better outcomes for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Staff personal and professional development is viewed as highly important, and staff have the opportunity to receive training through an in-house in-service training programme 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 across the organisation.

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.

Recent applicants need not apply.
  • 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 (including those with complex presentations and multi pathologies) making use of clinical reasoning skills.
  • To use evidence-based practice, to ensure clinical care is effective and appropriate.
  • To formulate and deliver an individual occupational therapy programme based on knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options.
  • To evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes when required.
  • To understand and be acutely aware of significant medical observations during assessment and treatment of patients and report significant changes in patients conditions to the appropriate medical professional e.g. named nurse, GP etc.
  • To ensure smooth transfer of care which will include discharge from the Acute or ESD services.
  • To work within the Trust, RCOT and HCPC guidelines, demonstrate a good working knowledge of nation and local standards of practice in line with legal and operational requirements and use own professional judgement to vary form established practices where required.
  • 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.
  • To conduct and contribute to risk assessments and health and safety assessments and including immediately reporting any changes/newly identified risks.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of resulting recommendations from risk and health and safety assessments.
  • 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.
  • To contribute to and work towards the service/organisational aims and objectives of the Integrated ESD and CNRS.
  • To work effectively within the Integrated ESD and CNRS 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 inform/update to all members of the MDT, 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 support the Specialist Practitioner with day to day planning and delivery of a high quality service.

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
  • 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
  • Positive approach to people with long-term neurological conditions

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