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Community Occupational Therapist

Employer
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Location
Norwich
Salary
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Profession
Occupational Therapist
Service
Community
Grade
Band 6
Hours
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 12 month secondment to join the Supported Care South team as an Occupational Therapist to support the current team in delivering high quality therapy interventions to patients in their own homes. Supported Care provides effective short term reablement/rehabilitation programmes for vulnerable patients with acute health needs and who are at risk of admission to hospital. This position would be ideal for a professional looking to gain experience of a different way of working in the community in an evolving integrated team.

Main duties of the job

The Supported Care Service is commissioned to provide an MDT approach to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and to support timely discharges from both acute and community hospitals.

Key Areas of Responsibility
  • To work within the supported care team to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.
  • To make risk assessments, establishing the safety or otherwise of a patient's ability to stay at home, or return safely from another care setting, providing and arranging as necessary supportive packages of care.
  • To provide evidenced based clinical/therapeutic interventions based on 'best practice' in order to improve health outcomes and promote choice.
  • To provide in-reach to inpatient units and step up beds where required
  • To act as the patients advocate, facilitating choice, patient empowerment and independence.
  • To work with all health care professionals, and statutory/non statutory agencies to provide a seamless, integrated service to our service users.


About us

The Supported Care Service is a seven day service commissioned to provide an MDT approach to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and to support timely discharges from acute and community hospitals. The team consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Palliative Care Specialists and Assistant Practitioners, working closely with Norfolk First Support as part of the Network of Escalation Avoidance Teams (NEAT) and Discharge to Assess facilitation pathways.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Therapist that wishes to work in a rewarding, fast-paced service, where joint MDT working and decision making is essential in the effective management of this cohort of patients. There are plenty of learning opportunities within NEAT and the Supported Care Service to develop further skills in the management of the increasing complexity of patients within the community setting; so if you are interested in joining our team and developing your skills in a new and dynamic environment, then please consider applying for this 12 month post.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will deliver high quality Occupational Therapy interventions to patients in their own homes, and provide short term reablement/ rehabilitation programmes with effective short term goal setting for vulnerable adults with acute health needs. This will involve using health coaching skills to effectively engage with the patient and their family to ensure expectations are appropriately managed.

The post holder will demonstrate a flexible approach, being able to adapt and respond effectively and efficiently in potentially stressful case scenarios. The post holder will use their OT diagnostic skills within their assessment to determine the need for further investigations, and to support the MDT with ongoing patient management.

The post holder will show a level of resilience by working with the team to develop competencies in all areas of practice. Each clinician within the service has developed competencies in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Nursing. It would be an expectation for the post holder to be involved in the training of other team members to maintain competence within some aspects of occupational therapy, as well as develop and maintain own competencies in areas of Physiotherapy and Nursing.
Person Specification Qualifications
  • Diploma or 1st level degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Clinical Educators Course
Experience
Essential
  • Evidence of working at a relevant level
  • Good observational and reporting skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Concentrate when undertaking patient care & inputting data/patient records
  • Work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
  • Demonstrate good IT and standard keyboard skills

Desirable
  • Experience in complex moving and handling
  • Experience in training and supervising staff
  • Experience working at a Band 6 level
Skills, Abilities and Knowledge
  • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language
  • Highly motivated
Communication
  • Tact & diplomacy
  • Empathy & sensitivity
  • Ability to use own initiative
Personal and People Development
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • A team player
Personal Attributes / Behaviours
  • Able to identify with the Trusts commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults
Other
  • Be able to:
  • Kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments.
  • Manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6kg
  • Manoeuvre patients using handling aids
  • Must have a full UK driving license and have access to a vehicle


Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma or 1st Level degree in Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Clinical educators course completion
Experience Essential
  • Good observational and reporting skills
  • Evidence of working at a relevant level
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Concentrate when undertaking patient care and inputting data / patient records
  • Work flexibly to accommodate patient/service needs
  • Demonstrate good IT and standard keyboard skills
Desirable
  • Experience in complex moving and handling
  • Experience in training and supervising staff
  • Experience working at a Band 6 level
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of additional specialist areas through in-house training & short courses
  • Highly motivated
  • Able to communicate in written and verbal English Language
Communication Essential
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Empathy and sensitivity
  • Ability to use own initiative
Personal and People development Essential
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • A team player
Personal Attributes/Behaviours Essential
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults
Other Essential
  • Be able to: (1)Kneel, bend & stoop, and work in cramped environments. (2)Manoeuvre limbs of around 5-6kg (3)Manoeuvre patients using handling aids
  • Must have a full UK driving license and have access to a vehicle


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