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Occupational Therapist (Band 5)

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
Exciting! New, part-time Band 5 static post in the medical team at Musgrove Park Hospital.

Are you keen to develop you Occupational Therapy skills in a supported and valued environment?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Acute Medical Team at Musgrove Park Hospital as a part time (30 hrs) Band 5 Occupational Therapist. Acute Medicine covers several different wards and includes the specialisms; Respiratory, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Endocrine, Oncology and General Medicine.

In this post you will be responsible for assessment and treatment interventions for your caseload (ward based) and will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. You will need excellent communication and team working skills.

We are particularly looking for an individual that is keen to support the introduction of the Early OT Intervention project (enabling appropriate patients to have early access to therapy interventions). We are a growing team and are very enthusiastic to provide occupational therapy to patients early on in their admission to promote function, independence and prevent deconditioning.

In return we will support and encourage your development through formal and informal supervision, actively promoting ongoing learning and development through Continued Professional development opportunities.

If you would like to find out more, please contact the Medical Team Leader, Ruth Preater-Gillard for more details or arrange a visit.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard Occupational Therapy Service as a band 5 Occupational therapist within medical team.

To hold responsibility for own caseload and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, working without direct supervision but having access to a Senior Occupational Therapist on a daily basis and participating in the Service's formal Professional Supervision & Appraisal Programme.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

To undertake comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multiple pathologies, eg. Complex social situations, end of life care, people with life chronic and acute endocrine, gastro, cardiac and respiratory conditions in addition to complex medical conditions.

The post holder will be expected to make clinical judgements which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of different treatment techniques and options, to establish physical and cognitive functional levels. These will include personal, domestic, vocational and leisure activities of daily living, assessment and provision of assistive equipment.

Carry out standardised assessments to diagnose physical and cognitive functional levels.

Formulate and deliver an individual occupational therapy treatment programme using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills e.g. activity analysis of functional skills, patient education, manual handling techniques and other alternative options. To do this taking into account the persons own goals and those of the multidisciplinary team to predict achievable outcomes and recommend the best course of intervention.

Assess a persons understanding of treatment intervention/goals, gain valid informed consent from the patient and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment, e.g. those people with cognitive difficulties.

The post holder will continually reassess and evaluate the persons progress through assessment and intervention. Treatment programmes will be altered as a result of this.

To carry out clinical risk assessments for patients on own caseload and take action to effectively manage identified risks, eg. Patients who are difficult to transfer and aggressive patients.

The post holder will be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through Continual Professional Development (CPD) activities, such as external/internal training courses, literature reviews and maintain a portfolio which reflects personal development and complies with the requirements for the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as an Occupational Therapist.

Maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence based practice in the areas of each rotation developing and building on core knowledge of particular conditions and patient types. The post holder will ensure awareness of and comply with the Trusts and local teams policies and procedures relating to clinical governance and that their requirements, along with nationally recognised professional standards, are incorporated within clinical practice.

To ensure continuing professional expertise and standards by conducting literature reviews and by attending and/or presenting at in-service training.

To actively take part in monthly professional clinical groups, such as peer review groups and other development activities, through administrative duties such as chair and minute taker on a rota system, presentation of patient case studies, feedback from training and discussion around relevant topics.

To undertake the measurement and evaluation of own work and current practices through active participation in supervision and peer review using case presentation, article reviews, evidence based practice projects with support and guidance from senior therapists.

To deliver group education/treatment sessions for service users, carers, nursing staff and others, both formally and informally, as and when required.

The post holder will keep comprehensive treatment records for all patients who have been referred for Occupational Therapy in accordance with Royal College of Occupational Therapy standards of practice and local Trust Policy. This will involve recording information in the service users paper or electronic records (medical records, nursing records or RIO depending on rotation)

To maintain patient attendance and treatment using the electronic Maxims/Rio information system and to be competent in the use of and actively access the electronic communication systems within the service and the Trust.

To participate, through verbal information and demonstration, in the clinical education of Occupational Therapy Students to graduate level. To provide support, guidance and training to support staff and to deliver the Occupational Therapy component of the training for multidisciplinary or multi agency staff. This may be in a formal or informal basis.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy/HCPC Registration
  • Evidence of continual professional development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Application of the OT process
  • Some knowledge of current best practice in OT
  • Evidence of reflection/critical appraisal of own performance
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • Use of functional assessments and activity analysis
  • Good personal organisational skills

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