Occupational Therapist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced Occupational therapist to join the Wellbeing Matters service. The main responsibilities for this role are to set up and coordinate a single point of access for community Health board equipment ordering. With the aid of an OTA you will be responsible for the assessment of incoming referrals to ensure patients needs are met first time. This will be primarily fast track bed ordering for palliative patients or to ensure their safe and timely discharge from hospital.

You will be responsible for the Line management of an Occupational therapy assistant.

This post will be part of a community triage service which is being developed to work across health , social and 3rd sector broker organization's to create a responsive service to aid patients and citizens.

Assessing patients for onward referral to suitable organisations such as the Vale community resource service or social work and facilitating step up / down facilities will be a major part of this role.

Main duties of the job

o To set up and coordinate a Single point of access for community emergency bed referrals.

o To be the Single point of contact for community health board equipment ordering.

o Be responsible for the assessment of incoming referrals to ensure patient needs are met first time. Assessing any additional patient needs.

o Be responsible for the step up and step down of community beds and equipment.

o Oversee and allocate work for an Occupational Therapy Technician.

o Monitor a caseload of patients at home with long term conditions ensuring their equipment needs are met. Reassessment at regular intervals.

o Set up systems and procedures to enable to timely response to all referrals facilitating prompt hospital discharge.

o Set up and hold a database of community equipment to ensure repurposing where appropriate.

o Liaising directly with Joint equipment stores (JES) and local authority Occupational Therapists to ensure a smooth transition between Health and Local authority funding.

o Liaise with tissue viability specialist nurse (VN) /team to ensure real time Knowledge of stocks of equipment available.

o Improve the efficiency of the approval and delivery process in conjunction with the TVN and JES.

o Help to maintain citizens with Health and Social Care needs in the community

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Boardis one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 14,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale, we are focused on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services. Together we are committed to improving health outcomes for everyone, delivering excellent care and support.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital has something for everyone. At its heart sits Cardiff Castle with 2000 years of history. Nearby stands the Principality Stadium, home of the Welsh Rugby Union and host to International sporting events. Cardiff also boasts a variety of theatres and live music venues. Furthermore, there's CardiffBay with a range of new apartments, bars and restaurants.

The Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline, including the famed Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Cowbridge, Penarth and Llantwit Major are some of the charming neighbouring towns.

Those seeking more culture may find themselves drawn to theNationalMuseum, St Fagans MuseumofWelsh Lifeor the Millennium Centre, home of the Welsh National Opera.

Whether city life or rural living, Cardiffand the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description Job responsibilities

Works without direct supervision to assess, plan, implement and evaluate Occupational Therapy interventions with autonomy in secondary care and community settings to include lone working e.g. patients own home. To manage a defined caseload, using evidence based/client centered principles within physical and psychological medicine. To develop expertise in identified clinical areas. To provide leadership through supervision, induction, training and education of Band 5 Occupational Therapists, support staff and volunteers according to organisational policy and accepted professional standards. To demonstrate a commitment to the education of Occupational Therapy students ensuring the maintenance of clinical standards through regular supervision of students on practice placement To work in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and with voluntary organisations, local authority and other appropriate health and social care sectors to negotiate care provision across the primary/secondary care interface To maintain clinical records in accordance with legal requirements and professional standards.

Applies specialist knowledge of Occupational Therapy across a range of procedures that are underpinned by theory, evidence based practice and continued professional development. Applies clinical reasoning and problem solving skills/techniques. Within an identified area, assumes professional autonomy, responsibility and accountability to implement Occupational Therapy to enable the service user to maximize function, promote independence, health and well-being. Works to the remit of professional role and responsibilities within a multi-disciplinary professional and multi-agency context. Prioritizes workload and takes an increased responsibility for management of self and caseload Identifies and assesses of occupational needs/problemso gathers information from a wide range of sources and analysis through observational interview and individual discussion;o uses standardised and non-standardised assessment tools to identify occupational and functional needs in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure;o accurately records assessment method and outcome, professional judgement and decisions taken;o From the results of the preliminary assessments and in consultation with the client, identifies the need for further assessment, appropriate intervention and/or negotiates with other services/agencies to meet additional care needs. Makes judgements/decisions and formulates specific management plans for meeting needs:o based on the assessment results and through negotiation with the client, agrees the goals and priorities of intervention and the methods to be adopted in relation to self-care, productivity and leisure;o Understands and applies motivational principles to gain co-operation of others. Considers the range of interventions that are appropriate/feasibleo selects, develops and initiates individual occupational therapy interventions which could be utilised taking into account the unique and specific therapeutic needs of clients and carers;o Uses graded occupations as an essential aspect of the ongoing assessment and treatment. Monitors and evaluates the ongoing effectiveness of the occupational therapy intervention plan through a reflective model demonstrating:-o knowledge to measure and reflect critically on practiceo Skills in relation to analysis of outcomes. Applies fine motor skills to include high levels of dexterity and hand eye coordination e.g. use of fine tools relevant to cognitive/perceptual tests. Demonstrates the ability to accept the standards of others without prejudice and regardless of race, religion, politics, socio-economic background and lifestyle Demonstrates attitudes that ensure the expressed needs and choices of clients and carers become the focus of the care management process.

Person Specification Other Essential
  • Ability to travel to meet the demands of the post
  • Ability to speak Welsh
Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification in occupational therapy at degree level or equivalent
  • Holds HCPC registration
  • Evidence of recent learning and continuing professional development
  • Practice Educator training Qualification
Experience Essential
  • Experience in at least two service areas
  • Experience of complex discharge arrangements
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
Skills Essential
  • Ability to support and supervise others
  • Evidence of critical appraisal
  • Planning and prioritisation of workload
  • Presentation skills
Special Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of services that link across primary and secondary care to provide integrated care
  • Seating and posture management assessment for wheelchair users
  • Member of special interest group

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