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Occupational Therapist (Band 6)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you an experienced band 5 looking to further develop your skills, or are you currently a band 6 Occupational therapist wanting to relocate?

We are looking for a dynamic and inspiring Occupational Therapist with a special interest in Trauma and Orthopaedics to join the Surgical and Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy (OT) Team.

The post is Part Time (0.6 FTE)

The post holder will have a varied caseload of Orthopaedic patients but also opportunities to treat surgical patients according to the team demands.

The post is a static position giving opportunity to develop the service, gain specialist skills and knowledge and build excellent working relationships with the extended multi-disciplinary team within the acute hospital as well as establishing knowledge and relationships with community s

At Somerset NHS Foundation Trust as are seeking individuals who want to contribute to our vision of providing patient centred and compassionate care.

We can support you in developing your knowledge and skills within this area and provide opportunities to participate in service development.

Main duties of the job

To take a clinical lead role within the Occupational Therapy Surgery and Orthopaedic Team, providing specialist education and advice as required. To provide a high standard of occupational therapy to patients referred to the Occupational Therapy Surgery and Orthopaedic Team and to undertake specific management responsibilities in the absence of the Band 7/Team Leader.The post holder will supervise junior staff and students.

The post holder will work as an autonomous practitioner and be responsible for their own Continual Professional Development (CPD).

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

The post holder will assess patients to ensure they understand the Occupational Therapy treatment process and their participation within this process and gain valid, informed consent. The post holder will have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack the capacity to consent to treatment, eg. patients with dementia, post operative confusion.

The post holder will be expected to deal sensitively with patients who have high levels of anxiety and aggressions caused by pain, dementia and limited mobility, and those with difficulties in understanding or communicating. This will include patients with complex traumatic injuries which may cause permanent disability, and patients who have suffered complex bony trauma causing temporary and permanent dysfunction. They will also deal appropriately and sensitively with patients who may be in pain or distressed during occupational therapy treatment, eg. carrying out daily living tasks with patients who have fractures or amputation of a limb requires excellent communication, empathic and motivational skills as these patients are often frightened, in pain and unwilling to mobilise post injury/operatively.

The post holder will undertake detailed clinical assessment of patients, provide and evaluate the treatment of patients with diverse or complex presentation/multiple pathologies. E.g. adult patients with multiple fractures, bone cancer, limb amputation, spinal injury, with a key role in providing a service to patients having elective or emergency spinal surgery. The post holder will be responsible for patients referred to the Surgery and Orthopaedic Team, and they will take a key role in discharge planning. The post requires specialist knowledge across these specialities, supported by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience. The post holder will be expected to make clinical judgements involving complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options. These will include personal, domestic and leisure activities of daily living (PADL, DADL, LADL) assessment for and provision of assistive equipment, eg. wheelchairs, hoists, raised toilet seats, and instruction in adaptive techniques and post operative care, eg. bed to wheelchair transfer with a patient who has a lower limb amputation.

The post holder will formulate and deliver an individual occupational therapy treatment programme using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of relevant treatment skills, eg. personal activities of daily living (PADL) and domestic activities of daily living (DADL). The post holder will be actively involved with the education of patients referred from the Trauma and Orthopaedic Team, eg. education in the use and care of spinal orthoses and back care advice and the techniques to prevent dislocation following hip replacement or after injury, through the use of aids to daily living and adaptive techniques (aids to put on socks, equipment to raise a chair or toilet). This would be individually on the ward, within the Occupational Therapy Department or in the patients home.

The post holder will also deal with multiple physical (fractures of upper and lower limbs, amputation of limbs), social (living alone or caring for another), and psychological needs of patients (loss of use of a limb due to injury or amputation, terminal illness, spinal injury, elective and emergency spinal surgery). The post holder must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to deal with complex needs of these patients, carers and relatives, and will be exposed to situations and environments which may cause distress to the post holder.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy/HCPC registration
  • CPD in relevant clinical areas
  • Basic management training or relevant experience
  • Recruitment and selection training
  • Supervision training
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Specialist knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy assessments and intervention for patients with a variety of diagnosis
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance and it's application
  • Experience of clinical audit/and or service development
  • Experience in policy development and implementation
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • Presentation and training skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance

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