Occupational Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Do you have a passion for working with adults and older people in a community setting? Then come and join our integrated Community Independence Service as an Occupational Therapist.

We work with adults and older people in Central Southampton and are looking for an enthusiastic and practical person who is committed to the principles of enabling people to reach their full potential and maintain or regain their independence.

As this post is working within an integrated service an interest in integration and how to work in new and innovative ways across health and social care is essential. As the successful candidate will be managing and developing staff members you will need effective interpersonal skills and positive leadership skills to support flexible and innovative approaches to problem solving.

Previous experience working as an Occupational Therapist in a rehabilitation/reablement setting is needed as you will be working autonomously in the community.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will need to:

*Manage a caseload with supervision as required/be responsible for a defined area of service, determining daily occupational therapy and multidisciplinary rehabilitation intervention, and able to plan and implement comprehensive programmes of care for people who require intensive support / rehabilitation, guided by more senior clinicians where required.

*Participate in and maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of new developments and incorporating into practice under guidance from supervisor and providing supervision and assessment of rehabilitation assistants and students on placement.

*To work as part of the integrated locality health and social care team delivering programmes of rehabilitation within a community setting in close collaboration with other relevant services/agencies e.g. other community and inpatient teams, social care, primary and secondary care.

*You will have great communication and interpersonal skills and will be be flexible and adaptable.

Please see more information below, and in attached Job description for full detail of role expectations.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be responsible for a designated case load of people requiring rehabilitation / Occupational Therapy intervention and undertake to organise and prioritise the required programmes of treatment.

Work within the community (e.g. within a person's home) as a lone practitioner managing situations of risk.

Seek support and advice from more experienced colleagues when faced with matters outside of sphere of responsibility, knowledge or skills.

Obtain informed consent from people to treatment and work within agreed guidelines for people unable to give informed consent. Obtain consent to the sharing of information and document all consent issues in accordance with relevant Trust procedures.

Undertake generic health & social care assessments using single assessment process and undertake specific / comprehensive occupational therapy assessments for people with complex/rehabilitation/chronic needs e.g.

*Administering functional activities of daily living assessments

*Functional performance assessments of upper limb function

*Perceptual and cognitive testing

*Wheelchair seating assessments

*Assessment for and fitting of specialist equipment

*Undertaking assessment and measurement for minor environmental adaptations to people's homes e.g. rails, banisters and ramps.

*Assessment and provision of basic thermoplastic and soft upper limb splints

Use equipment and assessment tools for accurate assessment and decision-making and seek advice from more experienced staff when required. e.g. Comprehensive Falls Assessments, undertaking sensory and perceptual assessments, pressure relieving equipment.

Undertake clinical and environmental risk assessments on a daily basis and identify verbally and electronically key risk areas, seeking guidance from a senior member of staff when dealing with cases indicating a high level of risk.

Respond to requests for urgent therapy assessments within the same working day, by participating in duty rotas within the locality.

Plan, develop and implement Occupational Therapy / rehabilitation programmes with people and their carers through education and teaching which encourages and empowers people and their carers to reach an optimum level of self-care and independence.

Communicate and discuss information that may be distressing e.g. about the person's condition, progress/deterioration, expected rehabilitation prospects and long term care needs. This will include people and their carers who have difficulties in understanding or communicating e.g. speech & language difficulties, depression, mental health problems, cognitive/sensory problems, cultural/language barriers.

Work with people who may have mental health issues including anxiety, depression and cognitive deficits, using low level psychological approaches as required. Work within the principles of the Mental Capacity Act and identify where people may have capacity issues, carrying out capacity assessments and best interest processes if appropriate

Provide advice and information to people and their carers on improving their health and wellbeing and of any resources/services available to them.

Where necessary seek to motivate and negotiate with people to maximise treatment outcomes.

Participate in clinical meetings to enable the person to set and meet realistic rehabilitation goals in order to increase their independence and facilitate timely discharge e.g. Patient Planning meetings.

Initiate and lead clinical meetings for specific people when needed (weekly) and provide occupational therapy advice to other health and social care professionals.

Carry out complex moving and handling and postural management assessments, and provide advice and guidance regarding appropriate moving and handling and postural management techniques. Appropriately manage moving and handling issues where there are safeguarding concerns, working with external care providers as required to achieve the best outcomes for people.

Carry out safe moving and handling practice, for moderately dependent people within a community environment e.g. person's own home, on a daily basis, in accordance with planned programmes of care and Trust policies. Provide guidance to more junior members of staff.

Undertake therapeutic handling of the person for personal care or transfer practice which may involve dealing with continence and body fluids.

Provide, fit and operate standard and more specialist equipment e.g. bed mobility /bath aids, hoists.

Instruct and/or demonstrate techniques/equipment to people, their carers and other staff on a day to day basis.

Analyse and evaluate the person's progress at every treatment session and amend treatment programmes accordingly.

Undertake reviews of rehabilitation programmes and organise in liaison with the person, carers (where appropriate) and multidisciplinary team discharges / transfers of care.

Provide psychological and emotional support to people and their carers during their rehabilitation programmes. Provide anxiety management assessment and intervention including recognised psychological approaches such as relaxation and mindfulness.

Maintain accurate, timely and contemporaneous records on the electronic records systems to ensure effective communication and feedback about jointly managed people.

Able to provide high quality written reports and any other written documentation as necessary in relation to referrals, incidents or complaint investigations.

Complete and submit statistics including performance indicators and returns as required.

To actively safeguard and promote the welfare of adults and children and maintain confidentiality and advocacy for people and their carers.

Demonstrate and promote clinical competence for all members of the team to ensure people and their carers receive the best possible care and outcomes through clinically effective practice across the community team, and comply with all Clinical Governance requirements

To provide leadership to other members of the community team, supporting the Clinical Manager in ensuring the highest standards of care through on-going assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.

Provide leadership through clinical supervision, assessment of clinical competencies and participating in regular caseload review of complex and long term cases with the community team.

Support the Clinical Manager in investigating incidents and complaints, identifying team learning to reduce re-occurrence.

Support the team in identifying risks that impact on their ability to deliver high quality care, raising these with the Clinical Manager.

Participate in activities related to service or care pathway re-design, providing clinical and professional leadership and to champion new service developments to engage health and social care colleagues in the planning and implementation of new ways of working.

Participate in the selection and recruitment process and support the Clinical Manager in the induction of new starters.

To have line management responsibility for agreed staff at band 5 and below in the team and to ensure that each member of staff you have responsibility for has regular clinical and management supervision as per Trust policy and is involved in the annual appraisal process.

To work with the Clinical Manager and Human Resources to identify and address areas of poor performance with staff including clinical capability, attitude and behaviours and attendance, in line with relevant HR policy.

To support the Clinical Manager in budgetary management, responsibility by ensuring the cost effective use of

*Services and funding available through private and public sector.

*Expensive and highly complex equipment.

*Provide recommendation for effective use of resources.

*Be involved in further cost saving initiatives.

Support Clinical Managers and facilitate staff in ensuring that the caseload is managed within agreed resources and to minimise the reliance on temporary staffing.

Ensure self, team, and other carers are competent in the use of equipment and substances used in care, to promote safety of people, their carers and staff.

Ensure self and line managed staff undertake essential training as per Trust policy.

Ensure that all aspects of professional behaviour are followed as required within the HCPC Code of Professional Conduct.

Share expertise with the inter-professional team and actively participate in developing teaching and communication strategies, addressing the learning needs of colleagues, people and carers.

Encourage and support innovation, extensive networking, mentorship to professionals, exploration of new ways of working and sharing of expertise.

Identify, through appraisal, the learning and development needs of the team and to ensure these are captured in the annual training needs.

Participate in teaching and clinical supervision sessions for staff to support development and learning from complex case reviews or incidents.

Work to provide a learning environment for staff members, students and other professionals.

To facilitate education for people and their carers in the community setting.

Evaluate and interpret evidence based research findings, making informed judgements about their implications for changing and/or developing services and clinical practice.

Continually evaluates and audits the quality of practice, using a wide range of valid and reliable approaches and methods that are appropriate to needs and context.

Take responsibility for own development. Maintain competence, knowledge and skills commensurate with role and to meet the requirements of professional re-registration.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy, state registered.
  • Recognised Clinical Educator for Occupational Therapy Students.
  • Post Registration Course e.g. rehabilitation, Chronic disease management, Palliative care, Postural management

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