Community Independence Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you have a passion for working with adults and older people and would like to develop your skills in a community setting? Then come and join our integrated Community Independence Service as a therapist and we can support you progress from a Band 5 to a Band 6 therapist.

We work with adults and older people in the east of 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. Previous experience working as a therapist in a rehabilitation/reablement setting is needed as you will be working autonomously in the community

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

Main duties of the job

  • To undertake skilled assessment using advanced clinical reasoning skills and a variety of assessment techniques to provide accurate diagnosis.
  • Manage own caseload, using highly specialist knowledge and skills as an autonomous practitioner, including maintenance of comprehensive records.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable as an autonomous practitioner for all aspects of your own professional activities, to carry a clinical caseload of patients for whom you are responsible.
  • To keep up to date with evidence base, current national and developments and utilise this knowledge and best practice.
  • To maintain a high-level clinical skill set within the team to ensure high quality and compassionate care for all patients.
  • To ensure all care delivered empowers patients to recover their independence at the earliest opportunity.

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 ensure all patients are given the appropriate information and are actively encouraged to engage in their own health needs.
  • To discuss care with patients/carers, where some information may be complex, where there may be barriers to understanding

  • To ensure appropriate cover for clinical caseload duties by effective team collaboration and to delegate tasks effectively within the clinical environment whilst retaining the professional responsibility of appropriate delegation.

Knowledge, Education and Training
  • Undertake training and mentoring of staff and other groups as prescribed.
  • To take responsibility for identifying own training and development needs, suggestions for improvements to the service and policy changes to the line manager.
  • Compliance with Trust arrangements for continuing professional development.
  • To assist in the induction and orientation of new staff.

Management and Leadership
  • Staff are managed and standards of work are maintained and Trust policies for the management of staff performance are adhered to.
  • Appraisals of staff directly managed are undertaken and that the appraisal process is maintained throughout the team.
  • Staff receive appropriate health and safety and other mandatory statutory training as prescribed and that the relevant records ae maintained.
  • Other records are maintained by the team ensuring compliance with the agreed record keeping systems of the Trust.
  • Informed consent is obtained where appropriate and documented in accordance with Trust procedures.
  • New and replacement equipment is not used until it has been commissioned in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Appropriate risk and other assessments are completed and documented in a timely manner in accordance with Trust Policy.
  • Defective equipment is reported and made safe without delay in accordance with Trust procedures
  • Equipment is maintained in accordance with Trust policy.
  • Infection prevention and control procedures are followed by all staff within their area of responsibility.

Quality and Service Improvement
  • Identifies situations of clinical risk and takes appropriate action to ensure a safe environment for patients/clients/families and staff.
  • Contributes to evidence-based practice in speciality areas.
  • Demonstrates commitment to quality improvements, risk management and resource utilisation participating in monitoring and evaluation activities including audit and research activities
  • Provides input into clinical standards/protocols and policies and undertakes clinical audits as required.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of clinical practice contributing to service improvement initiatives.
  • Participates in the implementation of models of care appropriate to patient/client population needs.
  • Contributes to and participates in Solent NHS policy development providing own expertise where relevant and feedback on proposed polices based on relevant experience and expertise where applicable.
  • Participates in case review and debriefing activities as required.
  • Participates in group/unit discussions that review current practice.
  • Contributes to the development of programmes of care/care packages providing specialist advice where relevant.
  • Promote patient and public involvement in activities designed to inform service improvement
  • Actively participate in clinical audit and service improvement activity to improve patient care and patient outcomes (privacy, dignity, and duty of candour).
  • Fully adheres to the Solent NHS trust Integrated Clinical and Safeguarding Supervision policy along with Safeguarding Children and adult policies, and information sharing protocols to ensure the health and well-being of children and adults at risk.
  • Familiarity with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act and maintains MCA mandatory training.

Health and Safety, Security and Equality
  • Works in accordance with the relevant Health and Safety Trust policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Contribute to development of service.
  • Attends organisational mandatory training as required by the Trust and relevant to your role.
  • Actively participates in and enables others to carry out risk assessments within the working environment.
  • Ensures self and colleagues are trained and competent to use equipment safely.
  • Ensures incident reporting is expedited promptly and appropriate action plans completed.
  • Identifies potential health, safety and security issues and collaborates with others to promote and maintain an environment that supports infection prevention and control policies and procedures.
  • Supports and promotes a positive approach to diversity and equality of opportunity, to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage in service delivery and employment, and to manage, support or comply through the implementation of the Solent NHS Trust's Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Promotes a culture which respects and values diversity, and support patients, visitors and staff in exercising their rights.
  • Ensures care within areas of practice and adheres to the 5 principles of the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice (2005).
  • Recognises and reports behaviour which undermines equality and diversity in accordance with organisational policies and current legislation.

Limits of Authority
  • May not dismiss or suspend staff under the disciplinary procedures.
  • May not take annual leave without prior agreement of the manager.

General Requirements
  • Ensure they and where appropriate their staff:
    • Always adhere to trust policies and procedures,
    • comply with trust standing orders, standing financial instructions, policies, procedures, and guidelines,
    • follow any policies and procedures in relation to infection, prevention, and control
    • are aware of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children, and vulnerable adults, and the specific responsibilities placed on individuals who care for such clients/patients
    • take all reasonable steps to manage and promote a safe and healthy working environment which is free from discrimination,
    • comply with the trust policy on confidentiality, and the Data Protection Act 2018 as amended, relating to information held manually or on computerised systems,
    • Always respect the confidentiality and privacy of clients and staff,
    • maintain a constant awareness of health, welfare and safety issues affecting colleagues, patients, visitors, and themselves, reporting any accidents or fault in line with trust policy,
    • fully participate in health and safety training,
    • participate in personal training, development, appraisal, and attend all relevant training courses as required.
    • comply with the professional body code of conduct
  • This job description seeks to outline the key duties and responsibilities of the post; it is not a definitive document and does not form part of the main statement of Terms and Conditions. The job description will be reviewed during the annual appraisal process.
  • The post holder may, with their agreement, which should not reasonably be withheld, be required to undertake other duties as required, which fall within the grading of this post, to meet the needs of this new and developing service.
  • Individuals who are required to hold a professional registration in order to practice must continue to be a member of their professional body throughout the lifespan of this job description. Such individuals will be required to notify the Trust immediately if their professional body limits or changes the terms of their registration.
  • This job description will be reviewed yearly as part of the annual individual appraisal, to ensure that it reflects the responsibilities of the post. No changes will be made without full consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Able to demonstrate a good command of the English Language
  • Both written and verbal
  • Professional UK registration e.g., HCPC
  • Degree level education or equivalent knowledge and skills gained through any combination of alternative study or employment experience
  • Post graduate training in specialty clinical skills as required for role
  • Evidence or portfolio of post graduate continued development
  • Certificate/Diploma in Management and Leadership or relevant equivalent experience
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Experience of staff supervision and mentorship
  • Adhere to current statutory requirements, standards, and regulations
  • Awareness of local and national agenda within the speciality
  • Experience of project management for policy development
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Highly specialised clinical skills across the speciality
  • Organisational and ongoin

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