A unique opportunity has arisen to specialise in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Hands and Community Occupational Therapy. The post will be split between the two services and includes in-patient rehabilitation for various long-term conditions, manual handling and housing adaptations combined with outpatient services for hand assessments, splinting and self-management advice i.e. joint protection, fatigue, and pain management.
As this is a split post there is an expectation to travel between sites within the Carmarthenshire area. The primary bases of work currently are Ammanford and Carmarthen but can be confirmed on appointment.
Main duties of the job
You will provide clinical interventions for patients with inflammatory arthritis and related complex conditions, demonstrating a high level of communication, assessment, and core OT skills within a specialist out-patient therapy team.
You should have experience with long term condition management, complex manual handling assessments, functional assessments, goal planning andsupporting individuals to maintain independence.
To work autonomously, contribute to service development and work collaboratively with others to provide rehabilitation/recovery/reablement focussed on the needs of the individual.
Deliver the service in a manner and setting appropriate to the needs of client group, following professional codes of conduct and ethics and national and/or locally agreed guidelines, protocols, policies and care pathways. This may include working with colleagues or alone; with individuals and groups; in people's homes, community settingsand hospitals.
Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:
Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;
Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;
48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;
Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services.
Job description Job responsibilities
This post is advertised as a Band 6, however applicants who do not currently hold all the necessary competencies to a Band 6 level are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Annex 21 rules whereby 75% of the top of Band 6 will be payable during the 12 months. Applicants would be supported to develop their competencies required to fulfil the role within 12 months. Failure to achieve the competencies in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment.
You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.
The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.
The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.
Interviews to be held on 11/10/2022.
Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
- Degree in Occupational Therapy
- Current HCPC Registration
- Knowledge of relevant current health and social care legislation applicable to role.
- Knowledge and application of Microsoft Office software.
- Understanding of the roles of other staff groups in health and social care.
- Knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions across all therapies. Understanding and application of clinical governance, including research and audit methodology.
- Understanding and application of relevant outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness.
- Knowledge of other services that link across primary/secondary/intermediate care.
- Working knowledge of therapeutic equipment.
- Knowledge of Health Board and priorities.
- Accredited Practice Educator
- Accredited Agored Assessor
- Significant post graduate experience of working as an occupational therapist across a range of settings and variety of conditions
- Managing a complex and varied caseload
- Working independently with indirect or arms length supervision.
- Delegation and Supervision of staff
- Experience of coping independently with distressing or emotional situations in challenging work environments
- Working as part of a team
- Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
- Direct involvement with carers and families
- Self-development and application of learning
- Use of adapted techniques for improving patient outcomes
- Experience of working with groups
- Experience of working in a community setting
- Experience of using virtual communication platforms for delivering service.
- Experience in same clinical area as post being applied for
Language Skills Desirable
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