Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Community Therapy Team for Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are looking for an experienced, motivated and specialist Neuro Medical Occupational Therapist.

We are excited and pleased to announce this opportunity for a Band 6 Neuro-Medical Occupational Therapist (full time or part time hours considered) working within the Community Therapy Team of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

This is an ideal opportunity if you have clinical interest in neurology, and a strong motivation to develop skills and expertise and provide patient centred, evidenced based therapy.

You will require a car for use at work, to enable you to work autonomously in the community to visit patients, whilst adhering to local and Trust guidance on lone working.

For further information please contact Jenny Chidley jennifer.chidley@nhs.net (Team Leader) or Anna Sharland Anna.Sharland@nhs.net (Occupational Therapist) on 01202 718457

Main duties of the job

We offer employment in a dynamic team, of Rehabilitation Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and including a Band 7 Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurology, and a Band 7 Team Leader. We are a supportive and close team and also have areas of defined specialisms; Neuro-Medical Therapists, and Falls, Trauma, and Orthopaedic (FTO) Therapists which enables highly specialist knowledge, therapy and skills throughout the community.

The successful candidate will gain knowledge and experience alongside a range of colleagues, within a mutually supportive team. They will benefit from regular in-service training, and support through supervision and annual Professional Development Reviews, and contribute to the training of more junior staff. You will be required to carry a clinical caseload of patients with neuro-medical health conditions, ensuring that patients benefit from high quality, evidence based interventions, which you will deliver and record according to professional standards and legal requirements.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Car owner / driver Essential
  • oSubject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business. Level 1/2 *
Educational Requirements / Qualifications Essential
  • oBSc Hons/Diploma Occupational Therapy Registration with HCPC
  • oPost Graduate qualification or similar experience in relevant field oMembership of professional body
Skills / Experience / Knowledge base Essential
  • oPost grad experience oPrevious experience in rehabilitation with adults and older people. oExperience of working with patients with neurological conditions e.g. Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis or stroke oExperience of working with patients with a range of medical conditions e.g. recent surgical interventions, diagnosis of cancer, or COPD oAwareness of the National priorities in relation to this patient group. oAbility to manage demanding workload to agreed deadlines and timescales oAn ability to prepare and write correspondence and reports. oDocumented evidence of continuous professional development. oExperience in teaching on in house training sessions to own profession
  • oAwareness of the National priorities and requirements oExperience of Supervision of staff oPrevious experience of working in the community oKnowledge of local and national resources oA knowledge of alternative sources of information and supply of equipment oExperience of falls prevention and management strategies
Personal Qualities / Attitudes Essential
  • oCommitted to offering the best possible service to our patients oAbility to communicate information clearly oAbility to liaise successfully with colleagues in other sectors, health service and private and voluntary organisations oGood team working skills oAbility to manage time and conflicting demands and prioritise workload accordingly oAbility to communicate verbally with patients/carers and colleagues
  • oEnthusiasm for developing the service oAbility to monitor and support implementation of change oWillingness to explore new ways of working with services and delivery oAble to motivate and develop staff. oAbility to initiate, monitor and implement change.

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