Occupational Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 pa
Closing date
11 Oct 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an OT Student due to qualify or a Band 5 looking for an exciting new challenge? Are you looking to work with dynamic and innovative teams, and develop transferrable skills in a number of specialisms?

We have an amazing opportunity for enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapists to join our established and clinically diverse Band 5 rotation in the sunny South East.

The placements on our rotation have been designed to help you to learn and consolidate your core OT skills in the OT Process, but also help you to have a greater understanding of the wider MDT and how services link together to support patients along their journey. We thrive to collaboratively work alongside our Physiotherapy and Nursing colleagues. You will gain experience working with patients from aged 18 to over 100 from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

This Band 5 post offers rotations in:

Inpatient Rehabilitation– You will be working in a friendly and fast-paced environment on Community Hospital Wards, aiming to rehabilitate patients to enable safe discharge from hospital to home. Patients may be admitted to inpatient rehab for a number of reasons including; being deconditioned after an acute illness a stay at a general hospital, following a fall or after a period of self-neglect due to mental health problems or substance misuse.

Urgent Care Response within our Community Occupational Therapy teams– You will be working with patients in the community who have been recently discharged from hospital, offering intensive short-term rehabilitation to enable patients to reach their maximum rehab potential. As part of providing Urgent Care, you will develop skills in recognising a deteriorating patient, working to avoid patients being admitted to hospital and keep patients as safe as possible in their own homes.

Community Occupational Therapy – You will holistically to promote the function and safety of patients in their own homes and in care settings. Your caseload will be clinically diverse with a wide variety of long term conditions, including those patients who are palliative. You will work closely with family/informal carers and formal carers to enable them to support patients throughout and beyond your intervention.

You will grow in your professional development throughout the rotation, focusing on both your clinical and managerial skills. Each rotation has its own objectives where you will develop specific skills related to the practice area. You will be supported to develop your assessment skills through functional, environmental and cognitive assessments, moving and handling and posture management assessments and with implementation of these assessments to help patients to identify meaningful and realistic goals. You will learn how to assist patients to achieve these goals through a range of interventions, and finally how to evaluate these interventions. You will learn key transferrable managerial skills such as planning, prioritisation, time management and communication skills vital for effective teamwork and liaison with MDT and family and/or carers. When you are ready, we will support you to move onto a Band 6 role.

The supervisor in each clinical area will seek to allocate referrals to you within your competence levels, providing ongoing support throughout. Supervision will be provided regularly on an informal and formal basis. Further sources of support are provided through structured preceptorship programme and a Band 5 peer support meeting. In-service training is also provided in, for example, 24 hour postural management, falls prevention, hands, managing challenging behaviour in Dementia and cognitive assessment. You will have regular contact with the rotational leads and your feedback will be valued in developing the rotation.

This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity to develop a career in Occupational Therapy, highlighted in the experience of previous staff.

“I have felt valued as a Band 5 and appreciated for what I could contribute to the team and rotation as a whole”

“All teams on the rotation have been invested in supporting me to develop my clinical and managerial skills”

“The rotation has given me a well-rounded experience which is opening up doors to apply for band 6 jobs in a variety of areas”

You will need a Degree or diploma in OT and HPC registration. You will need to be a car driver and have access to a car for work. There may be an opportunity to start working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant prior to the start of the rotation- this can be negotiated at interview.

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