Specialist Falls Occupational Therapist/ Nurse/ Physiotherapist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
16 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking to work in a dynamic, enthusiastic, and experienced team? Are you an NMC Nurse or a HCPC registered Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist with a passion for falls, community healthcare and the ambition to succeed? Well look no further! Our Luton Falls team is expanding, which means we have an amazing opportunity to appoint a new Falls Specialist Nurse, Physiotherapist or Occupational therapist.

The Luton Falls team works across Luton aiming to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions following a fall, reduce the risk of further falls and supports patients with Falls prevention health promotion. We work closely with the East of England Ambulance Service, other local NHS Services and Luton Borough Council.

The service works shifts from 8pm until 6pm, 7 days per week with weekend work on a rota basis. The applicant will be expected to work shifts across 7 days. Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel effectively and independently on a daily basis to and from the base, clients' homes and other venues around the geographical area whilst transporting equipment. If necessary, adjustments can be considered, in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work within the Falls Team to provide clinical support for a falls single point of referral as well as a rapid intervention service for people who have had a fall or are at risk of falling across Luton. They will be responsible for their own clinical caseload delivering patient centred, evidence based multi-factorial falls assessments and interventions. This includes working across a variety of community settings and will include the delivery of evidence based strength and balance group programmes.

Experience in a range of clinical settings including in a community setting is essential alongside a high standard of clinical skills with the ability to work flexibly as part of a team and autonomously. We are looking for clinicians with a dynamic and innovate approach, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills who are well organised and enthusiastic.

The Post holder will have the opportunity to contribute to service development and re-design. They will demonstrate active participation in continuing professional development and be responsible for the supervision of other staff and students. In return we offer learning and development opportunities and supervision support as well as a great team environment.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

To work within the Luton Falls Team to provide a rapid intervention service for people who have had a fall or are at risk of falling.

To provide comprehensive multi-factorial falls assessment, treatment and evidence based strength and balance programmes to all clients who have fallen as part of an inter-disciplinary service to enable the patient to remain at home safely and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

To hold a clinical caseload delivering a client centred, evidence based nursing/ physiotherapy/ occupational therapy interventions

To support with running the community falls strength and balance groups.

Work within professional standards and clinical guidelines, promote best practice and to undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner including assessing and treating own caseload of patients/clients and maintaining professional documentation.

Build up and maintain key relationships with referring services across Luton including Falls clinic, Community Rehabilitation Teams, GPs, Community Nursing teams, A&E, Ambulance Services and other community service providers to facilitate appropriate referrals and an understanding of the role of the Nurse/ Physiotherapist/ Occupational Therapist in the Falls Intervention Service.

Be responsible for the supervision of junior staff, community falls support workers and students as the opportunities arise.

Work in a variety of settings including clinics, clients own home, community centres, extra care sheltered housing and care homes.

Support self and service development through active participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and by participating in any audit or research being undertaken by the service.

To understand the rationale behind multi-factorial falls prevention programmes and the evidence base supporting their delivery

Undertake specialist detailed multi-factorial falls assessments for clients who have fallen. These clients will present with a variety of falls risk factors and often present with complex multi-pathologies including neurological conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, age related disorders, osteoporosis, learning disability and/or mental health diagnosis. To have a working knowledge of up to date practices, such as FRAX assessment, environmental, home safety assessment and research (e.g. NICE guidelines, Occupational Therapy practice guidelines, Falls Prevention Guidelines, AGS & BGS falls guidelines).

Be proficient in the assessment of clients with a wide range of pathologies and competent in the development and implementation of treatment plans for these clients who are referred to the Luton Falls team. Demonstrate the use of evidence-based outcome measures and interventions and in accordance with The Royal College of Nursing/ Chartered Society of Physiotherapy/ Royal College of Occupational Therapist Guidelines.

To lead community evidence based strength and balance groups and deliver educational talks around falls prevention and falls risk management. After clients complete the strength and balance groups, be responsible for their follow up.

Work closely with other healthcare professionals e.g. Nursing, Occupational Therapists Physiotherapists, falls support workers, Dieticians, GPs, Pharmacists, Care Managers and nursing teams to provide a comprehensive, seamless service, aiming to improve and maintain functional physical health for clients using the service and to communicate relevant medical information, assessment details, advice and recommendations across agencies and with clients, to provide a coordinated service to meet the clients care needs, in compliance with Trust Guidelines for sharing of information and informed consent. These agencies include Acute Trusts, General Practitioners, Community Rehabilitation Teams, Social Services, other healthcare professionals, voluntary agencies, and care homes.

Following Specialist Falls Assessment, use advanced clinical reasoning, analysis, assessment and re-assessment skills to develop and provide individual occupational therapy treatments and programmes for clients. These treatment techniques may include 1:1 occupational therapy treatment, prescription of home exercise programmes, group exercise programmes, health promotion, patient and carer education. This may be on a home visit, in a clinic or in a group setting.

Person Specification Qualifications and training Essential
  • Current HCPC Registration
  • Diploma/ Degree in Nursing/ Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development/ Portfolio
  • Post Graduate qualification/ study in relevant area
  • Membership of professional body/ organisation such as RCN/ CSP/ RCOT
  • Membership of relevant clinical interest group
  • Educator Accreditation
Experience Essential
  • Significant post registration experience including community experience
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary Primary Health Care Team
  • Understanding of multidisciplinary care coordination
  • Ability to work within a skill mixed team, working within quality standards
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research and its impact on clinical practice
  • Able to demonstrate experience and a knowledge of clinical / governance and audit
  • Awareness of implications of DOH directives
  • Experience of working in a falls team/ working with patients that have fallen, with a client group who are risk of falls or sound knowledge of falls
  • Experience of working within a diverse population
  • Experience in a community intermediate care/ rehabilitation team
  • Involvement in project development work or health promotion group work
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Ability to work as part of a team, manage and effectively lead a team
  • Ability and experience of work as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Systematic approach to work, ability to prioritise and manage time effectively, and work under pressure in a changing work environment
  • Evidence of managing complex discharges involving a multi-agency approach
  • Teaching and presentation skills
  • Effective communication skills to both internal and external agencies
  • Experience of managing patients with Acute/Chronic long-term conditions
  • Ability to use an electronic patient record system (e.g. SystmOne)

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