Occupational Therapist with Specialist Palliative Care Interest

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Part Time
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Are you a Band 6 Occupational Therapist wishing to work in a multi-disciplinary team specialising in end of life care, work with other health and social care professionals to develop the ethos of multi-disciplinary, integrated care and seamless services ensuring that patient care is delivered to the highest possible standard. A part time maternity leave cover for 12 months has become available within the Specialist Palliative care team based at Workington Community hospital covering the West of Cumbria.Working largely alone and unsupervised, assess patients, plan and implement care in the community and a range of other settings, provide advice and education to patients, carers and colleagues, maintain associated records.

Carry out delegated management tasks including line management and clinical supervision of other team members.

Work will include Community, Copeland Unit and Loweswater Suite (Specialist Palliative Care). Virtually and face to face patient care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • Work independently as an autonomous practitioner within the specified specialist clinical area (s) responsible for managing a caseload of patients with a range of frequently complex conditions, appropriate to specialist knowledge and skill level and experience; providing flexible and patient centred programmes of Occupational therapy (OT) interventions. The post holder will, with other members of the team, offer a patient-centred, multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to patient care.
  • Work will include Community, Copeland Unit and Loweswater Suite (Specialist Palliative Care).
  • Post holder will be expected to support Palliative Care patients to remain independent and offer them appropriate functioning solutions.
  • Will take responsibility for the management of their own caseload and the case management of individual patients, whilst continuing to develop specialist clinical skills, knowledge and experience as identified in the post holder's Performance and Development Plan (PDP).
  • There is the opportunity to seek specialist advice from a senior OT with a specialist clinical knowledge and experience when required.
  • The post holder will undertake clinical and department support duties.

See attached Job description for Specialist Palliative Care OT.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money wel

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email: helpline@nacro.org.uk

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy or equivalent Occupational Therapy qualification
  • Practice placement facilitator qualification
  • Evidence of post registration training relevant to speciality
Experience Essential
  • Post-registration clinical experience where a degree of autonomous working has been required
  • Evidence of working on own initiative, managing time and prioritising
  • Experience of extended role clinical responsibilities
  • Experience of supervision of junior staff and students
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development/Lifelong Learning Activities
  • Extensive clinical experience, including individual and group work
  • Experience of managing breathlessness, fatigue and anxiety
  • Experience of working in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of working within a range of settings.
  • Experience of conducting audit and / or research Experience of staff management.
  • Experience of providing staff supervision and appraisal to both qualified and non-professionally aligned staff.
  • Clinical application of a variety of MOHO tools.
  • Palliative Care.
  • Experience of Audit procedures.
Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to client group.
  • Understanding and application of the Model of Human Occupation and associated assessment tools.
  • Knowledge and experience of Occupational Therapy outcome measures.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of a wide range of therapeutic interventions/techniques related to clinical specialty including Palliative Care.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and confidence in communicating the role of Occupational Therapy.
  • Knowledge of current NHS trends/policy which influence service provision.
  • Understanding of evidence based practice and its application.
  • Detailed knowledge of legislation related to current practice.
  • Detailed knowledge of the principals of clinical governance and its application.
  • Knowledge of evidence based practice relating to occupational therapy
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of physical and mental health conditions
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Model of Human Occupation
  • Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of clinical governance
  • Training and presentation skills
  • Understanding of current political climate affecting Health issues
  • I.T. Use of Databases and word processing and standard office packages.
  • Critically analyse research and apply to practice
  • Have understanding and knowledge of local area and facilities that clients may access.
skills and Aptitudes Essential
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities.
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships.
  • Ability to share/cascade relevant knowledge and skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Ability to supervise junior or support staff.
  • Credibility in main area of practice.
  • Ability to perform under pressure across different service areas, quickly and effectively, making timely decisions and following through available agreed care pathways.
  • Ability to assess, prioritise and co-ordinate the need for treatment.
  • Ability to use learned knowledge to change practice and motivate staff Ability to make decisions autonomously and delegate work appropriately.
  • IT skills including word processing, e-mail skills.

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