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Highly Specialised Occupational Therapist-Palliative Care

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Band 7 Macmillan Occupational Therapist - Palliative Care Team

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an occupational therapistto join the hospital palliative care service within Cardiff and Vale UHB. You would be joining a well established multidisciplinary palliative care team that have strong links within the acute sector and other specialist palliative care teams, locally and regionally

If you are passionate about patient care and experience and have the drive, commitment and enthusiasm to compassionately deliver excellent care for people with life-limiting conditions, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Occupational Therapist who has a demonstrable interest in working with people with life limiting conditions and who require palliative care assessment and support within the acute setting.

The Therapist will be an integral part of team ensuring patients are supported throughout their journey, using a person - centred approach to manage their needs. High quality care will be co-produced and delivered using evidenced based practice, demonstrating continuous learning processes are evident.

Main duties of the job

The Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist will have relevant previous senior clinical experience plus leadership experience.
  • Deliver holistic high-quality assessment and ensure care needs are met.
  • Provide expert clinical support and advice to patients and carers receiving Palliative Care including provision of ward reviews and home visits as indicated.
  • Work autonomously using advanced clinical judgement and knowledge, hold responsibility for a caseload including planning, delivering and monitoring interventions.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, delivering information sensitively and effectively.
  • Provide support and individualised patient care for new referrals and follow-up patients.
  • Advocate and support patients' rights by promoting shared decision making, respecting individual choice and beliefs, ensuring privacy and dignity at all times.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders, including identifying areas for service development and improvement, to continue implementing transformational change
  • To support the team in the provision of education/ training to the wider workforce
  • Act as an expert within this specialist field
  • Provide and participate in a supportive framework of supervision and engage in the VBA process.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

We are highly committed to staff education and development and you will have opportunities to be involved in research and service improvement.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Occupational Therapy degree or equivalent
  • HCPC Registration as an Occupational Therapist
  • Practice Educator training Qualification
  • Evidence of post-graduate education
  • Evidence of recent formal training/ learning and continued professional development at a higher level
  • Completed relevant post-graduate qualification
  • Published articles or research
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • Sufficient experience of working in related specialty
  • Evidence of leadership within a team
  • Experience of working with a complex/highly complex caseload
  • Experience of working directly with carers and families
  • Experience of Palliative care or related field
Skills Essential
  • Ability to work autonomously, planning and prioritising own workload
  • Communication skills, understanding of barriers to communication and how to adapt
  • Knowledge of current policies/guidelines that relate to this specialty
  • Skills in conducting research and/or audit
  • Advanced clinical reasoning/problem solving skills within clinical area
  • Provide timely intervention in accordance with service quality standards-awareness of early assessment requirement
Special Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of services for this client group
  • Knowledge of legislation/policies relating to manual handling and risk assessment
  • Postural management assessment /seating
  • Upper limb management/splinting
  • Member of a relevant special interest group
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to lead, support, coach and motivate others
  • Ability to cope well under pressure
  • Professional confidence

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