Experienced Occupational Therapist - Rheumatology and Hands Service
A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 6 Experienced Occupational Therapist to join our Rheumatology and Hands Service at Hywel Dda University Health Board.
As part of the occupational therapy service you will be working alongside a range of professionals (Physiotherapists, Rheumatology Consultants and Clinical Nurse Specialists) and will deliver focused occupational therapy interventions within an out-patient setting, currently based within Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen but can involve working across the three counties covered by the health board.
Main duties of the job
Experience of assessing and treating patients with a range of rheumatology and musculoskeletal hand conditions would be beneficial. Some training is available depending upon need and hours worked. The post will include hand assessments, self-management advice including joint protection, fatigue and pain management, plus rehabilitation programmes. It also includes provision of custom made thermoplastic splints and prefabricated splints.
Involvement in the wider Occupational Therapy Service in relation to Service Improvement and Professional Development is also an expected part of this role.
You will provide clinical interventions for patients with inflammatory arthritis and related complex conditions, demonstrating a high level of communication, assessment and core OT skills within a specialist out-patient therapy team.
We will provide you with professional support and clinical supervision. We will provide relevant training opportunities to develop your skills as required depending upon previous experience. We will provide a supportive working environment to develop your clinical and leadership skills.
The post holder will be expected to travel across Carmarthenshire and at times the Health Board footprint to visit patients at home and between sites and undertake service development. Mileage allowance is payable and a lease car scheme is available.
Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:oFour main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;oSeven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;o48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;oNumerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;oHighly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.
Job description Job responsibilities
You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.
The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.
The ability to communicate in Welsh isdesirablefor this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.
Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
- Degree in Occupational Therapy
- Current HCPC Registration
- Knowledge of relevant current health and social care legislation applicable to role.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office software
- Knowledge of a range of rehabilitation interventions across all therapies. Understanding and application of clinical governance, including research and audit methodology
- Understanding and application of relevant outcome measures to demonstrate effectiveness.
- Knowledge of other services that link across primary/secondary/intermediate care.
- Working knowledge of therapeutic equipment.
- Knowledge of Health Board and priorities.
- Accredited Practice Educator
- Accredited Agored Assessor
- Significant post graduate experience of working as an occupational therapist across a range of settings and variety of conditions
- Managing a complex caseload
- Working independently with indirect or arms length supervision.
- Delegation and Supervision of staff
- Experience of coping independently with distressing or emotional situations in challenging work environments
- working as part of a team
- Experience of contributing to service development and implementing service changes
- Use of adapted techniques for improving patient outcomes
- Direct involvement with carers and families
- Self-development and application of learning
- Experience of working with groups
- Experience of working in a community setting
- Experience of using virtual communication platforms for delivering service.
- Experience in same clinical area as post being applied for
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