Specialist Occupational Therapist

Employer
Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Darlington
Salary
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Profession
Occupational Therapist
Grade
Band 6
Hours
Full Time
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Professionally accountable for own caseload, working autonomously to deliver occupational therapy in a variety of inpatient and community settings including the service user's own home.

To develop and implement occupational therapy treatment plans and provide advice to service users with diverse presentations and complex needs to enable them to maintain, restore or create a balance between their abilities and the demands of their occupation and environment in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Service users have a range of mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities.

To work compassionately with service users and carers to achieve identified occupational therapy goals and to promote social inclusion, independence and well-being.

To provide the best possible experience for service users, carers and families.

Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all staff for whom the post holder has designated responsibility

To provide clinical supervision to occupational therapy staff and students.

To be committed to and take a lead role in activities integral to the Trust's Quality Improvement System.

Main duties of the job

Manages a complex/specialist OT caseload from assessment to discharge from therapy. Service users may have multiple needs with a combination of physical and mental health or learning disabilities. Assesses and manages risk effectively in clinical and community settings including the service user's own home. Works with service users and carers to identify occupational therapy goals as part of the overall Multidisciplinary Team plan. Uses technical and creative skills to engage service users in therapeutic activities and encourages service users/carers in a compassionate manner, to support them in achieving their identified goals. Monitors and evaluates occupational therapy treatment in order to measure progress and modifies treatment plans to ensure effectiveness of clinical interventions. Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of service user harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the service user. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

About us

We are a 15 bedded unit as part of the Northern Centre for Eating Disorders. We accept both local and out of area patients across the country. We also accept both male or female patients. The ward has a planned day and routine which all of our patients and staff are lead by throughout the day, this incorporates meal times, post meal support, activities, therapies, psychology, dietetic and occupational therapy groups.

We do have a large team on the ward including the nursing team, our own physical health team, occupational therapy team, dietetic team and psychology input from our shared service in Stockton-on- Tees.

Job description Job responsibilities

Professionally accountable for own caseload, working autonomously to deliver occupational therapy in a variety of inpatient and community settings including the service users own home.

To develop and implement occupational therapy treatment plans and provide advice to service users with diverse presentations and complex needs to enable them to maintain, restore or create a balance between their abilities and the demands of their occupation and environment in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Service users have a range of mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities.

To work compassionately with service users and carers to achieve identified occupational therapy goals and to promote social inclusion, independence and well-being.

To provide the best possible experience for service users, carers and families.

Responsible for ensuring the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of service users are maintained at all times and that care is delivered in accordance with evidence based practice by all staff for whom the post holder has designated responsibility.

To facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing clinical leadership and specialist clinical advice on more complex cases.

To provide clinical supervision to occupational therapy staff and students.

To be committed to and take a lead role in activities integral to the Trusts Quality Improvement System.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities.

To promote at all times a positive image of the Occupational Therapy Service and the wider Trust.

Person Specification Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Solve complex clinical problems
  • Record keeping and report writing
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Manage own caseload and prioritise effectively
  • Motivate and work positively and constructively with other members of the team.
  • Delegate tasks appropriately
  • Apply latest research evidence and evaluative thinking in practice
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision.
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional settings.
  • Breakaway techniques (within agreed timescale)
Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Successful completion of preceptorship year as a graduate occupational therapist (or equivalent in non-NHS sectors)
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale).
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
Desirable
  • Accredited Practice Placement Educator (APPLE)
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area.
Knowledge Essential
  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Health and Safety legislation and its application in practice
  • Legal aspects of Moving and Handling
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Clinical Governance and its application in practice.
  • Care Programme Approach and its application in practice
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Significant knowledge to post-graduate level of the needs and difficulties of service users in designated specialist area.
  • Significant knowledge of evidence based practice in designated specialist area
  • Research and development methodology.
  • Knowledge of the Trust's Quality Improvement System (or willingness to learn in agreed timescale
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of delivering Occupational Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs.
  • Experience of supervising students on placement
  • Experience of participation in quality improvement activities
  • Experience of participation in clinical governance activities
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
Desirable
  • Day to day supervision of staff


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