We have an exciting opportunity for a band 5 to join our forward-thinking Discharge Home to Assess team. This post is a development band 5 to 6 post, where we will provide guidance and support to develop your skills and complete your competencies to help you progress to a band 6 therapist.
We have a large community therapy team across a number of localities within East and North Hertfordshire who work with a variety of different patients. We are looking for a physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist to join our forward thinking and innovative team to continue to provide excellent rehabilitation to patients within their home environment. The post holder has the opportunity to join the discharge home to assess service.
Discharge home to assess, assesses patient within the first 72 hours of discharge from hospital and provide up to 21 days rehabilitation.
The therapist will work alongside occupational therapists, therapy assistants, social workers, community nurses, GPs and care staff. Staff meet regularly for professional development and peer support, the post holder will have the opportunity to supervise and delegate tasks to junior staff and offer placements to physiotherapy studentsMain duties of the job
It is also essential to hold a full valid driving licence and have access to a car to use regularly for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).
You will be required to complete electronic patient records (training provided).
The position is full time (37.5 hours per week) but in line with our flexible working approach we welcome applications for part time contracts. A seven day working pattern will be required to cover weekends and bank holidays on a rostered basis.
You will initially be employed as a Band 5 at your current salary whilst you are working through your Band 6 competencies as well as demonstrating these competently in practice. Please be aware that the maximum expected time to complete competencies and become a Band 6 - Senior Therapist, will be approximately 18 months after starting your new role. In the event that you are successful in achieving this, then your salary will be reviewed and your pay band confirmed at band 6 pay step 1.
In the unlikely event that you were underperforming against the competencies, an action plan would be put in place to address these competency gaps; you would remain as a Band 5 - Therapist and the opportunity for a Band 6 at this time will not be confirmed. Salary payment until your competencies as band 6 are met will be AfC band 5 scale.About us
A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages
We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible -Apply nowYou've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
To operate as a professional member of the team maintaining the highest standards to represent and promote HCT.
To act as a resource and provide advice for other members of the MDT.
To develop and deliver an individualised treatment programme for patients which they can carry out within their own home and will contribute to their safe discharge.
To maintain therapy records and ensure others do the same.
To undertake a clinical caseload to a high professional standard, using knowledge and skills from theoretical and practical experience.
In addition to the basic salary, this post attracts a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary.
The service runs 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the weekend rota.
The service covers both East and North Hertfordshire and the post holder may be expected at times to cover across all localities.Person SpecificationQualifications and TrainingEssential
Experience & KnowledgeEssential
- Occupational Therapy/ Physiotherapy Degree
- Registration with Health Professions Council
- Documented evidence of professional development
- Experience as a band 5/student in acute adult in-patients
- Experience as a band 5/student in elderly care.
- Basic understanding of current NHS issues, professional standards, CPD, clinical governance.
- Ability to assess patient conditions, establish the patient's problem, formulate and implement a treatment plan.
- Experience at band 5/student in community setting
Skills and abilitiesEssential
- Experience as a band 5/student in neurology
- Ability to communicate complex and/or sensitive information requiring empathy and reassurance
- Knowledge of barriers to communication and strategies to overcome them
- Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, other health professionals, patients and their relatives/carers
- Ability to present information accurately, written and oral, in English
- Clinical problem solving ability in routine cases
- Ability to prioritise patient workload
- Ability to deal with challenging behaviour and patients with life limiting illnesses
- Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes
- Ability to work on a 7 day roster
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