Specialist Practitioner - Occupational Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
St Neots
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Please note for this job you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines.

We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist (OT) Specialist Practitioner, to join the Cambridge City North Neighbourhood Team based at Signet Court, Swann Road, Cambridge CB5 8LA.

The Specialist Practitioner Occupational Therapist role is based in Cambridge and the the area surrounding North Cambridge. You would be working as part of a community based therapy team providing high quality rehabilitation to patients with physical disabilities in their home environment.

This post will allow the successful candidate the opportunity to consolidate their community, clinical and managerial skills.

You will be working within a team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Assistants and Nursing and Mental Health colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a self-motivated individual who is able to work as an autonomous practitioner within the Integrated Multi Professional Community Therapy Team to provide a high standard of care to our patients.

Your role will include assessing, planning and developing specialist occupational therapist programmes for patients with a wide variety of complex needs.

You will be responsible for your own caseload, prioritising referrals according to clinical need, signposting appropriately and undertaking assessment of patients with complex and multiple pathologies using advanced, specialist clinical reasoning skills.

Your role will also includes supervision of junior staff and students, overseeing patient intervention and ensuring that Assistant Practitioners and Integrated Care Workers deliver high quality patient care.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

You will be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects for your own and delegated work and work within codes of practice and professional guidelines.

You will be required to undertake holistic assessment (including those with complex presentations and multi pathologies) making use of specialist clinical reasoning skills.

Your role includes providing specialist advice to all members of the Multi-disciplinary Team, service users and appropriate others, of changes involving current care plans, patients progress and other relevant matters that pertain to the care of the patient, promoting independence and wherever possible to avoid hospital admission and reduce inpatient length of stay to ensure those patients receive the appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.

You will support the Advanced Practitioner with day to day planning and delivery of a high quality care, using evidence-based practice, to ensure clinical care is effective and appropriate.

Conduct Risk Assessments and Health and Safety Assessments and including immediately reporting any changes/newly identified risks.

You will be expected to organise and manage own time, delegating work appropriately.

Your role will be actively involved in the development of the service/organisational aims and objectives of the Neighbourhood Teams and the New Model of Care.

To effectively communicate verbally with patients, carers and colleagues using tact and persuasive skills, this may involve using skills where patients have difficulties in communication, e.g., hearing loss, diminished sight, depression, speech problems, cognitive impairment, behavioural problems, and pain. In doing this you will establish and maintain appropriate working relationships with patients, carers, colleagues, and other health care professionals, identifying when to refer into other services as appropriate.

You will attend MDT Case reviews as required. This will enable you to assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

Staff development within CPFT is highly valued and you will be supported to attend relevant internal and external courses to develop your knowledge and skills to improve clinical practice as identified as part of your Appraisal process.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or equivalent, e.g. BSc, MSc or Diploma entry level qualification into the OT profession.
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Documented evidence of own continuing professional development.
  • Member of COT
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • A broad range of undergraduate placements completed in a variety of settings
  • Clinical experience working with older people and longterm conditions.
  • Experience of working in the community.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good report writing.
  • Understanding of clinical supervision
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality
  • SystmOne
Physical Requirements Essential
  • The ability to: Kneel, bend and stoop, and work in cramped environments.
  • Move and manoeuvre people and equipment using moving and handling aids.
  • Travel independently around work base locality
  • Travel independently around work base locality

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