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Occupational Therapist (Band 6)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a dynamic and inspiring Occupational Therapist to join the Medical Occupational Therapy Team (band 6).

Are you an existing band 6 OT looking to widen your knowledge, skills and experience in the specific, yet diverse area of Acute Medicine? Or are you a band 5 wishing to progress into a band 6 role. Acute Medicine, covers a number of different wards and includes the specialisms; Respiratory, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Endocrine, Oncology and General Medicine.

The nature of a static position gives many opportunities to work with people from multiple pathologies, complex social situations and across organisational boundaries. We are keen to nurture the full range of your occupational therapy skills as well as forming excellent interdisciplinary working relationships.

There will be opportunities to take on supervision responsibility of band 5 colleagues on the rotation programme; exploring leadership skills and responsibilities when deputising for the team leader. We are particularly looking for an individual that is keen to actualise the introduction of the Early OT Intervention project (enabling appropriate patients to have early access to therapy interventions). We are a growing team and are very enthusiastic to provide occupational therapy to patients early on in their admission to promote function, independence and prevent deconditioning.

If you share this aspiration and would like to join our team, please apply.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialised occupational assessment and treatment of patients who have complex physical, psychological, cognitive and sensory impairments on occasions without direct supervision.

To independently manage a defined caseload of complex cases, evidencing high level problem solving, reasoning skills and judgement.

To provide leadership and supervision to delegated students, assistants and junior staff.

To work collaboratively with other members of the multidisciplinary team to improve standards of care and respond to changes in service need.

To provide skilled assessment and treatment for eligible patients in a range of hospital and community settings, from an occupational therapy or generic therapy perspective, depending on their individual circumstances and the needs of the patient.

To support the overall delivery of occupational therapy to patients whilst they are under the care of the relevant team

There will be a requirement for weekend working, the rota is prepared in advance and the expectation is to work one weekend over 7 weeks on average. The time will be recouped the following week.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide specialised occupational therapy expertise in the assessment treatment and management of patients with complex physical and psychological conditions. This will include the use of manual occupational therapy techniques and high level analytical, reasoning and risk assessment skills to select appropriate intervention from a range of options.

To complete a comprehensive assessment for a designated caseload, addressing occupational performance and skills deficits and cognition, enabling the client in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.

To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the client, using graded activity to identify and achieve therapeutic goals.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for clients with multiple needs in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the clients physical and social environment provided by the equipment loan service.

Monitor, evaluate and modify interventions for patients to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of therapy using agreed outcome measures and sharing the results with appropriate partner agencies to facilitate smooth transfers of care.

To assess and provide appropriate assistive and adaptive equipment to facilitate safe and timely discharge for patients from hospital or when assessing in home environment, in a manner which reflects cost effective use of resource, with appropriate application of relevant eligibility criteria. To refer for onward assessment where necessary.

To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own clinical practice, including the management of patients.

To take delegated responsibility from the other senior occupational therapists for managing patients with particular conditions and be responsible for delivering an individual occupation therapy treatment programme based on sound knowledge of evidence-based practice.

To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and to organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.

To represent occupational therapy and/or individual patients at multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings, to ensure the delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service, and integrate occupational therapy into the treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient care, patient progress and involvement in complex discharge planning.

To respond appropriately to a range of unpredictable circumstances, in case load or working environment.

To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals, to promote understanding of the aims of occupational therapy, and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.

To assess and manage clinical risk within own patient caseload.

Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy/HCPC registration
  • CPD in relevant clinical areas
  • Basic management training or relevant experience
  • Recruitment and selection training
  • Supervision training
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Specialist knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy assessments and intervention for patients with a variety of diagnosis
  • Working knowledge of clinical governance and it's application
  • Experience of clinical audit/and or service development
  • Experience in policy development and implementation
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • Presentation and training skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance

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