The Extended Primary Care Team in Newham is looking for a B5 Occupational Therapist. You will be joining a multidisciplinary team of nurses, therapists, nursing associates and healthcare assistants. You will have support from a wide range of professionals who work with us, including Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy clinical leads, senior therapists, senior nurses, safeguarding and psychology professionals.
You will work closely with B6 and B7 Occupational Therapists, carrying out joint visits with physiotherapy colleagues when appropriate. Your professional focus will be rehabilitation in the community for patients who have experienced a deterioration of their physical health, but you will work closely with occupational therapists in other teams when needed, including the in-house rapid response and fast falls team and social services. Of course, you will have monthly clinical supervision and a yearly appraisal to identify your on-going professional development needs. You will be provided with an iPad so that you have access to all clinical information for your patients when you are in the community. Please contact us to discuss further if you have any questions before you apply.
Main duties of the job
- In conjunction with other members of the team and with supervision, contribute to the provision of a comprehensive client-centred occupational therapy service to clients. The clients are referred primarily due to a physical disability, are aged 16 and over and are resident in the community. This includes clients who may present with physical, cognitive, psycho-social and housing needs as a result of a wide range of medical conditions.
- To manage a defined caseload in a community setting. To evidence problem solving and clinical reasoning skills in line with evidence based/ client centred principles. To assess, plan, implement and evaluate intervention
- To be an active member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing integrated goal orientated intervention
- To develop a range of occupational therapy skills working with patients with physical disability
- To contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of the service.
The Extended Primary Care Services enable the provision of multi-disciplinary care and support to vulnerable adults, in a range of community settings. Clients are referred primarily due to a physical disability and have complex medical and social needs. Nursing, therapy and support staff work in multi-disciplinary teams across two localities, liaising closely with local GPs to provide the majority of community health services for adults living at home.
The aim of Extended Primary Care team is to reduce unplanned hospital admissions by supporting clients in their own homes.
The occupational therapist works as part of the multi-disciplinary team, providing client centred occupational therapy intervention, to enable clients to maximise their independence in daily activities in their own homes.
Job description Job responsibilities
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Person Specification Specific Responsibilities Essential
- To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of own professional activities, recognizing own professional boundaries and seeking advice and supervision as appropriate.
- With supervision from senior staff, to manage a caseload providing occupational therapy assessment and intervention to clients with physical, cognitive and psycho-social needs arising from their medical conditions. To provide this service in the most appropriate setting to the client e.g. clients' homes, workplace and other community settings, working closely with the client, his/her family/carer and other professionals in doing this.
- To assist in prioritising occupational therapy referrals, to ensure clients with urgent needs are seen within appropriate timescales.
- To assess for and diagnose any functional, physical, cognitive, perceptual and sensory deficits using specialised standardised and non-standardised assessment batteries.
- Based on the analysis of the assessment and a risk analysis, to determine occupational therapy aims and treatment goals, in collaboration with the client/family /carers.
- To prescribe and coordinate intervention to be carried out by others, such as rehabilitation support workers or home carers, and to train them to carry out the therapeutic programmes as appropriate to the home or community environment.
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