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Community Occupational Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of the Petersfield and Bordon Occupational Therapy service.

This position is designed to contribute to avoiding hospital admission, rehabilitation/re-ablement, facilitating and maintaining patients in their homes. Clients accessing this service will be predominantly (not exclusively) in the elderly care group (over 65). This post offers the opportunity to work closely with all members of the MDT both in primary, secondary care, Adult Services as well as working closely with care/nursing home staff.

The successful candidate would complete a period of induction and will be required to assume responsibility for coordinating a plan of care and rehabilitation, working within a scope of practice autonomously as a registered practitioner. The successful applicant will be expected to lead on care planning and identification of person centred rehabilitation goals. They will need excellent communication skills and be competent in linking with the larger multidisciplinary team. There will be opportunities to develop service development skills, including supervision.

The successful applicant will be proficient, knowledgeable and competent. Educated to Degree or Diploma level in Occupational Therapy and hold HPC registration. They will continue to develop in their role through the acquisition of further skills, knowledge and competencies, to be determined by the needs of patients, the service and the team.

Main duties of the job

To provide advanced clinical and professional Occupational Therapy to the Community Therapy Team/Community Hospital Team, and to provide support to the Integrated Community Care team leaders in ensuring that the team contributes to the implementation of Southern Health Clinical Governance Strategies.

Undertake Occupational Therapy assessments of patients with diverse and complex conditions, providing a clinical diagnosis (where appropriate), development, and delivery of individualised treatment programmes.

To support the case management process by providing expert clinical advice and therapy to patients with a variety of complex conditions living in the community who are at risk of deteriorating health that may result in declining quality of life or avoidable hospital admission to secondary care

As a supervisor, delegate tasks to assistant practitioners and junior therapists relevant to their skill level and competence.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide clinical Occupational Therapy skills within the Community Therapy Team/ Community Hospital Team(s), and all other provider organisations.

To be skilled in assessing and treating a range of complex factors relating to the patient's condition, diagnosis and prognosis

To provide specialist intervention tailored to meet the uniqueness of the individual.

i.e complex manual handling and 24 hour posture management

To participate in professional leadership roles for AHPs in the CommunityTherapyTeam/ Community Hospital Team(s). Act as a clinical exemplar within the team and locality/business unit.

To contribute to partnership working with partners in Primary and Social care to support Integrated Care team model which identifies and case manages those patients needing

complex chronic disease management or palliative care supporting the needs of the local community

To be professionally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own and your team's work including the management of patients care.

Negotiate and agree with the patient, carers and other care professionals, individual roles and responsibilities with actions to be taken and outcomes to be achieved, referring on to other services or professionals as appropriate.

Contribute to the service development and clinical standard operating procedures.

Undertake comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse and highly complex presentations and multiple pathologies, using clinical and analytical skills to provide an accurate assessment of their condition.

Evaluate the patient's progress, reassess, and alter treatment plans as indicated. Assess their physical and psychosocial needs of a defined client group

To be able to safely assess and prescribe complex and innovative adaptive equipment to meet therapy goals.

Provide individualised therapy plans for patients with highly complex multi-factorial Conditions, so that their condition remains as stable as possible and, where appropriate, hospital admission is prevented and early discharge facilitated

Use assessment tools/skills that will ensure an appropriate level of therapy intervention so that patients who present with highly complex needs are timely referred to the appropriate clinician.

In some circumstances take the lead responsibility for care provision coordination i.e. rapid response, prevention of admission

As a lone worker be fully aware of and compliant with both the Trust and Departmental Lone Working Policies

To work within the Trust's Guidelines and the relevant professional body, Society and or College, Clinical Guidelines.

To work at and travel between a variety of community settings as required. This job involves a proportionate time of driving

Using a standardised approach but with a high degree of professional autonomy and accountability, work across the Health, Social Care, Voluntary and other health providers and agencies, to support a defined group of patients with complex long term needs.

Analyse complex patient situations establishing a therapeutic relationship in which they are able to utilise communication skills to assist the individual to adjust to their illness and care.

Offer a supportive service to patients and their carers from diagnosis through all stages of the disease process, in conjunction with other healthcare professionals using a range of communication skills to manage care and information empathetically.

Be wholly accountable for practice taking every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve knowledge and professional competence.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Allied Health Professional, educated to Degree level or Diploma equivalent.
Experience Essential
  • Relevant specialist/clinical experience and competence including:
  • Complex therapy/care co-ordination/manual handling and posture management .
  • Proactively manage complex conditions.
  • Knowledge of managing cognitive impairment and mental well being.
  • Supporting self-care, self-management and enabling independence.
  • Developing programmes of therapy, providing advice concerning treatment of patients
  • Professional practice and leadership.
  • Experience of inter-agency and partnership working.
  • Experience in carrying out clinical audit and risk assessment, outcome measurement.
  • Proven skills in supervision, and contribution to service development.

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