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Occupational Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Dunstable, Beds
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
25 Mar 2023

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A fantastic opportunity (1 FTE for a minimum 12 mth FTC contract ending March 24) has arisen for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist with a minimum of 3 years NHS experience as a B6 , however Post Covid Fatigue (PCF) experience is not essential. Post holder would work autonomously, applying their specialist skills and knowledge in the emerging area of PCF. The post holder will join the PCF arm of the well-established Bedfordshire Chronic Fatigue Service (CFS). The post holder will work alongside other specialist professionals, including Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy and Psychology. The service provides outpatient based, specialist MDT assessments and treatments for those PCF patients whose main symptoms are moderate to severe as well as those with more complex presentations. The service works in collaboration with the wider Post Covid pathway across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. The role would have a base at Mountbatten House in Dunstable, with an aim to establish clinics across the county. The post holder would be required to provide 9am-5pm minimum cover over Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the clinic and other days could be negotiable. The post holder will be well supported by colleagues within the specialist service and connected to other OTs working across BCHS (Bedfordshire Community Health Services). Interview date 31st March 23.

Main duties of the job

To be a Specialist Occupational Therapist within a multi-disciplinary team responsible for providing a high standard of assessment, advice and treatment to clients referred to the Post COVID Fatigue Service. To work with clients towards rehabilitation, self-management, increased independence and a better quality of life.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations. This post offers an opportunity to join a dynamic service who have won ELFT staff awards in 2022 and 2023 demonstrating our commitmment to staff and patients. We are seeking a self-motivated professional ready to contribute to our specialist team.

Job description Job responsibilities

To work as part of a multi professional service, working with patient towards self-management and independence throughout the continuum of care, to improve their outcomes.

To hold responsibility for own caseload under supervision and to provide specialist consultation and education to community colleagues in the field of fatigue management.

To work as an autonomous professional according to the Health Professions Councils regulations. However the post holder will have the opportunity to receive supervision and support from experienced and specialist clinicians to grow your own knowledge and expertise.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • BSc Degree or Diploma/COT in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC UK registered
  • Clear record of Post Grad Experience
  • Member of specialist group
Experience Essential
  • oKnowledge and experience of assessing clients to inform a diagnosis
  • oCan demonstrate varied experience of clinical and managerial situations
  • oExcellent demonstrable written verbal and presentation skills
  • oEvidence of working as part of a MDT.
  • Experience of delivering OT interventions for physical health conditions
  • Experience of working with clinical systems, databases and paperwork
  • Experience of working with long term conditions
  • Can demonstrate specialist skills within OT
  • Experience of supervising OT staff
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oGood clinical reasoning and evaluation skills.
  • oAbility to undertake clinical risk - assess, manage and reduce potential risks
  • oGood Interpersonal skills enabling therapeutic alliances to be developed and maintained with clients.
  • oEffective time management skills
  • oComputer /Word Processing skills
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development
  • Demonstrates skills of OT interventions with patients
  • Experience of working across a broad range of physical and mental health conditions
Other Essential
  • oAbility to take responsibility and demonstrate autonomy
  • oDemonstrate appropriate use of initiative
  • oAwareness of level of professional competence
  • oMental and emotional effort required to undertake clinical consultations and interventions, both one to one and group basis.

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