Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year p.a.
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and join our Dorset Stroke and Neuro Service serving the West and North of Dorset. We have recently been awarded significant investment in Dorset to develop Stroke and Neuro Services across Dorset to meet the National Stroke Service model published by NHS England last year (particularly with regards to Integrated Community Stroke Services- ICSS). This is a really exciting time as we significantly expand our existing services and embed innovative ways of working to improve clinical outcomes for patients following stroke or neurological illness or injury. Importantly this once in a generation investment increases our team threefold and significantly extends the time patients can access the service moving to a needs led, rather than time limited service.

Our team expansion includes nursing, social work, neuropsychology and voluntary sector roles, as well as apprentices, rotations across the acute and community pathway and opportunities for advanced practice. Over coming years we aim to further bring together a range of specialists working across the fields of stroke and neurology in Dorset, meaning our integrated team will have access to a wide range of specialists with many years of experience, many of whom work within a national capacity within their field to increase opportunities for learning and development of skills as well as opportunities for involvement in research.

There may be opportunities to apply for the ACP pathway in the future.

Main duties of the job

Our integrated community stroke and neuro team is AHP lead and will provide various pathways of care including supported self management, advice and signposting, intensive rehabilitation (ESD), complex management and reviews.

We have a programme initiated within Dorset developing communities of practice regarding psychological care and motor relearning, which post holders can join.

To provide a high quality person centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.

To provide highly specialist care and interventions, assessments, treatments and managing patients on a caseload, as part of the wider multi-disciplinary care team.

To provide highly specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

To devise highly specialist programmes of care for other professionals to deliver and ensure they are delivered appropriately.

To plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

Provide supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students and trained practitioners.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Do you embrace change? Do you want to be part of building something exciting? Do you thrive on new knowledge, evidence based practice and research? Come and join us.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant qualification in Occupational Therapy to degree level
  • Evidence of up to date CPD portfolio and recent development courses
  • Evidence of masters level learning either in Masters course or other learning at masters level
Experience Essential
  • Relevant experience at band 6 level in community with stroke and neuro patients
  • Evidence of providing specialist intervention to client group
  • Evidence of providing training to peers, teachers, other professionals etc
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of using clinical systems and IT systems within previous roles including microsoft office
  • Organised and can prioritise tasks accordingly to need
  • Evidence of being involved in change management/pathway development
Car driver Essential
  • Has driving licence and access to car

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