Bank Occupational Therapist- Stroke Services

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Part Time
Are you passionate about Occupational Therapy & looking for a new opportunity to try a new area, additional hours or simply need more flexibility to manage your work/life balance?Our Bank team here at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust are welcoming new applications from Occupational Therapists with a variety of experience. Our bases cover South Petherton, Mendip and Williton.We are looking for compassionate, enthusiastic and caring Occupational Therapists, who are reliable and flexible to join our bank team. If you have good interpersonal and organisational skills, enjoy a challenge and have a passion to deliver a high standard of patient care, then this is the opportunity for you!

*If you are considering a return to practice please get in touch and we would be happy to support this alongside the bank work*

**If you are currently employed by our trust get in touch with for more information on how to join our Bank Team**

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high standard Occupational Therapy Service as a band 5 Occupational therapist within designated team.
  • Provide assessment, psychosocial, evidence-based interventions using a collaborative, recovery approach and will be skilled at positive risk management.
  • To hold responsibility for own caseload and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, working without direct supervision but having access to a Senior Occupational Therapist on a daily basis
  • Participating in the Service's formal Professional Supervision & Appraisal Programme.
  • Provide support, guidance and training to technical Instructors, therapy support assistants and students.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

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 is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools (e.g. explanation, negotiation, persuasion, motivation and empathy) to communicate effectively with patients in order to progress Assessment and treatment programmes. This will include patients who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating.
  • To be aware of and appropriately manage sensitive and/or complicated information. To deal sensitively with service users, relatives / carers who have high levels of anxiety and aggression caused by emotional distress, pain, dementia and other presentations.
  • To represent the Service and/or individual patients at clinical meetings and case conferences to ensure the delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service and to ensure that Occupational Therapy is integrated into the overall treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient care, recommendations on best course of action and change to existing plans, patient progress and discharge planning.
  • To provide written and verbal reports to members of the multidisciplinary team during treatment and at discharge from the service.
  • Liaising and working in partnership with acute inpatient services, in-patient and community medical staff, pharmacy practitioners, psychological therapists. A range of community mental health Teams within and outside the organisation, primary, out of hours GP service, Emergency Duty Team, Community Directorate, housing providers, voluntary agencies, Adult Social care, PCT, substance misuse services, the police other emergency services, the Probation Service, NHS Direct and the Safeguarding Children Team.

Planning and Organisation
  • To be responsible for organising, prioritising and planning your own caseload to meet service and patient priorities, readjusting plans as situations change/arise.
  • To ensure that your own practice and that of the staff under your supervision meets the required professional standards of Occupational therapy .
  • To ensure your own ongoing personal/professional development.
  • To comply with the Trust and departmental policies and procedures.

  • To be able operate appropriate Information and Digital Technology systems to contribute to record keeping and data analysis, under guidance from Trust Policy.

Responsibility for Patient / Client Care, Treatment & Therapy Clinical:
  • Be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of professional and clinical work To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management, and support more junior staff to do likewise.
  • To undertake comprehensive assessment of patients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multiple pathologies,
  • Expected to make clinical judgements which require analysis, interpretation, and comparison of a range of different treatment techniques and options, to establish physical and cognitive functional levels. These will include personal, domestic, vocational and leisure activities of daily living, assessment and provision of assistive equipment.
  • Carry out standardised assessments to diagnose physical and cognitive functional levels.
  • Formulate and deliver an individual occupational therapy treatment programme using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills e.g. activity analysis of functional skills, patient education, manual handling techniques and other alternative options. To do this taking into account the persons own goals and those of the multidisciplinary team to predict achievable outcomes and recommend the best course of intervention.
  • Assess a persons understanding of treatment intervention/goals, gain valid informed consent from the patient and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment,
  • Facilitating group work in setting if appropriate
  • Continually reassess and evaluate the persons progress through assessment and intervention. Treatment programmes will be altered as a result of this.
  • To carry out clinical risk assessments for patients on own caseload and take action to effectively manage identified risks,
  • To comply with the Trusts Manual Handling policy and local therapeutic handling guidance at all times.

  • Be responsible for maintaining own competency to practice through Continual Professional Development (CPD) activities, which reflects personal development and complies with the requirements for the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Maintain and develop current knowledge of evidence-based practice in the areas of each rotation developing and building on core knowledge of particular conditions and patient types. The post holder will ensure awareness of and comply with the Trusts and local teams policies and procedures relating to clinical governance and that their requirements, along with nationally recognised professional standards, are incorporated within clinical practice.
  • To take an active role in the in-service training programme by attendance and deliverance of presentations and training sessions at staff meetings, peer review, in service training sessions and by attending courses and practising reflective practice.
  • To participate in the staff appraisal and supervision scheme and to be responsible for complying with your agreed personal development programme to meet set knowledge, skills and competencies.
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of own work and current practices through active participation in supervision and peer review using case presentation, article reviews, evidence based practice projects with support and guidance from senior therapists.
  • To deliver group education/treatment sessions for service users, carers, nursing staff and others, both formally and informally, as and when required.
  • The post holder will keep comprehensive treatment records for all patients who have been referred for Occupational Therapy in accordance with Royal College of Occupational Therapy standards of practice and local Trust Policy. This will involve recording information in the service users paper or electronic records
  • To maintain patient attendance and treatment using the electronic Maxims/Rio information system and to be competent in the use of and actively access the electronic communication systems within the service and the Trust.
  • To participate, through verbal information and demonstration, in the clinical education of Occupational Therapy Students to graduate level. To provide support, guidance and training to support staff and to deliver the Occupational Therapy component of the training for multidisciplinary or multi agency staff. This may be in a formal or informal basis.

Working Environment:
  • Will be expected to carry out assessments in variety of setting where the patient is located.
  • Responsible for clinical evaluation of the patient, including treatment goals and discharge planning. This may include advising patients and carers of the inability to stay or return home, which can be distressing for all concerned.
  • Majority of services are now running a 7 day a week service so weekend and bank holiday working will be required. Some services also have extended hours outside traditional services hours 08:30 to 16:30.
  • To work as lone practitioner with telephone support from a Senior Occupational Therapist as required. This may be when working out of hours or when staffing levels reduced.
  • The Occupational Therapist will need to work as a lone practitioner in unpredictable environments where there may be an element of risk, eg service users own home, dangerous pets, volatile carers or relatives. This may also include working in unclean surroundings and encountering hazards within the environment.
  • The Occupational Therapist will have exposure to bodily fluids and human waste whilst carrying out assessment and practice of personal and domestic skills,
  • To use moving and handling equipment, specialist therapeutic equipment and wheelchairs as part of treatment programmes on a daily basis; to include transportation of patients, assessment, adjustment and education for individual patients and carers.
  • To undertake therapeutic moving and handling techniques with patients,
  • The job may involve working in confined or restricted spaces and movements include bending, kneeling and crouching on a daily basis. Moderate physical effort may be required on a daily basis including repetitive movements
  • To be responsible for the assessment and prescription of minor structural adaptations to the patients home on a regular basis, eg. rails and ramps.
  • The post holder will require good physical skills, mental effort and concentration to carry out assessments, write clear and accurate reports, and give clear and accurate information at case conferences.

Person Specification Application Essential
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • CPD in relevant clinical areas

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