CHSS Physiotherapist/Occupational therapist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum
Closing date
15 Apr 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Full Time
Are you a skilled and passionate Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist looking for a new opportunity? We are currently seeking a talented and dedicated therapist to join our team at Care Home Support Services (CHSS).

The ideal candidate for this role will possess a degree in Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy and hold a valid registration with HCPC. They will have experience working with care home residents and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

In return for your skills and expertise, we offer competitive compensation packages, ongoing professional development opportunities, and a supportive and collaborative work environment.

If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of others and have the skills and experience we are looking for, we would love to hear from you. Apply today to join our team as a Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist.

Main duties of the job

As people age or experience health issues, they may require additional support to manage their physical abilities and limitations. This is particularly true for residents of care homes, who may have a range of conditions and disabilities that affect their mobility, posture, and ability to perform daily activities. As a CHSS therapist working with care home residents, you can provide important advice and support in four key areas: manual handling, mobility, posture, and seating.

As a Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist with CHSS, you will play a vital role in helping care home residents achieve their maximum potential. You will work closely with our team of healthcare professionals to develop individualised treatment plans for our patients, helping them to overcome physical limitations, injuries, and disabilities.

Responsibilities of the role include conducting assessments, creating treatment plans, and implementing interventions to improve patient outcomes. You will also be responsible for providing education to patients and their carers about their conditions and treatment options.

About us

The integrated Care Home Support Service (CHSS) is a multidisciplinary team which consists of specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, healthcare assistants in addition to mental health occupational therapists/nurses. A medical consultant, psychiatrist and psychologist give clinical leadership to the team.

The CHSS team, work in partnership with care home staff in all care homes - nursing and residential. Our aim is to support them to improve the care of their residents. Visiting care homes regularly, we identify and manage unwell residents, working proactively with the care home to plan appropriate care. We focus on prevention and early intervention, while endeavouring to improve quality of life.

In situations where a resident needs an admission to hospital, the CHSS team can assist in liaising with the hospital to ensure a timely discharge back to the home and help support them on their return e.g., providing advice and short-term therapy support.

Job description Job responsibilities

Manual Handling Advice

Manual handling refers to the process of moving or supporting a person in a way that avoids injury to the person and the caregiver. In care homes, staff members often need to help residents with a range of activities, such as getting in and out of bed, transferring to a chair or wheelchair, and moving around the room or care home. As a CHSS therapist, you can provide manual handling advice to care home staff to ensure that these activities are done safely and effectively.

Mobility Assessment and Advice

Mobility refers to a person's ability to move around and perform daily activities. In care homes, residents may have a range of mobility issues, such as difficulty walking, balance problems, or weakness in their limbs. As a CHSS therapist, you can conduct mobility assessments to evaluate a resident's abilities and limitations and develop personalised treatment plans to improve or maintain their mobility and reduce their risk of falls.

Posture Management Advice

Good posture is important for preventing pain and maintaining physical function. In care homes, residents may spend a lot of time sitting or lying down, which can lead to poor posture and related issues like back pain or pressure ulcers. As a CHSS therapist, you can provide posture management advice to care home residents to prevent these issues and promote overall physical function.

Seating advice

CHSS therapists provide seating assessments for care home residents to ensure they are using appropriate chairs, and seating equipment. This can help prevent pressure ulcers, improve posture, and reduce pain. The assessment may include recommendations for specialised cushions or supports, wheelchairs, static chairs as well as adjustments to existing chairs and positioning.

Any other therapy interventions other than longer term rehabilitation.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Professional Qualification (Degree or equivalent)
essential Essential
  • Professional Registration with HCPC
essential Essential
  • To have worked as a Band 5 or equivalent for a minimum of 18 months

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