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Specialist Occupational Therapist (Ward)

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for a part time qualified Occupational Therapist to develop their clinical skills under the Occupational Therapy Career Framework working in Older Adult Mental Health at Bryngolau ward, based at Caebryn, Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli. This post is advertised as a Band 6, however applicants who do not currently hold all the necessary competencies to a Band 6 level are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Annex 21 rules whereby 70% of the top of Band 6 will be payable in first 12 months, then 75% from 12 months to 24 months. Applicants would be supported to develop their competencies required to fulfil the role within a 12 to 24 month period. Failure to achieve the competencies in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment.

Main duties of the job

The post offers an excellent opportunity to work with other OTs in a dynamic multi-disciplinary team. You will have a specific interest in Older Adult Mental Health and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the role. You will be keen to develop Best Practice in compliance with Dementia Standards and A Healthier Wales. The post holder will be required to develop positive relationships between all healthcare professionals, statutory and voluntary agencies, maintaining good communication across all areas.

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, planning and intervention of clients with functional and organic mental health issues. You will be able to autonomously manage an Occupational Therapy caseload of a designated client group, which includes those with complex presentations. This will involve selecting and undertaking assessments, developing person centred plans, delivering interventions, evaluating outcomes and adapting plan of care based on outcomes.

The key aim is proactive care providing an inclusive and multidisciplinary pathway enabling people to improve function and return to their home of choice.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:
  • Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;
  • Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;
  • 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;
  • Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;
  • Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will have the support of an occupational therapy service which values supervision, actively promotes continuous professional development, and is committed to excellent patient care and service improvement.

You will be expected to deliver holistic, client centred care and effectively contribute clinically to promote independence and maintain functional skills whilst living at home in the community. Full support will be provided in terms of professional development and achieving competencies in achieving Band 6 level under Annex 21.

Occupational Therapists within Hywel Dda have access to regular supervision and annual PADRs. Continuing professional development opportunities include attending Clinical Practice meetings, Clinical Case Supervision, Peer Support opportunities, Occupational Therapy specific training and opportunities to engage in Post Graduate Qualifications.

The successful applicant will be proactive in developing their clinical skills and competencies, within this specialist field. You will be supported through planned supervision, ongoing personal development plans with regular reviews and continued professional development opportunities.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 31/03/2023.

Person Specification Qualifications & Knowledge Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HPC registration
  • Evidence of attendance on relevant short courses to postgraduate diploma level
  • Knowledge of Clinical conditions and treatment modalities relevant to clinical area
  • Knowledge of Current relevant national guidance and current health and social care policies and application in clinical area.
  • Knowledge of application of Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Knowledge of mechanisms of Audit and Research methodology
  • Knowledge of the philosophy and theory underpinning Occupational Therapy
  • Understanding of the working arrangements and principles of practice of other professional groups
  • Knowledge of ADL equipment use and fitting
  • Member of BAOT
  • Fieldwork educator training
  • ECDL/ equivalent IT qualification
  • ALAS prescribers course
  • Application of motivational interviewing techniques
  • Membership of specialist interest group
  • Knowledge of services in the voluntary and community setting
Experience Essential
  • Broad post graduate experience working as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings.
  • Experience with Older Adults/MH
  • Inter-professional and multi- agency team working.
  • Direct involvement with carers and families
  • Evidence of supervision of others
  • Student supervision
  • Service change and development
  • Experience of working within physical settings and assessing for aids and equipment
  • Experience of group work
Circumstances Essential
  • Prepared to work flexibly based on service needs.
  • Available to work flexibility over 7 days
  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner
  • Wide range of interests.

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