Senior Occupational Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust is pleased to announce 2 exciting opportunities for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to join our Wheelchair Assessment Service. We are looking for someone who has experience in advanced clinical reasoning and problem solving as well as skills in complex assessment, intervention and prescription of wheelchairs, seating and pressure relieving equipment. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal empathetically with service users, relatives and carers is critical to this role, and you will receive guidance from clinical and service managers.

The post is Permanent.

Main duties of the job

You will manage your own caseload of clients who have permanent wheelchair mobility needs and postural and pressure care management requirements. You will require a sound clinical knowledge of a range of medical conditions and physical disabilities and will work within professional standards and clinical guidelines, promote best practice and undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner. Building and maintaining key relationships with referring services in order to facilitate appropriate referrals and prescriptions to the service is key to this role.

You will work out of our base in Norwich, covering clinics and home visits throughout the country.

About us

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission, the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS Community Trust in the country to be awarded this title.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will work autonomously, within our service specification, to deliver occupational therapy to children and adults. The focus will be on physical needs and postural management and you will be responsible for assessing and prescribing specialist equipment as well as programmes to support development.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Appropriate professional qualification in either Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registration
  • Further post-qualifying studies such as research activities and/or publications
Experience Essential
  • Recent experience of working as an occupational therapist
  • Demonstrates an ability to be an effective and member of a team, working flexibly to meet patient and service needs
  • Demonstrates an ability to problem solve in a clinical setting
  • Recent experience of working as an occupational therapist in a wheelchair service
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and adapt to changing circumstances
  • Ability to work in a team and independently with own initiative
  • Demonstrates an understanding of: Clinical audit, Evidence based practice, Demonstrates clear, open communication skills
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuing professional development/lifelong learning
  • Well-developed problem solving skills
  • Experience of using standardised assessments
  • Able to convey sensitive information to patients and families who may be struggling to come to terms with a diagnosis or implications of a disability
  • Knowledge of postural management and specialist equipment to support this
  • Use of SystmOne for patient records
  • experience of assessing for and prescribing specialist equipment
Personal and People Development Essential
  • Experience of working alongside less experienced members of the team in order to help them develop their skills
  • Experience in supervising colleagues
  • Experience of delivering training to team members, families and other professionals
  • Able to identify own learning needs and maintain own CPD
Communication Essential
  • Able to communicate with patients, families, carers and professionals effectively in person, on the phone and in writing
  • Able to convey sensitive information to patients and families who may be struggling to come to terms with a diagnosis or implications of a disability
Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework) Essential
  • Adaptable to changing working practice
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults
Other Essential
  • Must hold full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language

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