Job role: Occupational Therapist.
Job sector: Health care.
Job Type: Full Time.
Country: United Kingdom.
Salary: £28,407 – £34,581 a year.
UK visa sponsorship
About the Job
Do you want to work for an outstanding NHS Trust? Are you an enthusiastic, hardworking, motivated Occupational therapist with excellent clinical, communication, organizational, and time management skills?
If so, this is an exciting opportunity to join our rotational carousel offering rotations working across the acute and community services including:
- Integrated Stroke Services.
- A&E, Ambulatory Care, and Frailty.
- Medicine for Older People.
- Acute Medicine.
- Critical Care and Surgery.
- Trauma and Orthopaedics.
- Burns and Plastics.
- Seddon Rehab Unit.
- Inpatient Intermediate Care.
- Community Intermediate Care.
The successful candidate will:
- Deliver high-standard evidence-based care.
- Perform therapy assessments of patients, providing a diagnosis to develop and deliver an individualized treatment program.
- Hold responsibility for their caseload, working under supervision.
- A flexible approach to day-to-day tasks is essential, to meet the demands of the service especially as the majority of our services work over 7 days per week. Applicants will be expected to travel between our three hospital sites and when necessary participate in providing outreach services.
- Current HCPC registration is required or working towards HCPC registration in the next few months.
- Interviews will be held the week commencing 2nd October 2023.
- Our philosophy is to keep the patient at the heart of everything we do. We look for people who are willing to go the extra mile, not because they are asked to, but because they are committed to being part of a healthcare team that delivers an excellent caring service to our patients.
- In return for your hard work and dedication, we can offer a friendly and welcoming team and all the support and continuing professional development you will need to make a difference to patients and staff. We have an innovative service of AHP’s with an excellent staff supervision system enabling our staff to be committed to developing both their service and themselves. Clinical Governance, research, and audit activities are encouraged within the service.
- Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship, to work in the UK are welcome, but please note that Occupational Therapy is no longer considered a ‘shortage occupation’ by the Department of Health and this advert does not meet the RLMT.
- The Secretary of State has approved the partnership between St Helens & Knowsley and Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.
- From 1st July we have come together as a single organisation under the name Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
- The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk, and Newton hospitals.
- The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery, and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man, and North Wales.
- To be professional legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your work including the management of patients/clients in your care.
- To undertake a comprehensive assessment of patients/clients including those with diverse or complex presentations/multi pathologies; use specialist clinical reasoning skills and appropriate assessment techniques to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition.
- Formulate and deliver an individual treatment program using assessment, reasoning skills, and treatment skills based on a sound knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment options.
- To take delegated responsibility from a senior clinician for managing patients/clients with particular conditions and be responsible for providing specialist assessment and treatment plans for patients with these conditions.
- Evaluate patient progress, reassess, and alter treatment programs as required, reporting back to senior clinician with regular support and advice.
- To have the ability to undertake self-directed/lone working in a variety of locations.
- To participate in weekend, evening working, and seven days working rotas.
CLINICAL AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- To maintain Professional Registration.
- To work within Trust clinical guidelines, HCPC, and BAOT guidelines and to have a working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor own and others’ quality of practice against these.
- To establish, maintain, and develop professional working relationships with colleagues.
- To be responsible for a designated area of work, as delegated by a senior clinician. Plan and organize efficiently and effectively patient/client caseload and use of time for self.
- To be responsible for the equipment used in carrying out clinical duties, and to adhere to policy, including competence to use equipment and to ensure the safe use of equipment by others through teaching, training, and supervision of practice.
- To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching, and instruction to relatives, carers, and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of treatment and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.
- To provide clinical advice to colleagues working within other clinical areas.
- To train, and supervise more junior staff and students. This will include the use of formal appraisal documentation
- Communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximize potential and to ensure understanding of their condition.
- To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent, and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients/clients who cannot consent to treatment.
- To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT team) to ensure the delivery of a coordinated multidisciplinary service. This will include participating in a variety of MDT internal and external agency meetings and forums plus other forms of verbal/written communication as necessary including report writing and referrals to other agencies.
- Communicate highly sensitive information effectively with all patient groups/clients/carers where there may be difficulties in accepting or understanding information.
- To maintain tact and diplomacy and use highly developed communication skills when working in situations which may become hostile/antagonistic including potential complaints as per Trust Policy.
- To be aware of and to be responsive to the changing nature of the trust and adopt a flexible and proactive approach to work.
- To maintain accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and local requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate disciplines in the form of reports and letters.
- To undertake as directed the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department.
TEACHING AND TRAINING RESPONSIBILITIES.
- To maintain your clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any new trends and developments and incorporating them as appropriate into your work. To support other staff to do likewise.
- To be an active member of relevant training programs by attending, and delivering presentations, training sessions at staff meetings, tutorials, and by attending external courses and being a reflective practitioner.
- To participate in the supervision scheme as supervisor and supervisee when appropriate.
LINE MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
- Effecting change within sphere of practice when and where indicated, to improve service delivery.
- Motivating, supporting, and enabling others to contribute towards the effectiveness and success of the Therapy Team.
- To take responsibility for their decision-making and the decisions of their team which affect service delivery.
- To undertake any other duties that might be considered appropriate by senior staff.