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Job summary

Main area
Fatigue management
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 6
Contract
Fixed term: 10 months (Until June 2023)
Hours
Part time - 15 hours per week (Two 7.5 hours days of candidate's choosing Monday to Friday)
Job ref
150-RT7444-CHI
Employer
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
The Courtyard (please note that this vacancy will require home working)
Town
Horsham
Closing
15/08/2022 23:59
Interview date
25/08/2022

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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy PCASS Fatigue Clinician

NHS AfC: Band 6

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.

  • Over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff members
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 10,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features
  • Flexible working patterns offered across all services
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader

SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination, and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBT+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust’s workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

Job overview

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership (SHCP) have developed a Sussex-wide clinical assessment model for patients with post COVID symptoms which launched in January 2021 as the Post Covid Assessment Service (PCAS). The initial remit of the service was to assess patients still experiencing symptoms 12 weeks after initial COVID infection to identify their ongoing care and support needs. The existing community providers were identified as the lead providers; Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, and High Weald, Lewes, Havens; and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in the rest of East Sussex, working collaboratively with wider system partners and stakeholders, and with shared strategic oversight and clinical leadership at SHCP.

This included enhancing the remit of PCAS to provide support as well as assessment, with additional clinical expertise, so that it became the Post COVID Assessment and Support Service (PCASS).  PCASS includes the community rehabilitation and treatment pathways which focus on fatigue management, breathlessness management, cognition, and vocational rehabilitation. Some of the treatment and rehabilitation pathways will be delivered within PCASS, and some will be built into existing community service infrastructure to help with sustainability.

 

 

 

Main duties of the job

Key responsibilities

a. Supervision and Appraisal - Review and reflect on your own practice through regular participation in clinical supervision and annual appraisal with the Team Lead and/or a nominated supervisor.

b. To provide clinical supervision for staff at Band 2 to 5.

c. To support the operational lead with the appraisal of staff at band 2 to 5.

d. Training staff and students -To support the training and development of the other members of the team and students of all disciplines as required.

e. Professional development - To maintain professional registration as a physiotherapist, with the HCPC, and show proof of registration to the Team Lead when requested.

f. Continual Professional Development - To undertake professional training that may be required by the Trust and to undertake relevant activities to meet the objectives identified with your clinical and line managers.

g. Personal management - To exercise good personal time management, punctuality, and consistent reliable attendance.

h. Quality and Development - To participate in service development, service audit and outcome measurement to ensure that quality is maintained.

i. Best Practice – To keep up to date with current guidelines relating to your field of work to ensure best practice is maintained.

k. Knowledge and Skills -To develop and maintain a high standard of specialised professional knowledge and skills by different means, e.g., training, reading, reflection, peer support.

 

Working for our organisation

As the largest provider of community healthcare services in Sussex, our teams help people to plan for and manage changes to their health, supporting patients and their families to live more independently. We employ over 5,000 full and part time staff, and provide community services to a population of 1.3 million people.

Each year our dedicated clinicians see adult or child patients more than 2.6 million times, caring for people from their earliest moments right up to the final stages of their life.

SCFT teams deliver a range of health and care services to more than 9,000 people every day, working in care homes, clinics, intermediate care units, people’s own homes, GP surgeries, schools and other community venues across the region.

Our vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community and achieving the highest level of service is our top priority.

We develop and nurture our staff, and recognise that they are our greatest asset.

We give them clear career pathways, support their wellbeing, recognise and value their diversity and provide them with the leadership, skills and knowledge they need to deliver the best care for our patients now and in the future.

Jobs are available in a wide variety of services, both adult and children’s, at locations across East and West Sussex

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

a) To work as a band 6 registered professional within a Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust service

b) To manage a caseload of patients with a variety of symptoms

c) To formulate and deliver a generic and specialised treatment programme based on a sound knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment and reasoning skills

d) To treat all patients with respect and courtesy, maintaining dignity and respecting individual needs and differences, both physical and cultural

e) To complete triage of patients on the fatigue pathway

f)To develop and lead fatigue management group-educational sessions

g)To be involved in the support and supervision of staff at Band 2 to 5 level

h) To act as a clinical educator for undergraduate students within own professional area

i)To receive and deliver internal training and keep your own Personal Development plans up to date

j)To take on an audit and evaluation role of the service in which you work

k)To assist the team with service development initiatives, including implementation of competency frameworks.

  1. Communication and working relationships

 a) To build professional rapport with patients and their families, communicate with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture, ensuring that they are involved in and informed about their care packages.

b) To communicate effectively with all professionals concerned with the patient’s care.

c) Ensure patient/ carer confidentiality is maintained at all times.

d) To report effectively to the team/ supervisor/ extended MDT on patient’s progress and performance in relation to the patient goals.

e) To ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional Standards and SCFT Information Governance.

f) Liaise effectively with other health and Social Care professionals in the primary and acute sectors.

 

  1. Key responsibilities

 a) Supervision and Appraisal - Review and reflect on your own practice through regular participation in clinical supervision and annual appraisal with the Team Lead and/or a nominated supervisor.

b) To provide clinical supervision for staff at Band 2 to 5.

c) To support the operational lead with the appraisal of staff at band 2 to 5.

d)Training staff and students -To support the training and development of the other members of the team and students of all disciplines as required.

e) Professional development - To maintain professional registration as a physiotherapist, with the HCPC, and show proof of registration to the Team Lead when requested.

f) Continual Professional Development - To undertake professional training that may be required by the Trust and to undertake relevant activities to meet the objectives identified with your clinical and line managers.

g) Personal management - To exercise good personal time management, punctuality, and consistent reliable attendance.

h) Quality and Development - To participate in service development, service audit and outcome measurement to ensure that quality is maintained.

i) Best Practice – To keep up to date with current guidelines relating to your field of work to ensure best practice is maintained.

j) Undertake clerical duties as required including inputting of information on to IT databases.

k) Knowledge and Skills -To develop and maintain a high standard of specialised professional knowledge and skills by different means, e.g., training, reading, reflection, peer support.

l) To attend mandatory and statutory training as required.

4.Main tasks

a) To work effectively as a team member in providing and facilitating a high standard of care, social and rehabilitative support in the team.

b) To plan therapy, social and rehabilitative pathways taking account of the fluctuating needs of the patient and assist in evaluating the outcomes.

c) To report and document variances in a patient’s condition or planned pathway of care.

d) To offer advice and support and education on healthcare to both patients and carers.

e) To take referrals for all services using the criteria specified in their operational policies.

f) To undertake a holistic assessment of all the patients’ needs and understand the routes for escalating issues that are not directly resolved by own professional practice.

g) Formulate and deliver an individual treatment programme based on a sound knowledge of evidence-based practice and treatment options using specific clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills.

h) To evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes as required.

i) Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Evidence of Postgraduate courses/CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Training in student education

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Substantial post-qualification experience
  • Experience working in the relevant specialist area
  • Experience of supervising
  • Experience running groups

SKills and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Specific therapeutic knowledge and competencies in clinical skills
  • Ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care
  • Ability to work in a team, good communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Use of S1

Employer certification / accreditation badges

We are a Living Wage EmployerCommitted to being an Inclusive EmployerApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident leader

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Ana Rodriguez
Job title
Team Lead
Email address
ana.rodriguez123@nhs.net
Telephone number
07467115542
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