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Job summary

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Grade
Band 6
Contract
Permanent
Hours
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
279-4172751-May22
Employer
279 University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Worthing Hospital
Town
Worthing
Salary
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
29/05/2022 23:59

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279 University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Specialist Occupational Therapist

Band 6

 About our Trust

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation with patient care at our core. Our hard-working, talented and dedicated people work together towards a common goal – to always put our Patient First.  In fact our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex. In the meantime make sure to check out our Patient First approach that runs through our core as you’ll get to know us better through this, our equality, diversity and inclusion pages which show just why being inclusive is so important to us and how our staff networks help drive change, and our staff wellbeing page that details the many ways in which we invest in your wellbeing.

Job overview

We have a Band 6 opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to work in our Gen Med OT Team at Worthing Hospital.  We also have opportunities to work on our Emergency floor and A & E dept. 

We are looking for an Occupational therapist with experience in working with patients with in an acute hospital. 

This team covers many clinical specialties giving the post holder a wide variety of patients with a range of conditions and new learning experiences.  

You will work as part of a supportive OT team, as well as closely alongside the wider MDT, facilitating the patient’s safe return to the community.

You will need to demonstrate sound clinical reasoning and aptitude for learning whilst working with a varied and complex patient group. The team work in close collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and community services and therefore we require staff who have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will have developed excellent prioritisation and time management skills as well as an ability to balance clinical and non clinical duties.

Main duties of the job

JOB PURPOSE: To provide specialist occupational therapy interventions using evidence
based, flexible and patient-centred approach, working within a Multi
Disciplinary Team to meet the health and social care needs of people
who are referred to our services.
DIMENSIONS: To perform a specialist occupational therapy role for patients referred to
the postholder’s clinical team with complex health and social care
needs.
To provide supervision and leadership for relevant junior members of
occupational therapy staff in conjunction with the team leader.
To participate in the planning, development and evaluation of
Occupational Therapy services within a designated specialist team.
To provide supervision and training for students on practice placement. 





Working for our organisation

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First.  Our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.  We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Clinical
To independently manage a caseload of patients with complex health and social needs, using evidence based principles to plan and implement effective assessments and treatment programmes.

To undertake comprehensive and timely assessments of patients utilising robust clinical reasoning and analytical skills, responding to changes in patients’ clinical and functional needs, including assessing their ability to give informed consent for therapy and eliciting active patient participation in treatment.

To interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts to inform accurate diagnoses and prognoses in a wide range of clinical conditions, to recommend the best course of intervention  and to develop comprehensive goals and discharge plans.

To carry out specialist interventions and apply appropriate treatment approaches, such as splinting, and specialist seating, with both individual and groups of patients, on the wards, in the Occupational Therapy department and in community settings.

To use specialist activity analysis techniques in conjunction with patient centred practice (patient choice and patient priorities), to select and grade activities in order to achieve therapeutic goals.

To empower patients to be actively involved in self-management, through advice, education, coping strategies and therapeutic procedures.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of interventions.

To develop effective therapeutic relationships with patients who may have complex cognitive, perceptual and behavioural presentations, demonstrating empathy and sensitivity to issues, which may arise in hostile and emotive situations.

To communicate effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other agencies, demonstrating developed verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate often complex concepts, managing barriers to communications such as dysphasia, learning difficulties, cognitive or sensory difficulties, different languages etc.

To seek advice from other relevant professionals to inform analysis and reasoning where  appropriate.

To apply a robust understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to patient environments.

To ensure accurate and up to date documentation of all interventions complying with Trust, departmental and professional standards and provide Occupational Therapy reports relevant to clinical speciality.
To delegate appropriate tasks to junior staff, taking into account their skills and competencies.

To demonstrate a good working knowledge of specialist disability equipment.

To arrange for the provision of appropriate standard and non-standard specialist disability equipment, obtaining authorisation where necessary.

To provide verbal and written advice, demonstration and teaching to patients and carers in the use of equipment and other techniques to optimise patients functional ability, safety and independence.

To demonstrate a robust understanding of the implications of manual handling legislation and current best practice, applying this knowledge to the practice of therapeutic manual handling.

To undertake risk assessments in complex interventions including moving and handling situations where appropriate.

To identify and justify when a patient does not require occupational therapy intervention but needs other MDT input or referrals to other services.
To liaise with health and social care professionals and other related private, statutory and voluntary organisations, providing comprehensive written reports, recommendations and referrals where appropriate.

To provide specialist advice within own field of expertise to colleagues working within other clinical areas.

To be prepared to work on a short term basis in other areas in the hospital as directed by the Head of Occupational Therapy in times of staff shortages and service need.


Management
To support and assist the team leader in the planning and delivery of the Occupational Therapy service, including participation in the recruitment and selection of junior staff.

To identify unmet needs and gaps in service provision and highlight these to team leader.

To provide support, guidance, teaching and clinical supervision to junior qualified and nonqualified Occupational Therapy staff.

To support and assist the team leader in appraisals for junior staff on an annual basis ensuring feedback on performance is given at regular intervals throughout the year.

To initiate, plan and implement the induction, training and education for students on practice placement and other staff, within or external to the Trust, as delegated by senior staff.

To take responsibility for risk management and health and safety in the workplace by adhering to and promoting Health and Safety regulations, trust and departmental policies.

To ensure that written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with professional and trust standards.

To have a good working knowledge of good resource management and budgetary constraints.

To maintain and advise on stock and resources necessary to carry out the work of the Occupational Therapy service, including responsibility of handling petty cash and money in the sale of small items of assistive equipment.

To deputise for the team leader by carrying out delegated tasks when required, seeking guidance and support from Head of Occupational Therapy or other appropriate senior.

Professional
To adhere to the College of Occupational Therapist Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, the Trust’s Code of Conduct and all other relevant policies and procedures.

To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of patients and all key relationships and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.

To exercise effective personal time management and guidance to junior staff as necessary.

To participate in the induction, training and education of students, new staff, Occupational Therapy colleagues, members of the MDT and other external agencies, including formal presentations when appropriate.

To participate in the promotion of the profession through involvement in informal and formal events, such as careers conventions, work experience or work observation placements.

To develop skills and knowledge required as a Fieldwork Educator in order to supervise and assess Occupational Therapy students on practice placements.

Research and Development
Undertake specialist and ongoing training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line manager as part of the personal development planning process.

To fully participate in the Trust’s appraisal system review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.

To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.

To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.

To record learning outcomes and continuing professional development in a portfolio, in line with the requirements of the Health Professions Council.

To be actively involved in the critical evaluation of current research and evidence-based practice, apply to practice, disseminating findings at a local level.

To use specialist research and audit skills by participating or leading in local audit and research projects.

Organisational
To participate in the Trust’s, the department and team’s clinical governance agenda and quality improvement projects.

To contribute to healthy and safe working environment by adhering to Health and Safety regulations and departmental and Trust policies.

To comply with Equal Opportunities, Disability Discrimination and Data Protection legislation.

To comply with the recommendations of the Laming report on Child Protection.

To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the team. 

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Diploma or Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence of recent and relevant CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical Supervisors Course
  • Speciality Specific Post registration training

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of the OT role, relevant standardised OT assessments and interventions in conditions relating to speciality/post.
  • Knowledge of OT models of practice (A) Working knowledge of current legislation, government initiatives and current practice affecting OT
  • Proven experience as an Occupational Therapist

Skills

Essential criteria
  • High level verbal and written communication skills
  • Good command of English

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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
Dawn Miller
Job title
Occupational Therapy Operational Manager
Email address
dawnmiller1@nhs.net
Telephone number
01903 285023
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