Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner
NHS AfC: Band 4
Exciting opportunity for Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner.
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
- Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
- Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
- “In our Gift” providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
- The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
- Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
- Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
- Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
- Child Care Vouchers Scheme
- Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
- NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes
Main duties of the job
Haywood Hospital Therapies Portfolio prides itself on the delivery of quality care to all patients (ward and community based), many with complex needs. All of our services promote the philosophy of self-care and the promotion of independence whilst offering rehabilitation and assessment.
The post holder will be required to support bed based and community services provision and may be rotational to best meet service need and / or staff development. The successful candidate will manage their own busy caseload under the supervision / direction of Registered workforce taking responsibility for assessing service users who are determined to be non complex through Registered triage process.
Assessing individual’s functional abilities and providing a treatment plan as to how they may overcome these functional deficits, this may be through rehabilitation, provision of equipment, advice and signposting or a combination to regain skills and become more independent whilst reducing dependency on formal and informal care.
The role requires flexibility and willingness to work within service specification including 7 day working and shift patterns. All staff members are aligned within their roles to be supported and support with efficient and effective MDT working, student education, service development and undertake additional team responsibilities & admin tasks.
Working for our organisation
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.
Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.
We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- Have an awareness of the local and national drivers influencing the services within the Haywood Hospital Therapies Portfolio: Discharge to Assess (D2A), Stroke, Rehabilitation Medicine and other rehabilitation services.
- To follow the RCOT Occupational Therapy Standards and Guidelines, including all other guidance affecting the Allied Health Professional services. To incorporate national and local professional strategies, protocols and clinical guidelines for the introduction of evidence-based practice within own practice
- To apply a level of understanding of the effects of disability and provide appropriate training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the physical and social environments, both for the patient and carers.
- Provide and receive non-complex information relating to patients diagnosis; treatment and long term rehabilitation outcomes to patients; their carer’s and the multidisciplinary team
- To hold responsibility for own case load and be responsible for own practice within skills and competence of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Practitioner role.
- Assess patients understanding of treatment proposals; gaining valid agreement for treatment
- To devise and implement treatment programmes to meet the patients needs, facilitating the intervention to a satisfactory closure, whilst monitoring and evaluating throughout the individuals episode of care.
- To be responsible for the safe and competent use of equipment by patients and staff under your supervision, through teaching and the delivery of training and supervision of practice
- To use risk assessments as appropriate with Trust procedures
- To be responsible for maintaining own and supporting others with accurate and comprehensive records in line with Trust standards of practice
- To be responsible for their own personal and professional development, fulfilling the requirements of the post in meeting the requirements of lifelong learning.
- To assist in the provision of continuing professional development training, advising and supporting staff at Band 3 levels or below within the team or service.
- To liaise effectively with other agencies and colleagues within the Trust and act as a point of contact for providers.
- To contribute to service / team development and strategic planning by sharing skills and knowledge with the wider team.
- To promote the involvement of patients and carers in the service worked,
- To report issues with service provision/ patient care to line manager.
- Undertake any other duties required by Team / Clinical Lead (dependent on location) and Specialist Services Manager which are commensurate with the post.
- To work within service model demands; ability to undertake bank holiday; weekend and shifts patterns with lone working as required
- Car driver is required to support with service demands and community working.
- • NVQ III or equivalent
- Evidence of recent CPD activity.
- Evidence of post qualification training relevant to hospital or community working
- Relevant experience of working in therapies / specialist area
- Minimum of 2 years work experience as a Band 3 within the NHS.
- • Previous experience of working in a community/Hospital setting
- • Previous experience of lone working
- • Evidence of multi-disciplinary team working
Skills, Knowledge & Abilities
- • Have evidence to show a good range of prior clinical experience
- • Understanding of evidence based practice
- • Awareness of current issues and policy documents
- • IT skills
- • Understanding of clinical audit and or research
- • Committed to continuing professional development
- • Willing to participate in training •
- • Demonstrate an understanding of services and rehabilitation
- • Demonstrate ability to learn new skills
- • Ability to work with people
- • Mature and professional manner
- • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, (written and verbal)
- • Able to work independently and as part of a team
- • Evidence of ability to switch tasks/multi-task.
- • Reliable
- • Ability to organise self and others
- • Able to motivate self and others
- • Good time management
- • Positive approach to change
- • Flexible to the needs of the service
- • Driver with own car which is maintained to the level required to be able to use for work purposes
- • Able to contribute to service model: 7 day service / shift patterns
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.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Laura Baggaley
- Job title
- Advanced Occupational Therapist - Sneyd Unit
- Email address
- Telephone number
- 01782 673720
- Additional information
Additional contact information
Alyssa Snelson - D2A Lead - Alyssa.Snelson3@mpft.nhs.uk
Integrated Stroke Community Team:
Kirstie Burndred - Advanced Physiotherapist / Lead - Kirstie.Burndred@mpft.nhs.uk