Senior Occupational Therapist
Senior Occupational Therapist (special interest in Orthopaedics) - 15 hrs/ week.
We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our orthopaedic and surgical team as Band 6 OT based at Frimley Park Hospital. In addition to the permanent 15 hours per week advertised here, there are additional opportunities to work extra hours as part of our weekend service, so if you have any queries please get in touch and explore what might be possible for your personal circumstances.
We are looking for dynamic, professional and enthusiastic Occupational Therapists with a special interest in Orthopaedics to join our friendly & supportive team. The team is led by a Band 7 Team Lead (OT) but includes a clinical specialist, senior and junior OT's and well as OT assistants.
We have great CPD opportunities within the Trust and have recently appointed a Practice Development Lead for Therapies along with an Occupational Therapy Flow Lead to provide support and development in relation to complex care.
Main duties of the job
Frimley Park is a vascular hub as well as seeing trauma orthopaedic patients (including spinal injury) and elective patients, so caseloads are varied and offer plenty of opportunity for you to use your existing skills and continue to learn new ones.
The main responsibilities of the role include clinical and education / support of colleagues within the team.
In the Therapies Directorate we have a strong EDI culture and welcome applicants who will continue to contribute to the power of diversity we want in our teams to help us deliver our best services to our population
Working for our organisation
At Frimley Health we are committed to delivering top-quality patient care, excellent education and staff development. You will be supported and actively encouraged in enhance your leadership and clinical skills in this area, to facilitate service improvement and integration with community services and other providers. This is a great opportunity to work and develop as an individual and as part of a team, gaining clinical and operational experience in a supportive environment.
Our broad and varied workload offers every opportunity to further your experience and our location is great - within 1 hour commuting of London. In fact no other Trust will offer you more.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Take responsibility for managing patient caseload and following the OT process.
- Diagnosis of specific complex conditions in relation to the OT process.
- Provide functional treatment for both in-patients, out-patients, community-based patients, individuals and groups.
- Plan treatment programmes covering all aspects of functional rehabilitation.
- Assess patients’ activities of daily living, interpret the assessment results, and modify the treatment.
- Work single-handedly in providing training in daily living skills for patients and following them up at home or into the community where appropriate.
- Make complex clinical decisions regarding patient care.
- Provide clinical advice to the OT team on their given speciality.
- Identify and complete the referral process to other disciplines as required.
- Identify the need for and carry out standardised tests with the patients, interpret the findings and plan treatment.
- Take responsibility for planning, undertaking and completing home assessments when required.
- Assess, recommend and organise provision of adaptive equipment, minor adaptations, wheelchairs and services as appropriate to individual patients.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of clinical risk and reporting untoward incidents both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrate a physical ability to carry out OT interventions and therapeutic handling. (There is a frequent requirement to exert moderate physical effort for several short periods during a day.)
- Responsible for the safe use of equipment used in carrying out OT duties, adhering to the department’s Medical Devices Policy – this includes competency and accuracy to use equipment.
- Frequent exposure to unpleasant working conditions e.g. bodily fluids, including urine and faeces, unpleasant smells and occasional exposure to hostility in the form of verbal and physical aggression. There may also be exposure to vermin and parasites especially on home assessments.
- Exposure to distressing circumstances e.g. patients with chronic disease and those receiving palliative care.
- Communication (CO)
- Communicate relevant information on patients’ conditions and performance to the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
- Liaise with other hospital disciplines, as appropriate, and with community MDTs regarding care and progress.
- Instruct and guide staff in the use of therapeutic activities in relation to their given caseload.
- Instruct and guide individuals and groups of patients in the use of therapeutic activities, equipment and services.
- Train and educate patients and carers in the use of therapeutic equipment, health promotion, and lifestyle skills.
- Provide relevant information, written and oral, for documents relating to patients’ progress.
- Liaise with patients’ relatives regarding on-going progress and discharge plans.
- Liaise and negotiate with internal and external agencies in the provision and follow-up of equipment, minor adaptations wheelchairs and services.
- Communicate with palliative care patients and their relatives regarding their changing ability.
- Use interpreters when required to ensure effective communication occurs with patients who are hard of hearing or do not understand / speak enough English for the purpose of consent and co-operation for treatment.
- Liaise with other hospital disciplines regarding the OT staffing of their area to facilitate efficient working.
- Documentation (DC)
- Maintain and organise records of patients’ treatments in line with department’s and College of Occupational Therapists’ (COT) guidelines.
- Write patient related reports.
- Report OT treatment and progress in medical and nursing notes.
- Undertake the appropriate paperwork for onward referral.
- Gather and record statistical data according to department requirement
- Professional Ethics
- Adhere to the COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for qualified staff and all other relevant policies and procedures
- Leadership, Supervision & Appraisal (LS)
- Supervise junior members of the team both clinically and managerially.
- Undertake appraisal with specified junior member of staff.
- Review and reflect on your own practice and performance through regular participation in professional supervision and appraisal.
- Training Staff & Students (TS)
- Be involved in the induction and training of new staff and the team.
- Responsible for training allocated OT students.
- Assess and train NVQ students.
- Train other disciplines on the OT role and OT process.
- Career training to outside agencies re the OT role.
- Service Development & Delivery (SD)
- Maintain the high standards of the department by contributing towards individual and team objectives within the department quality / business plan.
- Assist in maintenance of inventory and management of stock and equipment.
- Professional Development (PD)
- Actively involved in the department’s in-service training programme and responsible for keeping up to date with grade specific treatment techniques.
- Participate in the in-service training programme, giving feedback from any courses attended.
- Be involved in peer group meetings and identify grade specific training needs.
- Attend external courses as appropriate, and be committed to following a supportive training programme.
- Take responsibility for the update of mandatory training according to the Trust’s policy.Clinical Governance, Quality, Standards (CG)
- Participate in clinical supervision sessions.
- Maintain the high standards of the department by contributing towards individual and team objectives.
- Participate in clinical governance and quality improvements projects as allocated by the OT Manager.
- Undertake clinical audit and quality assurance initiatives towards continued development and maintenance of clinical standards in accordance with the Trust’s policy.
- Line Management, Staff, Budgets, Department (LM)
- Co-operate with other department staff in maintenance of inventory and efficient management of department stocks and equipment.
- Deputise to Team Leader in their absence.
- Research & Practice Development (RD)
- Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research and apply to practice.
- As part of a team incorporate up-to-date techniques and ideas of positive practice into your programme.
- Participate in OT / team audit and evaluation activities as agreed with your Line Manager
Please see full person spec and job description.
- Degree or Diploma in OT
- HCPC registration
- Fieldwork educators course
- Ability to work single-handedly with individuals and groups
- Ability to manage own workload and determine priorities
- able to work under pressure
- Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
- Training and facilitation skills
- Use of an electronic patient record
- knowledge of evidence based practice
- Understanding of professional ethics and their application in practice
- Ability to clinical reason/ plan intervention independently
- RElevant experience
- Experience of research and audit
- Advice and informal supervision to support staff and students
- Willingness to work as part of the OT team as times of pressure
- Must be able to travel between sites
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.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Tanya Trussler
- Job title
- Principal Occupational Therapist
- Email address
- Telephone number
- 0300 6134421
- Additional information