Occupational Therapist - Acute Medicine/Respiratory
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
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Following re-profiling within our teams we are looking to expand our Acute Adult Team at St. Jamess Hospital with a motivated and enthusiastic Band 6 Occupational Therapist in the acute medicine & respiratory team.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a diverse and complex range of patients from a variety of specialist areas:
Patients with plus size needs
Alcohol related diseases
Neurological conditions such as MS and MND, Korsakoff
Complex social issues
Terminally ill fast track patients
Patients presenting with a range of mental health conditions.
The team works collaboratively with the MDT to assess physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs with the ability to caseload manage a variety of complex cases to facilitate the best outcomes for patients when leaving hospital. You will have experience of discharge planning with the ability to be assertive and adaptable to the very busy demands of this inpatient acute clinical area.
The team see a high proportion of patients who have stepped down from ICU and patients on the Respiratory Care Unit with tracheostomies. Working with patients with bariatric needs requiring more complex equipment provides the opportunity to work closely with company reps re. specialist seating and sourcing of specialist complex equipment to increase patient function and quality of life.
Main duties of the job
Although a predominantly acute service there is scope for rehabilitation with the opportunity to work with the complex rehab team and links with the critical care team. Some patients may transfer to Chapel Allerton Hospital to further progress their Rehabilitation.
The successful applicant should be passionate about acute working, be able to demonstrate in their application and at interview, relevant hospital experience including skills in autonomous decision making, acute assessment, and discharge planning with opportunities to develop clinical reasoning. They will be forward thinking with excellent communication, team working skills and practice patient-centred care.
There will also be opportunities for involvement with local & national collaboratives and to contribute to, facilitate, design and lead service developments, innovations, and audit with support from the experienced band 7 Occupational Therapy lead. In addition to receiving regular supervision & support, Leeds Teaching Hospitals has a wealth of learning opportunities available through the organisational learning department to support you in your ongoing personal development in addition to regular supervision and the opportunity to supervise junior staff & students.
6. THE LEEDS WAY VALUES
Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:
All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values
Additionally the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:
The beliefs and attitudes that underpin effective performance within the job role. Emphasis should be on the requirements of the role not the individual when completing this section. Examples might include: quality focus, mistakes are used as a continual learning experience, honesty, integrity etc.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.
To work within the Occupational Therapy Service, Providing effective Occupational therapy Intervention to various clinical areas
To manage autonomously a clinical workload at a specialist level: assessing and treating patients and maintain associated records
To develop and apply specialist knowledge, gained from past experience, on the job experience and specialist training.
To provide a patient - focused service following the Occupational Therapy process (screen referrals, assess and plan treatment programmes, implement and evaluate treatment programmes, monitor and discharge) and using Occupational Therapy core skills.
To supervise and support Occupational Therapists
To delegate work to, supervise and support Occupational Therapy support staff
To supervise and educate Occupational Therapy students
To act as a specialist Occupational Therapy resource for colleagues, carers ad patients
To be actively involved in team and service developments including audit and research
The trust acknowledges and supports the statements laid down by the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (College of Occupational Therapy). The post holder will be professionally accountable to Health Professions Council, and accountable contractually to their employer and to the law for their actions.
3. JOB DIMENSIONS
This post holder will be responsible for providing complex occupational therapy intervention in a specific clinical speciality
The post holder will work as an autonomous practitioner addressing occupational therapy performance skills, social context and activity demands in collaboration with patients, carers and colleagues.
Clinical intervention may take place in a variety of settings including wards, therapy departments clinics, peoples homes, work places, community facilities, child care and educational establishments
The work involves close liaison with the multi-disciplinary team and community based health and social care providers
The post holder is responsible for financial and physical resources for example, use of equipment store systems such as Leeds Equipment Service, petty cash
Principal duties and responsibilities are listed in section 9
Management, supervision and support of Occupational Therapists, Support Staff and Students.
Deputising for Band 7
Routine organisation and maintenance of the department/section
Participation in projects and long-term team developments
To offer continuity to Head Occupational Therapist and colleagues in the team
Leading and participating in in-service training
To attend bi-monthly seniors meetings to evaluate and develop the service.
To promote changes to policies, procedures and practices within the specialist clinical area as identified in the team plan
Responsibility for checking and cleaning equipment in line with Trust and services health and safety policies
Trust objectives and business plan
Service objectives and business plan
Modernisation Agenda/Government Initiatives
Membership in COT specialist sections relevant to the post
Awareness of COT initiatives
Continuing Professional Development
5. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
To a specialist level:
Occupational Therapy Process screen referrals, assess and plan treatment programmes, implement and evaluate treatment programme, monitor and plan discharge
Apply relevant theory and models of Occupational Therapy
Assess motor, perceptual, cognitive, emotional and psycho-social components of occupational performance
Awareness of Risk Assessment and Management
Complex discharge planning
Understanding of functional implications of illness and disability
Disability Rights and Legislation
Awareness of the matrix of agencies involved in the delivery of services
Awareness of the facets of clinical governance
Current relevant legislation
Relevant national and professional guidelines, standards and frameworks
Relevant clinical conditions and prognosis
Specialised treatment techniques
Relevant standardised assessment
Provision and fitting of adaptive equipment
Fieldwork Education Training
7. WEST YORKSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF ACUTE TRUSTS (WYAAT)
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.
By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.
WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.
8. CORE BEHAVIOURS AND SKILLS
To a specialist level:
1. Written and Verbal Skills
2. Ability to maintain clear lines of appropriate communication
3. Ability to work as part of a Team (OT and MDT)
4. Interpersonal Skills
5. Problem-Solving Skills
6. Clinical Reasoning
7. Analytical Skills
8. Investigative Skills
9. Presentation Skills
10. Facilitation Skills
11. Coaching Skills
12. Computer Skills
13. Time Management and ability to prioritise
14. Ability to Delegate
15. Effective Supervision
16. Ability to work within flexible hours
17. Ability to initiate and take responsibility for personal development
18. Ability to ensure that others take responsibility for their personal development
19. Links with relevant specialist section and other networks
20. Ability to work in a changing environment
21. Negotiation within limitations of service
22. Ability to work under pressure
23. Assertiveness Skills
24. Ability to move and handle patients
25. Complex discharge planning
26. Ability to promote Occupational Therapy
29. Empathy and Sensitivity
30. Ability to influence and persuade
32. Strive to empower
33. Ability to maintain confidentiality
34. Ability to promote and practice clinical governance
9. PRINCIPAL DUTIES & AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
1. To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients.
2. To deliver a service using the Occupational Therapy process (screen referrals, assess and plan treatment programmes, implement and evaluate treatment programmes, monitor and plan discharge) and core skills.
3. To assess capacity, gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
4. To establish individual patients, plan and carry out effective Occupational Therapy intervention to a specialist level, in the most appropriate environment taking into account each patients individual physical, social and emotional needs
5. To work autonomously, with mostly indirect supervision.
6. To interpret and analyse at an advanced level, clinical and non-clinical information across a range of conditions.
7. To use advanced investigative and analytical skills.
8. To use clinical reasoning, critical thinking and analysis to develop individual goals and interventions which optimise functional ability.
9. To plan and prioritise clinical work.
10. To delegate work to support staff and obtain feedback from delegated tasks.
11. To use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools/strategies to communicate complex information effectively to patients/carers. This may include patients/ carers who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating.
12. The information may relate to prognosis and rehabilitation outcomes.
13. To utilise strategies of persuasion and motivation to ensure patients engage in intervention.
14. To adopt a key role in complex discharge management, communicating appropriate information and acting as an advocate for patient/carers.
15. All recommendations should focus on occupational performance and risk management in the patients own environment.
16. To refer to internal and external agencies relevant to the patients needs using designated referral systems.
17. To liaise with and work in collaboration with internal and external agencies.
18. To act as a specialist resource for information and support to patients, carers and others.
19. To ensure safe use of equipment by self and others.
20. To be able to work stressful environment.
21. To be able to impart difficult and unwelcome information regarding rehabilitation outcomes and support services.
22. To be able to deal effectively with emotional and/or aggressive patients/carers.
23. To participate in ward rounds, case conferences and meetings as required.
24. To record interventions accurately and timely using team/trust documentation complying with Occupational Therapy guidelines and legislative requirements.
25. To complete activity data using team/trust documentation and outcome measures.
26. To provide written reports complying with Occupational Therapy guidelines and legislative requirements.
27. To promote Occupational Therapy as a treatment medium and ensure high Occupational Therapy profile.
28. To occasionally lead and participate in clinical governance and quality assurance programmes to ensure the delivery of a high quality and evidence based service.
29. To occasionally lead and participate in the measurement and evaluation of work and current practices through the use of, audit and outcome measures, either individually or as part of a clinical team.
30. To initiate and participate in specialist research.
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