Apprentice Occupational Therapist

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

Occupational therapists play a critical role in providing practical care and supporting recovery for those who struggle performing day-to-day tasks. Their role is powerful in using everyday activities to enable people to live independently, enjoy a good quality of life and reach their potential.

Your apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Applied Occupational Therapy Degree (Level 6) will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which is required to practice as a registered occupational therapist

Scheduled learning is delivered through online or face-to-face teaching, which comprises a minimum of 20% off the job training throughout the programme. This includes methods such as lectures, seminars, group work projects, workshops and tutorials.

1st year pay at 65% on top of band 4

2nd year pay at 70% on top of band 4

3rd year pay at 75% on top of Band 4

4th Year pay at 75% of £23,650.50

Main duties of the job

The course consists of work-based learning within the workplace. While working full-time, you will build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your skills and competencies. Apprentices will also undertake three blocks of placement learning, where you will complete 1000 hours of assessed placement activity, in a clinical setting outside of their workplace.Assessment takes the form of a mix of module assessments including a written exam, essays, presentations, and oral examinations. The apprenticeship will then be concluded by an end point assessment supported by the portfolio of evidence collated over the four years.Over the four-year apprenticeship, you will study a range of subject areas, from the human body to promoting healthy living.o Year one modules focus on understanding occupation as a concept, providing an introduction to occupational science. This includes the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing, as well as fundamentals of psychology, sociology, anatomy and physiology.o Year two modules build on this foundation by developing understanding of challenges to occupational engagement. This includes professional reasoning and evidence-based practice.o Year three modules develop professional skills further by including, complex needs, psychosocial challenges and promoting healthy futures.o In the final year, you will apply their skills, knowledge and experience to complete a research dissertation, and your evidence-based portfolio in readiness

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Our Trust values each and every one of our apprentices and offers continued support and guidance. Many apprentices have successfully completed and remained with our Trust in a variety of areas

Date posted

30 June 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£20,497.10 a year Per Annum

Contract

Apprenticeship

Duration

4 years

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

318-22-R9287

Job locations

GRH

Gloucestershire

GL1 3NN


Job description

Job responsibilities

Apprentice Occupational Therapist:

- To study and gain formal qualification in The BSc Occupational Therapy Training Programme- The post holder will carry out work-based learning in the department under the supervision of a workplace supervisor whilst also attending academic sessions as planned- To deliver therapeutic interventions, using the principles of Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy in an integrated and client-centred way supported by the Therapy Competency Framework- To take on increasing responsibility for personal development and supporting the development and supervision of others by CPD (continuing professional development)- To use clinical reasoning skills and techniques to assess, diagnose, plan and offer a range of treatment options; deliver, evaluate and amend the treatment plan. This will include patients with diverse or complex presentations/multi-pathologies in individual or group therapy sessions- To work as an autonomous practitioner with access to guidance from specialist therapists when necessary, including working as a lone practitioner in the community- To be responsible for the organisation of own caseload and appropriately delegate to support workers or other staff members in order to ensure effective time management- To assist the team in the day to day running of the clinical area- To communicate with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to aid effective patient care, which will include taking an active role in team meetings, joint treatment sessions, case conferences and specialist interest group meetings-To work as part of the multi-disciplinary team, to make recommendations for appropriate and timely discharge/transfer from hospital- To consolidate and learn new skills and competencies to provide holistic care using the Therapy Competency Framework- To develop clinical reasoning and treatment techniques through the active participation in training and development- To consolidate knowledge and skills learned through this process with the direction of senior staff, and deliver research based presentations as part of in-service training. This will involve facilitating own learning opportunities, reflecting on practice and learning through this process- To participate in the supervision, caseload monitoring and clinical education of support workers, progressing to supervising undergraduates and less experienced staff with support of senior staff, as required- To Provide support, guidance, training, and assessing and evaluating competence, in order to fulfil clinical governance requirements and retain a skilled workforceTo progress to participating in the undergraduate education process, as a clinical educator for undergraduates from the University of the West of England. This involves the assessment of students competency to practice and contributes to their BSc honours award- To maintain clear, accurate and concise patient records in line with departmental and professional standards and include relevant outcome measures. This will include writing patient reports for e.g. medical practitioners and solicitors requests- To work with senior staff undertaking audit and research projects, to further own and teams clinical practice within each rotation- To be involved in making recommendations for changes to practice and procedures for the relevant clinical area, and the implementation of these changes- To contribute to the Clinical Governance and Quality agenda by active participation in service initiatives, health and safety and risk management- To participate in the out of hours service at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and/or Cheltenham General Hospital after appropriate induction and training as required*- To comply with Trust and Departmental policies and procedures e.g. Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Manual Handling clinical equipment competency, risk management, Data Protection Acts and patient confidentiality at all times. This will include demonstrating compliance with the terms of all safeguarding policies and processes relevant to the safeguarding of adults and children in the care of GHNHSFT and to undergo regular mandatory training concerned with safeguarding matters

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Apprentice Occupational Therapist:

- To study and gain formal qualification in The BSc Occupational Therapy Training Programme- The post holder will carry out work-based learning in the department under the supervision of a workplace supervisor whilst also attending academic sessions as planned- To deliver therapeutic interventions, using the principles of Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy in an integrated and client-centred way supported by the Therapy Competency Framework- To take on increasing responsibility for personal development and supporting the development and supervision of others by CPD (continuing professional development)- To use clinical reasoning skills and techniques to assess, diagnose, plan and offer a range of treatment options; deliver, evaluate and amend the treatment plan. This will include patients with diverse or complex presentations/multi-pathologies in individual or group therapy sessions- To work as an autonomous practitioner with access to guidance from specialist therapists when necessary, including working as a lone practitioner in the community- To be responsible for the organisation of own caseload and appropriately delegate to support workers or other staff members in order to ensure effective time management- To assist the team in the day to day running of the clinical area- To communicate with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to aid effective patient care, which will include taking an active role in team meetings, joint treatment sessions, case conferences and specialist interest group meetings-To work as part of the multi-disciplinary team, to make recommendations for appropriate and timely discharge/transfer from hospital- To consolidate and learn new skills and competencies to provide holistic care using the Therapy Competency Framework- To develop clinical reasoning and treatment techniques through the active participation in training and development- To consolidate knowledge and skills learned through this process with the direction of senior staff, and deliver research based presentations as part of in-service training. This will involve facilitating own learning opportunities, reflecting on practice and learning through this process- To participate in the supervision, caseload monitoring and clinical education of support workers, progressing to supervising undergraduates and less experienced staff with support of senior staff, as required- To Provide support, guidance, training, and assessing and evaluating competence, in order to fulfil clinical governance requirements and retain a skilled workforceTo progress to participating in the undergraduate education process, as a clinical educator for undergraduates from the University of the West of England. This involves the assessment of students competency to practice and contributes to their BSc honours award- To maintain clear, accurate and concise patient records in line with departmental and professional standards and include relevant outcome measures. This will include writing patient reports for e.g. medical practitioners and solicitors requests- To work with senior staff undertaking audit and research projects, to further own and teams clinical practice within each rotation- To be involved in making recommendations for changes to practice and procedures for the relevant clinical area, and the implementation of these changes- To contribute to the Clinical Governance and Quality agenda by active participation in service initiatives, health and safety and risk management- To participate in the out of hours service at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and/or Cheltenham General Hospital after appropriate induction and training as required*- To comply with Trust and Departmental policies and procedures e.g. Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Manual Handling clinical equipment competency, risk management, Data Protection Acts and patient confidentiality at all times. This will include demonstrating compliance with the terms of all safeguarding policies and processes relevant to the safeguarding of adults and children in the care of GHNHSFT and to undergo regular mandatory training concerned with safeguarding matters

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • GCSE: Grade C (4) or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science
  • A-level (128 tariff points): Evidence of recent* successful level 3 (A Level equivalent) study (* last 3 years). If applicant has a previous degree but no recent study- this will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Experience

Desirable

  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and team working
  • Pre-existing knowledge of working with people
  • Customer Service experience

Knowledge

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Team worker
  • IT skills
  • Self-motivated
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • GCSE: Grade C (4) or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science
  • A-level (128 tariff points): Evidence of recent* successful level 3 (A Level equivalent) study (* last 3 years). If applicant has a previous degree but no recent study- this will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Experience

Desirable

  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and team working
  • Pre-existing knowledge of working with people
  • Customer Service experience

Knowledge

Essential

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Team worker
  • IT skills
  • Self-motivated

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Additional information

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

GRH

Gloucestershire

GL1 3NN


Employer's website

https://www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

GRH

Gloucestershire

GL1 3NN


Employer's website

https://www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Clinical Lead Therapist

Caroline Phelps

caroline.phelps@nhs.net

03004228586

Date posted

30 June 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£20,497.10 a year Per Annum

Contract

Apprenticeship

Duration

4 years

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

318-22-R9287

Job locations

GRH

Gloucestershire

GL1 3NN


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