Recreational Activities Co-ordinator
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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As a recreational co-ordinator you will have responsibility for co-ordinating a service that provides recreational activities for in-patients at the Hartington Unit.
You will need to ensure there is a co-ordinated Recreational Service that enhances the service users stay in hospital and utilise the Hub's space and provide a range of activities. This will conclude community working to create and sustain working partnerships with other agencies.
The post holder will embed the recovery philosophy into the programmes in an appropriate way using groups and one to one methods of engaging Service Users.
They will source and plan for specialist providers, speakers and facilitators to provide groups as appropriate, and build partnerships with community providers.
The service also aims to promote resilience with people in an acute part of their illness to be supported in their homes and communities to prevent admission to hospital wherever possible.
The role will provide a high quality, meaningful recreational activity service for inpatients who are in acute and sub acute stages of mental illness.
Main duties of the job
The role involves organising a staff rota for the Recreational Team over a seven day period and out of hours.
It involves introducing service users to the Recreational Service, organising, planning and facilitating recreational activities; to be offered clinical support and work under the supervision of Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist.
The post holder will promote social inclusion, and enhance the autonomy of the service user.
This will involve initiating and sustaining a respectful, consistent and reliable approach with the service users, that enhances their ability to build social networks and work in partnership with other agencies.
As a member of the Hartington Unit Recreational Team, the post holder will be expected to adopt the policies and philosophy of the service.
The post holder will present a positive image of the Recreational Service and to the Trust, service users, carers and the community as a whole.
The purpose of a Recovery and Resilience Service is to provide a high standard of person centred care.
The service will be inpatient and community facing and recovery focused. It will promote compassionate treatment and care in a safe and therapeutic setting for people in an acute stage of their illness. It will enable supported and sustainable transition from inpatient to community services.
Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.
CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues "treated patients with compassion and kindness" and "felt positive and proud about working for the trust."
- Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
- 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
- Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
- Generous NHS pension scheme
- Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
- Health service discounts and online benefits
- Incremental pay progression
- Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
- Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
- Health and wellbeing opportunities
- Structured learning and development opportunities
The post holder will support the delivery of a quality recreational service, working as the lead for the Recreational Team with the support and supervision of the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist.
- Build awareness of the recovery philosophy and the social inclusion agenda, promoting autonomy and enabling choice.
- Support service-users by prompting them to attend recreational activities, where necessary and maintaining specified levels of engagement.
- Carry out a wide range of individual and group activities, as directed by the needs of the service.
- Undertake a range of activities, working flexibly in accordance with the needs of service-users and the service as a whole.
- Comply with the administrative duties including statistics and production of publicity information.
- Demonstrate effective time management when preparing and running activities.
- To facilitate service user responsibility, choices and participation, within the recreational activities.
- Complete environmental risk assessments, activity risk assessments and ensure the trust group work policy is adhered to. To highlight and report any findings to the Clinical lead Occupational Therapist.
- Reports any changes in occupational functioning that may indicate either positive or negative effects of treatment and communicate these to the Occupational Therapists and the Hub team.
- Assist in the co-ordination of care by communicating effectively and ensuring that Trust professional guidelines for record-keeping are followed -writing notes as required.
- Ensure that assessment and treatment is delivered in a person centred manner ensuring the gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, cultural and spiritual needs of service users are adhered to.
- Participate in a multi-professional/agency approach to care, valuing the interface of professional roles and responsibilities.
- Use effective interpersonal skills that relate to service users, carers and team members on an equal and respectful basis.
- Lead and develop the Recreational Service, attending and leading upon appropriate meetings for the Recreational Team.
- Demonstrate awareness of the Trust Policy for Clinical Supervision; receiving and providing regular clinical supervision / appraisal for the recreation team.
- With the support of the Recovery and Resilience Hub and Ward Teams, ensure good practice is maintained by identifying practice that requires change or development, or does not meet required standards. To communicate and act upon this with support from the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist.
- Be aware of and work within all legislative requirements relevant to role e.g. Mental Health Act, Code of Practice, Human Rights Act, Disability Discrimination Act etc), and ensure that Child and Adult protection procedures are followed.
- Maintain safety standards and procedures.
- Ability to communicate and negotiate with guest speakers to contribute towards informative groups.
- Ability to communicate with service users to motivate and promote their engagement in recreational activity, using empathy and reassurance skills as required.
- Ability to carry out presentations, using a variety of media, to small groups to promote the service and its benefits to consultants, service users etc.
- Ability to work with sensitive information, to encourage, support and motivate service users to take up recreational activities for their own well-being although there is no compulsion for them to do so.
- Assist service users/carers to participate in developing and shaping the service where possible.
- Develop an awareness of how clinical and resource management information is used to inform decisions that meet service user, team and organisational objectives.
- To manage finances and a small budget in line with the needs of the recreation service.
- To order resources and equipment needed for the recreation service.
- To provide regular supervision of Recreation staff in line with the trust supervision policy.
- To support the process of staff appraisals on a yearly basis and new employee policy.
- Responsibility for supervising staff and volunteers i.e. external providers who support recreational activities.
- Responsible for the recreations teams e-roster; to plan shifts, staff annual leave and training. To assign first level approval on the e-roster
- To have access to own vehicle and a valid UK driving license.