PURPOSE AND SCOPE
- To manage a caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
- To work as part of the multi / interdisciplinary team providing specialist rehabilitation.
- To maintain clinical records and statistics.
- To develop skills and knowledge through participation in supervision and training opportunities.
- To contribute to the maintenance and development of the OT Service.
- To manage a designated caseload of clients.
- To complete assessments of clients addressing occupational performance and skill deficit.
- To work with clients, their carers/relatives to identify OT goals as part of the overall care plan and participate in joint goal setting and rehabilitation planning with other team members.
- To plan and carry out regular goal review with the patient/family/carers to discuss progress and plan future goals.
- To plan and implement client centred individual and/or group interventions in collaboration with the client enabling the clients in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure and by using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
- To work as part of the multi / interdisciplinary team providing rehabilitation.
- To conduct rehabilitation groups, working with other members of the multi / interdisciplinary team.
- To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
- To provide occupational therapy intervention at The Hospital, the patient’s home or other community setting.
- To carry out home visits in liaison with other health and social care professionals to identify equipment and care needs required for discharge as appropriate.
- To act as a key worker for designated patients.
- To recommend and/or arrange for the provision, delivery and fit of standard disability equipment frequently entailing manual effort and undertaking risk assessment for safe fitting and use.
- To provide help and advice to patients, their families and other carers, teaching and demonstrating relevant treatment techniques, moving and handling and use of equipment to optimise patients functional ability and independence.
- To refer clients on to other agencies as appropriate.
- To use communication, problem solving, reasoning and negotiation skills to establish a therapeutic relationship. This will involve managing barriers to communication i.e. cultural, physical, cognitive and emotional.
- To promote awareness of the role of the OT within the team.
- To attend multi-disciplinary client meetings and feedback as appropriate.
- To record all occupational therapy intervention in compliance with departmental guidelines, College of Occupational Therapists and Hospital standards and guidelines.
- To keep accurate statistics of activity as required.
- Provide written reports with future recommendations as appropriate.
- To adhere to organisational policies and apply the code of ethics and professional conduct for Occupational Therapists (College of Occupational Therapy 2000), to ensure safe practice.
- To comply with organisational policies relating to Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Health and Safety at Work legislation, taking responsibility to attend mandatory training as necessary.
LEADERSHIP SUPERVISON & APPRAISAL
- To actively participate in supervision and appraisal using reflection and analysis to inform practice and identify training needs.
- Personal Development Review is used in the organisation and is an integrated part of the development of the individual. All staff are expected to take an active part in regular performance reviews.
- To participate in appraisal and supervision of occupational therapy assistants
TraIning Staff & Students
- To participate in the education, induction and training of students and other staff in this setting.
- To prioritise and delegate appropriate case load to occupational therapy assistant providing appropriate supervision.
SERVICE DEVELOPMENT & DELIVERY
- To participate in service development projects.
- To ensure service is delivered in line with professional guidelines and department protocols and pathways.
- To participate in and attend all induction, service meetings, education and training opportunities within the service, and externally.
- To participate and present at internal training events as indicated via personal development review.
- To attend all mandatory training courses which include food hygiene, basic life support, first aid training, manual handling and equal opportunities.
- To receive professional supervision on a regular basis from the named OT supervisor.
- To identify any development or training needs and reflect this in professional portfolio and personal development review.
- To develop professional knowledge and be aware of professional developments and the impact of these on clinical practice.
- The post holder is expected to maintain and update their professional portfolio to reflect on standards of practice and demonstrate evidence based practice.
CLINICAL GOVERNANCE, QUALITY & STANDARDS
- To be aware of and adhere to Organisations Health and Safety Regulations and contribute to the well being of all persons attending occupational therapy in the unit.
- To contribute in the development and achievement of the Hospital’s and OT department’s clinical governance plan and quality agenda.
LINE MANAGEMENT, STAFF, BUDGETS & DEPARTMENT
- To identify occupational therapy equipment/materials needed and feedback as appropriate to Head OT.
- To assist Head OT in ensuring that any equipment used in the rehabilitation activities is properly maintained, stored safely and regularly checked.
- To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
RESEARCH & PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT
- To assist in clinical audit and research projects relevant to OT service area.
- To assist in the evaluation of the service through use of audit, outcome measures and in-service research projects.
- To demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research and apply to practice.
Health and Safety at Work Act
The post holder is required to take responsible care for the health and safety of him/herself and other persons who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work. The post holder is also required to co-operate with the Organisation to ensure that statutory and departmental safety regulations are adhered to.
The post holder has a responsibility to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Code of Practice on Confidentiality and Data Protection.
The trust welcomes all persons without regard to age, ethnic or national origin, gender or sexual orientation, religion, lifestyle, presenting illness, marital or parental status or disability. We aim to provide a non-judgemental service at all times.
The post holder will be required to undertake any other duties according to the needs of the service. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of activities, but rather an outline of the main areas of responsibility. Any reasonable changes will be discussed and agreed with the post holder before any variations to the job description are made.
Travel to other sites
You may be required to travel to other locations. Please complete the travel expenses form; details of allowances can be obtained from the Human Resources Department Lead.
The Hospital discourages smoking in all areas of the building and premises. There are areas where smoking is not permitted – please observe and comply with any notices seen in or around the Organisation premises.
This job description indicates only the main duties and responsibilities of the post. It is not intended as an exhaustive list.
The Hospital reserves the right to amend this job description from time to time, according to the business needs. Any changes will be confirmed in writing.
This job description is not exhaustive and other duties may be required according to the needs of the Hospital.