Occupational Therapist – Lincoln
Occupational Therapist – Lincoln
Salary: Band 6
Contract type: Permanent
Hours of work: 24.00 - 3 days per week
The post holder works as a member of the inter-disciplinary team in an independent, transitional neuro rehabilitation unit to provide an occupational therapy service to vulnerable and sometimes challenging adults who have diverse and complex needs (Traumatic Brain Injury, Minimally Conscious State, Stroke, Progressive Neurological diseases). This involves regular and intensive work with clients with physical and cognitive difficulties, liaising with families and outside agencies, and training unit staff.
The successful applicant will have proven and demonstrable skills in physical and cognitive rehabilitation in stroke, be able to lead on the physical rehabilitation (including mobility, transfers and manual handling) of long term complex residents and high intensity rehabilitation residents with from physiotherapists not on site full time.
It may also require occasional visits to other units under the Christchurch Group organisation, with regard to supervision, supporting other occupational therapists, offering second opinions and training and development of staff.
• To assess, treat and evaluate clients referred to Lincoln.
• To attend multidisciplinary meetings, client review meetings and meetings with outside agencies as appropriate.
• To be a key therapist for clients within your caseload.
• To use an extensive range of verbal and non-verbal communication skills to engage effectively with complex clients and their carers to gain consent and active participation by developing a therapeutic relationship based on trust and negotiation and negotiation within a legal framework with clients who lack capacity to consent.
• To select and apply standardised and non-standardised Occupational Therapy and other professional assessment tools using highly specialised co-ordination, dexterity, observation and communication skills.
• To use highly specialist skills to interpret and analyse complex clinical, social and environmental factors to support accurate diagnosis and prognosis in a wide range of complex conditions, recommend the best course of intervention, to develop and review comprehensive Occupational Therapy treatment plans.
• To negotiate with client/carer to identify and formulate client centred specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) goals using the specialist assessment information.
• To plan, implement and review client centred individual and/or group interventions, using meaningful graded activity based on sound knowledge of evidenced based practice, advanced clinical reasoning, and extensive knowledge of Occupational Therapy models of practice, and highly specialised co-ordination, dexterity, observation and communication skills.
• To assist in the training of other staff groups and participate in in-service training.
• To supervise and support therapy technicians /therapy activity coordinators/volunteers/rehabilitation assistants as required.
• To have a detailed working knowledge of Adult Health and Community Services, health, housing, and voluntary organisations eligibility criteria, relevant procedures and policies to be able to lead the effective referral of the client to these services.
• To frequently demonstrate empathy sensitivity and understanding with clients, carers and families. To treat them with respect and dignity at all times
• To provide Occupational Therapy expertise at appropriate local and regional working parties or meetings to develop, implement and redesign service delivery.
• To carry out any other duties as requested by the Group Lead Occupational Therapist.
• To participate in using the standard outcomes measures across the units, and ensure evidence based practice.
• To help initiate and develop new ideas, service developments and patterns of care.
• To keep up to date with techniques and skills and actively pursue professional development through CPD, portfolio development and clinical supervision, demonstrating evidence of reflective practice.
• To liaise with senior staff and Professional Lead on any issues relating to the Occupational Therapy service.
• To participate in Personal Development Review.
• To adhere to the code of professional conduct and standards of occupational therapy practice at all times and ensure effective time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
• To respond to informal complaints about Occupational Therapy, and to contribute to the investigation of a complaint with the relevant organisation, and assist in implementing any changes to the practice as a
• To keep accurate and contemporaneous treatment records.
• To be involved in the planning for, and the delivery of education programmes for other professionals.
• To provide statistical information on own caseload, including activity and clinical outcome measures as part of unit wide participation in the United Kingdom Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative (UKROC)
• To participate in audit activities at Lincoln.
• To participate in research in occupational therapy team, or as part of interdisciplinary team.
• To provide advice, consultation and training packages for staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
• To provide advice, consultation and support for carers, and other non-professionals. To maintain sensitivity at all times to emotional needs of client/carer when imparting distressing information.
For more information, please see the attached job specification. Consideration will be given to flexible working patterns
Christchurch Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults. This post will require an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.
Proof of eligibility to work in the UK is essential.