Job Details: Band 7 Lead Occupational Therapist Maternity Coverage (Up to 9 months)
Reports to: Therapies Manager
Directorate: Clinical services
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Location: 20 and 22 Devonshire Place, London, W1G 6BW
- To provide a high quality expert Occupational Therapy service across a range of specialist areas including oncology and intensive care.
- To be operationally responsible for Band 6 Occupational Therapists providing leadership, supervision and performance management as required.
- To work alongside the members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) so as to implement care plans for patients with complex needs using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
- To work autonomously and without direct supervision
Key Result Areas & Performance:
- To assess and treat a complex caseload in both inpatients and outpatients, prioritising efficiently to reduce risk and manage patient’s rehabilitation and independence.
- To apply a high level of knowledge and understanding of the clinical developments within Occupational Therapy.
- To undertake individual initial assessments of referred patients, identify care needs and set patient centred treatment plans.
- To assess and treat the patient’s functional activity level and maximise their independence and choice through a range of rehabilitative techniques.
- To select and conduct standardised cognitive assessment screening to identify areas affecting functional ability and indicate need for further assessment/ treatment.
- To carry out moving and handling assessments and demonstrate to families and patients the safe use of equipment including hoists and home equipment and adaptations.
- To carry out specialist seating and wheelchair assessments, and guide junior staff in complex cases as required.
- Explore anxiety and depression and its impact on a patient’s daily living activities and together with the wider MDT implement relevant anxiety and lifestyle management programmes.
- To assess environmental risks and carry out home assessments as required.
- To prescribe equipment as required and guide other team members on effective solutions to assist a patient in maintaining independence and dignity.
- To help patients define their goals and engage them to work towards mutually agreed goals with particular emphasis on adaptation to illness.
- To monitor and evaluate treatment using outcome measures, in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention and quality of service.
- To lead in the area of discharge planning and coordination of complex patients and the interface with community services.
- To refer on to appropriate agencies for the continuation of treatment, reassessment, monitoring and provision of further community care.
- To work across site assisting Band 6 Occupational Therapists as required.
- To communicate effectively with patients and carers, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy colleagues, multidisciplinary team members and other agencies.
- To maintain up to date activity data and activity records in accordance with Professional and Clinic standards.
- To provide patient reports on functional status and home/ access visits, as needed by the Clinic and by wider agencies.
- To communicate sensitive information to patients with empathy and understanding.
- To support patients with decisions regarding end of life care
- To maintain and develop professional communication links across health and social care, hospices and continuing care services.
Education and Development
- To adhere to the COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and all other relevant policies and procedures. These include maintaining confidentiality and respecting the patient’s dignity, privacy, culture and wishes.
- To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.
- To keep up to date with local and national developments in Occupational Therapy services within the specialist area of palliative care.
- To attend, were possible, post graduate lectures and external courses and to share this knowledge with peers
- To attend the statutory and mandatory courses and updates set out by the Clinic.
- To participate in regular peer review with the band 6 Occupational Therapists.
- To participate in in-service training to meet identified objectives and demonstrate on-going development.
- To apply specialist skills and knowledge in order to maintain professional competence and fitness to practise as a senior Occupational Therapist within a particular clinical field
- To lead and manage the Occupational Therapy team, providing effective guidance, supervision and performance management with support from the Therapies Manager.
- To participate in the operational planning and implementation of policies and protocols within the wider Therapy team
- To actively participate in therapy staff meetings and lead meetings as required
- To participate in MDT meetings and other meetings as directed by the Therapies Manager
- To report on complaints, accidents and any clinical issues and implement a learning strategy.
- To contribute to the Clinics Clinical Governance and quality agenda including the setting and monitoring of practice standards within Occupational Therapy
- To effectively manage stock and equipment
- To comply with all policies and procedures of The London Clinic.
- To comply with the Statement of Conduct of the HCPC.
- To keep up to date and informed of National Guidelines and Best Practice guidance.
- To participate in the general care and function of the department for the good and well being of it, the staff and the London Clinic in general.
- To access the London Clinic Intranet to keep informed of news and events.
- To undertake any other relevant duties as required by the Therapies Manager
This job description is a general guide to the scope of the post but may change in line with the needs of the department or at the request of the Therapies Manager.