Senior Occupational Therapist Palliative Care | University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Job details
Posting date: 23 May 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £35,392 - £42,618 pa
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 22 June 2024
Location: Christchurch, BH23 2JX
Company: Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Job type: Contract
Job reference: 6313113/153-SP03208

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Fantastic opportunity within a small friendly team to work as a Band 6 Occupational Therapist in Specialist Palliative Care. The post is to cover maternity leave and would be a 12 month fixed term/secondment contract. We have 50 hours to cover so could be flexible on full and/or part time for multiple successful applicants.

The post is based at the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch and covers both an in-patient and community setting providing the opportunity to extend and enhance professional skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

To discuss this post or organise a visit please contact the clinical lead for the therapy team Nicky Pateman on 0300 019 5322 or email

Base Location: Christchurch Hospital

Interview Date: 20th June 2024

To provide skilled, patient centred, individualised occupational therapy assessment and care to specialist palliative care patients in both in-patient hospice and community settings.

To focus on 'what matters' to patients in formulating appropriate treatment plans which are meaningful to them. To work collaboratively with the MDT to optimise symptom control, functional and occupational independence, quality of life and to assist in facilitating discharge and or admission avoidance to enable patients to be in their preferred place of care.

To contribute to the education and peer support of other team members, students and the wider MDT through informal supervision, appraisal, in service training and external training opportunities.

To pro actively participate in continued professional development to enhance your professional skill set through appropriate media and learning opportunities.

To support team colleagues and the clinical team lead in the prioritisation, delivery and evaluation of service provision working collaboratively to adapt to the changing needs of the service.

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

• To provide specialist, evidence based Occupational Therapy interventions to a caseload of inpatient hospice and community patients to ensure optimal clinical outcomes and quality of life. To work with patients to assess their needs, using specialist assessment processes and work collaboratively with the patient, their family, carers and the MDT to set patient identified goals which incorporate ‘what matters’ and are meaningful to them.
• To evaluate treatment outcomes and maintain patient records (paper and electronic).
• Contribute to the improvement and development of Occupational Therapy services.
• To provide evidence of compliance with clinical governance standards in order to contribute to the Trust’s assurance for CQC quality and safety outcomes

• Contribute to meeting the training needs of Occupational Therapy staff, other professionals and students in areas of skill and knowledge relevant to the post holder’s expertise.
• To undertake quality improvement projects as appropriate to meet the needs of the service.
• To complete risk assessments to ensure that risk in the service is managed and reported as required. All Occupational Therapy staff are responsible for the safe use of equipment and person handling including ensuring the competence of staff, carers and patients.
• All Occupational Therapy staff are required to participate in regular supervision sessions as agreed for their individual needs in line with the occupational therapy service supervision process. This includes clinical and management supervision, as well as appraisal and reviews.

For additional information please see full job description attached.

This advert closes on Wednesday 12 Jun 2024

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