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Advanced Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Job details
Posting date: 12 June 2024
Salary: £52,932 to £69,605 per year
Additional salary information: £52932 - £69605 a year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 15 July 2024
Location: Guernsey, GY4 6UU
Company: NHS Jobs
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: K0005-24-0117


CLINICAL PRACTICE To provide an Occupational Therapy service within the specialist area of Children and Young Peoples practice. This will involve complex needs multi-agency working. To work as an autonomous practitioner and manage an assigned caseload of work with children 0-18 years old. This will include neurological conditions, Cerebral Palsy, orthopaedic, rheumatology, developmental delays and learning disabilities and life limiting conditions (some conditions will be congenital others acquired often multiple pathology). Children seen will range from mild developmental problems to profound, complex disability. To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work. To be responsible for prioritising, organising, and planning own caseload to meet the service and service users priorities. The post-holder will assess and treat children in the areas of gross and fine motor skills including handwriting and IT advice, personal safety, problem solving, visual perceptual skills, sensory processing, social skills, moving and handling, daily living, and independence skills. The post-holder will work within the MDT to assess and recommend specialist equipment for 24-hour postural management needs at home and school (e.g., specialist seating, sleep systems, toilet and bathing, mealtimes, hoists and slings, specialist toys, writing aids, safety etc.). The post-holder will assess and advise on minor and major building adaptations at home and in school liaising with the relevant agencies. The post-holder will assess, recommend, and fit upper limb splints. The post-holder will conduct paediatric standardised assessments and demonstrate a specialist level of analysis and clinical reasoning in their interpretation of the results and implement evidenced based intervention practices. The post-holder will apply specialist knowledge of the impact of impairment/pathology to achieve maximum function when designing individual treatment plans in all settings relevant to the child (home, school, nursery, short break care, hospital admission etc.). To provide specialist clinical advice and education to the service users, their families, carers and others associated with any intervention programme by offering verbal/written evidence-based advice and information effectively and to ensure their understanding. To be responsible for equipment used in carrying out clinical duties and to adhere to department equipment policy, including competence to use equipment and to ensure the safe use of equipment by others. The post holder will maintain the individuals records and record activity data in accordance with professional and HSSD standards and provide a high standard of specialist Occupational Therapy reports as necessary. To comply with the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) ethics and professional conduct documents and local and national policies and procedures. EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT To maintain high levels of clinical excellence and professional practice by attending in service and external training courses and conferences, personal study, clinical supervision,and reflective practice as evidenced in a continued professional development portfolio. To actively participate in supervision and appraisal using reflection and analysis to inform your practice and identify training needs as required by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). To develop and maintain an agreed area of professional interest and expertise and to act as a resource to other members. To keep up to date with advances in Occupational Therapy to actively promote an understanding of the role of occupational therapy to outside agencies and other professionals. To participate in staff and service development through attendance at service meetings and in-service training, including taking a lead and facilitating such events and presenting information as appropriate. ORGANISATIONAL To participate in the implementation of policy and service development within the Childrens Occupational Therapy service and support the Head of Childrens Occupational Therapy on leading on delegated projects. To contribute towards the evaluation of the service through clinical and service audits. Ability to assist with recruitment and selection and supervision of junior staff. To comply with organisational policies relating to Consent, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Health and Safety at Work Legislation. RESEARCH AND PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT To present papers, write articles or undertake research based on own area of expertise and service requirements, as appropriate. To participate in raising and monitoring the quality of the Occupational Therapy service through the audit process. To work with all Occupational Therapy staff to ensure that the Occupational Therapy service is of a high quality and evidence-based practice. To undertake any other duties as required by the Head of Childrens Occupational Therapy and the Service Manager. GENERAL To comply with the Health & Social Services Departments Health and Safety Policy and other Directorate policies, to ensure a safe working environment for staff and clients. This includes the reporting of accidents / incidents to staff, clients and other persons following Health & Social Services Department procedures. To comply with the Health & Social Services Departments conditions of confidentiality relating to patients, staff, and computerised information. To comply with the principles contained within the Data Protection Law 1986 concerning the improper disclosure, misuse, or breach of confidentiality in respect of information held on computer systems or elsewhere. This job description gives an outline of the duties the post-holder will be expected to undertake, but it is not intended to be comprehensive as other duties may arise from time to time. It will be subject to annual review to ensure that it reflects the current duties and responsibilities of the post-holder.