Specialist Occupational Therapist (ICRAS) - Urgent Care | Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Job details
Posting date: 19 June 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: per annum pro rata
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 19 July 2024
Location: Liverpool, L24 9HJ
Company: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 6381620/350-CC6381620

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ICRAS (Integrated Reablement and Assessment Service) is a unique service providing a rapid responsive approach to support admission avoidance and early hospital discharges and reablement.

We’re looking for an occupational therapist to join our multidisciplinary teams across Liverpool Central & South teams. If you’re motivated, with a therapy background, a passion to promote allied health professionals, and share our aim for perfect care, we’d like to hear from you.

We have opportunities for both experienced Band 6 level and can support band 5-6 developmental post with competency framework via Annex 21 AFC.

The role can involve rotations within ICRAS across intermediate care bed-based rehab hubs, community urgent care, reablement and Hospital Avoidance Response of Liverpool (HARL), which will enable you to develop skills and flourish within your career. If this interests you, come and join our fantastic team.

We’re a very supportive team with a senior nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrist, therapy and health practitioner assistants and advanced clinical practitioners.

Shortlisting planned for 18 July.

Interviews planned for 24 July.

The post holder will be expected to effectively manage a caseload of patient’s co-morbidities as an autonomous practitioner, using evidence based/ patient centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions of the patient group. The post holder will provide leadership for junior staff, when appropriate, through supervision and appraisal. The post holder will participate in planning, development and evaluation of OT services within a designated area/team, holding responsibility for defined projects.

The post holder take a holistic approach in the assessment and treatment of service users / patients, being responsible for the provision of appropriate, high quality care to a defined caseload which may be of a complex nature, using the appropriate model of care and evidenced based practice.

Work in partnership with other professional to enable patients / clients to be maintained in an appropriate environment, thus avoiding hospital admission.

To contribute to the maintenance and development of The Occupational Therapy profession within ICRAS and will facilitate effective learning within the area of practice for all students and practitioners.

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to ‘perfect care’ – care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We’re currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

To undertake comprehensive holistic assessments, devise treatment plans individualised to patient needs, reviewing and adapting during patient journey from initial assessment through to discharge.

To gain consent through engaging patients / clients through their therapy journey, enabling them to experience choice and as part of their recovery.

To prioritise designated Occupational Therapy referrals according to need, risk and service capacity

To plan and implement patient centred individual and/or group interventions, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals including sensory integration difficulties within ward/rehab hub setting.

To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.

To apply a high level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyle changes and adaptations to the patient’s social and physical environment.

To provide clinical advice, expertise and leadership within your team.

To monitor and offer professional advice and leadership to all team members with regards to their caseloads and working practices.

To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual. To monitor, via performance management, the care plans developed for service users by all sector members to ensure that they are appropriate and of a high standard.

To liaise with family members, carers, GP’s and other professionals as necessary when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.

To be a point of contact for service users and carers that have concerns regarding their care, making every effort to resolve their concerns sensitively and promptly, referring to and informing the Team Manager as necessary.

To develop a risk management plan for service users under your care, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately. To monitor and work with all team members to ensure that service user risk is managed appropriately and that risk management plans are of a high quality. Understanding risk assessment, being able to assess
risk and complete management plans.

To lead the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users under the care of the sector you have responsibility for.

Monitor and ensure high standards relating to the planning and delivery of Occupational Therapy activities and comply with The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, contributing to good health and the importance of promoting these in line with organisational public health policy.

To monitor the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users by supervision of sector members’ caseloads and via audit.

To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive. Use your judgement, gained from experience, to establish if a service user requires assessment by a medic or possibly hospital admission.

To use skills gained through experience to deal with service users who become anxious, hostile or distressed.

To ensure all sector members get appropriate support following violent incidents and liaise with the Team Manager to ensure any identified actions arising from such incidents are implemented.

To participate in and/or lead service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.

To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting or return to this on discharge.

To demonstrate an understanding of capacity and mental capacity Act.

Please see attached Job Description for full list of responsibilities and duties.

For developmental post competency framework is utilised to support transition from band 5-band 6 (Annex 21 AFC)

This advert closes on Wednesday 17 Jul 2024

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