Job summary

Due to progression within the team, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and dynamic Band 6 Specialist OT to join our team based at Wigan and Leigh Hospice. We are an NHS team of Allied Health Professionals who specialise in the rehabilitation of patients with complex problems due to a cancer diagnosis or cancer treatment and those with a specialist palliative care need. You will be supported by 2 other occupational therapists on the team, 3 physiotherapists, a therapy support worker, dietitian, speech and language therapist and an admin support worker.

This is a part time role (30 hours) working 4 days across Monday to Friday.

Main duties of the job

You will be working as part of a supportive interdisciplinary team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapist, Dietitian, Rehabilitation support worker and an admin support worker. There are excellent training and development opportunities, as well as a robust supervision and appraisal system our goal is to develop highly skilled professionals develop both clinically and non-clinically. The appropriate candidate will also be required to demonstrate a strong commitment to student education.

The Successful Candidate should:

  • be a registered Occupational Therapist with the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council)
  • have considerable post-qualification experience
  • have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Occupational Therapy process / interventions and an ability to apply these skills
  • have experience in the field of Palliative care / Rehabilitation
  • have experience of continued professional development
  • have experience of service development, audit and research
  • be able to effectively work as part of a team
  • have excellent communication and time management skills
  • be passionate about student education

About us

Choose Well – Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that ‘happy staff, makes for happy patients’. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement and living our values ‘the WWL Way’.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information available by contacting covid-19.vaccine@wwl.nhs.uk where you can also ask about how to access vaccinations.

Date posted

21 December 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

302-22-4835550CM

Job locations

Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Kildare Street

Hindley

WN2 3HZ

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key results from the job holder

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work and to maintain overall accountability for delegated duties of treatment to junior staff for patients on your caseload.
  • To use a wide variety of Occupational Therapy assessment methods to identify clients who require Occupational Therapy intervention.
  • To use clinical judgment in order to prioritise caseload in line with clinical guidelines and protocols.
  • To ensure interventions take place in the most appropriate setting, e.g.Hospice or clients homes.
  • To plan, prepare and undertake client assessments for a designated caseload in line with professional and national standards and guidelines.
  • To identify areas of occupational performance and skill deficit in all functional activities of daily life.
  • To work with clients and/or carers to identify goals as part of an overall care plan in co-operation with the multi professional team using recognized goal setting documentation.
  • To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions in collaboration with clients using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for clients with multiple needs/pathology in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the clients physical and social environment.
  • To justify own clinical judgments when differences of opinion occur.
  • To act as an advocate for patients needs when necessary.
  • Use a variety of skills to gain consent and co-operation to treatment plans.
  • To educate patients, relatives and carers in conditions and their effects in order to adapt to an appropriate lifestyle.
  • To contribute to client related developments and activities within the multi-professional team.
  • To identify and implement service and practice development within own area of clinical specialism in conjunction with supervisor and/or manager.
  • To maintain accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with Trust Policies and RCOT Standards of Practice and the Hospice organisation.
  • To maintain timely statistics and other records as requested by WWL and palliative care services.
  • To monitor the quality of record keeping for support staff and students.

Planning and Organisational Duties

  • To participate in the day-to-day organisation and development of the AHP palliative care service.
  • To contribute to the Trusts clinical governance arrangements and quality agenda.
  • To demonstrate understanding of national and local guidelines and legislation relating to health and social care and their impact on service delivery.
  • To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
  • To prescribe wheelchairs and equipment for patient use within resources available in Health & Social Services.
  • To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.
  • To maintain a professional portfolio of Continuing Professional Development recording learning outcomes through participation in internal and external development opportunities.
  • To comply with annual appraisal system.
  • To undertake the supervision of junior staff as delegated by senior staff.
  • To adhere to Health and Safety Policies and Procedures and carry out responsibilities accordingly.
  • To contribute to development of practice/procedures etc within the palliative care team.
  • To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practices, clinical pathways and protocols within your clinical area.
  • To participate with other team members in measurement of and evaluation of work and current practice through use of outcome measures and audit.
  • To contribute to the Trusts, Teams & Hospice Clinical Governance arrangements and the quality agenda.
  • To demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research, apply them to practice and disseminate findings at a local level.
  • To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.

Communications and Key Working Relationships

  • To demonstrate effective communication skills with carers, team members, occupational therapy colleagues and other agencies.
  • Participate in MDT meetings and case conferences.
  • To maintain good working relationships.
  • To convey information in a sensitive and appropriate manner on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plans in a range of verbal and non-verbal forms that clients/relatives can understand.
  • To comply with the Health and Care Professions Council Guidance, Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and National and Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.

Responsibility for Finance

  • To advise Head Occupational Therapist on resources required to carry out the job.
  • Be responsible for the monitoring of materials and equipment and bring defects or deficits to the attention of the senior OT or AHP team.

Responsibility for Human Resources

  • Deputise in the absence of the Band 7 OT to ensure the correct processes are followed for staff absence and performance management.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key results from the job holder

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work and to maintain overall accountability for delegated duties of treatment to junior staff for patients on your caseload.
  • To use a wide variety of Occupational Therapy assessment methods to identify clients who require Occupational Therapy intervention.
  • To use clinical judgment in order to prioritise caseload in line with clinical guidelines and protocols.
  • To ensure interventions take place in the most appropriate setting, e.g.Hospice or clients homes.
  • To plan, prepare and undertake client assessments for a designated caseload in line with professional and national standards and guidelines.
  • To identify areas of occupational performance and skill deficit in all functional activities of daily life.
  • To work with clients and/or carers to identify goals as part of an overall care plan in co-operation with the multi professional team using recognized goal setting documentation.
  • To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions in collaboration with clients using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment for clients with multiple needs/pathology in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To demonstrate and apply a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and recommend adaptations to the clients physical and social environment.
  • To justify own clinical judgments when differences of opinion occur.
  • To act as an advocate for patients needs when necessary.
  • Use a variety of skills to gain consent and co-operation to treatment plans.
  • To educate patients, relatives and carers in conditions and their effects in order to adapt to an appropriate lifestyle.
  • To contribute to client related developments and activities within the multi-professional team.
  • To identify and implement service and practice development within own area of clinical specialism in conjunction with supervisor and/or manager.
  • To maintain accurate and comprehensive patient treatment records in line with Trust Policies and RCOT Standards of Practice and the Hospice organisation.
  • To maintain timely statistics and other records as requested by WWL and palliative care services.
  • To monitor the quality of record keeping for support staff and students.

Planning and Organisational Duties

  • To participate in the day-to-day organisation and development of the AHP palliative care service.
  • To contribute to the Trusts clinical governance arrangements and quality agenda.
  • To demonstrate understanding of national and local guidelines and legislation relating to health and social care and their impact on service delivery.
  • To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
  • To prescribe wheelchairs and equipment for patient use within resources available in Health & Social Services.
  • To review and reflect on own practice and performance through effective use of professional and operational supervision and appraisal.
  • To maintain a professional portfolio of Continuing Professional Development recording learning outcomes through participation in internal and external development opportunities.
  • To comply with annual appraisal system.
  • To undertake the supervision of junior staff as delegated by senior staff.
  • To adhere to Health and Safety Policies and Procedures and carry out responsibilities accordingly.
  • To contribute to development of practice/procedures etc within the palliative care team.
  • To participate in the planning, evaluation and audit of practices, clinical pathways and protocols within your clinical area.
  • To participate with other team members in measurement of and evaluation of work and current practice through use of outcome measures and audit.
  • To contribute to the Trusts, Teams & Hospice Clinical Governance arrangements and the quality agenda.
  • To demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research, apply them to practice and disseminate findings at a local level.
  • To broaden research and development skills through participation in local audit and research projects.

Communications and Key Working Relationships

  • To demonstrate effective communication skills with carers, team members, occupational therapy colleagues and other agencies.
  • Participate in MDT meetings and case conferences.
  • To maintain good working relationships.
  • To convey information in a sensitive and appropriate manner on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plans in a range of verbal and non-verbal forms that clients/relatives can understand.
  • To comply with the Health and Care Professions Council Guidance, Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and National and Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • To respect the individuality, values, cultural and religious diversity of clients and contribute to the provision of a service sensitive to these needs.

Responsibility for Finance

  • To advise Head Occupational Therapist on resources required to carry out the job.
  • Be responsible for the monitoring of materials and equipment and bring defects or deficits to the attention of the senior OT or AHP team.

Responsibility for Human Resources

  • Deputise in the absence of the Band 7 OT to ensure the correct processes are followed for staff absence and performance management.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Professional Qualification Diploma/Degree in Occupational therapy
  • HCPC registration

Desirable

  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.

Experience

Essential

  • Range of experience of treating patients within a community setting
  • Experience of managing own clinical caseload including ability to priorities and delegate when appropriate.
  • Experience advising and supporting junior staff and/or students the formal and informal supervision.
  • Experience of working as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and contributing to ward meetings/handovers
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients with complex needs.
  • NHS experience

Desirable

  • A range of experience working as an occupational therapist within a community setting
  • Experience of research, audit, service development.
  • Participation in in-service training programme.
  • Working under pressure
  • Some experience of recruitment and interview process
  • Experience of treating patients in a group setting

Skills

Essential

  • Supervisory skills
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure
  • Effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Able to manage own workload and determine priorities
  • Able to reflect and critically appraise own performance and utilise self-directed learning.
  • Effective overall personal time management
  • Comprehensive clinical reasoning skills relevant to caseload
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Good IT skills

Desirable

  • Effective and interchangeable communication skills with regards to sensitive or private discussions with patients/relatives/MDT.
  • Use of IT systems used in healthcare.

Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of the principle elements of Clinical governance
  • Knowledge and/or specific training in relevant moving and handling techniques
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant Occupational Therapy interventions.
  • Understanding of Health, Safety and Risk Management Policies
  • Have an understanding of the core skills of Occupational Therapy
  • Knowledge of current best practice in Occupational therapy
  • Comprehensive knowledge of a range of relevant medical clinical conditions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of cancer and it’s treatment
  • Knowledge of a range of assessment tools
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant Occupational Therapy interventions.
  • Understanding of Health, Safety and Risk Management Policies
  • Knowledge of the principle elements of Clinical governance
  • Sound knowledge of rehabilitation in cancer and palliative care

Additional

Essential

  • Post graduate training/ CPD in relevant area of practice
  • Clear vision of Professional role
  • Clear interest in this area of practice
  • Able to travel across Trust independently
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, i.e. with confidence and accuracy, using correct sentence structures and vocabulary, and without hesitation

Desirable

  • Membership of Special Interest Group
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Professional Qualification Diploma/Degree in Occupational therapy
  • HCPC registration

Desirable

  • Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy.

Experience

Essential

  • Range of experience of treating patients within a community setting
  • Experience of managing own clinical caseload including ability to priorities and delegate when appropriate.
  • Experience advising and supporting junior staff and/or students the formal and informal supervision.
  • Experience of working as an autonomous practitioner.
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and contributing to ward meetings/handovers
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients with complex needs.
  • NHS experience

Desirable

  • A range of experience working as an occupational therapist within a community setting
  • Experience of research, audit, service development.
  • Participation in in-service training programme.
  • Working under pressure
  • Some experience of recruitment and interview process
  • Experience of treating patients in a group setting

Skills

Essential

  • Supervisory skills
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure
  • Effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Able to manage own workload and determine priorities
  • Able to reflect and critically appraise own performance and utilise self-directed learning.
  • Effective overall personal time management
  • Comprehensive clinical reasoning skills relevant to caseload
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Good IT skills

Desirable

  • Effective and interchangeable communication skills with regards to sensitive or private discussions with patients/relatives/MDT.
  • Use of IT systems used in healthcare.

Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of the principle elements of Clinical governance
  • Knowledge and/or specific training in relevant moving and handling techniques
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant Occupational Therapy interventions.
  • Understanding of Health, Safety and Risk Management Policies
  • Have an understanding of the core skills of Occupational Therapy
  • Knowledge of current best practice in Occupational therapy
  • Comprehensive knowledge of a range of relevant medical clinical conditions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of cancer and it’s treatment
  • Knowledge of a range of assessment tools
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant Occupational Therapy interventions.
  • Understanding of Health, Safety and Risk Management Policies
  • Knowledge of the principle elements of Clinical governance
  • Sound knowledge of rehabilitation in cancer and palliative care

Additional

Essential

  • Post graduate training/ CPD in relevant area of practice
  • Clear vision of Professional role
  • Clear interest in this area of practice
  • Able to travel across Trust independently
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, i.e. with confidence and accuracy, using correct sentence structures and vocabulary, and without hesitation

Desirable

  • Membership of Special Interest Group

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

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UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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