Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor
This is an exciting new role in an evolving Heart Failure team. You will need to have an enthusiastic approach, be forward thinking and have a high level of clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills to ensure a high level of patient care and management; excellent communication/ interpersonal skills and demonstration of the ability to support other team members is important. Must be confident in working autonomously. You are expected to work closely with the wider Heart Failure team.
The post holder will be responsible for the provision of Occupational Therapy assessment as delegated to you by the qualified therapy staff, both intervention and discharge planning of patients with Heart Failure. Working to identify patient need within the home environment, providing functional, environmental, and cognitive assessments which include the prescription of essential equipment to ensure safety at home whilst reducing hospital admissions. Specifically assessing issues related to the barriers which prevent the patient carrying out activities of daily living due to Heart Failure symptoms, eg, fatigue and breathlessness.
Successful applicants will have access to clinical supervision, in-service-training and be supported in their learning and development with anindividualisedjob plan.
This post is Monday – Friday, no weekend or bank holiday working.
Main duties of the job
- The post holder is responsible for the provision of assessment, treatment, intervention and discharge planning of clients assigned by a senior Occupational Therapist.
- The post holder is responsible for the assessment and prescription of equipment and minor adaptations.
- Use technical and creative skills to assist in the provision of therapeutic activities for individuals and groups of patients.
- Responsible for managing designated caseload on a day to day basis including prioritisation of tasks.
- Works in the community as a lone worker in line with the trusts lone working policy.
- Participate in education of Occupational Therapy students in relation to the Occupational Therapy process.
The heart failure team is a multidisciplinary team that works efficient and effectively together to support and care for patients with heart failure.
The teams consists of a range of professionals who work above and beyond to provide and excellent level of care for their patients.
They are caring and compassionate and drive changes in their field.
27 April 2023
Agenda for change
£23,949 to £26,282 a year pa
Blackpool Teaching Hospital
Whinney Heys Road
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Training, Knowledge and Experience
- Knowledge and skills acquired through previous experience working in Occupational Therapy and extended through Continuing Professional Development.
- Undertake competency training for specified duties, within Occupational Therapy.
- Attend mandatory training including moving and handling, basic life support, consent, fire, equality and diversity, child protection awareness etc.
- Participate and/or facilitate support staff forum.
- Demonstrate an awareness of policy and procedure affecting the post.
- Gain valid consent from the patient prior to undertaking any task and to inform and seek guidance from your supervisor if there are any concerns about the patients capability to give this.
- Undertake assessments and interventions within designated caseload.
- Provide general advice to patients, relatives and carers to enable an understanding of the aims of the prescribe intervention, ensuring there is a consistent approach to patient care and offering information on community services.
- Negotiate and agree functional treatment goals with the patient using a range of technical and creative skills.
- When visiting patients, representing the Occupational Therapy team, respond appropriately to patients and carers needs regarding all aspects of Occupational Therapy provision.
- Formulate Occupational Therapy treatment plans, moving, handling and positioning of patients to enable them to participate in treatment episodes and carry out activities of daily living.
- Evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes if required in discussion with your supervisor where necessary.
- Be responsible for the agreed discharge of patients following completion of an episode of care.
- Use problem solving skills to adapt intervention and resolve difficulties that arise.
- Extend and develop skills related to a variety of clinical areas through practical experience.
- Visit patients in their own homes to assess for, fit and check daily living equipment and recommend minor living adaptations.
- Develop a rapport with patients to encourage their interest and participation in prescribed intervention.
- To work as a lone practitioner in a variety of community settings where there is a trust requirement to make decisions spontaneously within the Primary Care Trust Policies and Guidelines. Ensure you are aware of the systems in place in order to seek back up from qualified staff if required.
- Report to your named supervisor at agreed intervals outlining caseload progress, highlighted any problems and informing discharge.
- oCar driver/ owner
- oEvidence of recent appropriate study/development and application in the work environment
- oWorking towards or completed NVQ Level III or Health & Social Care qualification
- oFoundation Degree in Health & Social Care.
- oPrevious or current employment in health / social care / vocational rehabilitation setting
- oTeam working
- oPrevious Occupational Therapy Assistant/ Rehab Assistant or Healthcare Assistant experience
- oAbility to work independently within a supportive environment
- oAbility to work under pressure
- oAbility to undertake allocated interventions appropriate to level of competence
- oGood communication skills (written & verbal)
- oGood personal organisational skills including time management
- oAbility to work as part of a team
- oUnderstanding of professional conduct
- oHealth / safety & risk awareness
- oUnderstanding of the importance of confidentiality
- oAbility to use initiative
- oExperience of working without direct supervision.
- oBasic IT skills
- oAwareness of the philosophy of rehabilitation
- oBasic knowledge of human biology
- oAudit and data collection/ data analysis skills
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