JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:                          Community Occupational Therapist

Grade:                              Band 6 equivalent

Hours:                              0 hours

Reports to:                      Clinical Lead / Head of Therapies

Accountable to:             Head of Services and Clinical Development

 

JOB SUMMARY

  • To provide person centred Occupational Therapy care and support to adult patients, their families and carers in their usual place of residence.
  • To manage patients referred to HomeLink Healthcare for assessment, clinical diagnosis, treatment plan and implementation, and evaluation of care delivered.
  • To perform OT assessment of patients with diverse and complex conditions.
  • To work flexibly across the community as required.
  • To participate as part of the multidisciplinary team.

 

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This list is intended to summarise the key responsibilities and is not intended to cover every task that may be required of the role: –

Clinical

·        To be professionally accountable and responsible for all aspects of own work working within accepted codes of professional conduct and clinical guidelines to minimise clinical risk.

·        To be responsible for a caseload of referred patients with a range of conditions/needs.

·        To undertake comprehensive functional assessments of patients using knowledge of evidence-based practice, and rehabilitation expertise.

·        To monitor and reassess treatment and patient status to progress and adjust treatments effectively.

·        To develop comprehensive discharge plans, referring to specialist services as indicated.

·        To be responsible for the competent use of equipment and patient appliances as indicated.

·        To encourage patients and their carers in an active approach to regaining and maintaining independence.

 

·        Communication

 

·        Communicate effectively with patients, relatives and carers.

·        Communicate effectively with all professionals concerned with the patient’s care.

·        Demonstrate sensitive communication styles to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment.

·        Anticipate barriers to communication and take action to improve communication.

·        Ensure patient confidentiality is maintained at all times.

·        Report effectively to the team on patient’s progress and performance in relation to the patient goals.

·        Ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional Standards.

 

General

 

·        Take responsibility for own development, learning and performance by actively following a programme of continuous professional development and appraisals.

·        Undertake statutory and mandatory training.

·        Keep a record of your training and clinical development activities.

·        Participate in clinical audit.

·        Ensure compliance to HLHC policies and guidelines including, but not limited to, basic life support and anaphylaxis, emergency procedures, confidentiality, consent, capacity, safeguarding procedures, incident reporting, information governance and lone working.

·        Identify risks involved in work activities and undertake such activities in a way that manages those risks.

·        Support Induction and training needs as required.

 

Our Values

 

Our values underpin the way we deliver our services and treat those who use our services.

 

HomeLink Healthcare believes that everyone should have the choice to be treated at home instead of in hospital.

 

We enable this with our safe, high quality and caring service, supported by technology and our skilled staff, delivering care in the right time and the right place.

 

We recruit competent staff that we support in maintaining and extending their skills in accordance with the needs of the people we serve.  We will recognise the commitment from our staff to meeting the needs of our patients.

 

Confidentiality and Information Security

 

As a HLHC employee you will be required to uphold the confidentiality of all records held by the company, whether patients/service records or corporate information.  This duty lasts indefinitely and will continue after you leave the company’s employment.

 

All information which identifies living individuals in whatever form (paper/pictures, electronic data/images or voice) is covered by the 1998 Data Protection Act and should be managed in accordance with this legislation. This and all other information must be held in line with NHS national standards including the  Records Management:  NHS Code of Practice , NHS Constitution and HSCIC Code of Practice on Confidential Information and should only be accessed or disclosed lawfully.  Monitoring of compliance will be undertaken by the Company. Failure to adhere to Information Governance policies and procedures may result in disciplinary action and, where applicable, criminal prosecution.

 

 

Information Governance Responsibilities

 

As a HLHC employee you are responsible for the following key aspects of Information Governance (not an exhaustive list):

·        Completion of annual information governance training.

·        Reading applicable policies and procedures.

·        Understanding key responsibilities outlined in the Information Governance acceptable usage policies and procedures including NHS mandated encryption requirements.

·        Ensuring the security and confidentiality of all records and personal information assets.

·        Maintaining timely and accurate record keeping and where appropriate, in accordance with professional guidelines.

·        Adherence to the clear desk/screen policy.

·        Only using email accounts authorised by HLHC – e.g. @homelinkhealthcare.co.uk, NHS mail etc. These should be used in accordance with the Sending and Transferring Information Securely Procedures and Acceptable Use Policies.

·        Reporting information governance incidents and near misses on the incident portal or to the appropriate person e.g. line manager, Head of Information Governance, Information Security Lead.

·        Only using approved equipment for the use of business.

 

Governance

 

Clinical governance is a framework through which organisations delivering health and care services are accountable to continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which clinical and other forms of care flourishes.  Employees must be aware that clinical governance places a duty on all staff to ensure that the level of care services they deliver to patients is safe and high quality, and that they follow/comply with HLHC policies and procedures.

 

Registered Health Professional

 

All staff who are a member of a professional body must comply with standards of professional practice / conduct.  It is the post holder’s responsibility to ensure they are both familiar with and adhere to these requirements and maintain revalidation requirements.

 

Risk Management / Health & Safety

 

The post holder has a responsibility to themselves and others in relation to managing risk, health and safety and will be required to work within the policies and procedures laid down by the company.  Staff are required to observe the Hygiene Code and demonstrate good infection control and hand hygiene.

 

Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them by the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) to ensure that the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for other employees, patients and visitors.  It is essential to observe strict fire and security precautions at all times.

 

All staff have a responsibility to access occupational health, other staff support services and/or any relevant others in times of need and advice.

 

All staff must report accidents, incidents and near misses so that the company can learn from them and improve safety.

 

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Responsibility

 

HomeLink Healthcare as an employer is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk of harm and expects all employees to share this commitment by working to relevant safeguarding legislation, multi-agency policies and procedures. All colleagues working directly with people using our services, will support them to participate in decision making in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

 

Medicines Management Responsibility

 

Nursing or registered healthcare professionals

Undertake all aspects of medicines management related activities in accordance within the company’s medicines policies to ensure the safe, legal and appropriate use of medicines.

 

Skilled non-registered staff

Undertake all aspects of medicines management related activities in accordance with the company’s medicines policy where appropriate training has been given and competencies have been achieved:

 

Policies & Procedures

 

All Staff will comply with the Companies Policies and Procedures which can be found on the company intranet.

 

The company recognises a “non-smoking” policy.  Employees are not able to smoke anywhere within the premises or when outside on official business.

 

Equal Opportunities Equal Opportunities

 

It is the company’s intention to be an employer of choice and ensure that no job applicants or employees are unfairly disadvantaged on the grounds of gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, colour, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, trade union membership or any other factors that are not relevant to their capability or potential.  To this end, the company has an Equality and Diversity policy and it is the responsibility of each employee to contribute to its success.

 

Flexibility Statement

 

This job description is not exhaustive and may change as the post develops or changes to align with service needs.  Any such changes will be discussed directly between the post holder and their line manager.

 

 

 

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

COMMUNITY OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

  Essential Desirable
Qualifications and Knowledge ·        Professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

·        Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy.

·        Documented evidence of continuing professional development.

·        Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its implications for occupational therapy.

·        Awareness of assessing/ managing/preventing risk in the working environment.

 

·        Broad range of clinical placements.

 

Experience and Abilities ·        At least 3 years post registration experience.

·        Experience of community working.

·        Experience of working as a member of a team with other professionals, but also able to work autonomously.

·        Able to co-ordinate and deliver complex care that involves other agencies.

 

·        Experience of teaching and assessing students and other staff members.

 

Skills

Analytical Judgmental

Planning and organisational skills

 

 

 

Information Resources

 

 

 

 

Communication skills

 

 

 

 

Physical skills

 

 

·        Ability to work autonomously and be responsible and accountable for own decisions.

·        Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance.

·        Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

·        Ability to use email.

·        IT skills to be able to use an electronic patient record system.

·        Able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

·        Car driver with full UK driving. licence.

·        Able to undertake physically demanding work.

 
Personal Qualities

Interpersonal skills

 

 

 

 

 

Team/Collaborative working

Flexibility

·        Effective role model of high standards.

·        Ability to work in a stressful environment and remain calm and focused.

·        Enthusiastic and self -motivated.

·        Team player.

·        Able to work flexibly and respond to changing demands in workload and location.

Able to demonstrate a positive approach to handling conflict and difficult situations.

 

 

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