Occupational Therapy Assistant - Band 4 - London

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Job Purpose

To support the Occupational Therapy teams within the Acute Hospital setting and patients homes in providing patient centred care of high quality:

  • To assist therapists in the rehabilitation of patients by carrying out treatment plans developed by therapists and by progressing those treatment plans within agreed frameworks.
  • To carry out patient assessment and treatment in a wide variety of settings including the ward, gym and Kitchen.
  • To undertake formalised assessments and reporting cognitive and functional measures.
  • To facilitate patients, with their carers identify personal self-management goals
  • Work autonomously without direct supervision to support patients in their rehabilitation plans using advanced communication and therapeutic handling skills.
  • Assist Therapists in treatment requiring more than one therapist including those with complex therapeutic handling needs.
  • May be involved in leading the delivery of Therapist prescribed group exercise and education programmes.
  • To autonomously identify need for re-evaluation, progression and termination of interventions
  • Modify specific patient treatment programmes by reassessing and progressing as appropriate where agreed by responsible Therapist
  • To lead on supporting the autonomous ordering of identified simple aids and adaptations as well as the ordering of Therapy prescribed equipment, aids and adaptations.
  • To communicate effectively with therapists about patients’ condition.
  • To record patient information in a SOAP note format.
  • To support patient-centred rehabilitation in order to facilitate timely, safe discharge, reflecting individual choice and maximizing individuals’ independence
  • To maintain the set level of stocks and the cleanliness and safety of equipment.
  • To participate in site based data collection and reporting.
  • To participate in audit under guidance of qualified staff
  • Support the team to use effective equipment and stock management systems including storage of equipment and ordering of equipment in keeping with service requirements

Reports to: OT/PT Clinical Lead

Responsible to: Deputy Head of Therapies

Key Working Relationships

Internal

  • Patients
  • Relatives
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Administrative staff

External

  • Carers
  • Social services staff
  • Community health service staff

 What experience and skills do you need?

Domain

Essential Criteria

Desirable Criteria

Experience

 

 

 

 

  • Relevant experience of working as a therapy assistant or support worker in a physical health setting.
  • Relevant experience in a community based setting
  • Extensive experience of working with patients with complex healthcare needs in a rehabilitation setting.
  • Experience of working with patients from a diverse multicultural community
  • Experience of using highly skilled handling to facilitate client movement and/or rehabilitation.
  • Experience of transferring learnt skills to a practical environment
  • NHS experience

Skills

 

 

 

 

  • Able to demonstrate clinical reasoning skills to facilitate decision making processes
  • Able to demonstrate skills in the assessment and treatment of patients without direct supervision
  • High standard of patient handling skills
  • Good knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Good knowledge of medical conditions and a proven ability to expand and develop this knowledge within a specialised area.
  • Understanding of the impact of Stroke
  • Knowledge of the needs of different ethnic minority groups
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Ability to organise self and others and manage time effectively
  • Ability to form good relationship with patients
  • Awareness of cultural issues
  • Experience of working without direct supervision, with the ability to make decisions about the management of the patient
  • Experience in supporting or mentoring others within a work setting
  • Understanding of self-management in long term health conditions

Qualifications

 

 

 

 

  • GCSE Maths and English or a good standard of written English, numeracy and IT skills
  • Formal technical qualification, e.g. City & Guilds, or NVQin a Health related field, or equivalent skills acquired through in-service development or experience
  • Foundation degree in rehabilitation or equivalent through in service development or experience

 

Other

 

 

 

 

  • Friendly, motivated, and enthusiastic disposition
  • Flexible
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Good health record.
  • Able to carry out moderate to intense physical effort throughout the day
  • Ability to write clear, concise, and legal, medical records to national standards
  • Good adaptive communication skills – verbal and written
  • Basic IT skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Ability to work flexibly as service requires
  • Sufficient to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations
  • Ability to work across sites in a variety of hospital setting as role demands
  • Ability to speak local language
  • Experience in teaching or education to therapy support staff or other disciplines
  • 7 day working


Main Duties and 
Responsibilities

  • To ensure that patient discharges are timely and safe and without delays in access visits or equipment orders where deemed essential.
  • To contribute to the improvement in length of stay within their area of work.
  • To contribute to the improvement in therapeutic activity levels
  • To carry out other duties as directed by the relevant therapist following discussion with the post holder, including carrying out OT treatment plans.
  • To ensure that all interventions are implemented and recorded appropriately in line with local and national guidelines
  • To ensure that patient data are treated confidentially
  • To ensure that equipment and therapy aids are kept clean to prevent the spread infections.
  • To ensure that equipment and therapy aids are safe and that faults are brought to the attention of the relevant therapist.
  • To attend departmental meetings as appropriate.
  • To participate in appraisal and continuing professional development and regular supervision ensuring that knowledge and skill base are widened and deepened.
  • To maintain up to date compliancy with the Trust’s statutory and mandatory training requirements.

If you have any queries, please email kaylie.jianoran@bankpartners.co.uk directly.

Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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