Advanced Occupational Therapist

Grays, England, gb
Company: NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Category: Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
Published on 2021-06-21 18:07:03

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

This is an opportunity for a highly motivated Advanced Occupational Therapist to further develop their managerial and clinical skills in elderly care. The role will be based in inpatient, intermediate care services with a focus on short term rehabilitation and step-down from acute hospitals.

The candidate will join NELFT at an exciting time of change as services begin their recovery from the impact of COVID-19. NELFT operates a wide range of inpatient and community services in the South Essex area which would allow the right person the opportunity to build links and networks with a variety of professions and services in the region. The role will include working closely with health and social care colleagues as services are re-developed to the changing needs of the local population.

This role will be based across two sites – Mayfield Unit at Thurrock Community Hospital as well as 2 wards at Brentwood Community Hospital. Regular travel between both sites is essential. You will be responsible for ensuring that the OT service across these sites is delivered to the highest standard by working jointly with AHP, nursing and managerial colleagues.

The ideal candidate will support Band 5 and Band 6 colleagues in the development of their clinical and leadership skills and to promote the positive role Occupational Therapy can play in a person’s care, promoting independence as much as possible. You will also support the management of a team of rehabilitation assistants jointly with the physiotherapy leads to ensure that they are working towards a patients set goals in a therapeutic and goal focused manner.

The successful candidate will need to show integrity and empathy and have excellent communication, time management skills and will have experience of working within a multidisciplinary team within an inpatient setting. You will also need to have a full UK driving license and access to your own vehicle.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement – Essex

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £1,034 to a maximum of £1,791)

As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Excellent working environments in a mix of state of the art and historic buildings
  • Agile working with outstanding ICT support
  • A long-standing and award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • Staff Benefits including NHS Pension, childcare vouchers, a salary sacrifice car scheme, the MyTrustBenefits discount scheme, cycle scheme and Annual Leave Sale / Purchase scheme, trade union membership and a range of ambassadorial roles
  • A focus on staff health and wellbeing featuring subsidised gym membership, access to Mindfulness, walking groups and other wellbeing support.
  • We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme

    Equal opportunities employer

    We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics.

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