Seven Social Care is looking for a qualified Level 1 Occupational Therapist to fill an exclusive opportunity specialising in the wellbeing of adults across Bradford.
· To carry out assessments of service users in the community who have a disability, complex health and social care needs, under the provisions of relevant Social Care legislation and in accordance with Occupational Therapy training. This often involves people with complex and life limiting conditions, vulnerable adults / children and safeguarding issues.
· To make recommendations to improve service users independence and/or reduce the strain on their carers in an efficient, effective and practicable way, primarily by the recommendation of equipment and/or adaptations solutions, and to make arrangements for the provision of these.
· To implement treatment programmes for service users in the Local Authority’s residential and respite units in order for them to maintain or improve their levels of function, and ensure appropriate discharge arrangements are in place. To follow these service users through discharge to community living.
· To determine service user’s eligibility for provision of services according to the relevant legislation. To undertake holistic assessments of service users’ needs; physical, psychological and social, taking into account complex factors requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options. To be responsible for requisitioning specialist community equipment, adaptations and housing options and tasks connected to this e.g. demonstration of equipment, liaison with adaptations providers particularly regarding Disabled Facilities Grants. To contribute and make recommendations on the assessment and provision of care packages by providing an occupational therapy perspective.
· To liaise with relevant parties to assist the assessment and planning process. To use effective and appropriate communication skills through a variety of means e.g. face to face contact, telephone, written and e-mail. To be responsible for maintaining contemporaneous service user’s records according to departmental and professional standards.
· To manage and prioritise own caseload, to plan and organize own day to day work and predominately to act as key worker. To maintain the electronic calendar in order to facilitate flexible working arrangements.
· To recognise situations where the service user, carers or others in the household may be at risk in their current environment and take safeguarding measures.
· To recommend ways of meeting needs that are underpinned by occupational therapy theory and practice, including adaptive approaches prior to compensatory recommendations.
· To develop and implement appropriate skills to enable safe moving and handling practice on behalf of service users and their carers’ by professional judgment, based on risk assessment of the individuals needs in any given environment with regard to the issue of equipment that is appropriate and timely.
· To provide, obtain and interpret confidential and highly sensitive information. Use effective communication skills through a variety of means e.g. face to face contact, use of telephones, written communications and using appropriate IT packages e.g. Microsoft outlook. To maintain the electronic calendar in order to facilitate flexible working arrangements.
· To manage and regulate own cases and to plan and organize own day to day work and predominately to act as key worker. To be responsible for making own decisions regarding prioritization of workload, which can involve complex and life limiting conditions vulnerable adults / children or safety issues. Acknowledge and support other agencies priorities working within social services legislation.
· To undertake and contribute to the initial, ongoing assessment and evaluation of service users needs taking into account complex factors requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
· To liaise with relevant parties to assist the assessment and planning process.
· To be responsible for the assessment and recommendation for specialist community equipment and adaptations, including recommendations for Disabled Facilities Grants and to Registered Social Landlords
· To use skills to enable safe moving and handling practice on behalf of service users and their carer’s by professional judgment, based on risk assessment of the individuals needs in any given environment with regard to the issue of equipment that is appropriate and timely.
· To contribute and make recommendations on the assessment and provision of care packages by providing an occupational therapy perspective.
· To accurately document all levels of OT related contacts in accordance with departmental procedures and professional standards. To take full responsibility for all own administrative duties in the form of telephone, paper and computer communications.
· To undertake training to update skills in keeping with current technological advances in social care documentation. To continually develop specialist knowledge across a range of procedures and range of equipment that is underpinned by occupational therapy theory and practice as part of service development.
· To contribute to and, after completion of relevant training, to or be responsible for the induction, education and professional development of undergraduate OT’s on practice placement module, through the use of supervision, creation of learning opportunities, assessment and appraisal. Students are on placement in the service at all times. You would be responsible for no more than one student per year.
· To provide day to day support for junior staff and peers
· To develop skills and participate / undertake surveys, audits, research and development as required.
· To identify and introduce initiatives to change or develop internal working policies and practices taking these to the relevant person and contributing to them as appropriate and also to assist others in their initiatives for service development.
· To contribute to, plan and if required to, adopt a lead role on service development and ongoing programmes which impact externally across other agencies.
· Qualifications: Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy. Eligibility for registration with Health Care Professions Council
· Experience: That appertaining to Occupational Therapy training including clinical placements, work experience and other experience relating to people with disabilities.
· Compliance: Clear DBS.
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