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Senior Occupational Therapist

(AS) Leeds Community H
Citywide Various
Competitive salary
Closing date
15 Oct 2021
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We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a "Good" organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated 'Outstanding' for caring.

Are you a dynamic and enthusiastic Occupational therapist looking to work within a fast-paced supportive team, with great reward and variety?

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within our Integrated Neighbourhood Teams in Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, where we are committed to delivering quality care to patients within their own community. We have roles for senior staff at Band 6 level, but we are also looking to develop our Band 5 workforce and would consider staff who are due to be registered soon, newly registered, those with some experience looking to develop in readiness for more senior roles, and those returning to practice.
We provide holistic person centred care to adults across Leeds, aiming to maintain people within their own homes, enabling self-management and optimising health and wellbeing outcomes. As a Neighbourhood Team we work collaboratively to meet the patient's needs providing a home first approach through:
Ø Management of long-term conditions, with a rehabilitative approach
Ø Rapid response
Ø Facilitation of hospital discharges
Ø Palliative and end of life care
You will work autonomously, enabling patients to manage their own health and wellbeing, maximising independence and quality of life empowering them to achieve meaningful goals.
There are 13 Neighbourhood Teams across the city which are made up of a range of health and social care professionals, administrative and leadership staff. We also work closely with wider organisations, specialist teams and third sector.
This is an exciting time to be part of our team as we are going through a transformation programme which is being shaped by the workforce. We want to support your career pathway and we are currently developing our AHP workforce and career strategy. We have a robust clinical and leadership programme providing a variety of opportunities such as appraisals, supervision and mentorship. We also support CPD through access to internal and external training. The trust strives for excellence through innovation by audits, research, student placements and apprenticeships. In order to maintain this we actively encourage staff to take part in service development.
You will receive a full induction and personalised and inclusive development plan. As an Occupational Therapist you will manage your own caseload, support other staff and contribute to the development of therapy and rehabilitation in the Neighbourhood Teams.
Due to our transformation work there may be opportunities for rotational placements in the future to further your learning and experience.

We are looking for Occupational Therapists who have:
  • A degree (or equivalent) e.g. BSc, MSc or Diploma entry level qualification in Occupational Therapy
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings post grad and or practice placement experience
  • Well-developed assessment and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to identify appropriate Occupational Therapy Interventions to promote positive change
  • The ability to act decisively
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to prioritise and delegate appropriately prioritisation skills to respond with competing demands
  • Demonstrate ability to act on own initiative

For our Band 5 roles we are looking for those who:
  • Have completed or due in the near future to complete a degree (or equivalent) e.g. BSc, MSc or Diploma entry level qualification in Occupational Therapy - those not yet registered would be required to complete their degree and be state registered prior to been offered Band 5 role (but could potentially be considered to work as Band 4 whilst waiting for registration)
  • Those with some experience looking to develop in readiness for more senior roles
  • Those returning to practice with potential for a development role

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. The contract is city wide however, you will be allocated to a team and portfolio. You may need to support other areas to support workflow and meet service demands. Dependent on experience you may be offered work within a different team initially to ensure you are fully supported. At present we have roles in the North, South and West of Leeds, Meanwood, Middleton, Armley, Beeston and Morley. There may also be emerging posts due to our Transformation Programme.

The Neighbourhood Teams require therapists to be able to work between the hours of 8am and 6pm over 7 days. At present patterns of work are Mon-Fri with weekend work shared out between the Band 6 staff or more experienced Band 5 staff. Band 5's would not be expected to work alone at a weekend. Days off in the week are offered in lieu of weekend working rather than this been additional work. Weekend work or antisocial hours do attract enhanced pay. We support work life balance and consider caring responsibilities that you may have, so do offer a flexible working policy and would consider both full or part time hours.

There is a statutory requirement for staff in this role to provide nursing or personal care within Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated care homes.

Therefore, in line with new government regulations which come into force on 11 November 2021, anyone employed in this role will need to evidence they have had two doses of a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved COVID-19 vaccine, or that they come within a specified exemption. Evidence of vaccination status should be provided via the NHS app, the NHS COVID pass via the NHS website, or an NHS letter as part of pre employment checks.

We are more than happy to offer an informal chat, so please contact: Laura Falter Neighbourhood Therapy OT Lead - 07852 935248, Rachel Pontefract Clinical Pathway Lead for AHPs - 07985 258960

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If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated 'at risk' or 'affected by change' will be given priority consideration. If you are 'at risk' or 'affected by change' please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

We are also looking for applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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