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Specialist Occupational Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Diagnostic and Clinical Support
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
East Lancashire
£28,050 to £36,644 per annum
25/01/2019 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 7,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time and a part time specialist Occupational Therapist to work within the Intermediate Care Allocation Team (ICAT).

The Intermediate Care Allocation Team (ICAT) is an established and truly integrated team of health and social care professionals, consisting of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Nurses as well as a team of coordinators and administrative staff with the aim of ensuring timely access to the most appropriate intermediate care services for the people of East Lancashire.

ICAT’s main focus is on preventing avoidable admissions to hospital/facilitating timely discharges and promoting our service users independence and wellbeing.

The post-holders will work as one of 2.0 WTE Occupational Therapists within the team providing a source of expertise.

They will be required to receive, clinically reason and validate assessments from a range of referral sources, including inpatient and community services ensuring service users receive the most appropriate interventions to meet their intermediate care needs.

ICAT access a wide variety of services, working closely with IHSS nursing and therapy, Home First, Residential Rehabilitation, crisis care, Integrated Reablement, Telecare, Integrated therapy teams, District Nurses, Podiatry, Medicines Management, Community Mental Health services and voluntary organisations among others.

Good communication, telephone manner, time management and problem solving skills are essential. As well as the ability to work under pressure at times to support acute services and respond appropriately to service users who are experiencing an episode of acute illness or crisis at home.

Previous experience in Intermediate care and knowledge of community services is beneficial. The post holders will possess a good level of knowledge and ability to use multiple IT systems and online record keeping. As well as supervisory experience and the ability to support staff in decision making.

Our operating hours cover a 7 day service between the hours of 8:00 am until 22:00 pm. The post holder will normally be expected to work Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00am-20:00pm, but a flexible approach can be applied to meet the needs of the service and work life balance.

Our office base is at St Peters Centre in Burnley, however the successful candidate will need to have access to a car for work purposes and may be required to attend locations throughout East Lancashire.

The role is office based however, there may be a requirement at times for the Therapists to be able to support the wider service which could potentially include; face to face therapy, moving and handling and social care assessments in the patient’s own home or Residential Rehab unit. It is therefore paramount that mandatory training and continuing professional development is kept up to date. If you are interested in the post and would like further information, or to arrange an informal visit please do not hesitate to contact us on 01282 805989.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Alex Townsend

01282 805989

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