Occupational Therapist – Peterborough City Council

Job Category: Social Care
Reference N/A
Directorate Peterborough City Council
Service Peterborough City Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initially 3 months
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £30.00 to £33.00 per hour

About the Role:

Opus East are recruiting for an Occupational Therapist on behalf of Peterborough City Council.

  • To receive reablement referrals and complete Occupational Therapy home assessments to identify reablement potential.
  • Assess the functional needs of disabled people, including those with variable conditions, physical and mental health, chronic and terminal illness and learning disabilities, in the community.
  • Assess and supply equipment and minor adaptations to aid independence in daily activities through formulating and implementing intervention plans aimed at reducing the impact of disability and ill health.
  • Goal setting in collaboration with the client, their family and carer to increase independence in identified activities of daily living.
  • Write timely, accurate and appropriate goals, reports, case notes and complete appropriate outcome measures.
  • To work closely with Reablement colleagues to provide the best possible service and outcome for the client.
  • To manage a case load of Occupational Therapy cases as an autonomous practitioner, evidencing problem solving and professional reasoning skills.
  • To use appropriate communication, reasoning and negotiation skills to establish a therapeutic relationship with clients with a diversity of needs and their carers, and manage potential barriers to communication.
  • To use knowledge of medical and surgical conditions and their impact on functional ability to carry out and record comprehensive assessments of people with functional and specialist needs within the home environment taking into account the interaction between health, housing and social needs.
  • To perform occupational analysis and risk evaluation leading to the formulation of intervention options which reduce the consequences of disability and deteriorating conditions.
  • To identify and select, with the client and their carers, the most appropriate intervention options about rehabilitation, equipment and housing needs, which balance the interaction of risk, safety, client choice, independence, eligibility for services and cost effectiveness respecting their diversity and cultural needs.
  • To independently manage a case load of reablement clients, meeting departmental targets in line with the demands of the service, as well as complying with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards.
  • To make recommendations for minor adaptations and disabled facility grants where appropriate, working closely with care and repair to achieve the most appropriate adaptations increasing independence and reducing the level of continuing care needs where relevant.
  • To liaise with health and social care professionals and other related statutory, private and voluntary organisations, providing written reports, recommendations and referrals as appropriate, to achieve the best care and outcome for the client.
  • To progress the intervention to a satisfactory closure, undertaking reviews and evaluating outcomes.
  • To identify unmet needs and gaps in service provision and highlight these to senior staff.
  • To maintain accurate and up to date records and documentation on the computer client database consistent with legal and organisational requirements.
  • To comply with all relevant community care, housing legislation, departmental policies and procedures and Health Promotion strategies.
  • To have a working knowledge of moving and handling legislation, best practice and associated equipment and its application to service users and their carers in relation to ergonomic and dynamic activities.
  • To actively seek to increase professional knowledge and skills by participating in Continuing Professional development (CPD) opportunities, reflective practice and working within evidence based practice and NICE guidelines.
  • To identify training needs within supervision through constructive feedback to ensure best practice.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate CPD records in line within HCPC requirements.
  • Implement departmental outcome measures to produce measurable data to demonstrate the effectiveness of the service.
  • Actively participate in in-service projects or research to develop the service provision to support service improvements.
  • Comply with departmental and OT policies when planning OT interventions and evaluating their effectiveness to ensure that the service provided is effective and efficient.
  • To liaise with health and social care professionals and other related statutory, private and voluntary organisations, recommendations and referrals when appropriate.
  • To participate in staff and service development through attendance at service meetings and in-service training sessions.
  • Previous experience of a social care or health setting.
  • Experience of electronic and other forms of communications for sharing of information – windows based.
  • Previous experience of close multi-disciplinary team working
  • Awareness of the importance of safe practice
  • Degree in BSc/MSc Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • HCPC Registered
  • To have a driving licence and the ability to travel in and around the Peterborough area to visit service user
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays) where applicable
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates from commencement
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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