Staff Occupational Therapist
Medforce are in partnership with a Care Home based in North Dublin who provide care to the elderly are seeking Senior Grade Occupatioanl Therapists to join their Team.
They are currently recruiting two staff grade OT positions for their newly developed mental health rotation.
1) Specialised Rehabilitation Unit (21 beds across 2 units)
Specialist Rehabilitation Service is a national tertiary referral service for persons who experience treatment resistant psychosis and have spent prolonged periods of time in inpatient care. The service focuses on psychiatric rehabilitation and personal recovery supporting the service users to achieve meaningful personal goals in terms of connecting with their communities, families, and occupation with the aim of “living well” with their mental health distress.
2) Acute Inpatient (PLL) (opening March 2024, 14 beds)
Community dwelling older adults acute admission to support treatment for MH conditions & onward community liaison & referrals. The post will involve facilitation of groups, 1:1 assessment & intervention as well as family supports.
3) Long Stay Mental Health (3 units, 60 beds)
Older adults with chronic & enduring MH with comorbid physical health disorders & Dementia syndromes. This post requires assessment for non-pharmacological interventions for this population; group delivery & facilitation, 1:1 engagement. Interdisciplinary working as required i.e. music therapy, art therapy & physiotherapy. This post will be supported by an OT Assistant.
These posts form part of a wider rotation with opportunities to experience services into Acute Adult Inpatients, Day Hospital and Home Based Treatment Services across my clients Healthcare Mental Health Services. Rotational opportunities occur every 9 months and are organised flexibly, taking into account post holders preferences. Please note that the Staff Grade occupational therapist may be required to work in different service areas within Healthcare and to provide cross cover when required.
Why choose my client?
- Strong commitment to Supervision with robust process and documentation to support CORU & AOTI competencies.
- Annual appraisal with genuine opportunities to identify and be supported to undertake further training related to professional development. For example recently training opportunities across OT have included LACLS large Allens cognitive level screening, MOHOST – Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool, MOHO Explor, Social Functioning Questionnaire, NATs etc ..
- Clear and robust AHP governance structures
- Regular OT and AHP meetings supporting professional growth and identity.
- Promote innovations locally and nationally.
- Commitment to work with clear evidence base, utilising outcome measures, and audit
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Professional / Clinical
- Take responsibility for the management of a complex caseload, which includes specialist assessment care planning in conjunction with service user and carer, evaluation of individual treatment plans.
- Responsible for participating in the setting of quality standards, including the auditing, monitoring and reviewing of practice in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy.
- Assess patient’s individual care needs, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
- Deliver a range of non-pharmacological interventions following specific Occupational Therapy assessments to enable understanding of any expression of an unmet need and to maximise an individual’s abilities.
- Complete and contribute, where appropriate to robust risk assessments and risk management plans. Deliver and promote positive risk taking, where appropriate, to improve quality of life and maximise occupational performance/independence.
- Maintain an effective reporting system by observing and reporting verbally and in writing on patient conditions.
- Utilise agreed outcome measures to review the effectiveness of interventions, as part of the care planning and evaluation process.
- Support in the provision of formal and informal training of pre/post registration students, staff members, carers and service users.
- Participate in teams as appropriate, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members.
- Attend clinics, review meetings, team meetings, case conferences as required.
- Be responsible for adhering to existing standards and protocols and participate in the development and maintenance of standards / strategies for quality improvement and outcome measurement.
- Seek advice and assistance with any assigned duties in line with principles of evidence-based practice and clinical governance.
- Ensure that professional standards are maintained in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
- Operate within the scope of Occupational Therapy practice within Ireland (Occupational Therapy Regulation Board – OTRB) and in accordance with local guidelines.
Education and Training
- Participate in mandatory training programmes.
- Active engagement with regular supervision with Supervisor
- Participate in continuing professional development including in-service training, attending conferences / courses relevant to practice.
- To ensure care is provided in line with the Mental Health Act, Assisted Decision Making Act, CORU standards of practice, MHC guidelines, NICE Guidance, RCOT/AOTI Professional standards of practice & relevant local and national documentation.
Quality & Governance
- Maintain weekly KPI records that have been identified to benchmark workload & caseload weighing (service dependent).
- Monthly audits to be completed as relevant to service.
- Participate & support in the management of Occupational Therapy stock and equipment in conjunction with the OT Team, where appropriate.
- Engage & present with peer supervision forum which is done on rota basis.
- Health & Safety
- Promote a safe working environment in accordance with Health and Safety legislation.
- Be aware of and implement agreed policies, procedures and safe professional practice by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
- Actively participate in risk management issues, identify risks and take responsibility for appropriate action.
- Report any adverse incidents in accordance with organisational guidelines.
- Have a working knowledge of the Mental Health Commission’s Judgement Support Framework and related Standards as they apply to the role.
The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.
- Degree in Occupational Therapy OR MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy OR soon to be registered OT
- Registration with the CORU
- Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) or Association of OT Ireland (AOTI)
- Experience of formulating OT specific assessments, planning, co-ordinating and supporting adults experiencing mental health disorders
- Experience of integrating care delivery across multi-disciplinary/multi-agency teams.
Should this role be of interest please click apply or message John Reid – firstname.lastname@example.org