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Occupational Therapist

Job Description

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, and offers a full range of district hospital services and community health services to a population of 16 million in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology services across the wider region.

We employ more tha 6,500 staff, with a turnover in excess of £370m in 2014/2015 and have approximately 900 beds.

Our main activities are

  • Cardiovascular care at our Cardiac centre.
  • Accident and Emergeancy at Blackpool Teaching Hospital
  • Community Midwifery and Women and Childrens Services.
  • Clinical research with an 80-strong team of nurses and doctors
  • Community nursing ans school nursing
  • Recovery and rehabilitation for a variety of conditions including brain injury, stroke and elderly care.
  • Sexual health and family planning services
  • Wellbeing and lifestyle including mental health services, heart health campaigns, and smoking cessation services.
  • End of life and palliative care.

Between April 1 2014 and March 31 2015 we treated 100,662 day cases and inpatients (elective and non-elective), 329,257 outpatients and had 83,303 A & E attendances. The total number of community contacts was 1,228,494.

The Trust houses a state of the art Simulation & Skills Facility that provides training for all grades of staff to improve the safety and quality of the service that we offer our patients.

We run a portfolio of in-house courses that can be accessed by all staff to enhance their professional development needs. The training is supported by the use of modern equipment including part task trainers for such skills as venepuncture and full body manikins for the practice of emergency drills.

Blackpool’s Intermediate Care services have recently undergone a review, with residential rehabilitation is based at the Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre (ARC), Clifton Avenue and also domiciliary rehabilitation within an individual’s home environment.

The ARC have 23 rehabilitation beds and 10 enhanced nursing beds, in which all individuals receive an individualised rehabilitation programme from an interdisciplinary team, consisting of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Generic Therapy Instructors, Nursing staff, Social Workers, Support Workers, Rehabilitation Support Workers, Activity Coordinators.

We currently have a vacancy for a part time (326 hours/week), band 5 occupational therapist to work 5 days a week, which will include weekend working on a rota basis. The post holder will also be required to provide input to individuals within their own home environment to allow a continuation of their rehabilitation on discharge from ARC, and also complete domiciliary rehabilitation with the re-ablement service.

The work will also include the assessment and recommendation of appropriate equipment and the delegation of rehabilitation programmes to care staff. The post holder will have a close working relationship with a number of external agencies as well as our internal integrated team.

There is a dedicated team of therapy staff who benefit from support from a senior team leader. Regular in-service training and supervision is provided and we would expect the post holder to take an active part in both. You would hold an extensive caseload with responsibility for the assessment and treatment and delegation to support staff, as appropriate.

We are looking for an enthusiastic member of staff with the flexibility to work with individuals wide a wide range of conditions and situations. Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills are essential for this post ensuring that this is at the appropriate level, with colleagues, senior clinicians, carers and clients. You must be both methodical and organised with skills in working under pressure, as part of an interdisciplinary team and at times working alone.

If you feel you have the appropriate background and the flexibility to work with us please read the job description and person specification.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Clinical Team Leader, Sarah Critchley,  ( Phone number removed ) 

Any invitation to interview will be sent to you via email using the email account stated on your application form. If you have not received a response within 3 weeks, you should assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please ensure that you read the Person Specification attached below as your application will be judged against this.

If you are currently employed by another NHS organisation, and been formally notified as being 'at risk', providing you meet the essential criteria for the post - please notify the Recruitment team on  ( Phone number removed )  to highlight your application.

Please note that in line with national NHS guidelines this Trust operates a strict non-smoking policy. Members of staff are not permitted to smoke on Trust premises or grounds at any time nor take breaks during working hours for the purposes of smoking.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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