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Senior Occupational Therapist

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Occupational Therapist to join the in-patient therapy team at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. This post provides the opportunity to work in the integrated acute medicine therapy team, which currently provides therapy services to a predominantly frail elderly population of patients across both the Sandwell and City Hospital sites.

On the wards, you will be part of a multi-professional team working collaboratively with geriatricians, nurses, social workers, and many others to deliver person-centred coordinated care from the point of admission onto the medical wards across the two main sites, to hospital discharge from the ward.

A typical day in this role might include:

  • Undertaking a multifactorial falls and ADLs assessment of a new patient on a medical ward

  • Providing follow-up therapy sessions on the ward for a patients already on your caseload

  • The challenge of improving the physical and functional task abilities of someone suffering with a long term condition such as parkinsons or COPD

  • Assessing for rehabilitation complexity and need, in order to facilitate appropriate transfer into community services for ongoing rehabilitation and re-ablement.

  • Clinical supervision session with a junior member of staff whom you supervise

You will need to provide specialist clinical knowledge and support to therapy, nursing and medical teams with the management of acutely unwell elderly patients, demonstrating critical thinking, evidenced based care and clinical decision making ensuring compliance to all national and local targets and guidelines. This post is a clinical role which includes the supervision of junior occupational therapists, assistants and students working in the team. You will be directly responsible for the day-to-day workload co-ordination of the site therapy team providing services to the Medicine and Emergency Care Group, and for your own clinical caseload.

You will require excellent interpersonal skills, team working and leadership skills, and be able to evidence examples of innovative and proactive service development. You will require the ability to inspire and motivate others in order to get the best from them during challenging times in the NHS. The post holder will work closely with the other Band 6 therapists in the team, and will report to the team leader, Sarah Oley

Informal visits are recommended. Please contact Suzanne Miles, Frail Elderly Therapy Lead on  ( Phone number removed )  (( Email address removed )) or Sarah Oley  ( Phone number removed )  (( Email address removed )) to arrange a visit or for more information on the post.


If you require any further advice regarding your application, please ring the appropriate number below

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Please note the closing date may change if there is a high response, therefore please ensure that you apply for the post you are interested in as soon as possible.

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The Midland Metropolitan Hospital is being built in Smethwick and will be open in October 2018. It will be the single acute hospital for Sandwell and West Birmingham, providing state of the art healthcare facilities for the population. The Midland Metropolitan will house the emergency department, maternity, acute inpatient wards and operating theatres. Sandwell Hospital remains the site for the Trust headquarters. As well as providing outpatient services, day case surgery and intermediate care beds, the Sandwell Treatment Centre will have a large urgent care centre. The City Hospital site will provide outpatient care and day case surgery from the Birmingham Treatment Centre. Intermediate care beds will remain on the City Hospital site along with the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre.

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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.

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