Occupational Therapy Assistant(s) Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Department: Occupational Therapy
Responsible to: Lead Occupational Therapists/Therapy Manager
Salary range: £21,335 to £24,141 per annum (dependent on experience)
Incremental reviews take place on an annual basis
Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week
Contract type(s): Permanent and Fixed term (6 months) opportunities are available
Location: Putney, Southwest London
Closing date: 27th January 2023
- Generous Annual Leave entitlement
- Pension scheme
- Free parking & the RHN is situated outside the ULEZ and Congestion Zones
- Blue Light Card and Discounts
- On-site cafeteria
- RHN Wellbeing Programme and EAP service
- RHN Volunteering opportunities
Candidates applying for a role at the Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and Influenza.
Summary of positions and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
We are seeking Occupational Therapy Assistants with an interest in the treatment of patients with neuro-disability. The ideal candidates will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, and have relevant experience of working with people with disabilities. Logical problem solving skills and the ability to cope effectively in difficult situations is essential. Good self-organisational and time management skills, together with an understanding of the purpose of rehabilitation are key requirements of the roles.
Working closely with Occupational Therapists and the Multi-Disciplinary Team members, your role will involve assisting within an allocated clinical activities and administrative tasks as directed. There are opportunities on the Neuro-Behavioural Unit and in the Brain Injury Service.
We offer you the opportunity to contribute to the continuing development of our services for individuals with complex disabilities. Self-development is encouraged through supportive teamwork, training opportunities and regular supervision.
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) is one of the oldest independent hospitals and medical charities in the UK. Our vision for the future is that we will be the national centre of excellence for neuro-disability. Our mission is to provide outstanding care and empowering individuals with neuro-disability, enabling them to live their lives to their fullest potential in accordance with their wishes.
We provide person-centred care that focuses on enhancing dignity, independence and quality of life for our patients and residents. Our services span the entire care pathway from post-acute rehabilitation services to end of life care, for people with complex Neuro-disability and their families, underpinned by a strong research and education programme. We are very pleased to have been given an overall rating of Good by our regulator, the CQC, in 2021.
Main Objectives of the Roles
The permanent Occupational Therapy Assistant roles will be rotational giving the employee the opportunity to work across our Brain Injury Services and Continuing Care Services. All roles will involve working as part of a multidisciplinary team, as well as working alongside other services across RHN.
- Demonstrate an awareness of RHN s objectives and contribute to achieving them appropriately.
- Strive to improve efficiency in all areas of your work.
- To demonstrate the ability to reflect on practice with peers and supervisors, to maintain own knowledge base and to identify own areas for development.
- Assist Occupational Therapy team to provide specialist therapeutic treatment with allocated patients in variety of mediums and situations.
- Work under the supervision of a qualified Therapist.
- Carry out activities as trained by the therapists, and other professionals within the philosophy of the team.
- Assist the therapists to undertake the assessment of patients, and provide the appropriate physical management and treatment of patients.
- Work in a therapy area (gym, therapy kitchen, art room, computer room, sensory room and hospital grounds) as well as on patient wards as directed by the therapist.
- Maintain appropriate, accurate and up to date patient records in line with policies and standards in both written and electronic format.
- Undertake regular health & safety checks of designated area.
- Promote hygiene and infection control through washing and cleaning of equipment, maintaining a tidy and safe area, and managing stocks of linen, etc, and cleaning agents.
- Take responsibility for own timetabling, ensuring equality of time for all patients.
- To work collaboratively and assist the wider ward MDT in the delivery of direct care to patients. This may include aspects of personal care including toileting, showering and feeding.
- To incorporate safe manual and therapeutic handling skills within your practice, requesting clarification and teaching where necessary.
Qualifications and Knowledge
- English GCSE grade 4 or above, or equivalent.
- Basic understanding of communication difficulties in brain injury and stroke and the impact upon the patient.
- Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.
- Evidence of ability to cope effectively in difficult situations
- Ability to organise work and manage time effectively and independently.
- Ability to build effective working relationships with patient, multi-disciplinary team and with other professionals.
- Competent IT skills.
- Attended any relevant training courses for adults with communication disability
- ECDL qualification.
- Experience of working with adults with a disability either in health, social or educational setting.
- Evidence of being able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
Interested in applying and hearing from us?
Apply now and please include a cover letter. Your cover letter should be no more than one page, clearly explaining how you have demonstrated the above skills and responsibilities in your current or previous role(s). Please refer to the job description and person specification or email the Recruitment team to obtain a copy.
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