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A Vacancy at Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hosps NHS Foundation Trust.

A rare Band 7 opportunity has arisen for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join the clinical leadership team within the nationally recognised OPAL team at Bournemouth Hospital

Are you passionate about working with older people and looking for an opportunity for career development, to be at the forefront of exciting changes in partnership working or to be a part of a diverse, skilled and nationally recognised team?

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a one year fixed term, full time Band 7 Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist post specialising in the needs of older people and younger frail vulnerable adults within the OPAL (Older Persons Assessment and Liaison) Team at Bournemouth Hospital. We are extremely proud of our service and specialty and our work has been recognised nationally with one of our clinical lead team recently winning prizes for quality improvement project work completed.

The OPAL team are a vibrant, friendly, supportive team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, specialist nurses, nurse practitioners, therapy assistants, discharge co-ordinators and geriatricians who work very closely with social services colleagues. Our team was one of the first acute hospital multidisciplinary teams to demonstrate effective admission avoidance within the emergency department and acute admissions in the country and we have been at the forefront of best practice in elderly care and frailty over the last decade. We have a large therapy-led community service to support discharge from the acute setting and therapists within our organisation have strong strategic influence and are extremely well regarded.

This is a fantastic opportunity where you will be encouraged and supported to develop your existing extended skills and advanced practice in frailty with our highly regarded, innovative and motivated frailty and admission avoidance teams in hospital and the community. You will be supported to develop Quality Improvement skills and lead projects to improve and develop the service so it is fit for the future. This post holder will have responsibility and accountability for a specific part of the frailty pathway on ether the short stay wards or the complex care ward and will work with colleagues as part of a collaborative leadership model to support the whole team more widely.

This role will have a strong clinical focus and as such we are looking for a confident clinician who can develop skills within their team. This post holder will also need to build close links with the multidisciplinary team in the clinical area to ensure we continue to deliver excellent care to older people and develop expertise in our workforce beyond therapy. We are passionate about improving services and have a commitment to using the Quality Improvement, (QI) methodology as recommended by NHSI and our clinical leads will be leading QI projects ensuring all staff are involved in positive change.

We are looking for a therapist who is a confident generalist but with specific areas of interest relevant to frailty and elderly care. We are particularly looking for experts with interest areas relevant to complex care of the elderly such as mental capacity and deprivation liberty safeguards, discharge to assess and complex health care funding framework. You will need to facilitate a specialist multidisciplinary assessment and excellent communication skills across disciplines and departments to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and support early discharge.

The role will include line management of staff and the post holder will also have an opportunity to develop people management skills and will need organisational, communication and management skills. The clinical leads will be supported by service management, therapy administration and a team coordinator who will have oversight of the whole frailty pathway.

Our teams are extremely proud of our inclusive culture and celebrate the unique and individual skills, knowledge and strengths each person brings to the Team. We are proud of our commitment to the training and development of staff and offer excellent opportunities for growth in leadership through formal training, supervision of staff and deputizing roles. We are looking for highly motivated, like-minded applicants with a strong commitment to team working and excellence in patient care.

This post is available to clinicians with 3 years Band 6 experience of working with older people in the acute setting, admission avoidance services and / or intermediate care. This post will include 7 day working and therefore the post holder will be expected to participate in weekend working and alternative shift patterns. The post holder must be a car driver and ideally will have access to a car for work purposes.

If you value job satisfaction, great team working and improving the lives of patients then we want to hear from you!

Interviews planned for 15th January 2020

This advert closes on Friday 27 Dec 2019 Proud member of the Disability Confident employer scheme

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