A band 6 opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic and high performing Therapy Services within the frailty pathway at Bournemouth Hospital and the local community areas.
Are you passionate about working in frailty services 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 motivated team?
We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a permanent full time Occupational Therapist specialising in the needs of older people and younger frail vulnerable adults within theOPAL (Older Persons Assessment and Liaison) Team at Bournemouth Hospital with an opportunity to rotate within our wider services within Older People's Medicine for those who wish to.
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.
This is a fantastic opportunity where you will be encouraged and supported to develop extended skills and advanced practice in frailty with our highly regarded, innovative and motivated frailty and admission avoidance teams in hospital and the community. The rotation will allow you to experience and build skills working across the frailty pathway. This includes working holistically across professional boundaries, service development, supporting and supervising junior staff and opportunities to work alongside a range of experienced professionals.
This is a rotational post with opportunities in the following areas: OPAL - Emergency Department
OPAL - Acute Admissions Unit/Frailty Unit
OPAL - Outreach Service- supporting and follow up of complex discharges from the Emergency Department.
OPAL - Older Person's Medical wards - short stay (4,25, 26, outliers) and complex management (ward 5)
Interim Care Team - Community therapy-led discharge to assess service providing early supported discharge
Fayrewood ward - In-patient rehab ward based at Bournemouth hospital with on-site community hospital beds.
Christchurch Day Hospital - Offering specialist clinics and community outreach as part of a multidisciplinary team specialising in frailty.
We are also working on partnership opportunities in the community with intermediated care teams and our South West Ambulance Service to look at new and emerging roles to support admission avoidance in our local area and further rotational opportunities may soon be available.
We are looking for an Occupational Therapist who is comfortable working in a generic capacity completing core assessments but whom can also provide specialist Occupational Therapy assessment. 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. We pride ourselves on our close links with the multidisciplinary team and feel integrated working is an essential aspect for the post holder.
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 offers the opportunity to join a trust with a warm and positive working culture with a focus on Quality Improvement and driving service redesign and innovation. We have been awarded £147 million from the government to modernise and upgrade our facilities pending planning permission and look forward to an exciting redevelopment of our environment and services to remain one ofthe best performing trusts in our region. Our hospital has recently been awarded a Freedom to Speak up Culture score of 84% which is the highest score for an acute trust and reflects our positive values based culture here. We have also been rated one of the CHKS top hospitals for 2019 which is a prestigious award based on an analysis of our data.
This post is available to clinicians with a minimum of two years' experience working at Band 5, 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 ideally be a car driver and 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! Check out our twitter feed @OPALrbch to find out more about our team.
The post is available full time however job share or part time hours would be considered.
Interview date: 2nd October 2019
For further details / informal visits contact:
Amy Hassan ( [email protected] ) or Stacey Way( [email protected] ) Clinical Lead Occupational Therapists - OPAL