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Specialist Occupational Therapist


We are looking for a dynamic and fresh thinking individual who is passionate about delivering outstanding healthcare within the medicine therapy team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). You will be experienced in complex discharge planning, with knowledge of a range of conditions and acute rehabilitation skills. The candidate would have relevant experience of team leadership and service development, who values teaching and supporting others within the team.
This post is within the Medicine Therapy Team, who work on a range of our medical wards which include Respiratory, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Renal, Infectious Diseases, General Medicine, and patients recovering from ITU. The caseload includes supporting patients with a diverse range of acute presentations alongside long term needs including PD, MS, ETOH excess, COPD, CKD, learning disabilities, and self-neglect.
As part of the Medicine Therapy Team, you would be responsible for providing assessments and treatments to the acutely unwell person and evidenced based rehabilitation of longer term conditions.

This post will offer:
  • The opportunity to work with a diverse caseload including bariatric patients, complex social histories, complex pressure relief and posture management, complex cognitive and behavioural presentations and supporting acute rehabilitation needs for those with long term conditions.
  • Completion of diverse assessments and treatments including complex discharge planning, specialist equipment provision, multifactorial cognition and functional assessments, and management of mood and engagement.
  • Experience of building strong inter-professional working relationships across all care providers both internal and external to the hospital.
  • Opportunities to engage in up and coming service development projects, be innovative and influential to enhance the services we offer. You will be supported and encouraged by the band 7 team with a keen interest in developing the medicine therapy service.
  • Teaching and learning development of others including supervision, supporting preceptorship, apprentices and students.
  • Endless opportunities to explore career development and CPD activities where you will be encouraged and supported to develop extended skills and advanced practice in acute medicine.
  • Engage in in-service training and peer support including within the medicine team and wider Occupational Therapy team
  • Support of a friendly, diverse and forward thinking interdisciplinary team.
This post will include 7 day working and therefore the post holder will be expected to participate in weekend working on a rota basis. You will be a car driver, with full driving licence, or ability to travel between hospital sites or for necessary patient visits.

We are a modern, flexible and progressive department, looking to appoint both full time and part time staff to join our teams. Are you currently wanting to work specific hours If so, call us - we would be interested in talking to prospective applicants who could commit to working a minimum of 3 days per week. We are keen to offer a range of working hours for the right candidate - that could be you!
As one of the largest acute teaching Trust's in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You'll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 07 July 2020.
If you're interested in applying for this role, we'd encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you're ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.
For more information about our Trust
Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

- Our values and vision
- Our services and teams
- Benefits we offer our staff
- UK professional body registration
- Information about our city
- Relocating to Southampton
- Our fantastic staff and their work

To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results , or our latest CQC report .
Getting to work - our travel promise
Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise - a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff will be provided with either park and ride access or an onsite permit. Eligibility for an onsite permit is dependent on the nature and requirements of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.
Our commitment to equality
Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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  • Ad ID:  14776524
  • Ad Type:  Offered
  • Posted on:  30/06/2020, 12:21
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