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Assistant Occupational Therapist- Public Sector

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Industry: Public Sector

Company: Humane Recruitment Ltd

Location: Westminster, Greater London

Salary: £12.72 - £15.84/hour

Assistant Occupational Therapist- Public SectorDescription: To assist people, aged 18 and above, to accommodate their illness (physical or mental health) by learning or re-learning the skills necessary for everyday living. To be an active member of a community based Re-ablement Team providing Occupational Therapy and Care Management in order to maximize the individual’s functional ability, independence and well-being. Managing and co-coordinating care packages based on individual needs through assessment, ensuring the delivery of services in line with national and local policies as appropriate. Carry out Reablement activities and assessments appropriate to knowledge and skill and under guidance of Occupational Therapy Care Managers Once the maximum level of independence is achieved, ensure the support plan provides the lowest appropriate level of ongoing support, care or equipment. Build up and maintain key relationships with referring services to facilitate appropriate referrals and an understanding of the role of the Re-ablement Service. To offer support and guidance that empowers individuals to make informed choices, which safeguards their rights and promotes their best interests. To provide information, advice and access to universal community services to meet identified needs. Encourage and support individuals and participate in the planning, development and evaluation of services and self directed care • Assessment Assess individuals with less complex needs. Build on the individual’s strengths and abilities to maximize independence and promote well being and gain confidence to self care by the carrying out of activities with the individual in their home and community. This will be independently but under the guidance of the Occupational Therapists in the team and requires a range of practical skills and a good base level of theoretical knowledge about common medical conditions and their rehabilitation. • Arranging Short Term Services Commission, co–ordinate and monitor an agreed care plan as Re-ablement takes place and adjust accordingly as functional changes happen. Work with the Reablement provider workers to reinforce treatment goals. • Reablement activity Under supervision and guidance of Occupational Therapy Care Managers, carry out Reablement activities including day to day assessment, administering equipment and the supervision / instruction of people in activities relating to their treatment programme- this work can be “hands on” during personal care activities. As a Trusted Assessor, prescribe appropriate equipment and instruct the individual in their safe use (e.g. basic Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and assistive technology). Follow the Westminster Integrated Community Equipment Store Procedures and retail model of equipment provision in order to maximize the individual’s independence. • Partnership liaison Work closely with other members of the inter-disciplinary team to provide a comprehensive, seamless service to persons referred for Reablement Identify the person’s need for intervention from outside agencies. Liaise and refer to these services including health care, social care, benefits, housing, leisure, transport and voluntary and community services. Promote the principles of Reablement and the service to external agencies and individuals. • Review Feedback regular reassessments to the OTCM during the Reablement programme and Review individuals referred back to the Team as required. • Self Assessment and Support Planning With less complex situations, on completion of the Reablement activity when optimum functional activity and/or goals reached, complete a final assessment to determine if further on-going support is required. Assist the individual with the self assessment of their ongoing needs and co-ordinate a support plan or refer to a Broker • Authorisation of Support Plan Once complete, review the support plan to ensure that it meets identified needs and authorise. • Financial Assessment Information Collection Gather information for the purposes of financial assessment at an early stage if ongoing support is likely. • Contract feedback Assist in the commissioning and contract monitoring processes by identifying gaps in service provision and/or giving feedback on service quality. Supervision and Continuing Professional Development • The post holder reports directly to and will be supervised by their Line Manager. • The post holder will actively participate in supervision and appraisal activities, in line with the Departmental Supervision Policy. • The post holder will alert the Line Manager to any increase in risks to individual service users on a regular basis or immediately as required and will seek advice on appropriate action. • The post holder is accountable for the quality of their work and should take responsibility for maintaining and developing their professional knowledge and skills and contributing to the learning and development of others in accordance with their relevant professional body’s Code of Practice. Financial Accountability • The post holder will contribute to the management of the Department’s budgets by taking action to ensure that expenditure is within agreed limits notifying line manager of situations where costs may escalate. • Notify the Charging Team immediately of any alterations to services or changes in the individual’s circumstances. • Ensure that all financial transactions are authorized and recorded in line with Departmental procedures • Monitor and check any financial transactions relevant to individual support packages. • Collate and provide statistics and information to assist in the monitoring of contracts. • Complete agency feedback forms Essential requirements: Ability to work on own initiative (with access to supervision). Prioritize and work under pressure to meet deadlines. Educated or ability to achieve NVQ 3 (Promoting Independence) or equivalent. An ability to communicate clearly in writing, verbally and through reports. Ability to use computers and new technologies to assist work. Experience of and commitment to teamwork. Experience of work in a social or health care setting – paid or voluntary Desirable requirements: Educated to degree level or its equivalent. A minimum of 1 years experience in a community setting. Knowledge of relevant legislation and a commitment to the principles of community care. Up to 3 years relevant experience

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