Rapid Access Occupational Therapist

09 Feb 2018
15 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Do you want to work as part of a close-knit, hard-working but highly rewarding team? Do you want to make a real difference to people’s lives? Do you want to work in the most exciting and fastest growing part of community healthcare today? Look no further. Due to investment for expansion, the Camden Community Rapid Access Service is currently looking for a Band 6 occupational therapist.

This post will involve cross working over the three teams incorporated within the Rapid Access Service: the Rapid Response Team, the Rapid Early Discharge Service (REDS) and the Post-Acute Care Enablement (PACE) team which are all based at St. Pancras Hospital near vibrant Camden Town but cover the whole of the London Borough of Camden, one of the most diverse populations in London. The service is purely community based and has the privilege of being invited into the homes of Camden residents from as far north as the borders of Golders Green and as far south as Holborn and everywhere in between.

The Rapid Response Team care for patients who are acutely unwell and at risk of admission to hospital and require a timely, same day, intervention to provide acute nursing and therapy intervention to prevent that admission. The PACE Team facilitate early discharge from the Royal Free Hospital for patients who are still requiring on-going medical, nursing and acute therapy intervention. REDS facilitate early discharge from Camden’s local hospitals for patients who are medically fit for discharge and enable reablement-led discharges for patients who are below their functional baseline.

All three teams work together to act quickly, efficient, comprehensively and always with the patient at the centre of any decision making with an agenda to reduce hospital bed days and holistically care for the patient in the best place possible; their home. Experience of working autonomously is essential as our team is often faced with some challenging situations which present themselves in the home environment, but as an occupational therapist, this truly is the best place to assess someone’s functional performance.

The post holder will provide rapid specialised assessment and treatment of patients who have complex physical, psychological and sensory impairments and initiate services to safely avoid unnecessary hospital (re)admission. The post holder will have a leadership role in the day-to-day operational management of junior staff and monitoring the quality of care given. The post holder will be expected to identify and promote areas for service development. As the service is seven days, the post holder will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Regular CPD sessions and in-services are held, along with training opportunities identified from yearly appraisal, the Rapid Access Service therapists also share a service line with Palliative Care so the benefits and collective knowledge bases of working in a bigger group can be experienced and shared.

We are looking for a senior, experienced therapist who understands their role and contribution to the multidisciplinary team environment and has the proven ability to communicate in an exceptional manner. Applicants should possess a broad knowledge base covering a variety of inpatient and community specialities that can be transferred to this type of care delivery.

For further details / informal visits contact: Gareth Turner - Therapy Team Lead

Rapid Access Services

020 3317 3304

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