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LIFT Therapist - Elderly Medicine

Band 5

Main area
Occupational Therapy
Band 5
Secondment: 6 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Preston Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 Per Annum/Pro Rata for Part time workers
Salary period
03/11/2021 23:59

Job overview

We are so excited to be able to offer the opportunity for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist secondment in our award-winning Acute Frailty Team. Fast Paced, it will provide a varied caseload within a friendly supportive environment, where there are plenty of opportunities to learn and develop from our experts.

Our friendly and dynamic team is passionate about continuous development to ensure the best quality care and experience is provided to our most frail patients.

Frailty is now nationally recognised as its own speciality due to the complexity and experience required in this field. You will be supported through relevant training, whilst being given the opportunity to learn directly from our experts to enable you to provide the high level of service we promote.

There have already been huge developments achieved within this field and as part of the team, you will work alongside our Emergency Department colleagues and community colleagues, to identify best practice, contribute to and implement service developments, whilst feeding back at weekly meetings with senior management and frailty experts.

In fact, there are so many potential opportunities for therapy, we couldn’t include them all, so we’d encourage you to contact us to find out more or meet the team before you apply.

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Main duties of the job

You will work primarily on the 10 bedded Acute Frailty Unit (including a rapid access assessment bed for our ambulance service) and in the Emergency Department, to provide specialist assessment, treatment and discharge management of frail patients attending Royal Preston Hospital.

As part of the integrated frailty pathway, you will contribute to a Comprehensive Geriatric assessment, develop intervention plans and work closely with the Falls prevention team. You will also have the opportunity to use your skills in supporting those patients on the Nurse led Virtual Frailty ward.

At present the team are exploring the expansion, including the work with NWAS (North west ambulance service), to assist in unnecessary admission.

As an Occupational Therapist, you will be passionate in your care of frail patients, promoting/ developing the role of therapy, providing a key role in education around frailty to colleagues and students.

The team are very supportive which is vital when working in such a busy environment, with someone always available to offer advice/ assistance when needed.

Working for our organisation

Our team, known as LIFT, although small, is strong and we manage to retain our sense of humour despite the day to day pressures we face and this is mirrored in the wider teams in which we work.

Although a relatively new unit - the acute Frailty ward has received extremely positive feedback. Patients describe it as a warm, caring environment where staff make patients feel welcome and help put minds at ease when it comes to discharge. This is where we find job satisfaction, knowing the difference we have made to their experience and lives. We are sure that if you value patient experience, this ethos will drive you and bring you the rewards you deserve.

The patient turnover is very high so the days fly by, but this is an opportunity that will see you flourish. We will invest in you and this is evident from previous team members who we have encouraged the progression of, with many achieving promotions within the Trust.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

-To communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders associated with Integrated Therapies Service (ITS) and Elderly/ Frail services. 

-To support personal and people development.

-To help to ensure the health, safety and security of users of the ITS, self and colleagues.

-To support service development and planning.

-To support the Clinical Governance and Quality agenda within the ITS.

-To support equality of opportunity and access within the ITS for both staff and patients. 

-To support financial and other resource management within the ITS.

 -To provide and use information to support admin processes and patient care.

-To directly support the delivery of therapy to patients.

-To provide leadership and management support.

Person specification

Qualifications & Education

Essential criteria
  • H.C.P.C Registration
  • Occupational Therapy degree/ diploma
Desirable criteria
  • Practice placement Educator
  • Member of RCOT

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of service development.
  • Specialist knowledge in the management of complex medical patients with frailty
  • Wheelchair assessment and prescription experience
  • Current knowledge of evidence based practice in this speciality
  • Clinical expertise in complex medical and frailty patients.
  • Knowledge of the current NHS Modernisation Agenda
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Donna Wolstenholme
Job title
Lead Physiotherapist, Frailty
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Additional information

If you would like to know more about this great opportunity please contact:

Julie Brown (Team Lead Occupational Therapist)

Donna Wolstenholme (Clinical Lead Physiotherapist)

Tel: 01772 524453