Occupational Therapist Adult Services
Applications are invited for the above full-time permanent position.
Stewarts Care is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities in the West Dublin area.
We support people with a wide range of support needs across residential settings, day services, supported independent living, job advocacy and vocational training.
Purpose of the Post:
To provide a high quality, person-centred Occupational Therapy service to adults with intellectual disabilities. This service involves assessment, intervention, programme planning and implementation, discharge and onwards referrals. Services provision may include directive, monitoring and consultative approaches. The primary brief of the post will be working with adults in Stewarts services but flexibility may be required to meet the needs of the service.
Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:
• Hold a qualification in Occupational Therapy recognised by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU. Annual CORU registration must be maintained.
• Effective communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills
• Effective planning, organisational and time management skills
• Relevant ICT skills.
• Experience of inter-disciplinary team working desirable
• Evidence of participation in Continuous Professional Development.
• Knowledge of all the relevant children and disability-related legislation and standards of practice.
• Have a full driving licence and access to a car.
• Experience of working with children and adolescents with a range of disabilities.
Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Salary Scale is Occupational Therapist €40,325-€58,483 inc LSI per annum.
Detailed job description is available on our careers page here https://www.stewartscare.ie/about/careers. Campaign Ref: SC003
Applications should include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by Post: HR Dept., Stewarts Care, Mill Lane, Palmerstown, D20 XT80. Closing date: 31st May 2023
Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.
A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.
Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer
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Occupational Therapist Adult Services
Duration of Post
Permanent Full time (35 hours per week)
Occupational Therapy Manager
To provide a high-quality person-centred Occupational Therapy service to adults with intellectual disabilities. This service involves assessment, intervention, programme planning and implementation, discharge and onwards referrals. Services provision may include directive, monitoring and consultative approaches. The primary brief of the post will be working with adults in Stewarts services, but flexibility may be required to meet the needs of the service.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Be responsible for assessment, planning, implementation and review of intervention programmes for service Users attending Stewarts Care. This is needs based and focussed on achieving outcomes that are defined and prioritised by the service user, their family and carers
• Liaise and work actively with other members of the multidisciplinary team, including education, nursing and care staff regarding the co-ordination and delivery of Occupational Therapy intervention.
• Attend and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to ensure integrated care for the service user.
• Consult with parents/guardians/service users regarding assessment, treatment and education as appropriate.
• Participate in the development of clinical protocols and guidelines reflective of evidence-based practice.
• Manage clinical and non-clinical caseloads appropriate to the post.
• Become familiar with and work in accordance with relevant HSE policies, Progressing Disability Services Policies, HIQA standards, De- congregation, New Directions, legislation and professional policies, guidelines and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.
• Promote a culture that values equality, diversity and respect in the workplace.
• Communicate verbally and /or in writing, results of assessments, intervention programmes and recommendations to the team and relevant others in accordance with service policy
• Attend clinical meetings, case conferences and reviews as designed by the Occupational Therapy Manager or Senior Occupational Therapist
• Document all assessments, intervention plans, progress notes and reports in accordance with professional standards.
• Arrange and carry out duties in a timely manner within settings appropriate to service users and in line with service policy/guidelines
• Seek advice and assistance from supervisor/manager with any cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his/her professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance.
• Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation
• Ensure positive representation of the Occupational Therapy service at all times.
• Maintain quality standards of practice and participate in quality assurance and clinical audit as appropriate.
Education & Training
• Contribute to, deliver and participate in OT and MDT education sessions.
• Engage in the education of colleagues, student OTs, Service Users and other health care professionals.
• Partake in career and personal development planning. Maintain own professional development and competence.
• Actively participate in induction, clinical supervision, mentoring, appraisal, clinical reflection and be open to reflective practice.
• Attend mandatory training programmes as directed by Stewarts Care.
• Abide by the code of ethics of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland/CORU.
Quality and Risk, Health and Safety Management
• Participate in any quality improvement projects and change initiatives which may be introduced.
• Follow and adhere to all risk related guidelines as stipulated by Risk Management.
• Ensure the highest level of confidentiality pertaining to all organisational stakeholders.
• Maintain appropriate service user record details and statistics in accordance with organisational and departmental guidelines, along with the Freedom of Information Act.
• Comply with and contribute to the development of relevant organisational policies, legislation and professional policies, guidelines and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.
• Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others.
• Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards and Guidance as they apply to the role.
• Responsibility for daily administration duties and overall caseload management for specified area.
• Record activity statistics, prepare reports and engage in service planning activities in consultation with the Head of Clinical Services and OT Manager.
• Positive representation of the Occupational Therapy service through effective communication and engagement with other disciplines.
• Compliance with Stewarts Care HR policies with respect to all types of leave, to ensure the Occupational Therapy service needs are met.
• Compliance with Health and Safety regulations within the workplace at all times.
• Compliance with all relevant statutory local and organisational regulations and policies at all times.
• Maintain appropriate service user records and comply with department policies regarding clinical documentation practices.
• Contribute to implementing and achieving KPIs as agreed by the OT manager.
Qualifications & Experience
Education and Skills
• Hold a qualification in Occupational Therapy approved by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland at CORU.
• Practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Occupational Therapy Register maintained by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland at CORU
• Experience working with people with Intellectual Disabilities
• Experience working collaboratively with families and members of the Multidisciplinary Team
• Demonstrate competence and capability of undertaking the duties attached to the office.
• Evidence of participation in continued professional development, and training in approaches and methods suited to Adults with Intellectual Disability
• Experience delivering training programmes to families/ caregivers, members of MDT and teaching; social care and nursing staff.
Have a full clean driving license and access to a car.
This job description is an overview of the general duties for the Occupational Therapy role within Adult Services. Other duties may be included, if necessary, by the OT Manager and /or Clinical Director.
Terms and Conditions of Employment
• Salary and qualifications are in accordance with HSE consolidated pay scales €40,325-€58,483 inc LSI per annum (Occupational Therapist Grade).
• Your salary is paid monthly (16th unless when 16th falls on Saturday or Sunday you are paid on the Friday prior to the 16th) by direct credit transfer into any Bank or Building Society of your choice where the pay path system operates.
• 27 Days per annum
• The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with a 7-hour standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks.
• The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Director of Clinical Services and in accordance with the needs of the service
• All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.
• Stewarts will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the service users and employees.
• Stewarts will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.