Applications are invited for the above permanent full-time position.
Stewarts is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities n the West Dublin area. Stewarts is the lead agency for two interdisciplinary CDNT teams (CDNT5 and 6) in line with Progressing Children’s Disability Services. These teams are based in Stewarts Care, Palmerstown and Rossecourt, Lucan. This position is based at our Rossecourt location.
Purpose of the Post:
We are seeking an energetic, flexible, innovative, and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to join our newly established CDNT to provide quality, evidence-based, and family-centered Occupational Therapy service to children and young people (0 – 18 years) with complex needs within an interdisciplinary framework. The post holder would provide Occupational Therapy services as part of community disability network services within a family-centered model of service delivery.
This is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their skills and be a positive influence at an exciting time in a newly established service.
Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:
• Hold a BSC in Occupational Therapy recognised by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU – candidates must state CORU registration number on application.
• Minimum of three years satisfactory post qualification experience.
• Experience of working in the area of disabilities and/ or with children
• Be committed to the delivery of quality, family-centred, community-based services
• Have excellent communication and team-working skills
• Have excellent time management skills and the ability to work in a self-directed manner
• Evidence of participation in Continuous Professional Development.
• Must be fully proficient in ICT skills.
• Knowledge of all the relevant children and disability-related legislation and standards of practice.
• Full Driver’s licence
Note: Qualifications for this position obtained outside of the Republic of Ireland must be validated at the time of application. Application for this post must be inclusive of letter of validation.
Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales: Occupational Therapist Senior €58,599-€68,998 per annum.
Detailed job description is available on our careers page here https://www.stewartscare.ie/about/careers. Campaign Ref: SC010
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
Job Description Senior Occupational Therapist Children’s Disability Network Team 5
Senior Occupational Therapist
Duration of Post
Permanent Full –time (37 hours per week)
Children’s Disability Network Team 5 – Rossecourt, Lucan
Children’s Disability Network Manager
The post holder will be responsible for the provision of quality evidence-based Occupational Therapy service including assessing, planning, and implementing family-centered occupational therapy intervention based on the individual needs of children and young people (0 to 18) and their families supported by the Children’s Disability Network Team (CDNT) 5, Lucan. The service is provided within the Progressing Disabilities Programme for Children and young people (PDS) framework, with an interdisciplinary team working and family-centered practice at its core.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Be responsible for assessment, planning, implementation, and review of occupational therapy intervention programmes for children supported by the Children’s Disability Network Team. This is needs-based and focussed on achieving outcomes that are defined and prioritised by the child and their family through the Individual Family Service Plan meeting.
• Attend and participate in interdisciplinary team meetings to ensure integrated goal setting and support for children and their families.
• Prioritise caseload based on clinical needs of the child and as agreed with the family through an IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan).
• 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
• Maintain quality standards of practice and participate in quality assurance and clinical audit as appropriate
• Become familiar with and work in accordance with relevant HSE policies, HIQA standards, Progressing Disabilities, 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.
• Become familiar with the key National policy documents for children disability services such as the National Access policy, National policy on prioritization of referral among others. Work in accordance with relevant HSE policies, Assessment of Need SOP, HIQA standards, and professional policies, guidelines and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.
• Participate in the Assessment of Need (AON) process as may be assigned.
• In conjunction with the CDNM, contribute to the development and implementation of procedures, policies and guidelines while adhering to existing standards and protocols
• Work within limits of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance
• Undertake Key Worker role as required
• Represent the department / profession / team at meetings and conferences as designated by the CDNM.
• Supervision of Basic Grade OT’s and student OT’s as appropriate.
Continuous Professional Development
• Contribute to and participate in OT and interdisciplinary education sessions.
• Engage in the education of colleagues, student OTs, Service Users, families, teachers, SNAs 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 Ireland AOTI /CORU.
• Keep up to date and accurate updated occupational therapy records, reports and statistics as required / advised by CDNM
• Ensure that confidentiality is always maintained
• 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
• Contribute to implementing and achieving KPIs as agreed by the children’s disability network manager.
• Represent the service at meetings and conferences as designated.
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.
• Assist in the development, implementation and review of the department’s Health and Safety statement, as appropriate
• Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the relevant person(s)
• Comply with department and service procedures with regard to assessment, recommendation and / or manufacturing of all assistive devices
Qualifications & Experience
Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:
• Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Studies or equivalent qualification. Professional Qualifications received outside the Republic of Ireland including the U.K must be validated by the Validation unit of CORU prior to commencement of employment.
• Registered with CORU as an Occupational Therapist
• Membership or eligibility for membership of the Irish Association of Occupational Therapists
• Minimum of three years satisfactory post qualification experience
• Excellent communication skills
This job description is an overview of the general duties for the Senior Occupational Therapy role within the Children’s Disability Network Team. Other duties may be included if necessary, by the CDNM and /or Clinical Director.
Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health consolidated pay scales
Current Salary Scale: Senior OT payscale
€58,599-€68,998 per annum.
Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with DOH scales
29 Days per annum
The hours allocated to this post are 37 hours per week with a 7.4 hour standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks
The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Head of Clinic 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.