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Specialist Occupational Therapist Practitioner HCC8962

Job Details:

Salary range: £32,752 - £36,862 per annum* plus an additional market supplement of £1,500 per annum

Work location: Basingstoke

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 9 April 2019

Interview date: 23 April 2019

*Pay scale effective from 1 April 2019. 

Advert Text:

Hampshire Equipment Services (HES) supplies equipment to people being cared for or wishing to remain independent within their own homes. The service delivers and collects over 220,000 items of equipment each year.

You will work within an equipment advisory team  focusing on screening specialist equipment requests, delivering equipment training and advising prescribers in the community to ensure clients receive the equipment they need to enable them to manage as independently as possible within their home. You will be liaising with both health and social care staff. Although primarily based at HES in Basingstoke, you may occasionally be required to carry out joint visits with case holders. It is essential that you can travel if required.

For your development, you will receive regular supervision and enhance your knowledge of  a wide range of community equipment such as mattresses, beds, hoists and paediatric equipment  to enable you to advise community professionals..

With relevant background, you will have excellent communication and administrative skills, be highly organised and customer focused. Above all you will share our passion for helping people achieve independent living, be a good team player and be able to work under pressure. We expect and actively encourage individuals to further develop their skills and knowledge within the full spectrum of the job description.

Job Purpose:

  • In conjunction with the Equipment Advisory Team to provide advice, training and support for Health and Social Services’ OT staff, Nursing staff, Physiotherapists and related professional support staff on standard and specialist equipment provided through Hampshire Equipment Services (HES) and ensure that HES is client-focused and clinically effective, whilst keeping within the financial envelope. 
  • To use specialist knowledge and experience to problem solve where standard equipment provision does not meet service user’s requirements and achieve best value and screen non-standard and high cost equipment requests.
  • Provide, monitor and assist in the evaluation, review and maintenance of a range of equipment within HES.
  • Advise managers and other agencies in regard to equipment and clinical issues.

Role Responsibilities:

Support:

  • Provide support for practitioners and managers in the appropriate selection, or use of equipment or to find the optimum alternative solution
  • Demonstrate evidence based information/support to enhance best practice and support best value
  • Occasionally assisting  in complex assessments eg, joint home visits
  • Inform and update policies/procedures/guidelines relating to equipment including providing equipment information, criteria for provision, indications and contra-indications for use and risk assessments.
  • Contribute to HES internal quality improvements

 

Advise:

  • Advise practitioners and managers on equipment/products or alternative methods and their application in a clinical/social environment situation to meet service user needs and achieve best value.
  • Provide advice both internally (eg HES; Health and Safety) and externally (eg to practitioners, service users).
  • Provide reports on equipment evaluations, trends and particular issues or complex assessments when required by HES.
  • Engage with suppliers/companies/manufacturers re product development.
  • Provide reports / input and liaise with other agencies when untoward incidents occur eg HSE, MHRA, Health and Safety, Safeguarding.
  • Assist with liaison and negotiation with budget holders regarding purchasing decisions and participate with the analysis and management of the purchases and provision of equipment.
  • Maintain/develop external networks as a specialist resource for HES.


Screen:

  • Monitor and screen requests, including non-contractual referrals (NCRs) and specialist equipment requests, to ensure they are appropriate for the clinical, social and environmental need; meet best value and comply with relevant legislation and guidance.
  • To manage requests that may not comply with the above, in a pro-active way to seek a positive outcome for the service user within appropriate resources.
  • Prioritise the allocation of screened and special equipment according to service user need and risk, equipment and resources available, and manage and communicate any possible waiting lists appropriately.

 

 

Train:

Financial:

  • Assist in deciding how the Special/ Non-contract Equipment Budget is spent and what equipment is purchased
  • Assist in decisions of quantity of special / non-contract equipment that is purchased
  • Understand the issues raised by purchasing special equipment such as maintenance, longevity and costing implications etc.
  • On-going review of standard and special equipment to ensure it meets with best practice, is fit for purpose and provides best value.

Non-financial:

  • Develop and maintain close working relationships within the equipment advisory team to provide a comprehensive and seamless service
  • Support the relationships between the equipment advisory  team and other HES teams to ensure effective service operation
  • Responsibility for design and delivery of training and on-going support to individuals that reflects best practice
  • Responsibility for supervision and development of staff
  • Carrying out joint assessments with prescribers to support complex assessments
  • Training health and social service staff on a regular basis
  • Managing 60+ equipment requests per week
  • Actively contribute to HES Professional User Group and Clinical Reference Groups.

Main Contacts – external/internal customer contacts and purpose:

Internal

  • Social Service staff and managers, including OTs, care managers, social workers, unit managers, – consultation, advice and support
  • Legal practice - re obtaining advice over complaints, equipment issues, failures and accidents, reporting professional opinions and clinical reasoning
  • Other HES staff and Technician service – consultation/discussion over equipment issues
  • Contributing to HCC, Health and HSS on Equipment policies and procedures which relate to equipment.

External

  • Health and Social Service staff including adult and children’s community nursing staff, OTs and physiotherapists – consultation, advice, support, equipment reviews and purchasing
  • Service users, carers – advice and support

Network with colleagues in similar roles across the country eg through National Association of Equipment Providers

  • Identify learning requirements, set objectives, determine a training strategy; plan and implement and evaluate the training for an on-going programme at an awareness level to cover the standard and non-standard equipment for practitioners and support staff.
  • Train clinical and non-clinical staff on theoretical and technical aspects of equipment use and provision to enable effective and safe use of equipment.
  • Support and contribute to an internal training programme for HES staff eg drivers, Administration Team etc.
  • Participate in other organisational training programmes when appropriate eg Training Programmes provided by the Tissue Viability Nurses.

Evaluate:

  • Monitor and report on equipment trends.
  • Review products with catalogue to ensure best value and suitability and to ensure that clear up to date guidelines and information are provided for practitioners.
  • Actively participate in the Professional Users Group
  • Evaluate new products and assist manufacturers and suppliers with equipment design.
  • Carry out product trials to inform Clinical Reference Group and future provision.

Staff Management and Teamwork:

  • Contribute to recruitment and induction of staff.
  • Supervise, support, guide and develop support staff working within the Equipment Advisory Team to ensure that demands on the service are met to a high clinical standard.
  • Work closely with HES Senior Managers  to ensure that consistency of advice, training etc is up to date and evidence based.
  • Ensure own knowledge and that of equipment advisory  staff is kept up to date and continued professional development is maintained.  
  • Work collaboratively with external and internal partners eg Health, operational teams and units to ensure effective joined-up service delivery.
  • Maintain awareness of corporate and departmental policies and procedures and ensure these are adhered to in the workplace

 

  • Identify learning requirements, set objectives, determine a training strategy; plan and implement and evaluate the training for an on-going programme at an awareness level to cover the standard and non-standard equipment for practitioners and support staff.
  • Train clinical and non-clinical staff on theoretical and technical aspects of equipment use and provision to enable effective and safe use of equipment.
  • Support and contribute to an internal training programme for HES staff eg drivers, Administration Team etc.
  • Participate in other organisational training programmes when appropriate eg Training Programmes provided by the Tissue Viability Nurses.

Evaluate:

  • Monitor and report on equipment trends.
  • Review products with catalogue to ensure best value and suitability and to ensure that clear up to date guidelines and information are provided for practitioners.
  • Actively participate in the Professional Users Group
  • Evaluate new products and assist manufacturers and suppliers with equipment design.
  • Carry out product trials to inform Clinical Reference Group and future provision.

Staff Management and Teamwork:

  • Contribute to recruitment and induction of staff.
  • Supervise, support, guide and develop support staff working within the Equipment Advisory Team to ensure that demands on the service are met to a high clinical standard.
  • Work closely with HES Senior Managers  to ensure that consistency of advice, training etc is up to date and evidence based.
  • Ensure own knowledge and that of equipment advisory  staff is kept up to date and continued professional development is maintained.  
  • Work collaboratively with external and internal partners eg Health, operational teams and units to ensure effective joined-up service delivery.
  • Maintain awareness of corporate and departmental policies and procedures and ensure these are adhered to in the workplace

 

Role Requirements:

Essential

• Occupational Therapy degree or diploma

• State Registration

• Minimum of 2 years experience working in a relevant health or social care setting

• Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

• Effective people and process management skills

• Experience of working with people with complex needs

• Experience of working with a range of equipment and knowledge of the indications and contraindications for its effective and safe use

• Knowledge of legislation and guidelines relevant to equipment and its provision

• Ability to make decisions

• Ability to work collaboratively and across organisational boundaries and professional groups

• Experience of working within partnerships to effect improvements in outcomes along with an understanding and appreciation of the contribution made by others in achieving good outcomes for vulnerable adults

• Knowledge and experience of working with legislation and policies in respect of equipment provision within social and health care services (if training required, estimated time to be operational in this aspect 12 months)

• Commitment to the development and continuous improvement of high quality, best value services

• Analytical skills in presenting and interpreting information and data

• Able to contribute to development of services for vulnerable people that are both anti-discriminatory and equitable to people from all parts of the community of Hampshire

• Good IT skills (if training required, estimated time to be operational in this aspect 3-6 months)

• Evidence of on-going continual professional development

 

Desirable 

• Teaching qualification eg PTTLS 

• Experience in supervising staff 

• Experience of presenting/teaching

• Knowledge and awareness of equipment costs and working within a restricted budget 

 

Working Conditions:

  • Shared office based in HES, Basingstoke, working in a very busy and at times, restricted environment
  • Working with large items and quantities of equipment within a limited space
  • Moving and handling of equipment
  • Working with a wide range of equipment
  • Training/assessment room available within the HES site, but also having flexibility to train in other venues, which can be quite restricted in space for equipment and participants
  • Visiting/working within public sector units or hospitals, and private individuals’ homes for joint assessments
  • Mentally and physically very demanding because of the quantity of work; prescriber and service user demand; size of area covered; complex nature of requests and equipment itself
  • Need to travel occasionally  for work purposes

Vetting Requirements:

This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Please contact Elaine Brichard on 01256 403105

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 


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