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1 JOB TITLE: Occupational Therapist - Rotational 1. PURPOSE OF POSITION This appointee to this position is responsible for providing an Occupational Therapy service to clients in specified wards and the community within Taranaki. The occupational therapy service (screening, assessment, programme planning, intervention and discharge) is provided for clients who meet the referral criteria. These rotations include home visits. Inpatient rotations are 6 months in duration and are based at Taranaki Base Hospital. The community rotation is 12 month duration and there is an expectation this is completed after the inpatient rotation or has relevant experience. The Occupational therapist is expected to follow the Occupational Therapy process to identify the client s occupational performance issues and provide appropriate intervention, recommendations and referral to other agencies, as required. 2. ORGANISATIONAL VALUES The Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) is committed to the strategic actions and behaviours of Work Together : Treating people with trust, respect and compassion Communicating openly, honestly and acting with integrity Enabling professional and organisational standards to be met Support achievement and acknowledging successes Creating healthy and safe environments Welcoming new ideas 3. DIMENSIONS Reports to: Number of people reporting to you Financial limits authority Operating Budget Inpatient Occupational Therapy Clinical Leader or Community Clinical Lead Nil Nil Nil Page 1 of 6

2 4. WORKING RELATIONSHIPS External ACC Other DHB s Enable Internal OT Advisor Co-ordinator Clinical Lead Inpatient team MDT OT team Other AH teams Community support service 5. ACCOUNTABILITIES Key area of responsibility 1. Clinical Duties and Technical Functions Effectively provides an Occupational Therapy Service to designated clients and team Expected outcomes Follows the occupational Therapy process: a) Accept appropriate referrals. ie: when a client/tangata whaiora has, or is at risk of developing, an occupational performance issue. b) Screen the referral to determine appropriateness and prioritise accordingly. c) Select theoretical approach appropriate to the occupational performance issues. d) Conduct assessments to identify the occupational performance components and environmental conditions. e) Negotiate goals with the client/tangata whaiora, and where appropriate family/whanau and other involved parties. f) Develop and implement action plans to achieve identified goals. g) Evaluate outcomes throughout the process and discontinue intervention as appropriate. Carries out specialised assessments for ACC and Ministry of Health clients and makes recommendations/applications for people with long term needs including housing modifications, equipment provision, wheelchairs and seating. Carries out Functional Independence Measure (FIM). Carries out specialised assessment and makes recommendations/applications for people with shortterm needs including housing solutions, equipment provision, wheelchairs and seating. Provides education to client/ family/carers/ tangata whaiora with the goal of the client adapting safely to his/her current/future level of function. Educates and demonstrates safe use and maintenance Last Updated: August 2014 Page 2 of 6

3 2. Professional Practice Acts in compliance with ethical, legal, professional and safety requirements 3. Team Work and Communication Works effectively with clients/tangata whaiora, family/whanau and other involved parties within the organisation and community to maintain effective therapeutic and working relationships of equipment/housing modifications. Develops individual rehabilitation programmes within the community to facilitate and maintain occupational performance. In conjunction with other Occupational Therapists, work is allocated to Occupational Therapy Assistants and Wheelchair Technician. Cover is provided for other services as requested by the Occupational Therapy Clinical Leader or Professional Lead. Cover may include any area within the service. Occupational Therapy practices are maintained at all times in accordance with the Code of Ethics for the profession, Occupational Therapy Core competencies, Occupational Therapy Process Standards and other legislative requirements. Actions are in accordance with Taranaki District Health Board and Occupational Therapy service policies, protocols and procedures. Client clinical records are kept and reports completed in accordance with Occupational Therapy department policy. Accredited equipment assessor status is achieved and maintained in the relevant areas. Credentialing in Housing Registration is achieved and maintained, prior to commencing the community rotation or within the first 6 months of starting the rotation. This is achieved via the Enable New Zealand credentialing process. Occupational Therapy interventions are client-centred. Services are provided that respect client/tangata whaiora cultural beliefs, attitudes and practices. Liaison and communication occurs with other health professionals and relevant services and community agencies. The multi disciplinary team concept is utilised to ensure effective management of the client/tangata whaiora occupational performance issues. Contribution is made to the development of Occupational Therapy services by identifying quality improvements and assisting with the implementation of service changes. Recommendation to enable New Zealand, ACC, NASC agencies and others are provided. Statistics are recorded daily as per department procedure. Information is provided to generate invoices for any contract work. ie: ACC. Equipment and resources are used and tracked according to organisation procedures. Occupational Therapy is promoted within the Taranaki District Health Board and the community Last Updated: August 2014 Page 3 of 6

4 4. Professional Development Uses opportunities to continually develop professional knowledge and practice. Occupational Therapy staff meetings, clinical supervision sessions, in-service programmes and relevant seminars and courses are attended. Participates in Performance and Training Reviews. Actively seeks feedback on performance. Applies new knowledge and shares with the team to improve service delivery Organisational Accountabilities Expected Outcome for all employees Treaty of Waitangi The Taranaki District Health Board embraces the three principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. In practical terms this means: Partnership; working together with iwi, hapu, whanau and Maori communities to develop strategies for improving the health status of Maori Participation; involving Maori at all levels of the sector in planning, development and delivery of health and disability services that are put in place to improve the health status of Maori Protection; ensuring Maori wellbeing is protected and improved as well as safeguarding Maori cultural concepts values and practices Health and Safety Maintains a safe and healthy environment Complies with health & safety policies and procedures Carries out work in a way that does not adversely affect their health and safety or that of other workers Complies with procedures and correctly use personal protective equipment and safety devices provided Contributes to hazard identification and management process Reports accurately near misses/incidents/accidents in a timely manner Participates in health and safety matters Personal Development Fully contributes to the individuals team performance and is committed to identify and pursue opportunities for developing new knowledge and skills. Participates in the performance appraisal process where personal performance and development is reviewed. Willing to accept new responsibilities, acquire and demonstrate relevant new knowledge. 6. VARIATION TO DUTIES Duties and responsibilities described above should not be construed as a complete and exhaustive list as it is not the intention to limit in any way the scope or functions of the position. Duties and responsibilities can be amended from time to time either by additional, deletion or straight amendment to meet any changing conditions, however this will only be done in consultation with the employee. Last Updated: August 2014 Page 4 of 6

5 7. CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS Capabilities are the behaviours demonstrated by a person performing the job. Capabilities identify what makes a person most effective in a role. Those listed below are expected for the Occupational Therapy team roles in the organisation. The required capabilities can change as the organisation develops and the roles change. Capability Effective Communication Shares well thought out, concise and timely information with others using appropriate mediums. Ensures information gets to the appropriate people within the organisation to facilitate effective decision making Decision Making/Problem Solving Demonstrates effective and timely decision making/problem solving techniques. Aware of the impact of decisions on key stakeholders and consults as appropriate utilizing available resources. Is proactive and effective when problem solving is required. Innovation/Initiative Continually strives for new and improved work processes that will result in greater effectiveness and efficiencies. Questions traditional ways of doing things when choosing a course of action or finds new combinations of old elements to form an innovatve solution. Resilience/Flexibility Articulates differing perspectives on a problem and will see the merit of alternative points of view. Will change or modify own opinons and will switch to other strategies when necessary. Adjusts behaviour to the demands of the work environment in order to remain productive through periods of transition, ambiguity, uncertainty and stress. Cultural Safety Demonstrates a commitment to cultural safety by meeting and exceeding the cultural needs of clients/customers/colleagues. Manages cultural ambiguity and conflicting priorities well. Understands concepts of whanaungatanga and manaakitanga and Maori cultural orientation to whanau, hapu and iwi. Teamwork Works to build team spirit, facilitates resolution of conflict within the team, promotes/protects team reputation, shows commitment to contributing to the teams success Last Updated: August 2014 Page 5 of 6

6 8. EDUCATION Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy. 9. EXPERIENCE/SKILLS NZ registered Occupational Therapist and holds a current practicing certificate. Relevant clinical expertise in acute rehabilitation, acute inpatients, neurology/stroke. Knowledge and experience of Enable New Zealand, including accredited and registered equipment/ basic housing assessor. Knowledge of ACC process particularly NAIR contract. Experience of using FIM (functional independence measure). Experience of using InterRAI assessment. Experience in developing and implementing quality initiatives. Experience in providing supervision to Occupational Therapy staff, qualified and non-qualified. NZ drivers Licence. Last Updated: August 2014 Page 6 of 6

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