Senior Occupational Therapist (Community Equipment)
About Barnet Council
Barnet is a borough with much to be proud of. Our excellent schools, vibrant town centres, vast green spaces and diverse communities all help make it a great place to live and work. As a council we want to build on these strengths as we move into the future. We are growing and developing as an organisation to meet the challenges facing our borough, and we are committed to working with partner organisations and residents to make Barnet even better.
As an organisation, our staff are committed to Our Values – We Care, We Can Be Trusted, We Work Together, We Value Diversity, We Embrace Change and Innovation – which drive everything we do.
About Adult and Health Directorate
Barnet Council is an exciting and innovative place to be, and here in Adult and Health we are committed to the work we do and the difference we make to residents of Barnet every single day, month and year.
We take a strengths-based approach, focused on what people can do and seeing the whole person. Our staff are dedicated, caring, knowledgeable and committed to supporting our residents to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. We are a diverse multi-disciplinary workforce with wide ranging skills and a can-do attitude.
We encourage staff to be empowered in making changes and initiate actions that improve our services. Ultimately, we should all be happy for our friends and family to receive the services we deliver and commission, and so that is where our focus always lies
About the role
This is a new exciting job opportunity to make a difference to people in Barnet. We are seeking a practitioner led scrutiny and advisory function for the Community Equipment Service, on behalf of both the Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group and the London Borough of Barnet adults and childrens service area. The role will be based in Barnet, working closely with nurses and therapists to loan specialist disability and nursing equipment to individuals in the community.
The Scrutiny role is a key role in providing successful patient outcomes to enhance independence. The overall aim is to provide:
- An innovative and improved service.
- Seamless, timely and coordinated pathways
- A holistic patient centered service
Main responsibilities of this post include
- Provide clinical support to prescribers with a focus on ensuring clinical effectiveness, best practice and delivering value for money.
- Provide clinical expertise in the area of Pressure Care.
- Processing equipment requests for patients in the community and checking clinical reasoning against eligibility criteria using IT systems
- Work collectively with partner organisations and supplier
- Identify development opportunities for service improvement through participation and involvement in local and central team meetings, supervision, training and other forums.
- Support the service delivery and collection process in place to ensure the maximisation of opportunities
- To ensure efficient use of funding for equipment to mitigate spend outside of budgetary parameters.
- Support provider to maintain 'fit for purpose' equipment catalogue and make sure authority receives value for money
This is an important and rewarding role in supporting the provision of a smooth and efficient scrutiny and advisory function to the Community Equipment Service. You will need to be highly motivated, flexible and able to learn quickly and be able to provide constructive feedback to prescribers. In return for your commitment and expert skills, you will enjoy being part of a busy team with the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real contribution in enabling patients to remain safe within their homes. If you have the following requirements this post could be for you:
- Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area (Band 7 or equivalent)
Demonstrated experience of co-ordinating projects in complex and challenging environments
Experience of managing risks and reporting
Experience of creating and giving presentations to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders
- Demonstrated capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions in the absence of required information, working to tight and often changing timescales
Experience of setting up and implementing internal processes and procedures
What we offer
- 30 days annual leave, plus public and bank holidays
- Work-life balance options may include flexitime, job share, home working, part-time
- Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
- Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
- Excellent training and development opportunities
- Employee well- being training programs
How to apply
Click on the apply button on our website where you will find the job listed. Please read through job description and person specification and complete the online application form. If you would like any further information about the role before applying please contact Rosheena Kiyanni (0208 359 7648) or Amal Nawarathna (0208 359 2087).
If shortlisted you will be required to bring photographic ID to your interview to prove your identity.
Barnet is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Barnet operates stringent safer recruitment procedures.