Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
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NCHC has a number of multidisciplinary roles within the new state-of-the-art therapy led unit in Norwich opening in 2024.
We are looking for highly motivated, innovative Assistant Practitioner who are committed to delivering exceptional patient-centred care and join our exciting journey to build our new unit creating a supportive and comfortable environment for 48 patients at NCH&C's Norwich Community Hospital site. Healthcare will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals dedicated to patient recovery and well-being.
Utilising the latest therapy and rehabilitation technology and practices, you will be a part of this new team and will play a pivotal role in supporting patients back into the community and, in this role, we can offer you the opportunity to play a significant part in both the development of the team and therapy led, reablement culture within a brand new unit.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer sponsorship for this position.
Main duties of the job
To contribute in the delivery of high standards of health care to patients within their own homes, care homes, the travelling community, Community Hospitals, and clinics, by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating packages of care.
To work within a reablement philosophy, using strengths-based assessments and actively promoting independence for the patients.
Support an environment where all team members are responsible for a reablement ethos using a positive risk-taking approach for patients, their carers and families.Supporting patients being as independent as possible within their functional limits.
Work as part of a multidisciplinary team within a quality framework to ensure that the highest standards of care are met,deliver innovation within discharge practice and pathways.
Working with system partners including the voluntary sector to ensure that patients experience a seamless transfer of care both into and onward from the unit.
Be responsible for the delivery and co-ordination of care to a named group of patient, working proactively within the team to achieve unit and trust goals and objectives. Promote recognised policies, protocols, and guidelines. To contribute to the delivery of care packages for patients with long term conditions, palliative care and rehabilitation needs for example, to achieve quality of life and independence where possible.
Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.
As a Assistant Practitioner, you must live by our values and use your skills to ensure the ethos becomes part of the culture within the team. Being able to communicate well with a variety of people is an absolute must.
- Assess patients with straightforward requirements based on predetermined department protocols.
- Prepare for, carry out and monitor assessments and treatments in specified clinical areas, and discharge in line with predetermined department protocols.
- Apply competency based treatment techniques/care to patients with specific conditions under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.
- Modify and progress intervention / treatment using own clinical reasoning, notifying a qualified practitioner accordingly.
- Prepare for and develop individual/group activities to meet defined intervention needs.
- Monitor patients and promptly alert a qualified practitioner when there are unexpected changes.
- Demonstrate problem solving, and contribute to the solution, working with colleagues.
- Make basic judgements on patients response to prescribed treatment, and report findings to a qualified practitioner.
- Plan and prioritise own visits to delegated patients and ensure these are documented in personal work diary.
- Ensure patient held records are completed for each visit, and that SystmOne inputting is completed on a daily basis.
- Where there are barriers to understanding, such as hearing impairment, mental capacity impairment and other difficulties in comprehension, explanations require adjustments in order to gain understanding, consent and concordance.
- Be required to use tact and persuasive skills in order to gain the patients co-operation in their treatment/care/management plan.
- Liaise with GPs, Social Services, inpatient teams, other allied health care professionals and the voluntary sector to ensure identified needs are met and care co-ordinated appropriately.
- To participate in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency meetings as appropriate, e.g. Gold Standard Framework.
- Communicate with patients/carers by exchanging factual information, reassurance, tact and empathy.
- Establish and maintain appropriate working relationships with colleagues, patients, carers and other health care professionals.
- Demonstrate dexterity and coordination when undertaking treatment of patients where accuracy is important, e.g. taking blood sugars, venepuncture, supervising transfers, passive exercises.
- Be responsible for ensuring equipment is used safely, following appropriate training, and that it is maintained appropriately.
- Contribute to the requisitioning of supplies and equipment through electronic ordering systems.
- Work predominantly independently on specified tasks, with regular clinical support and supervision by a qualified practitioner.
- Work with qualified practitioners with group work/clinics as required.
- Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of consent, and gain consent as appropriate following department policy.
- Share responsibility for maintaining store cupboards, pool cars, cleaning specialist equipment and general house keeping tasks.
- Share responsibility for indirect patient contact tasks, such as, answering telephones, arranging appointments, processing referrals and inputting activity data.
- Will be exposed to bodily fluids, infected material, blood products on a daily basis, therefore must utilise universal precautions and adhere to infection control policies.
- Demonstrate basic IT and standard keyboard skills.
- To be an active member of the in-service training programme by attendance at and participation in staff meetings, training sessions, courses and reflective practice.
- To participate in the staff appraisal scheme as an appraisee, maintaining a dynamic personal development plan.
- To demonstrate an awareness of clinical governance and risk management and apply to work situations.
- To provide peer support to other carers.
- To develop competencies to enhance practice and ability to meet needs of patients and the service.