Wheelchair Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist – Band 6/7 – Opcare Harrow
Opcare, part of the Ability Matters Group, is the largest supplier of prosthetic, orthotic and posture and mobility services to the NHS and private sector in the UK and Ireland. As a company we aim to continuously improve the services we deliver and develop those who work for us.
The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic and busy team, and be supported with local, regional and national training to develop their clinical skills to support the service. We aim to deliver a first class service for users whilst applying the most advanced and exciting clinical and technical solutions available to patients.
This position provides an ideal setting for enthusiastic clinicians with a vision to develop their career clinical expertise and interests in many areas. The successful applicant will need to be capable of practising independently and have a focus on continual improvement.
We are currently seeking an experienced Wheelchair Physiotherapist/ Occupational Therapist (Band 6/7) to join our Posture and Mobility service in Harrow. The role sits within a large team providing Wheelchair and Special Seating services to patients. The clinician assess clients / patients in conjunction with Rehabilitation Engineers and other members of the interdisciplinary team as appropriate and then provides treatment based on best practice.
Key Responsibilities and Tasks:
The post holder will be involved in the assessment and provision of specialist equipment, these will include buggies and wheelchairs, active user wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs, pressure care cushions, postural support equipment, specialist seating and associated accessories.
The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, prescription and supply of this equipment individually and within the team.
There will be responsibility for supervision of junior staff and students, education and training and delegated service development activities
Carry out detailed environmental and functional assessments and ensure that consideration is given to all other aspects of patient’s lifestyle (social, psychological and cognitive).
Provide assessments mainly in wheelchair service clinic settings within the centre however occasionally in a variety of appropriate settings including, home, community, work, hospital and specialist units.
Complete action plans based on the assessment findings and clinical reasoning, prescribe appropriate specialist equipment using options from a wide range of equipment within the agreed equipment matrix.
Delegate tasks to the appropriate support staff, ensuring that they are competent and confident to undertake them and that they are appropriate for their skill level.
Provide appropriate prioritisation of all referrals into the service and make decisions on the appropriate course of action.
Skills and Personal Attributes
The position requires the job holder to possess:
Relevant professional degree
Full driving licence
Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP) and commitment to maintaining continuing professional development as per HCPC registration.
Minimum 2 years post qualification experience in a relevant field
Knowledge and experience of wheelchairs, pressure relieving cushions and special seating – not necessarily having previously worked in a wheelchair service.
Experience of working with wheelchair users or within a wheelchair and seating service.
Experience of working with clients with a range of physical disabilities. Confidential and professional.
Working knowledge of services and systems and of multidisciplinary working and the roles of other professionals and services.
Basic computer, keyboard and IT skills, knowledge of working within patient databases.
Remains calm under pressure.
Flexible working style.
Work sensitively and appropriately with severely disabled patients in their own homes and also in clinical settings.
Think creatively to problem solve and propose solutions to complex issues.
Manage own time and prioritise workload
Recognised clinical degree or diploma
Opcare, under the Ability Matters Group (AMG), is a forces-friendly employer. As a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, AMG has pledged to support those who have served, and currently serve, our country and all those connected with the military.