Job Title and Grade
0.8 WTE Senior Physiotherapist –CoAction Adult Services.
Location of Post
Based in Bantry and covering all CoAction West Cork services as determined by Physiotherapy Manager.
Details of Service
Provision of a high standard Physiotherapy service to the people using the service in CoAction West Cork. Managing a varied caseload of adults with Intellectual and/or Physical disabilities.
Physiotherapy within CoAction organisation:
- Reports directly to the Director of Services and Physiotherapy Manager.
- Works collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team within CoAction Adult Services which includes an Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Nurse, Psychologist and Social Worker.
- Works Collaboratively with the service management team.
Purpose of the Post
To be responsible for the provision of a high quality person-centred Physiotherapy service in assessing and devising management programmes for a complex adult caseload within CoAction. Also partake in other clinical and educational duties as assigned.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
PROFESSIONAL AND CLINICAL
- Be responsible for assessment, planning, implementation and review of treatment / intervention programmes for an adult caseload within CoAction.
- Manage workload in accordance with the needs of the post.
- Collaborate with people who use the service, their families, carers, multi-disciplinary team, management team other staff as appropriate in treatment / intervention, planning and provision of services in a coordinated way.
- Collaborate with MDT in assessing, planning and coordinating interventions to adults with varying needs.
- Maintain clinical records in accordance with local and Professional guidelines. Become aware of using software for clinical documentation purposes.
- Communicate verbally and / or in writing results of assessments, treatment / intervention programmes and recommendations to the team and relevant others in accordance with service policy.
- Attend clinics, assessments, area meetings, case conferences, etc. as required and at varied locations.
- Support families and appropriate care staff in varying settings in providing a Physiotherapy service.
- Arrange and carry out duties in a timely manner within settings appropriate to service users’ needs and in line with local policy / guidelines.
- Maintain professional standards in relation to confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
- To record and collate statistics to reflect work undertaken and provide data as required by the Physiotherapy Manager.
- Operate within the rules of Professional Conduct as assigned by the CORU and Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- Participate in mandatory training programmes.
- Participate in continuing professional development including in-service training, attending conferences / courses relevant to practice.
- Participate in clinical supervision sessions as required and performance review as arranged by the Physiotherapy Manager.
- Supervise Physiotherapy students in conjunction with the Practice Tutor as required.
SERVICE AND STANDARDS
- Set and maintain a high standard of clinical/non-clinical practice within clinic and various community settings.
- Keep abreast of research and practice developments in relevant clinical/non-clinical areas by attending seminars, conferences and post graduate courses and maintain clinical/other relevant competencies.
- Ensure that privacy and dignity of the patient is respected at all times.
- Be instrumental in the development, application and implementation of polices and clinical standards of practice relating to complex paediatric and adult caseloads.
- Ensure compliance with departmental policies such as the data collection system, current administrative procedures and health and safety guidelines.
- Contribute to forward planning and the development of Physiotherapy services within CoAction.
- Participate in a performance review process with line manager and be responsible for the performance review of junior or Physiotherapy assistant staff when required.
- Undertake other responsibilities as are agreed from time to time with the Physiotherapy Manager or other such person to whom he/she may be accountable.
- Be familiar with and comply with Health and Safety Regulations & Protocols, relevant Safety Statement, professional guidelines and Core Standards of Practice.
- To collaborate with the Physiotherapy Manager by contributing to risk assessments and Safety statement for the Physiotherapy Department.
- To be responsible for ensuring the general safety and maintenance of any equipment supplied for the fulfilment of his/her duties.
- To report immediately to the Head of Physiotherapy any defect in equipment or the environment that may be hazardous.
- To document all accidents, incidents and potential hazards immediately and report them to the Head of Physiotherapy.
- Employees must attend fire lectures and must observe fire orders.
- To attend all relevant Health and Safety and/or Safeguarding mandatory training.
Must be aware of and adhere to legislation concerning:-
- Freedom of Information Act 1997
The principal duties and responsibilities as outlined above indicate the main functions and responsibilities of the post and is subject to review and amendment in light of changing circumstances and may include other duties and responsibilities as may be determined from time to time.
Qualifications and/ or experience
Candidates must, on the latest date for receiving completed applications,
(a) Possess the Bachelor in Physiotherapy (Hons.) or B.Sc. Physiotherapy (Hons) degree from the National University of Ireland or University of Dublin
(b) Possess the Diploma in Physiotherapy of the University of Dublin or the National University of Ireland
(c) Possess a qualification in Physiotherapy at least equivalent to (a) or (b) above
(e) Be a member of CORU and be eligible for membership or currently a member of, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
(Under EU regulations, qualifications obtained outside the Republic of Ireland must be validated by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists)
(f) Have had at least three years satisfactory post qualification experience some of which must be in the provision of care to a complex adult caseload.
Essential skills, competencies and/or knowledge
- Demonstrate sufficient clinical knowledge and evidence based practice to undertake the duties of the post.
- Display effective interpersonal / communication skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues.
- Demonstrate leadership skills and ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Demonstrate ability to lead and be innovative in service provision including planning, developing and implementing changes in Physiotherapy practice or service.
- Demonstrate evidence of contributing to own CPD.
- Demonstrate effective organisational skills and the ability manage oneself in a busy environment
- Demonstrate ability to integrate evidence into practice.
- Demonstrate a quality focus and commitment to quality within Physiotherapy practice.
- Demonstrate IT skills in relation to the post.
- Demonstrate the ability to supervise junior staff / Physiotherapy assistant / student(s).
- Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and operation of the Irish Health service, Next Steps and other developments that can impact on provision of services.
- Demonstrate in depth knowledge of Physiotherapy and its application to clinical caseload.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Health Strategies, Core Standards, Quality Initiatives and Outcome Measurement.
- Demonstrate knowledge of research.
- Demonstrate knowledge of legislation applicable to Physiotherapy.