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Senior Occupational Therapist



Post Title: Senior Occupational Therapist (Raheny Community Nursing Unit (0.5 WTE)/Nursing Home Outreach (0.5 WTE))

Post Status: Permanent

Department:  Occupational Therapy

Location: Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9 / Raheny Community Nursing Unit 

Reports to: Occupational Therapy Manager in Charge III

Salary: Appointment will be made on Grade X (€52,162- €61,418) at a point in line with Government pay policy.

Hours of work: Full-Time

Closing Date:12 Noon on Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Position Summary:

This permanent senior occupational therapy position is a split post within the residential care setting. The successful candidate will be based in the Raheny Community Nursing Unit (0.5WTE) but will also deliver nursing home outreach services (0.5WTE) in the north Dublin area. The successful candidate will be selected through an external competition.

The post holder will deliver an integrated expert service to meet the occupational therapy needs of patients within these services. He/she will work in collaboration with the occupational therapy manager and other occupational therapists in planning, co-ordinating, delivering and evaluating the Raheny Community Nursing Unit (RCNU) and Nursing Home Outreach services.

The Occupational Therapist should abide by the Code of Ethics of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


The senior occupational therapist is accountable to the occupational therapy manager, Beaumont Hospital.


1. Represent the occupational therapy profession and promote the profile of occupational therapy within Care of the Elderly (COTE) services throughout the organisation, nationally and internationally

2. Demonstrate sound clinical reasoning based on experience and clinical expertise in the COTE service areas.

3. Respect the values, beliefs and needs of patients and staff and include patients in decision-making processes as appropriate

4. Support and delegate appropriately to occupational therapy staff working within the COTE service areas.

5. Interpret standards of practice, as well as professional codes of conduct, professional and organisational policies ensuring they are incorporated into occupational therapy practice within COTE service areas.

6. Recognise when it is appropriate to refer decisions to a higher level of authority and include colleagues in the decision making process

7. Promote initiatives in the COTE service areas that will ensure a high standard of professional practice development in line with improved patient care

8. Demonstrate understanding and respect for the roles of all members of the MDT

9. Keep up-to-date with developments within the COTE service areas in own organisation, professional body, nationally and internationally and apply to practice as appropriate

10. Manage own work-life balance and support others (e.g. occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants) with same

11. Contribute professional expertise to wider organisational initiatives/ committees/steering groups at local, national and international level

12. Provide specialist support to the COTE service areas staff

Managing a Caseload

1. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning and problem solving skills in completing occupational therapy assessments and interventions with patients within the Raheny Community Nursing Unit (RCNU) and Nursing Home Outreach services.

2. Use advanced prioritisation and planning skills to ensure patients are placed on the appropriate pathway and the timely completion of onward referrals to other services

3. Demonstrate an advanced proficiency in ability to screen and prioritise patients according to clinical needs using clinical reasoning skills and providing support to all occupational therapy staff.

4. Prioritise and maximise effectiveness of intervention using available resources to ensure service areas demands are optimally met.

5. Ensure collaboration with other relevant MDT colleagues for complex patient presentation to ensure holistic approach to patient care

6. Balance clinical demands with other responsibilities (e.g. research, administration, service development, teaching, CPD, staff supervision) through effective time management and organisational skills


1. Communicate oral and written information in a clear, concise and well-structured manner appropriate to the content and the target audience

2. Build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues at clinical and management levels within the COTE service.

3. Facilitate and maintain open communication within own service and department

4. Promote and foster effective cross discipline communications and evaluation processes with MDT colleagues, advocating shared discharge planning for optimal patient care

5. Deal constructively with obstacles and conflict to ensure patient focused decision-making within the MDT

6. Build relations and links with community colleagues, working together to promote and enhance appropriate patient pathways for a seamless service

7. Ensure that communication with patients and families /carers is appropriate and timely and develop written

resource packs for patients/carers as indicated

8. Present lectures, service evaluation, audit and research projects at local, national and international level

9. Negotiate clearly and effectively with relevant stakeholders

Planning, Maintaining and Evaluating a Quality Service

1. Demonstrate an advanced level of clinical knowledge and skills of clinical presentations and risk factors and provide senior support in decision-making for other occupational therapy staff

2. Working with MDT colleagues, demonstrate advanced clinical skills in the COTE service, assisting with advanced diagnostic, prognostic and patient management within the service

3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of care pathways appropriate to with the COTE service.

4. Recognise appropriate services and supports (OT, MDT and other) to optimise patient outcomes and identify the need for appropriate onward consultation or referral

5. Design and implement processes and procedures to ensure the highest standards of practice are met in the in-patient orthopaedic/Vascular occupational therapy service by establishing governance systems

6. Report emerging risk issues to the occupational therapy manager and other relevant senior staff within the service areas

7. Work collaboratively with the MDT to identify, plan and implement interdisciplinary practices

8. Foster and lead a culture and practice of evaluating service outcomes and other data collection and implementing quality improvement initiatives as appropriate

9. Develop and implement strategic service and business plans, quality initiatives, audits etc. based on up to date evidence based practice and report on outcomes in collaboration with the occupational therapy manager and other stakeholders

10. Oversee, evaluate and advise the occupational therapy manager on optimal resource utilisation for effective service delivery and optimal patient and service outcomes

Leadership and Service Development

1. Understand the principles of the operational management of the RCNU and Outreach service and be responsible for the day-to-day management of these clinical speciality areas.

2. Act as an expert occupational therapy clinical resource for the COTE MDT, occupational therapy service and students

3. Promote the role of occupational therapy RCNU and Outreach service in the organisation and at national and international level

4. Lead senior clinical decision-making processes within the in-patient RCNU and Outreach service

5. Identify and prioritise the requirements of the RCNU and Outreach service areas within a constantly changing environment

6. Develop guidelines for safe and effective practice in the RCNU and Outreach service.

7. Refine and advance occupational therapy practice within the RCNU and Outreach service areas and develop

formal links with appropriate national and international networks

8. Represent the RCNU and Outreach occupational therapy service, nationally and internationally as required

9. Deputise for the occupational therapy manager in his/ her absence as required

10. Explore and champion new initiatives, practices and models of care, in line with best practice, to improve the patient experience and outcome

11. Seek to identify and avail of opportunities to assist with and contribute to strategic planning e.g. development of business cases

12. Develop and implement new service initiatives in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders such as occupational therapy manager, MDT members etc.

13. Assist the occupational therapy manager in the recruitment of staff

14. Ensure that an efficient system of stock control is maintained

15. Act as a role model for occupational therapy staff and staff of other professions, in the areas of clinical competence, attitude and enthusiasm of occupational therapy, being available as a resource for staff

16. Collate and analyse workload statistics required for departmental purposes and for service reviews

Evidence- Based Practice

1. Demonstrate advanced level knowledge of evidence in relation to the in-patient orthopaedic/Vascular service areas

2. Apply this advanced specialist knowledge to local practice, working with colleagues to implement the necessary steps to achieve the highest possible standard of care

3. Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of interventions within the service and modify accordingly where new evidence emerges or where evidence base is incomplete

4. Monitor and report on the use of best practice clinical standards and guidelines in the occupational therapy RCNU and Outreach service areas and apply this specialist knowledge within the service

5. Demonstrate expert understanding of service demands and trends and design processes, in consultation with the occupational therapy manager, to ensure demands are appropriately met

6. Champion and lead the development of occupational therapy in RCNU and Outreach service areas, working with experts/partners nationally and internationally to advance practice


1. Understand the principles of research and research methodology which underpin an analytical approach to clinical practice

2. Lead and facilitate research projects relevant to the RCNU and Outreach service areas at local or national level

3. Collaborate with all relevant stakeholders in respect of relevant research projects

4. Co-ordinate and promote departmental research in conjunction with the occupational therapy department and the departmental strategic plan

5. Publish research, case studies and critical reviews in peer-reviewed publications

6. Lead the dissemination of research findings locally and nationally within occupational therapy and the wider healthcare arena

7. Identify gaps in the evidence base and initiate/facilitate research to enhance evidence based practice locally, nationally and internationally

Act as a Clinical Resource

1. Act in an advanced clinical advisory role to own colleagues and MDT

2. Identify the need for appropriate onward consultation

3. Represent the profession/HSCPs at local, national and international level for the RCNU and Outreach service areas.

4. Act as an advanced clinical advisor, nationally and internationally

Continuing Professional Development

1. Identify own personal and professional learning needs and seek support from occupational therapy manager as indicated

2. Facilitate staff in identifying their own development needs and addressing these needs through planned learning, clinical supervision and professional support as required

3. Deliver appropriate and effective feedback and be receptive to feedback

4. Evaluate the training and development needs of occupational therapy staff working in RCNU and Outreach service areas, plan and implement training processes to meet these needs

5. Provide education, supervision, mentoring and support for occupational therapists in the RCNU and Outreach service areas.

6. Contribute to MDT education as appropriate

7. Plan, deliver and evaluate education, training and health promotion activities, incorporating inter-professional education models as appropriate

8. Identify and avail of formal and informal learning opportunities within occupational therapy and MDT contexts

9. Provide safe and effective under-graduate clinical placements

10. Provide expert advice and training to network, national and international colleagues in the field

11. Take the lead on occupational therapy input into post graduate clinical placements

12. Contribute to educational policy and education of pre and post qualifying practitioner

The above Duties list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her, from time to time, and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Selection Criteria:

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


Candidates must, on the latest date for receiving completed application forms, possess:

a) Hold a qualification approved by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU

b) The Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Occupational Therapy from NUI Galway, the University of Dublin or University College Cork or

c) A Master of Science from the University of Limerick or

d) A Diploma from a College of Occupational Therapy or

e) A recognised qualification at least equivalent to (a) or (b) or (c) which has been validated by the Department of Health as broadly equivalent to the above qualifications

f) Have at least three years satisfactory post qualification working experience as an occupational therapist.


a) Clinical experience working within the care of the elderly services, especially in the clinical area of residential care

Informal Enquiries ONLY to:

Name: Paul Maloney

Title: Occupational Therapy Manager in Charge III

Email address:

Telephone: 01 8092520

Further Information for Candidates:

Supplementary information:

The Hospital

Management Unit:

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