Occupational Therapist and Therapy Lead

Wykewood, Wyke

Position:                Occupational Therapist and Therapy Team Lead
Care Home:          Wykewood
Location:               Wyke, Bradford (BD12 8AA)
Contract type:      Permanent - full time hours available
Shifts Available:  Mon – Fri (with flexibility to work occasional weekends if required)
Rate/Salary:         Up to £30,000 per annum
CQC Rating:         New Home (not yet inspected)

About Exemplar Health Care:
We have over 20 years of experience providing exceptional specialist nursing care for adults living with complex and high acuity needs.  We started our journey as a training company, and have grown into one of the country’s leading providers of adult specialist care, with over 36 complex needs care homes in England.  
Our vision is that adults living with complex needs can access outstanding specialist care and support, in a community-based home that’s close to their family and friends, and that focuses on their personal goals and outcomes.  Our person-centred care is the bedrock for maximising independence, building everyday living skills and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.  
Our mission is to make every day better for the people we support and our colleagues.  We’re proud of the culture that we’ve created at Exemplar Health Care, which is underpinned by our vision, mission and values.

About Wykewood:
Wykewood supports 40 adults living with complex mental health needs, neuro-disabilities and dementia.  The home has four very spacious, ten-bed units, which gives it a homely and welcoming feel, as well as various communal areas such as dedicated therapy rooms, multi-faith room, quiet lounges and the community Hub. All this is set in large and attractive, service-user-friendly gardens. 
Wykewood opened in June 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a new and developing service with a new team, and shape the culture and success of the home.  
The home’s Manager, Kim Payne, joins Wykewood from an ‘Outstanding’ rated home, and she plans to bring this success to Wykewood.
To take a virtual tour of Wykewood click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9iphPmVsKQ

About the Role:
We are looking for a dynamic and innovative Occupational Therapist to lead our therapy service. The team comprises a part-time Physiotherapist and three Activity Coordinator / Therapy Assistants, and the successful applicant will be supported to lead and develop the team, ensuring that all service users receive person-centred therapy and engagement that effectively meets their needs. Together, you will be developing person centred care pathways as part of individual rehabilitation for the service users. 
Your enthusiasm, warmth and compassion is fundamental in helping our service users to feel respected, included and cared for.  Working with our team of specialist Nurses and Health Care Assistants, you will be expected to contribute to integrated care planning with the aim of enabling our services users to reach their goals.

Key Duties:
• Taking responsibility for a clinical caseload
• Management and supervision of the therapy team
• Carrying out assessments and reviews, (including neuro rehabilitation, gait analysis, respiratory care) ensuring that service users receive appropriate treatment
• Using appropriate communication skills and tools to communicate with service users, some of whom may have complex mental health conditions
• Monitoring, evaluating and recording service user progress, modifying treatment plans as required
• Liaising with agencies including GPs, consultants, hospital staff, ICBs and Social Services
• Liaising with the nursing team and care staff at the care home.
• Working effectively as part of the wider home team to ensure a high quality service
• Delegation of therapy to Assistant Therapist, Activities Co-ordinators and Health Care Assistants
• Attend MDT meetings
• Be an advocate for therapy for the service user
• Maintain accurate and comprehensive documentation in line with legal requirements
• Assisting with the training of other health care staff as required

About You:
We expect that you will be a qualified Occupational Therapist
At least 1 years’ post qualification experience, ideally within rehabilitation and/or healthcare
HCPC Registered
Experience of acquired brain injury, mental health, and neurological care would also be advantageous, however, full training is provided via our comprehensive induction.


About Your Benefits*:
• 5.6 weeks holiday
• Exemplar Rewards – retail discounts and vouchers
• Employee Assistance Program – 24-hour helpline
• Pension plan
• Free car parking
• Free uniform
• Outstanding career progression
• Comprehensive induction program

Our Values:
Our values underpin everything that we do and ensure that we continue to make every day better for our service users and colleagues. We look for these values in everyone who works with Exemplar Health Care:
• Fun
• Integrity
• Responsive
• Success
• Teamwork

Read more about our values here - https://www.exemplarhc.com/careers/our-values

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:
At Exemplar Health Care you will work in an inclusive environment in which we champion diversity. We understand the importance of our workforce representing the communities and populations we serve.  We provide a work place where you are encouraged to be yourself whilst offering our colleagues and our service users support, care and a place of belonging.

How to Apply:
If this role sounds like a good match for you, please contact our Recruitment Team on 01977 630 830 for an informal chat or alternatively email: Pod1@Exemplarhc.com

*T&Cs apply

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Rewarding your dedication

Whether it’s RCNi membership or NMC PIN payment for Nurses, or lifestyle and retail discounts for everyone, we’re always thinking about new ways of saying ‘thank you’ for being part of our team.

Lifestyle and retail discounts

Lifestyle and retail discounts - all colleagues can access great savings and monthly discounts on high street shops, restaurants, pubs and holidays, as well as 2-for-1 cinema tickets.

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme - all colleagues can access 24/7 counselling and support through our wellbeing partner, Care First.

Pension Plan

Pension plan – after 3 months, you’ll be auto-enrolled into our pension scheme with NOW pensions, where you’ll have up to 5% of your earnings (depending on your salary) put into the pension and we’ll contribute an additional 3%.

Paid DBS Check

Paid DBS check – we’ll pay for all new starters to have a DBS check, so you don’t need to cover the cost.

Referral Bonus

Referral bonus – if you recommend a friend for a care role with us, you’ll both receive £150, and you can refer as many people as you like.

Free RCNi membership

Career development opportunities - there are lots of opportunities to develop your skills and progress in your career at Exemplar Health Care, if you wish. Find out more.

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