Occupational Therapist – Permanent, Full time (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)
Job Location: Onsite at The Crann Centre, Ovens, Ballincollig, Cork
Reporting to: Head of Services
At Crann, we provide a range of innovative services and supports for children, adults and families living with a neuro-physical disability. A neuro-physical disability (or NPD) includes Spinal Cord Injury, Childhood Stroke, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Muscular Dystrophy and Cerebral Palsy. Though this isn’t an exclusive list.
Our Model of Care delivers a range of services for our clients and their families, which blends a learning and supportive environment with a welcoming, family-centred ethos.
Our purpose is to implement an evidence-based, best practice Model of Care that delivers meaningful outcomes for people living with an NPD and their families, and to ensure their self-belief and confidence is supported throughout their lives.
We have ambitious plans to support our clients to achieve their goals of better health and wellbeing and to participate more fully in education, leisure, work and enjoy greater opportunities.
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, motivated Occupational Therapist to join a dedicated team in developing programmes that increase our clients’ abilities to carry out daily activities or occupations independently and confidently.
• To assess and identify the individual needs and goals of clients with a neuro-physical disability (NPD) to maximise their independence in everyday life.
• To deliver Occupational Therapy interventions to support both adults and children with NPDs to achieve the individual goals they have identified through our intake process.
• To design, deliver, and evaluate therapeutic interventions to support clients towards achieving these goals.
• To operate within the scope of Occupational Therapy best practice within Ireland and in accordance with local guidelines.
• To carry out observations and assessments where appropriate, and effectively communicate the needs and appropriate strategies identified with the individual, family members or other HCP’s, where relevant.
• To liaise with other HCP involved in a client’s care to ensure continuity.
• To guide and support the delivery of assistive technology needs.
• To work as part of the Crann Client Services MDT.
• To deliver training and workshops to families, other HCP, Special Needs Assistants, school staff and employers on topics relevant to a client’s needs.
• To write up reports and session notes in a professional and timely manner.
• To contribute to data collection, analysis, and reporting on service outcomes.
• To carry out any other reasonable duty within the overall purpose of the post.
• To champion Crann’s culture of equality, diversity, dignity, and respect
Essential Knowledge, Skills & Experience
• A minimum of 3 years post qualification experience to include experience in the field of physical disability is ideal.
• An ability to build and maintain good relationships with a wide range of people and enjoy working with children and adults.
• Knowledge and experience in postural management and specialist seating.
• Practical experience in seating and mobility.
• Clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based practice appropriate to carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the role.
• The capacity to listen carefully, combined with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience in clinical, community, and social healthcare settings.
• Evidence of having used appropriate assessment tools and treatments and knowledge of the implications of outcomes to clients.
• Demonstrable experience in supporting clients in developing goals.
• A positive, practical can-do, solution-focused approach.
• Flexibility and ability to handle change in response to individual and organisational needs.
• Excellent task management and organisational skills.
• Confidence in delivering presentations in a professional environment.
• Experience with relevant assessment tools to support clients in identifying needs.
• The ability to manage a busy workload and maintain a high standard of contact and communication with individuals.
Key Competencies & Behaviours
• The ability to build rapport quickly and to understand needs and expectations.
• A positive, confident, empathetic, patient, polite and friendly manner.
• The ability to remain calm under pressure.
• The ability to display the highest levels of integrity, confidentiality, and commitment.
• The ability to respond quickly to changing demands.
• Strong, demonstrable skills in prioritisation and time management.
• A quick analysis of information and concise and articulate communication.
• Attention to detail in all aspects of work.
• The ability to work well as part of a team.
A recognised Occupational Therapy qualification (This must be validated by the Department of Health & Children if your qualification was obtained outside of the Republic of Ireland)
Candidates must be registered with CORU.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package with ongoing learning and development opportunities for collaborative work in Ireland and abroad.
If you have the experience and drive to make a real difference in the lives of people with neuro-physical disabilities, please apply with a covering letter and your CV to Colette Cahill – firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications is October 18th, 2021.
If you would like an informal discussion about the role before you apply, please do get in touch.