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Job Title: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Sector: MEDICAL/NURSING/PHARMCEUTICAL/ HEALTH CARE
Location: NORTH CENTRAL -CUREPE,MT HOPE,SAN JUAN
Job Type: Temporary / Contract
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the position at the North-Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) for a three (3) month period.
The incumbent will be responsible for the evaluation, therapeutic intervention and/or rehabilitation and training of paediatric clients and educating and training of their caregiver(s). Work involves evaluating and treating paediatric clients with a variety of neurodevelopmental disabilities and/or complex medical challenges that affect their movement; posture, fine motor skills; feeding and their ability to perform age appropriate activities of daily living (ADL’s). Training is to be extended to the caregivers of these minors. As necessary, these duties are to be performed individually (as guided by his/her professional scope of practice) and/or within a multi-disciplinary frame-work as guided by the policies of the CDBU. Work is performed with considerable independence under the general supervision of the Clinical Lead of the CDBU, who reviews work through discussions, reports and general observations.
- Organize, plan and direct relevant activities, related to their professional scope of practice as an Occupational Therapist in the Child Development and Behaviour Unit of the NCRHA.
- Evaluate, diagnose and record the nature of the client’s general daily functioning as well as specific strengths and weaknesses, relevant to their ADL’s by using clinical and observational assessments, as well as special standardized evaluation tools and instruments, per scope of practice and established international standards; specifically , but not limited to ,the following areas:
- Daily living activities—self-care, feeding, relevant assistive devices;
- Fine-motor skills rehabilitation—motor control, pre-writing/writing skills, bilateral integration, motor planning;
- Perceptual processing—body scheme, visual closure, spatial relations, position in space;
- Sensory processing—tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, visual
- Provide treatments by developing and revising individualized plans of care tailored to each client's needs.
- Establish and maintain a system of written documentation that is professional, efficient and accountable.
- Keep and maintain client’s records by recording and updating evaluations, changes, progress, and treatments.
- Develop, as appropriate, home and community programming to maintain and enhance the performance of CDBU clients in their natural environments.
- Communicate assessment findings in an appropriate manner (via written report and also via verbal review) to caregivers, clients (as relevant), referral source and any other named agent as per standards of NCRHA. Where conflicts or concerns arise, consultation with Clinical Lead of the CDBU is required.
- Make every effort to coordinate individual goals with parent and clients identified “core multidisciplinary team” to ensure that goals are relevant and will generally contribute to the client’s progress towards his/her functional ability.
- Design, make and fit adaptive devices such as splints, braces and switches according to scope of practice as well as to medical prescription.
- Identify and obtain materials, tools, supplies and equipment for the various types of activities in which clients are engaged and instructs/assists client and/or their caregiver in their appropriate use.
- Manage caseloads taking account of priority cases, waiting lists, successful outcomes, referrals and timing of discharge of service users.
- Attend case conferences concerning client’s welfare and represent the professional viewpoint of occupational therapists on the CDBU multi-disciplinary team.
- Improve quality of outcomes by studying, evaluating, and re-designing processes; implementing changes; participating in research programs and evaluating new equipment, devices, and techniques.
- Keep up to date on new techniques and approaches by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
- Maintain accreditation compliance by adhering to the respective regulations, and professional standards.
- Counsel and provide guidance to clients with challenges with activities of daily living, and educates their families and caregivers
- Assist in professional development of other members of the multidisciplinary team at the CDBU in the fundamentals of Occupational Therapy and facilitating ADL skills including those of eating and feeding.
- Maintain supplies inventory by checking stock; anticipating needs; placing and communicating these in a timely manner to the CDBU Clinical Lead and CDBU Business Manager.
- Perform other related duties as directed by the organisational relationship.
Minimum Qualifications, Requirements and Experience:
- Training as evidenced by a Masters Level degree in Occupational Therapy, from an institution accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).
- Licensed & Registered to practice in Trinidad & Tobago, with the Council for Professions Related to Medicine.
- A minimum of three (3) years post training experience in evaluating and treating infants, children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and/or medical challenges.
Certificates acquired at foreign universities MUST be supported by certified transcripts as well as evidence that the completed programme is accredited in Trinidad and Tobago.
Applications must be submitted along with Curriculum Vitae and copies of certificates by
October 03, 2018 to:
Office of the General Manager, Human Resources
North-Central Regional Health Authority
Building # 39, Third Floor
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
Unsuitable/late applications will not be acknowledged