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Senior Occupational Therapist - Grade 3 Stream Leader General Medicine, Orthopaedics & Emergency Dep

LocationSandringham Hospital
Positions1 Position
Job no: 69058
Category: Allied Health and Medical Science, Occupational Therapy

Alfred Health

Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory to inpatient and home and community-based services.

  • Permanent Position
  • Full time (80 hours per fortnight, inclusive of an ADO) – Part Time applicants are welcomed
  • Occupational Therapist Grade 3 Classification (VG3-VG6)
  • Senior Occupational Therapist - Grade 3 Stream Leader Sandringham General Medicine, Orthopaedics & Emergency Department
  • Opportunity to work in a supportive organisation with opportunities for personal growth, development and career progression
  • Sandringham Hospital  
  • Great staff benefits!

The Department

Alfred Health Occupational Therapy Services operates across The Alfred, Caulfield and Sandringham Hospitals, with clinical services aligned to Alfred Health's strategic goals and operational performance targets. The Occupational Therapy Service is committed to the provision of high-quality, evidence-based care, and strongly values professional development and clinical supervision. Clinical service provision is focused on inpatient acute, rehabilitation and aged care streams, for diverse patient populations including emergency, general medicine, surgical, orthopaedic, neurological, trauma, spinal, amputee and burns/plastics speciality units.

The Position Summary

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join the Occupational Therapy department as a senior clinician and stream leader within the General Medicine, Orthopaedics and Emergency Department stream. The person in this role will bring a high level of clinical expertise to support a caseload of patients who are unwell with complex medical problems including dementia/delirium, functional decline and orthopaedics conditions. The Grade 3 Occupational Therapy stream leader will commence in supporting service delivery in the Sandringham Hospital Emergency Department and Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) ward. The successful Occupational Therapist will be identified as a clinical leader and will apply this knowledge, skill and expertise to develop the clinical practice of individuals and the wider team. With a strong focus on multidisciplinary care, they will work closely with the medical, nursing, other allied health teams and allied health team leaders to progress patient care and pathways to home or community settings. They will also have strong links with the Grade 3 Occupational Therapy Steam Leader of the General Medicine stream at The Alfred, to maintain strong communication and workflow processes for general medicine patients across both sites.

The successful OT is required to display autonomy of practice, whilst also contributing strongly to the multi-disciplinary team via the provision of high-quality inpatient assessment and intervention. An important part of this senior role is that the occupational therapy clinician will have the opportunity to lead various teaching/training and quality improvement activities across the Occupational Therapy Service, Allied Health directorate, and clinical program, and will represent Allied Health on allocated committees.  In addition, they will be responsible for the supervision and mentoring of junior Occupational Therapy staff, Allied Health Assistants and/or occupational therapy students. 

It is a requirement of all Alfred Health staff that they may be required to work across all Alfred Health site (The Alfred, Caulfield Hospital and Sandringham Hospital) based on clinical service demands. At Alfred Health, the Occupational Therapy service delivers a seven-day model of care and the incumbent in this role may be required to assist with weekend service provision on a periodic basis. 

Part time applicants will be considered. Please call to discuss further if you have any questions. 

Key Skills

  • Advanced Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills in general medicine and surgical diagnostic groups, as well as, evidence based practice in care of delirium and dementia, falls and pressure care. 
  • Stream leadership experience and provision of supervision to occupational therapy staff, allied health assistants and occupational therapy students.
  • A strong commitment to ongoing learning and development.
  • Understanding of quality improvement/research frameworks and research translation skills. 
  • Flexibility and adaptability in both clinical service provision and interactions with the team.
  • The ability to work effectively as an Allied Health Professional by being able to demonstrate an ability to work within and across teams.

Qualifications Required

  • B. App Sc (OT), B. Occupational Therapy, MOT prac or recognised equivalent
  • Post graduate qualification (Masters level) in one of Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Research and/or Health Management or working towards same.
  • Full Registration held with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (AHPRA)
  • Member of OT Australia (or eligibility for membership)
  • Minimum seven years of clinical experience in Occupational Therapy
  • Current Victorian Driver's License (unrestricted)

Staff Benefits

  • Salary Packaging and Novated Leasing 
  • Discounted Health Insurance and wellbeing benefits
  • Car Parking (subject to availability)
  • Onsite Gym (Alfred Hospital) 
  • Close to shops and public transport

For further information about the above role, please contact Anna Kennedy, Deputy Occupational Therapy Manager on 0408 484 099.

Applications close Sunday 19th May 2024

Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.  Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.

In accordance with the Health Minister's Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination Order, all Alfred Health employees are required to be fully vaccinated (3 doses) for COVID-19 or hold an acceptable medical exemption. Furthermore, in accordance with the Health Services Amendment (Mandatory Vaccination of Healthcare Workers) Act 2020, health care workers in Category A or B roles (as determined by the department’s risk ratings) are required to be vaccinated against influenza or hold an acceptable medical exemption.