RQ519 – Senior Occupational Therapist – Rheumatology

Peamount Healthcare
Employment Type
€54,677 - €64,380 per annum
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Campaign Reference: RQ519

Closing Date Wednesday: 15th July 2022

Proposed Interview: Wednesday 26th July 2022

Taking Up Appointment: Immediate

Informal enquires: Clare Conlan

Location of Post: Peamount, Newcastle, Co. Dublin.

Job Type: permanent /full time (35hrs per week)

Purpose of Post:

To work in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Manager in planning, developing, co-ordinating and evaluating the service to meet the needs of the service users and the objectives of the organisation. The Senior Occupational Therapist will be responsible for the provision and delivery of a high-quality Occupational Therapy service in the designated clinical area(s) and will carry out clinical, educational and administrative duties as required

Eligibility Criteria Qualifications & Experience:

Candidates must on the latest date for receipt of applications:

·        Hold an Occupational Therapy qualification approved by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU.

·        Be registered on the Occupational Therapists Register maintained by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU.

·        Have a minimum of 3 years satisfactory post qualification clinical experience.

·        Demonstrate satisfactory evidence of post qualification inpatient rehabilitation experience ideally to include Rheumatology.

·        Demonstrate an interest and willingness to develop specialist skills in Rheumatology.

·        Demonstrate experience in upper limb extremity management e.g., splinting, joint protection training.

·        Demonstrate evidence of leadership initiatives, service development /quality improvements.

·        Demonstrate flexibility, teamwork, communication and organisational skills.

·        Demonstrate evidence of commitment to CPD.

·        Experience supervising Occupational Therapy staff and/or student Occupational Therapists.


·        Postgraduate training/education relevant to the post.

·        Experience in vocational rehabilitation.

·        Experience in delivering self-management/lifestyle management education/groups.

·  Evidence of audit/research.

Skills, Competencies and Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate a command of the English language (both verbal and written) so as to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.
  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based practice appropriate to carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the role.
  • Demonstrate evidence of having applied/used appropriate assessment tools and treatments interventions and a knowledge of relevant outcomes measures.
  • Demonstrate competence in goal setting, treatment planning, report writing and documentation in partnership with service users.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, deliver and evaluate the service in an effective and resourceful manner.
  • Demonstrate ability to take initiative and to be appropriately self-directed.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the delivery of a high-quality, person-centred service. Champion initiatives to improve quality of service.
  • Act as an expert OT clinical resource for the MDT, OT service and students.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively evaluate information and make appropriate decisions.
  • Demonstrate a track record of educating and supervising staff/ facilitating professional supervision.
  • Demonstrate ability to organise time and workload effectively.
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills with experience of collaborative joint assessments and interventions with MDT members/relatives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to empathise with and treat service users, relatives and colleagues with dignity and respect.
  • Demonstrate evidence of commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate ability to deliver presentations/training.
  • Demonstrate audit and research skills.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of OT models of practice and treatment intervention relevant to these client groups.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of rheumatological impairments and their impact on physical and psychosocial skills.
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of standardised and non-standardised assessments and outcome measures for these client groups. E.g., COPM, DASH, RA-WIS etc
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in Upper Limb Extremity Management including splinting, joint protection training.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of & experience in the provision of appropriate assistive devices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in relaxation and stress management interventions.

·        Demonstrates knowledge of and experience in Discharge Facilitation/ completing home visits.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of & experience in educational and therapeutic group interventions.

·        Demonstrate knowledge of vocational considerations/assessment.

·        Demonstrate knowledge of national / professional standards relevant to this post e.g., HIQA standards and of relevant clinical guidelines.

Other requirements specific to the post:

Professional/Clinical Responsibilities:

The Senior Occupational Therapist will:

  • Be responsible for the maintenance of standards of practice of self and staff appointed to clinical / designated area(s).
  • Maintain/develop specialist skills in the designated clinical area(s) and act as a resource for other members of staff. 
  • Provide clinical leadership for the day-to-day running of the designated service area(s) by supervising staff, prioritising and allocating work and promoting positive staff morale and team working, in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Manage own caseload in accordance with prioritisation guidelines and the needs of the service.
  • Be responsible for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment intervention programmes for service users in accordance with occupational therapy standards.
  • Attend ward rounds, multidisciplinary team meetings and care planning meetings as required.
  • Collaborate with service users, other team members, relatives/carers and external agencies, as required, working in co-operation to ensure co-ordinated intervention.
  • Liaise closely with MDT members in the clinical setting to maximise service user outcomes and act as a key worker when required.
  • Be responsible for goal setting in partnership with service users, family members and team members as appropriate.
  • Plan discharge or transition of service users between services as appropriate.
  • Document and ensure the quality of all assessments, treatment intervention plans, progress notes, reports and discharge summaries in accordance with the requirements of the occupational therapy department and professional standards.
  • Communicate verbally and/or in writing results of assessments, treatment/intervention programmes and recommendations to the service user, multidisciplinary team and relevant others as appropriate.
  • Foster and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, front line managers and other healthcare personnel in the team.
  • Promote good team working, and a culture that values diversity within the occupational therapy service and relevant teams.
  • Liaise with the Occupational Therapy Manager regarding the needs, interests and views of occupational therapy staff and service users.
  • Ensure that professional standards are maintained in relation to evidence-based practice, documentation, consent, confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
  • Incorporate national and international Evidence Based Occupational Therapy Practice.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality in all matters of information obtained during the course of employment.
  • Arrange and ensure that staff in the designated area(s) carry out duties in a timely manner within settings appropriate to service users needs.

·        Seek advice and assistance from the Occupational Therapy Manager with any assigned cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of professional competence in line with principles of best practice and clinical governance.

  • Operate within the scope of Irish occupational therapy practice and in accordance with local guidelines.

Education and Training:

The Senior Occupational Therapist will:

  • Participate in mandatory training programmes.
  • Keep up to date with advances and developments in occupational therapy and participate in continuing professional development including reflective practice, in-service training, attending and presenting at courses/conferences relevant to practice, self – directed learning, contributing to research etc.
  • Contribute to in-service training within the occupational therapy department and within the wider organisation context.
  • Participate in research and clinical audit projects as required.
  • Network with other clinicians in the area of practice, education providers and professional body/advisory groups to exchange and enhance knowledge base and practice.
  • Engage in support/professional supervision with Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Engage in peer support with Senior Occupational Therapist colleagues.
  • Engage in personal development planning and performance review for self and others as required.
  • Provide support/professional supervision to occupational therapy staff in accordance with the occupational therapy departmental policy.
  • Participate and play a key role in the practice education of student occupational therapists and engage in the teaching/training/support of others as appropriate.
  • Ensure new staff have adequate induction and clinical supervision and assist Occupational Therapy Manager in implementing staff development and performance reviews.

Health and Safety:

The Senior Occupational Therapist will:

  • Be responsible for the day-to-day security of the Occupational Therapy department and other work areas to which assigned, with particular awareness of fire regulations and security arrangements.
  • Promote a safe working environment in accordance with Health and Safety legislation.
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to safety of self and others.
  • Be aware of and implement agreed policies, procedures, and safe professional practice by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Actively participate in risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action.
  • Document accurately and report any adverse incidents, near misses, hazards/accidents in accordance with organisational guidelines and bring them to the attention of the relevant person(s).
  • Be responsible for the safe and competent use of all equipment, aids and appliances both by service users and staff under supervision.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the role, for example, National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Hand Hygiene Standards


The Senior Occupational Therapist will:

  • Contribute to the planning and development of the occupational therapy service in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of service in the designated clinical area(s).
  • Review and allocate resources within the designated clinical area(s) in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Promote quality by reviewing and evaluating the Occupational Therapy service regularly, identifying changing needs and opportunities to improve services, in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Develop and implement service/business plans, quality initiatives, audits etc and report on outcomes in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Collect and evaluate data about the service user group and demonstrate the achievement of the objectives of the service.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of procedures, policies and guidelines while adhering to existing standards and procedures in conjunction with the Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Oversee the upkeep of accurate occupational therapy records in the designated clinical area(s) in line with best clinical governance, organisational requirements, the Freedom of Information Act and GDPR.
  • Keep up to date statistics and other administrative records as required.
  • Ensure that accurate statistics are maintained for the designated clinical area(s).
  • Represent the department/profession/team at meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Deputise for the Occupational Therapy Manager when required
  • Participate in the management of stock and equipment in conjunction with the Occupational Therapy Manager and designated others.
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service user and service administration.
  • Keep up to date with developments within the organisation and the Irish Health Service.
  • Perform other such duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the Occupational Therapy Manager.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

The above Job Specification 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.

Campaign Specific Selection Post:

A ranking and or short listing exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your CV. The criteria for ranking and or short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification. Therefore, it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements

Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process

Those successful at the ra
king stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an order of merit and will be called to interview depending on the service needs of the organisation.

Code of Practice:

Peamount will run this campaign in compliance with the Code of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA). The Code of Practice sets out how the core principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be applied on a principles basis. The Code also specifies the responsibilities placed on candidates, facilities for feedback to applicants on matters relating to their application when requested and outlines procedures in relation to requests for a review of the recruitment and selection process and review in relation to allegations of a breach of Code of Practice. 

Codes of practice are published by the CPSA and are available on

Annual registration:

The reform programme outlined for the Health Service may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.


The job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive or restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.

Terms & Conditions of Employment:


The current vacancy available is a Permanent post on a full-time basis.

The post is pensionable. A panel may be created from which permanent and specified purpose vacancies of full or part time duration may be filled. The tenure of these posts will be indicated at “expression of interest’ stage.

Appointment as an employee of Peamount Healthcare is governed by the Health Act 2004 and the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointment) Act 2004.


Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health: Senior Occupational Therapist

Current salary scale with effect from 1 October 2020: €54,136 (point 1) to € 63,742 (point 09th).

Working Week:

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with 7 hours as a standard working day. The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Department Head and in accordance with the needs of the service.


HSE Circular 003-2009 “Matching Working Patterns to Service Needs (Extended Working Day/Week Arrangements); Framework for Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016” applies. Under the terms of this circular, all new entrants and staff appointed to promotional posts from Dec 16th 2008 will be required to work agreed roster / on call arrangements as advised by their line manager. Contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8am-8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement (Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016

Annual Leave:

As per Health Service Executive (HSE)


All employees will be subject to a probationary period as per the probation policy. This policy applies to all employees irrespective of the type of contract under which they have been employed. A period of 12 months’ probation will be served:

•     On commencement of employment.

•     Fixed term to permanent contract.

•     Permanent employees commencing in promotional posts will also undertake a probationary period relating to their new post.


Employees of Peamount Healthcare are required to be members of the Hospitals Superannuation Scheme. Deductions at the appropriate rate will be made from your salary payment.

If you are being rehired after drawing down a public service pension your attention is drawn to Section 52 of the Public Services Pension (Single and Other Provisions) Act 2012. The 2012 Act extends the principle of abatement to retired public servants in receipt of a public service pension who secure another public service appointment in any public service body.


Maternity leave is granted in accordance with the terms of the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2001.

Sick Leave:

Peamount Healthcare operates a Sickness Absence Management policy in line with the new Public Service Sick Leave Scheme as introduced in 31st March 2014. An employee cannot avail of paid sick leave during their first 12 months of employment with the hospital.

Pre-Employment Health Assessment:

Prior to commencing in this role a person will be required to complete a form declaring their health status which is reviewed by the hospital’s Occupational Health Service and if required undergo a medical assessment with this department. Any person employed by Peamount Healthcare must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Validation of Qualifications & Experience :

Any credit given to a candidate at interview, in respect of claims to qualifications, training and experience is provisional and is subject to verification. The recommendation of the interview board is liable to revision if the claimed qualification, training or experience is not proven.


Peamount Healthcare will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisations with which the candidate has been associated. The hospital also reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.

Garda Vetting:

Peamount Healthcare will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the hospital until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the hospital is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to clients, service users and employees.


Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.

Health & Safety

These duties must be performed in accordance with the hospital health and safety policy. In carrying out these duties the employee must ensure that effective safety procedures are in place to comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act. Staff must carry out their duties in a safe and responsible manner in line with the Hospital Policy as set out in the appropriate department’s safety statement, which must be read and understood.

Quality, Risk & Safety Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all staff to:

·          Participate and cooperate with legislative and regulatory requirements with regard to Quality, Risk and Safety.

·          Participate and cooperate with external agencies on safety initiatives as required.

·          Participate and cooperate with internal and external evaluations of hospital structures, services and processes as required, including but not limited to:

  • National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.
  • National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections.
  • HSE Standards and Recommended Practices for Healthcare Records Management
  • Safety audits and other audits specified by the HSE or other regulatory authorities.
  • To initiate, support and implement quality improvement initiatives in their area which are in keeping with the hospitals continuous quality improvement programme.

It is the responsibility of all managers to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for Quality, Safety and Risk within their area/department

Specific Responsibility for Best Practice in Hygiene

Hygiene in healthcare is defined as “the practice that serves to keep people and the environment clean and prevent infection. It involves preserving one’s health, preventing the spread of disease and recognizing, evaluating and controlling health hazards.”

·        It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure compliance with hospital hygiene standards, guidelines and practices.

·        Department heads/ managers have overall responsibility for best practice in hygiene in their area.

·        It is mandatory to complete hand hygiene training every 2-years and sharps awareness workshops yearly.