RQ837 Basic Grade Occupational Therapist (Rotational)

Job Title & Grade: Basic Grade Occupational Therapist (Rotational)
Campaign Reference: RQ837
Closing Date : 4pm Wednesday 10/01/24
Proposed Interview Date: Week beginning 22/01/24
Taking Up Appointment : Immediate
Informal enquires: Clare Conlon, Occupational Therapy Manager cconlon@peamount.ie Ph: 01 6515921
Location of Post: Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin

Tenure and Renumeration :

This post is permanent whole time, 35 hours per week. 

This post is pensionable. 

Occupational Therapist Scale 03rd October 2023 – €41,075 – €59,360

Details of Service:

Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a range of high-quality health and social care services. These services include older person rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, rheumatology rehabilitation respiratory rehabilitation along with residential care for older persons, persons with intellectual disability and those with complex neuro disability. 

Peamount Healthcare is committed to the following values:

  • Person centred – seeing each person as unique, giving them a voice and focusing on ability.
  • Respect – creating a supportive environment where everyone is given courteous and respectful care and support.
  • Excellence – enabling interdisciplinary teams to deliver high quality integrated care, meaningful outcomes with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Team working – fostering an inclusive, healthy working environment where people are valued and recognised for their individual and shared achievements.
  • Quality improvement – supporting teams to embed continuous improvement methodology as part of everything we do.

Education & Research – partnering with academia to support education, learning, research and evidence-based care.

Reporting Relationship
Occupational Therapy Manager
Purpose of Post
The Occupational Therapist will be responsible for the provision of a high quality person-centred Occupational Therapy service to a designated clinical area(s) and will carry out clinical, educational and administrative duties as assigned by the Senior Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy Manager.
Eligibility Criteria Qualifications & Experience

Candidates for appointment must:

  1. Be registered, or be eligible for registration, on the Occupational Therapists’ Register maintained by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU


  1. Provide proof of Statutory Registration on the Occupational Therapists Register maintained by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU before a contract of employment can be issued.


  1. Have the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


  1. Have occupational therapy student placements and /or postgraduate occupational therapist experience in one or more of the following specialities: Older Person rehabilitation, Neuro/stroke rehabilitation, Respiratory rehabilitation.
  2. Demonstrate excellent communication and teamwork skills.



  • Recent CPD/training relevant to the post.
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 sufficient clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.
  • Demonstrate evidence of having applied/used appropriate assessment tools and treatment interventions and a knowledge of relevant outcome measures.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of understanding/knowledge of the Occupational Therapy process within a rehabilitation setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and experience in therapeutic group interventions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and service in an effective and resourceful manner and the ability to organise self in a busy working environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to organise time and workload effectively.
  • Demonstrate ability to take initiative and to be appropriately self-directed.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the delivery of a high-quality, person-centred service.
  • Demonstrate effective team, communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate and work in partnership with colleagues, service users, families, carers etc.
  • Demonstrate competence in goal setting, treatment planning, report writing and documentation in partnership with service users.
  • Demonstrate the ability to empathise with and treat service users, relatives and colleagues with dignity and respect.
  • Demonstrate evidence and commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Professional/Clinical Responsibilities:

The Occupational Therapist will:

  • Implement the Occupational Therapy service in the designated clinical area(s) to which assigned. This may rotate as and when it is deemed appropriate.
  • Manage own caseload in accordance with prioritisation guidelines and the needs of the service.
  • Be responsible for assessment, planning, implementation and review of treatment/intervention programmes for service users in accordance with Occupational Therapy standards.
  • Collaborate with service users, multidisciplinary team members, family, carers and outside agencies, as required, ensuring co-ordinated intervention.
  • Be responsible for goal setting in partnership with service users, multidisciplinary team members, family, and carers as required.
  • Plan discharge or transition of the service user between services as appropriate.
  • Document all assessments, treatment 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 and relevant others as appropriate.
  • Participate in teams as appropriate, communicating and working in co-operation with other team members.
  • Foster and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues.
  • Attend ward rounds, multidisciplinary team meetings and care planning meetings as designated by Senior Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapist Manager.
  • Arrange and carry out duties in a timely manner within settings appropriate to service users needs.
  • Maintain quality standards of practice and participate in quality assurance and clinical audit as appropriate.
  • Maintain professional standards in relation to documentation, consent, confidentiality, ethics and legislation.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality in all matters of information obtained during the course of employment.
  • Seek advice and assistance from his/her Senior/manager with any assigned cases or issues that prove to be beyond the scope of his/her professional competence in line with the 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 Occupational Therapist will:

Participate in mandatory training programmes.

  • Keep up to date with advances and developments in Occupational Therapy and demonstrate a commitment to professional development.
  • Participate in continuing professional development including, reflective practice, journal clubs, in-service training, attending and presenting at conferences/courses relevant to practice, promoting and contributing to research etc as agreed with the Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Contribute to in-service training within the Occupational Therapy department and within the organisation as required.
  • Participate in support/professional supervision with Senior Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Engage in personal development planning and performance review with Occupational Therapy Manager/delegate.
  • Participate in the practice education of student occupational therapists and attend practice educator courses as appropriate.
  • Participate in the supervision and training of Occupational Therapy support staff.
Health and Safety:

The 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.
  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others.
  • Implement agreed policies, procedures, and safe professional practice by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Be aware of risk management issues, identifying risks and take appropriate action.
  • Document accurately and report any adverse incidents, near misses, hazards and accidents in accordance with organisational guidelines and bring them to the attention of the relevant person(s).
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) standards as they apply to the role, for example, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections.

The Occupational Therapist will:

  • Keep up to date and maintain accurate statistics and other administrative records as required within the Occupational Therapy department.
  • Comply with department procedures with regard to assessment, recommendation and provision of all assistive equipment/custom made devices.
  • Participate in the establishment and maintenance of standards for quality improvement and adhere to existing standards and policies.
  • Assist in the organisation, maintenance and/or ordering of equipment and materials used in assessment and treatment ensuring an efficient system of stock control.
  • Contribute to the planning and development of the Occupational Therapy service and participate in service improvements.
  • Participate in quality initiatives, audits and outcome measurement of intervention as directed by the Senior Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy Manager.
  • Attend, participate or represent the OT department at meetings and events as may be required from time to time.
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service user and service administration.
  • Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as assigned by the Senior Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy Manager.

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 ranking 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 principle’s 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 www.hse/ie/eng/staff/jobs

Annual registration :
On appointment practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Occupational Therapists Register maintained by the Occupational Therapists Registration Board at CORU. AND Practitioners must confirm annual registration with CORU to the HSE by way of the annual Patient Safety Assurance Certificate (PSAC)

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.

Tenure :

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 or 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 :
Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health: Occupational Therapist Current salary scale with effect from 1st March 2023: €41,075 (point 1) to €59,360 (point 14 ).
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)
Probation   :

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 6 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.
Pension   :

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   :
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.
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.
References :
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.
Character :
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.