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					                                    Metropolitan Domiciliary Care
                              POSITION INFORMATION DOCUMENT

STREAM:                                    Professional

CAREER GROUP:                              Professional

CLASSIFICATION:                            PSO-1

POSITION TITLE:                            Clinician – Podiatrist
                                           Specialist Allied Health - Clinical Services Unit

POSITION NUMBER:

LEVEL CHARACTERISTICS

The position is classified at the PSO-1 level by virtue of the requirement to:

     Investigate client and /or community issues as an individual
     Undertake projects and/or therapeutic interventions as an individual
     Provide written/oral advice on results of assessments and interventions
     Supervise operational and technical staff in tasks requiring limited expertise
      and/or for a function of limited complexity
     Accept professional responsibility for standards of the work undertaken
     Contribute to projects
     Contribute to the development of new technologies and methodology


POSITION SUMMARY

The Clinician (PSO1) is responsible to the Team Leader for the provision of high
quality clinical services to clients and carers of MDC. The incumbent is often required
to work across multiple sites and undertakes referrals working with limited direction.
The Clinician will undertake assessment, intervention and ongoing therapy for a
range of client situations. The incumbent will participate in project work as required
and contribute to the ongoing improvement of the agency’s services.

POSITION CHARACTERISTICS

Metropolitan Domiciliary Care provides home and community based health and
supportive care services to people who are aged, frail or with moderate to severe
disabilities and their carers. The aim is to enhance independence and maintain
optimal quality of life. Services can include therapy, counselling, rehabilitation,
health promotion, help with self-care and household tasks, provision of equipment,
support to carers and some home modifications.

The Clinician (PSO1) supports the Team Leader and contributes to the establishment
of quality practices and procedures to ensure that the team and organisational
goals are met. The Clinician will apply clinical skills to complex clinical situations
including assessment, intervention and ongoing therapy.




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ORGANISATION

Supervisor Reports to:                   Manager Clinical Services Unit (MPS-2)


Supervisor’s position:                   Team Leader Clinical Services Unit (MPS-1)


Subject Position:                        Clinician – Podiatrist (PSO-1)


Staff Supervised:                        Nil



Other Positions Reporting
to the Supervisor:        Clinicians (PSO-1)
                          Manual Handling Consultants (PSO-2)


STATISTICS RELEVANT TO THE POSITION


Staff Supervised:

          Directly:                Nil
          Indirectly:              Nil


Delegations:                       As per Delegations Manual




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Metropolitan Domiciliary Care
Position Information Document for Clinician Podiatrist – Specialist Allied Health, PSO-1


                                       Metropolitan Domiciliary Care
                                    JOB AND PERSON SPECIFICATION

TITLE OF POSITION                               :        Clinician – Podiatrist
                                                         Specialist Allied Health – Clinical Services Unit

ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT                             :        Metropolitan Domiciliary Care

CLASSIFICATION                                  :        PSO-1

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT                                                         Ongoing
                                                                            Temporary
                                                                            Contract      Term:
                                                                            Casual


                                       Job and Person Specification Approval



                .........................................................         .........................................
                              CEO or Delegate                                                     Date

                                                    JOB SPECIFICATION
1.        Summary of the broad purpose of the position in relation to the organisation’s
          goals (its expected outcome and how it is achieved.)

The Clinician (PSO1) is responsible to the Team Leader for the provision of high quality
clinical services to clients and carers of MDC and Therapy Solutions customers. The
incumbent is often required to work across multiple sites and undertakes referrals
working with limited direction. The Clinician will undertake assessment, intervention and
ongoing therapy for a range of client situations. The incumbent will participate in
project work as required and contribute to the ongoing improvement of the agency’s
services.

2.        Reporting/Working Relationships (To whom the person reports, staff for whom
          the person is responsible, and other significant connections and working
          relationships within the organisation.

The Clinician (PSO1):

       Is responsible to the Team leader Clinical Services Unit
       Works closely with Clinicians (PSO2) for support
       Provides consultation to other clinical staff
       Delegates work, monitors, instructs and assigns tasks to support staff such as
        Paramedical Aides and Care workers




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3.        Special Conditions (Such as non-metropolitan location, travel requirements,
          frequent overtime)

       Current driver’s licence essential and a willingness to drive
       Some out of hours work may be required
       Initially appointed to this position, but may be required to work within any area of
        the service.
       Will be required to participate in the performance management review process

4.        Statement of Key Outcomes and Associated Activities (Group into major areas
          of responsibility/activity and list in descending order of importance).

To provide efficient and effective clinical services to a Client Service Area team by:

      Responding to clinical referrals, and in conjunction with the client and referrer,
       provide clinical assessment and intervention planning, direct provision of
       therapy/professional services, and evaluation of client outcomes
      Utilising problem solving techniques and exploration of creative options to
       develop clients’ living skills and enhanced capacity for independence
      Performing timely, effective and efficient clinical services with minimal
       professional direction
      Recommending the most cost effective option for clinical intervention and
       therapy
      Linking clients and carers with external clinical services
      Utilising a thorough knowledge of the range of community and domiciliary
       resources available to clients
      Liaising with referrers and other staff and agencies as required
      Undertaking hazard assessments and ensuring appropriate documentation of
       service care plans to ensure staff safety in the provision of services
      Formulating, delegating, supervising and reviewing clinical activities performed
       by support staff, including Paramedical Aides, as part of the client’s therapeutic
       program
      Responding to, and ensuring coordination of crisis intervention when required
      Providing recommendations to Service Coordinators and Key Contacts relating to
       client and carer needs and service options
      Catering for cultural and language needs when communicating with, and
       delivering services to clients and carers
      Establishing and maintaining relevant networks within and outside the
       organisation
      Ensuring that clients and their carers are aware of their rights and responsibilities
       and respecting client confidentiality
      Representing clients by advocating for and on behalf of individuals and groups

Provide support in the area of Clinical Services by:

      Promoting and presenting a positive, professional and responsive image of the
       organisation to clients, carers, external staff and agencies
      Acting as a resource and consultant to other staff in area, in particular in regards
       to their discipline
      Assisting in the provision of orientation and training of staff in the Client Service
       area at the direction of the Team Leader
      Undertaking responsibility for delegated functions within the Client Service Area at
       the discretion of the Team Leader

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Contribute to effective teamwork and high quality service by:

      Being actively involved in formulating team aims and objectives and contributing
       towards their attainment.
      Representing the team on committees and working parties
      Working closely with other team members to ensure effective communication
       and to prevent conflict and bullying and harassment in the workplace
      Applying principles and methods of evidence-based practise
      Monitoring and evaluating intervention outcomes
      Adhering to, and participating in the development and review of policies and
       procedures
      Utilising effective prioritisation and workload management strategies to ensure
       responsive client service delivery practice
      Utilise available technology to maximise efficiency and effectiveness of practice
      Ensuring timely and accurate documentation and maintenance of client records
      Adhering to professional standards of practice and Codes of Ethics

Contribute to high quality service provision by participating in performance
management activities including:

       Development and maintenance of personal and professional skills
       Involvement in appropriate formal and informal supervision
       Identifying staff development needs and the development and evaluation of
        programs designed to meet those needs
       Actively participates in performance management activities,
       Initiating and participating in organisational improvement activities, including the
        identification of performance standards and increased efficiencies
       Maintains up to date comprehensive knowledge of MDC policies and services
        and adheres to these policies

Ensure that staff and other persons in the work area are safe from risks to health and
safety by:

      Reporting all accidents, incidents and near misses
      Complying with reasonable instructions or procedures aimed at protecting the
       health and safety of themselves and others
      Carrying out responsibilities as detailed in occupational health, safety and injury
       management policies and procedures

Contribute to the maintenance of a healthy, safe and equitable working environment
by maintaining knowledge of and adherence to the principles and standards of Equal
Employment Opportunity Legislation that ensures all employees in the workplace are
treated in a fair and equitable manner, free from discrimination, bullying and
harassment.

Facilitate the development and promotion of Metropolitan Domiciliary Care by:

       Complying with the principles of the Code of Fair Information Practice, adopted
        by the Department of Human Services, relating to the collection, use and
        disclosure, storage and transfer of all personal client information within the
        organisation and throughout its funded services


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       Assuming additional responsibilities that may include service representation and
        involvement in internal and external committees and working parties
       Collecting required data to evaluate service effectiveness
       Involvement in the training and education of students and trainees
       Contribution to effective service development and review by participating in
        policy, planning and Organisational Improvement activities
       Participation in activities promoting research and projects endorsed by the
        organisation that develop new responses to client and carer needs




      I agree to accept and undertake the responsibilities contained above:


      Occupant’s signature:                                            Date: …../…../…..




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                                            PERSON SPECIFICATION
                          PART A:       ESSENTIAL MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
                    (Those characteristics considered to be absolutely necessary)
Education

       An appropriate degree in podiatry or equivalent giving eligibility for registration
        with the Chiropody Board of South Australia

Personal Skills/Abilities

      Good communication skills, both verbal and written with staff, clients and carers
      Sound analytical and clinical problem solving skills
      Ability to act as consultant to other staff concerning professional clinical practice
      Ability to respond appropriately in a crisis situation
      Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively
      Well developed interpersonal skills including negotiation and conflict resolution
      Ability to work effectively in a multi disciplinary team
      Ability to understand the needs of and provide services to people from culturally
       and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including ATSI clients.
      Demonstrated computer literacy skills sufficient to undertake the requirements of
       the position.

Experience

      Experience relevant to providing clinical interventions in a community or health
       setting

Knowledge

       Knowledge of the community services sector and Metropolitan Domiciliary Care
        services
       Broad professional knowledge and skills
       An awareness and understanding of the principles and practices associated with
        relevant workplace legislation including the EEO Act, OHS&W Act and the Code
        of Fair Information Practice.




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                                     PART B:              DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS
Education

       Relevant post graduate qualifications

Personal Skills/Abilities

       Ability to identify gaps or areas for improvement and contribute to the
        development and evaluation of new methods of service provision an/or clinical
        techniques
       Understanding of adult learning principles
       Use of CME database
       Bilingual or multilingual

Experience

      Experience in health care related project work and agency development
      Participation in Performance Management activities

Knowledge

       Knowledge of community development and health promotion principles
       Knowledge of rehabilitation and geriatrics in a home based care setting




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                                         APPLYING FOR A POSITION
                                                  In the
                                            SA PUBLIC SERVICE

When you are applying for a position, the following information may be of assistance
to you when preparing your application.

Selection panels do not look at education alone when considering the ideal
candidate for a position, nor do they only consider employees with direct experience.
Selection panels assess and compare prospective employees core competencies
against the selection criteria (Person Specification) to ensure that they are in line with
the key responsibilities of a position in terms of abilities, experience, knowledge,
education, aptitude and potential.

Applicants need to have an understanding of the prospective organisation’s business
objectives and how they can add value to achieving those objectives. They need to
be able to address the key responsibilities of a position by relating their core
competencies (abilities, experience and knowledge) to the selection criteria (Person
Specification) in both their applications and interview.

Your application is your introduction to a selection panel. To maximise this opportunity
to show your knowledge, experience and abilities in relation to the position, relate your
application directly to each requirement listed in the person specification!

It is the responsibility of a selection panel to recommend the applicant who best meets
the requirements of the person specification in terms of the definition of MERIT.

From written applications the selection panel makes an initial assessment of all
applicants’ merit and potential in relation to the essential and desirable requirements
of the position, (as listed in the person specification). Depending on this initial
assessment, the panel will decide whether applicants warrant further consideration,
e.g. an interview.

Therefore, to maximise your chances of being considered further, you should
demonstrate in your application that:

    you meet all the essential requirements of the person specification.
    you are capable of carrying out the duties of the position concerned.
    you have the potential to meet the desirable requirements of the person
     specification.

The best way to achieve this is by using each point in the Person Specification as a
heading and providing a paragraph of information which outlines your abilities,
experience or knowledge in relation to that point.

Take note, if the Person Specification point asks for experience, then provide a
chronology and outline of your experience. If it asks for knowledge, then outline your
knowledge. If it asks for abilities, then provide proof or examples of your abilities.




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When writing your application don’t forget the transferability of skills, knowledge,
experience, and abilities e.g. fund raising for voluntary agencies may have
contributed to your development of improved negotiation or financial skills.

Your application should also include a Curriculum Vitae (cv) or Resume which outlines
the general information you need to give to the panel. A curriculum vitae should
include the following:

    name and address
    education details
    employment history (including your current position details)
    relevant experience/study
    referees (names, positions, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses).
     One referee should be your current or most recent manager.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The panel must not discriminate against an applicant on the basis of a characteristic
unless it is directly and justifiably related to the requirements necessary to perform the
position. The grounds for unlawful discrimination are defined in the Equal Opportunity
Act.

Reminders:

    REFEREES - give prospective referees a copy of the job and person specifications
     before forwarding your application and discuss with the referees their opinion of
     your merit in relation to the duties listed and the selection criteria.

    CHECKING DETAILS - once you have completed your application and CV, check
     that you have addressed all essential and desirable criteria listed in the person
     specification, and check you have demonstrated that you can carry out all the
     duties of the position.

If after analysing the job and person specification, you conclude that you do not
possess sufficient ability, skill, knowledge and/or experience to meet the essential
requirements of the person specification, but would like the opportunity to win a similar
position in the future, speak to your current Manager or Human Resource Consultant
regarding your development and training needs. You can then implement strategies
which will enable you to progress along your chosen career path.




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