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Senior Occupational Therapist -WECAN Program

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Basic Function

Independent practitioner who evaluation and treatment of patients with physical, cognitive or psychological limitations arising from diseases, injury or conditions occurring throughout the life span to help them achieve a fulfilled and satisfied state in life through the use of purposeful activity.

Interventions are designed to achieve functional outcomes which promote health, prevent injury or disability and which restore the highest possible level of independence.

Supervises, trains assesses less experienced therapists, assistants, interns and summer students working with post holder. May participate in research activities and manage a clinical team with guidance and support.

Practices within complex and increasingly unpredictable contexts.

 Influences: client on caseload, multidisciplinary team and support workers (delegation and supervision) and students.

 Responsible for own actions, practice according to professional codes JHAH, JCI policies and procedures


Practices within John Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Nursing & Clinical Services Department in Dhahran, Al Hasa, Udhailiyah, Ras Tanura and Abqaiq according to professional codes and defines organizational policies and procedures and advances work practices.

Following a referral from the physician/Surgeon/Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapist is responsible for providing occupational assessment, establishing functional goals, and planning intervention in collaboration with the patient and family to rehabilitate patients with various mental/physical conditions such as amputations, burns, musculoskeletal, or neurological problems. These interventions may include exercise prescription, assessment / fabrication and provision of splints, evaluation/measurement and ordering adaptive equipment

including but not limited to wheelchairs, seating, home adaptation and assisted technology, order special medical items, burns, vascular garments and mastectomy items as required for patients, using a variety of tools for mental or physical evaluation and rehabilitation according to the need of patients. Position reports to the Rehabilitation Services Unit Supervisor, and may receive work direction from the Occupational Therapist in-charge of the rehabilitation service area in which he/she works.

Incumbent is responsible for recording, and evaluating the patients’ responses and progress throughout therapy.

Position gives work direction to Physical/Occupational Therapy Assistant. Reports to and receives guidance from the Occupational Therapist Specialist, Occupational Therapy Advanced or Occupational Therapist Team Manager, RSU Supervisor. Work hours are assigned to meet operational needs. Hours may include on call and scheduled overtime.

Principal Contacts

INTERNAL: Daily with Occupational Therapy colleagues and junior staff to provide work direction, mentorship guidance and support as required. Daily with Physicians / Surgeons, nurses and other medical staff members to coordinate the occupational therapy and rehabilitation program. Daily with all levels of Company employees and their dependents as patients.

EXTERNAL: Occasionally with other company employees during outreach activities and hospital surveys or with outside medical professionals visiting JAHA.

Principal Duties

Performs all duties of the Associate Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapist and acts as resource for complex cases providing support and guidance as required



  • Acts as a resource to other staff members during the evaluation goal setting and monitoring of complex patient/family needs
  • Assists other staff members in improving their knowledge and skills, giving input when needs are identified
  • Assesses the need for suitable staff development program/s in assigned clinical area to ensure effective patient care



  • Serves as direct care clinical resource in developing, coordinating and reviewing the patient plan of care
  •  Providing clinical work direction for clinical team
  • Plans for discharge collaborating with inter/multidisciplinary care team 
  • Schedules mentorship time as required
  • Schedules assigned responsibilities i.e. competency checking, vacation planning etc



  • Provides total and direct Occupational therapy service to adult / pediatric patients requiring advanced, skilled and complex interventions with a variety of illnesses, impairments and disabilities.
  • Preforms therapy requiring advanced competency skills or training in the expanded therapy role
  • Performs complex patient assessment, establishes functional and measurable goals, and designs a treatment plan in collaboration with the patient and family. Acts as resource
  • Provides complex intervention in accordance with the established plan of care. Acts as resource
  • Assesses the effectiveness of treatment and modifies treatment to achieve goals. Acts as resource to other staff members with complex cases
  • Assesses educational needs of the patient, family, or caregiver and provides education and educational material to meet those needs, documenting intervention in the PTR
  • Plans for discharge collaborating with inter/multidisciplinary care team 
  • Facilitates communication with patient, family, caregivers, and members of the multidisciplinary team to promote maximum benefit from care and rehabilitation.
  • Provides ongoing assessment, modifies and implements specialist physiotherapy treatments and programs as required. Acts as resource
  • Assists clinicians with the more complex patient assessments, therapeutic interventions and care plans
  • Assessment/measurement and ordering of special benefit items, burn and vascular pressure garments as required for patients.
  • Assessment/fabrication and/or provision of splints.
  • Acts as resource when discussing complex cases and their progress with the therapy staff, Physician / Surgeon; recommends changes; advises when the patient is ready for discharge from the therapy program.
  • Demonstrates proper treatment procedures to therapy staff ward personnel; instructs patients and families in procedures to be continued at home.
Principal Duties (cont'd)


  • Acts as a resource to other staff members during the evaluation of complex patient care
  • Evaluates the progress of new hire, interns, and other identified staff and gives input to the Educational coordinator, their work director or supervisor


  • Performs other roles/responsibilities to support the overall effectiveness of the department. These duties may include but not limited to:
  • Presents a positive image of JHAH through professional appearance and behavior
  • Treats all customers with courtesy, respect and caring behaviors
  • Responds to customer concerns in a timely manner i.e. answer bells, assist patients who are lost in the hospital and respond to nurses phone calls
  • Maintains confidentiality by choosing the appropriate person, time and place for patient related discussions 
  • Assures patient comfort and dignity at all times
  • Supports unit culture of quality and safety through participation with clinical audits Peer review and supporting research and development activities, coordinating/participating in service/Hazmat/Safety activities. Personnel compliance with organizational safety requirements
  • Participates in planning and implementing outreach activities including health exhibitions, MDFD presentations, and lectures to other JHAH staff.
  • Represents RSU on committees, special interest groups and task forces as required
  • Evaluates patient care supplies/equipment and provides input to clinical leader/supervisor
  • Serves as direct clinical resource in the development, review, revision and implementation of policies, procedures, protocols and care standards patient instructions and educational handouts
  • Performs and encourages/mentors others to perform evidence based literature searches to answer clinical questions
  • Provides patient reports at the request of the Unit Supervisor.
  • Participates as needed with on-going training of JHAH and unit staff.
  • Undertakes the duties of senior staff as requested.
  • Supports unit through coordinating in-service / Hazmat/ Safety activities as indicated
  • Participates/conducts clinical audits and development activities
  • Keeps abreast of new techniques or equipment and recommends or implements them as applicable. 
  • Meets professional competency requires for assigned role while continuing to grow and develop professional through self-directed learning, and the job exposure and experience and through mentorship and courses 
  • Frequently checks for and reads all communication/minutes in a timely manner
  • Participates in lifelong learning in accordance with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution recognized by JHAH, plus the required clinical internship for professional registration.
  • Current license to practice in country of origin.
  • Professional/clinical knowledge acquired through initial degree supplemented by specialist training, experience in specialist field to postgraduate certificate level or equivalent.
  • Additional years’ experience can be considered in lieu of formal course
  • Five years minimum clinical Occupational Therapy experience following licensure/registration in the country of origin.
  • Proven professional/clinical experience in specialist field demonstrating the skills, knowledge and experience required to render appropriate services according to sound principles of practice.
  • Ability to train and competence check less experienced staff in routine tasks and specialty skills.
  • Experience in audits and research activities desired but not essential.
Certifications/Other requirements as applicable
  • Specialty training to post graduate certificate level or equivalent and experiences for service provision to in-patient and outpatient Occupational Therapy services.

  • In addition sufficient experience in an acute-care setting to function with multi-disciplinary teams and be competent in assessing and managing both adult and pediatric patients if needed.

  • Fluent spoken and written English. 

  • Spoken Arabic desirable.

  • Current BLS Certification.

  • Computer proficiency required, Microsoft office applications preferred