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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Employer
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Barnsley,
Salary
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist to join the Barnsley community learning disability team. As the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist you will provide specialist speech and language therapy for service users with a learning disability who are in receipt of care from community services. You will be an integral member of our friendly and welcoming multi-disciplinary team.

You will have a person-centred, holistic approach to your practise and will be committed to providing high quality care for every patient.

You will be actively involved in the promotion of Speech and Language Therapy within the service area. The post holder will also contribute to the leadership and development of the Specialist Learning Disability Health Team in accordance with local and national guidance. As the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, you will contribute to staff training and the training of student Speech and Language Therapists.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

As the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, you will use your knowledge and work within national and local guidelines to provide assessment for the differential diagnosis of communication difficulties and dysphagia. You will undertake specific standardised and non-standardised assessments to formulate effective treatment plans in conjunction with the service user, family and carers.

You will interpret assessment results to plan and implement a speech and language therapy treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis to achieve therapeutic goals. Your individual treatment plans will follow evidence-based practice and will enable service users to engage in a range of community-based treatment activities.

You will act as the care programme co-ordinator as required.

You will evaluate the effectiveness of speech and language therapy interventions by undertaking audits and using outcome measures and service user satisfaction questionnaires.

You will deliver interventions where necessary to assist in transition from an inpatient to a community setting.

You will work within the multi-agency team, ensuring that both and verbal communication is clearly maintained.

You will arrange/attend clinical team meetings, referral meetings, case conferences, care programme approach meetings as required and as directed by the Lead AHP.

You will provide accurate and timely reports, statistical data through the electronic recording system, and other information as required.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be required to work as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing specialist speech and language therapy assessment and treatment for service users in receipt of care from community services. Enabling service users to engage in a range of individual and group community based treatment activities. You will be actively involved in the promotion of Salt and Language therapy within the service area. The post holder will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and the client group.

The post holder will contribute to the leadership and development of the Specialist Learning Disability Health Team in accordance within local and national guidance.

KEY RESULT AREAS:
  • To undertake specific standardised and non-standardised assessments to formulate effective treatment plans in conjunction with the service user, family and carer.
  • Formulate and deliver individual treatment programmes based on specialist knowledge for differential diagnosis for communication and dysphagia, (evidence based practise, national and local guidelines using profession specific clinical skills and techniques. (eg standardised assessments, AAC, group and individual work).
  • To interpret the assessment results in order to plan and implement a client centred speech and language therapy treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To ensure therapeutic interventions are of a high professional standard, informed by evidence based practice and involves the service user and carer in all aspects of the care programme.
  • To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the effect of disability providing training and advice on lifestyle changes/adaptations to the clients social and physical environments.

  • For full job description please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification

    Special Knowledge/Skills

    Essential

    • Specialist knowledge and application of Speech & Language Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to learning disability
    • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work
    • Understanding of and ability to use appropriate outcome measures
    • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
    • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
    • Supervisory/appraisal skills
    • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
    • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information
    • Computer literacy
    • Ability to build effective working relationships
    • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application


    Desirable

    • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues
    • An understanding of the specific contribution of Speech and Language Therapists in Learning Disability Services


    Physical Attributes

    Essential

    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post
    • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy)


    Qualifications

    Essential

    • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent
    • Registration with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    • RCSLT Registration


    Training

    Essential

    • Post graduate Dysphagia training
    • Evidence of ongoing training and relevant post graduate courses in communication and dysphagia


    Desirable

    • Post graduate training relevant to Learning Disability


    Experience

    Essential

    • Post registration experience including in learning disabilities
    • Documented evidence of continuing professional development
    • Supervision of staff and/or students


    Desirable

    • Leadership/first line management experience
    • Experience of a range of learning disability settings
    • Supervision of staff and/or students


    Personal Attributes

    Essential

    • Ability to implement all of the 6C values & behaviours expected of health care professionals
    • Values contribution of others
    • Ability to motivate self and others
    • Organisational skills
    • Effective communication skills, verbal and written
    • Willingness to work flexibly
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)


    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

    C9378-B1627

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