The Community Learning Disability Service (CLDS) is organised into three multi-disciplinary integrated teams (Transition, Mental Health and Behavioural Support, and Community Health and Wellbeing), focussing on short, intensive assessment and advice interventions, consultation and training. The Band 6 post works across all teams with opportunities to complete eligibility assessments, Speech and Language Therapy assessments, short-term therapy interventions in both communication and eating and drinking skills. Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team and working adults and/ or children and young people with learning disabilities, including associated physical disabilities, sensory disabilities and/or mental health problems is essential.
The post holder will have opportunities to network with speech and language therapists across ELFT as well as work closely with other disciplines within CLDS. The post holder will be expected to participate in innovative service quality improvement projects and work alongside social workers in providing telephone advice on Duty. The service is committed to continuous professional development with access to internal and external training opportunities.
The post holder will be line managed within one of the three teams within CLDS but will work across teams as required. The post holder will receive monthly management and clinical supervision
Main duties of the job
This band 6 Speech and Language Therapy 6 month fixed-term post is within the Community Learning Disability Service (CLDS) and the post holder will be actively involved in the wider Speech and Language Therapy network across learning disability services in ELFT. We would also consider a less experienced SALTs/newly qualified in a B5 role.
CLDS is an integrated multidisciplinary health and social care service comprised of three teams focused upon the primary needs of the service users - Transition, Community Health and Well-being, Mental Health and Behavioural Support.
The post holder will be expected to carry a caseload, independently completing assessments and interventions, including assessment and management of communication needs, dysphagia/eating and drinking difficulties and advising on inclusive communication strategies for people with learning disabilities within Tower Hamlets.
The post holder will be expected to assess eligibility of referrals made to CLDS.
The post holder will be actively involved in service development projects and will be expected to keep up to date with developments in the learning disability field, contributing to audit and research as appropriate.
The post holder will be line managed within one of the three teams within CLDS but will work across teams as required. The post holder will receive monthly management and clinical supervision.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.
Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
- oDegree or PG Diploma in Clinical Communication Studies from RCSLT approved training establishment
- oCurrent HCPC Registration and licence to practice
- oMembership of RCSLT
- oPost-basic qualification in dysphagia
- oTraining in student supervision
- oSpecialist knowledge acquired through degree, experience of working with communication impairment and specialist post graduate training.
- oMinimum of 18 months' post registration clinical experience working with adults/children with learning disabilities
- oEvidence of experience of assessment and intervention with adults or children and young people with learning disabilities, including associated physical disabilities, sensory disabilities and/or mental health problems
- oExperience of using electronic recording systems and workflows to document interventions and extract data
- oExperience of working within a multidisciplinary community-based service
- oExperience of research and audit
- oSkills in clinical supervision of junior SLT's and students.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- oGood clinical skills/knowledge across a wide range of dysphagia and communication difficulties
- oDemonstrate excellent communication and interactive skills with clients/carers, colleagues, management, staff in other organisations and able to communicate in emotive atmosphere using a high degree of tact and empathy.
- oAbility to adapt communication to the communication needs of others including according to cognitive ability, language and culture.
- oTo have highly developed communication skills including knowledge of augmentative communication systems (signing and symbol use)
- oEvidence of clinical knowledge, application and analysis of standardised and non-standardised assessment tools and approaches to assessment appropriate for use with adults with learning disabilities, including associated physical disabilities, sensory disabilities and/or mental health problems
- oEvidence of knowledge of current legislation and government policy and how it affects the provision of services to adults with learning disabilities
- oEvidence of knowledge of current models of treatment, care and approaches appropriate for working with adults with learning disabilities, including associated physical disabilities, sensory disabilities and/or mental health problems
- oUnderstanding of Equal Opportunities and how this affects staff and service users
- oSpecialist knowledge, understanding and application of Speech and Language Therapy process relating to client centred practice
- oAbility to set own priorities, working to deadlines and under pressure
- oAbility to identify and assess risks to clients and others and to act appropriately and quickly
- oAbility to apply Clinical Governance principles to practice
- oAbility to use/learn to use a range of computer software to prepare reports and for correspondence eg. Word, Excel, Visio
- oAbility to document information clearly and concisely
- oAbility to adapt communication style in order to establish a client's ability to give consent & to implement effective interventions
- oAbility to deliver complex and sensitive information to a vulnerable client group
- oSkills in delivering presentations and training including basic adaptations to presentation/training style for a range of audiences.
- oDemonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning
- oEvidence of continuing professional development, post registration education and training (CPD portfolio)
Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.