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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist- Adult Autism

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity for an experienced Speech & Language Therapist to join our established specialist team at a time of significant expansion and development.

The post holder will join an experienced and dedicated team working with adults on the ASD assessment pathway across Cornwall.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to participate in the delivery of a speech and language therapy serviceproviding specialist assessments and advice for adults on the autism assessment pathway.o Participate in the provision of a high standard, specialist Speech and Language Therapy service,providing specialist assessments and advice to patients including those with highly complexpresentations, and contributing to diagnosis on the autism and Neurodevelopmentalassessment pathwayo To participate in clinical governance and service development within the adult autismassessment team in partnership with other professional specialists, and other clinical leads.o Participate in the planning and development of Speech and Language Therapy Services with thedesignated team

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy (or equivalent qualification).
  • Registration with Health Professions Council
  • Clinical experience of working with autism, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and with individuals with complex conditions and needs
Essential Essential
  • Evidence of own professional development and have additional specialist training and advanced professional qualifications in neurodevelopmental conditions.
  • Have knowledge of national and local clinical guidelines in specialty areas, and an ability to apply these to clinical practice and service policies
  • Highly developed skills of clinical assessment and evaluation using SLT assessments of speech language and social communication
  • Experience of working with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams, with an understanding of team roles and professional roles.
  • As an autonomous practitioner to be able to deal with complex clinical issues
  • Excellent written, verbal, computer and interpersonal communication skills. Have excellent informal and formal presentation skills. Dexterity, coordination, and keyboard skills
  • Have a high level of clinical diagnostic and sensory perceptual skills, in order to carry out core clinical work, such as structured and detailed observation of verbal and non-verbal communication behaviors.
  • Be skilled at integrating psychosocial, physical, emotional and environmental factors within a holistic patient centered approach during the assessment process Have high levels of insight, skill and experience to work in partnership with the patient.
  • Highly skilled in the selection and use of psychometric assessments and some instrumentation and able to analyse and interpret results in relation to theoretical and clinical knowledge of complex and unusual presentations.Highly skilled in the selection and use of psychometric assessments and some instrumentation and able to analyse and interpret results in relation to theoretical and clinical knowledge of complex and unusual presentations.
  • Skilled in time management and organisational skills, working flexibly either autonomously or as part of a team with the ability to engage and network professionally
  • Have knowledge of the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism, and features of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and social communication difficulties.
  • Have knowledge of differential diagnosis and comorbidities associated with neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g. ASD, ADHD, Tic disorders, DCD, Learning disabilities etc.)
  • To have an understanding of the use of visual support strategies, and symbol systems
  • Knowledge of national agendas influencing clinical practice eg NICE
  • Ability to work in partnership with families, education and other health and social care providers where appropriate
  • Be able to cope with and appropriately manage the emotional consequences of working with patients with distressing conditions, or in challenging situations, at times.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with ability to listen well and have empathy, without prejudice. Be able to demonstrate empathy, support and reassurance to individuals who are undergoing assessment
Desirable Essential
  • Membership of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Trained to use the ADOS
  • Experience of evaluating service delivery and monitoring effectiveness and outcomes of intervention, and of undertaking clinical audit Experience of participation in audit and research projects
  • Ability to concentrate for extended lengths of time during clinical activities and diagnostic meetings

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