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Speech & Language Therapist (Development B5-B6) Specialist Autism Team

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Derby/ Chesterfield
£25,655 to £39,027 a year pa, pro-rata (depending on experience)
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for two passionate Speech and Language Therapists, with a keen interest Autism to join our innovative SAT (Specialist Autism Teams) within Derby and Derbyshire.

This is a newly commissioned and expanding service to support Autistic adults for whom life is becoming challenging; with an emphasis on making 'real life changes' and preventing hospital admissions.

We are proud of our MDT and values led approach to healthcare and the emphasis we place on each staff member's unique knowledge and skills.

The post offers an opportunity for you to develop into the clinician you aspire to be; with training, supervision, and an ethos promoting innovative practice.

As a developing B5-6 we will work with you to gain the knowledge and skills required of a B6 post.

We also encourage applications from therapists ready for a B6 position.

Main duties of the job

You will work intensely with Autistic people (without a Learning Disability) to support them at times of crisis and prevent placement breakdown or hospital admission.

You will promote person-centred practice and work creatively to improve people's quality of life.

The work is mainly community-based, with some in-reach work into hospitals when required.

You will be responsible for assessing and supporting the communication, social and relationship needs of the people receiving our services.

As you transition into the B6 post your leadership responsibilities will increase.

You will lead and develop the team by sharing your specialist Autism knowledge and skills to create a truly integrated approach to care.

As a B6 you will also be responsible for and be supported by a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant.

The Trust is working closely together and in collaboration with the wider Joined Up Care Derbyshire organisations.

You will work closely with families, carers, partner agencies, the voluntary sector and other autism and mental health teams to ensure a holistic approach to service user care and positive outcomes across all areas of individuals' lives.

You will receive clinical support from both Speech and Language Therapy within the SAT Teams and wider Adult Neurodevelopmental Service as well as general developmental support from the SAT MDT leadership structure.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training Generous
  • NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits Health service discounts and online benefits Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Band 5 and Band 6 Job Descriptions and Person Specifications. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

In order to move from the B5 to the B6 post we will support you to complete a competency framework.

If you are already an established clinician ready to undertake the post at B6 straight away please indicate this to us and this can be assessed at interview.

We are advertising for 2 posts. One based in the team in Derby and the other in Chesterfield.

If you have a preference of team please do let us know at application or, if successful at interview.

The teams working hours are yet to be confirmed, however, you will work flexibly to meet the individual needs of service users and, once the team is established, contribute to the 24 hour Neurodevelopmental Crisis On Call Support.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification
  • Health Professions Council Registration
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Networks
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses
Knowledge Essential
  • Experience/knowledge (as a student or registered Speech and Language Therapist) within an LD or Autism community team and/ or Intensive Support Team/ Specialist Autism Team.
  • Knowledge of both the holistic and communication specific needs of people with Autism.
  • Knowledge of transforming care and how this applies to community settings
  • Knowledge of positive behaviour support
  • Basic knowledge and application of Speech and Language Therapy assessments and interventions and outcome measures, relevant to client group
  • Experience of working in a registered SLT post with people with learning disabilities and/or Autism
  • Basic level of understanding of Mental Health disorders and treatment models
  • Experience of supervising assistants.
Skills Essential
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to adapt communication style to meet the needs of the service users, members of the MDT and other key stakeholders.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships internally and externally to the organisation.
  • Abilities to work autonomously and set own priorities under supervision of a band 7 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
  • Ability to write care plans, risk assessments and reports.
  • Understanding of the principles of clinical governance/audit

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