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Speech & Language Therapist

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist to work as part of the Learning Disability Services in Northamptonshire.

This role has been funded by NHS England, as part of a new initiative (alongside other linked roles) to implement the Transforming Care Agenda, with a particular focus on people with Learning Disabilities who present in crisis.

The goals of the new service are to:

. Support clients with a Learning Disability and/ or ASD to remain at home, with either their family/carers and/ or provider, to work through crisis and reduce termination of placements

. Provide an alternative to hospital admission if the client is unable to remain at home

. Work towards a long-term goal of hospital re-admission prevention

The therapist working within this setting will work alongside, and be supported by, their therapy colleagues in the Learning Disability Service.

Main duties of the job

. Observational assessment to inform intervention approaches

. Case history review, including previous recommendations and current therapy interventions

. Promoting a trans disciplinary approach to interventions, whereby all team members, family/carers and providers implement consistently the interventions prescribed

. Wraparound support for client, families and providers to facilitate hospital avoidance through a flexible approach to interventions during core therapy hours.

. Devising and producing bespoke visual aids to support interventions

. Devising and creating bespoke resources to promote meaningful occupation

. Competency based training for providers and carers

. Improved consistency of care through the development of supportive relationships with provider

. To work as part of the MDT team in the development of provider resilience and reduced carer strain or provider fatigue

. Responsive crisis provisions in the ability to provide therapy to clients, career/family and providers at an earlier point to prevent crisis escalation

. Working in collaboration with therapy colleagues in the LD service to ensure a smooth transition to community resources, once crisis period has resolved

. Hands-on low-level interventions - to be considered as a last resort in order to maintain the therapeutic relationship

About us

. To join and work in LD service at periods of reduced case numbers

. To provide therapeutic interventions that are transferable from bedded provision to home, are realistic and sustainable

. To promote a client's choice, engagement and independence and autonomy

To provide therapeutic support to the MDT team and its ability to provide out of home or provider respite and safer crisis management

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools. We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification Knowledge and Experience Essential
  • oRecognised Speech and Language Therapy qualification (degree or postgraduate diploma)
  • oCurrent Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registration
  • oCurrent membership with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • o3 years post graduate experience of working as a Speech and Language Therapist including at least 2 years within a learning disability and/or mental health / Autism setting
  • oExperience of engaging and communicating effectively with people at all levels
  • oExperience of working with service users in crisis
  • oSupervision of junior staff or students and the ability to lead training sessions to support others to follow your recommendations (i.e. communication training for carers)
  • oGood standard of IT and digital literacy
  • oPost graduate training / study relevant to learning disability, mental health, or autism
  • oCompletion of specialist short courses in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), challenging behaviour, positive behaviour support (PBS), Autism or mental health
  • oExperience of working in a community setting as part of a wider multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience of writing and reviewing policies and procedures
  • oKnowledge of current issues and best practice in Learning Disability with an awareness of national policies and drivers within the Learning Disability arena including Valuing People, Transforming Care, Mental Health legislation.
  • oRecognition of the role of other disciplines and professions within the multi-disciplinary team and ability to articulate the Speech and Language Therapy role
  • oUnderstanding of professional ethics and their application in practice.
  • oKnowledge of the principles of clinical governance.
  • oUnderstanding of appropriate professional conduct, including ability to maintain professional boundaries
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • oAdvanced understanding of complex needs/challenging behaviours in relation to patient care.
  • oIn depth knowledge and expertise of assessment, treatment interventions and complex procedures.
  • oHighest degree of management/negotiation/diplomacy/ assertion skills.
  • oExcellent self-presentation skills and excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
  • oExcellent problem solving and time management skills.
  • oAbility to manage change.
  • oAbility to work autonomously and make decisions to improve clinical practice.
  • oGood knowledge of audit and research.
  • oBasic IT skills
  • oCounselling skills.
  • oAbility to work under pressure and in challenging environments
  • oAbility to initiate and see projects through.
  • oTeaching skills using a range of methods.

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