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Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Employer
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Location
Plymouth
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Profession
Mental health
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
We are delighted to be seeking an enthusiastic and demonstrably experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join our Specialist Voice team. Based at University Hospital Plymouth, you will work within our outpatient voice clinic, utilising both face-to-face and Telehealth services, honing your specialist skills with the supervision and guidance of our Clinical Lead SLT. You will also have access to Joint Voice Clinics with ENT.

You will provide specialist assessment, differential diagnosis and therapeutic intervention for people with voice disorders, and will have previous demonstrable experience of working with people with dysphonia and dysphagia. You will be supported by the Band 7 Voice Clinical Lead SLT and develop strong links with both the inpatient and head & neck SLT teams, as well as ENT.

This is a part-time permanent position. For more information please contact Denise Clifford, Lead Voice SLT, on 01752 432204 or email denise.clifford@nhs.net.

We are an innovative, experienced and supportive SLT service with excellent opportunities for professional and personal growth. The UHP SLT service spans stroke, acute, head & neck cancer and voice services, with access to MDT working, videofluoroscopy and FEES.

Our vision is to provide excellent care, with compassion, wrapped around people's individual needs. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values:

Put people first

Take ownership

Respect others

Be positive

Listen, learn, improve.

Main duties of the job

Key Dimensions:

To independently manage a personal caseload of service users with voice (dysphonia) and swallowing (dysphagia) disorders with reference to theory, published research and evidence-based practice.

To be responsible for training and advising patients, carers, professionals, and non-professionals in how to support speech, language, and communication difficulties in relation to caseload.

To support the Band 7 Highly Specialist Voice Lead SLT by contributing to the development of the Voice Service, including data collection, contribution to annual reports and attendance at local Voice Forums.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission.

We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder is responsible for providing specialist assessment, differential diagnosis and therapeutic intervention for people with voice disorders. This will require knowledge, skill and judgement across a broad range of voice disorders and pathologies including muscle tension dysphonia, structural abnormalities, laryngeal diseases, vocal fold palsies and psychogenic voice disorder. This will also require knowledge, skill and judgement in the management of dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) as well as other communication disorders in the context of a voice caseload.

The post-holder will report to the Clinical Lead for Voice and Fluoroswallow/Videofluoroscopy and will support and deputize in their absence. The post-holder is responsible for his/her own workload within the designated clinical area on a day-to-day basis. Caseloads will be flexible and at times of Trust critical incident may involve the provision of service to other areas of the Trust if caseload pressures demand.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • oRecognised RCSLT degree (or equivalent).
  • oHCPC licence to practice.
  • oCompetent at Specialist Dysphagia Practitioner level (Inter Professional Dysphagia Framework).


Desirable

  • oClinical supervisor training.


Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • oWork to the guidance and standards of the RCSLT.
  • oSpecialist, up-to-date proven knowledge, and skills across a broad range of assessment and treatment approaches for voice and swallowing disorders.
  • oDemonstrable experience of working with people with voice disorders.


Desirable

  • oCompletion of Estill Voice and/or Voice Craft training
  • oComprehensive proven understanding of the RCSLT policies/protocols on the use of nasendoscopy and video-laryngoscopy.
  • oSpecialist clinical/technical skills in undertaking and interpreting nasendoscopy investigations.


Aptitude and Abilities

Essential

  • oHighly developed auditory and perceptual skills
  • oExcellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary environment.


Desirable

  • oAble to provide clinical supervision for SLT students in training


Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Address

University Hospitals Plymouth

Derriford Road

Plymouth

PL6 8DH

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