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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Employer
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
Depending on experience
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Profession
Mental health
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
Due to an internal promotion we are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and flexible Band 7 or experienced Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist with an interest in working in Neurology to join our Community Neuro-Rehabilitation team in the London borough of Greenwich.

This post will involve working across 3 caseloads:
  • Neuro Rehabilitation Team
  • Early supported discharge for Stroke
  • Community SLT (non-neuro)

We offer extensive support both from the SLT team and the wider multidisciplinary team. There is a well-developed supervision structure in place.Our service actively encourages ongoing professional development and you will be given the opportunity to attend a wide variety of internal and external training. You will have the opportunity to be involved in appraisal, development and supervision of junior staff and students.

You will have the opportunity to refer, attend and develop/maintain competency in videofluoroscopy and FEES and make use of innovative rehabilitation programmes including ICAP, EMST and sEMG. You will also have the opportunity to take the lead on relevant service development projects.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide a highly specialist speech and language therapy service to adults with communication and swallowing difficulties. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team which includes Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Neuropsychologists, Specialist Nursing and Rehabilitation Assistants to manage those with neurological and non-neurological conditions including Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Dementia and COPD.

The team provides a service to the person in the place most suited to their current need (their place of residence, day centre, place of work, clinic). We also offer groups which are held in a clinic setting.You will need to be able to travel around the Borough of Greenwich independently.

You will be required to offer formal and informal support/supervision to junior members of the team (both in SLT and the wider MDT), be actively involved in service development projects and in delivering training.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care


Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a highly specialist speech and language assessment and therapy service to adults with communication and swallowing difficulties due to acquired neurological and non-neurological disorders.
  • To work with the multi-disciplinary team and other health and social care practitioners to provide a safe and effective service.
  • To provide clinical leadership in partnership with the Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist in the day-to-day delivery of Speech & Language therapy as an autonomous practitioner, ensuring the highest possible standards of practice. This includes supervision and support of junior staff and students.
  • To support the Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist in establishing and monitoring a robust clinical governance framework for the service
  • To maintain competency and proficiency in the instrumental assessment of dysphagia (ie. video fluoroscopy and developments in the field)
  • To take an active role in developing in-service training programmes and the supervision and training of junior staff.
  • To be regularly responsible for the supervision and written assessment of speech and language therapy students on placement within the trust, Band 5/6 staff and rehabilitation assistants as required.
  • To attend statutory training annually or as per Trust policy.
  • To ensure outcome measures are in place and further develop these in partnership with others to ensure a high-quality service is delivered
  • To ensure that quality standards relating to speech and language therapy are continually monitored and improved.
  • To identify possible areas of development for the speech and language therapy service and work with the Principal SLT in developing the service.
  • To keep abreast of evidence based and best practice and ensure an environment where all staff are encouraged to do this.
  • To ensure good working knowledge of national and local standards and monitor quality through participating in clinical audit and evaluation work as required, and support others to do so.
  • To contribute to SLT and Neuro-rehabilitation team policies and procedures
  • To be able to travel around the Borough of Greenwich independently


Person Specification

Education/Qualifications

Essential

  • Professional Speech and Language Therapy Qualification
  • Member of RCSLT
  • HCPC Registered
  • Completion of specialist short courses relevant to the caseload


Desirable

  • Leadership Qualification
  • Qualification in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)
  • MSc qualification equivalent training


Experience

Essential

  • Sufficient experience relevant to meet role requirements as outlined in job description working with adults with complex acquired neuro/non-neuro communication and swallowing difficulties
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team


Desirable

  • Experience working in a community setting
  • Experience developing and delivering training packages


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Essential

  • Competent to work independently with complex dysphagia caseload
  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate assessment tools and therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group (communication and swallow)
  • Knowledge of evidence base for effective treatment for adults with communication and/or swallowing disorders
  • Knowledge of supported communication and AAC systems
  • Awareness of impact of communication/swallow impairments on service users/carers
  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills - clinical reasoning
  • Experience of developing and using relevant outcome measures
  • Excellent awareness of current research into relevant areas
  • Ability to provide clinical leadership to a team of therapists
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the specialist client group)
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application within therapy
  • Understanding of the roles of other professionals (relevant to the client group)
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good time management / prioritisation skills
  • Evidence of engagement in self-reflection and continuous personal development


Desirable

  • Experience leading clinical audits
  • Experience managing poor performance of others
  • Videofluoroscopy / FEES competency


Effort and Environment

Essential

  • Ability to work with service users with complex social, mental and physical health issues in a variety of community locations including service user's own homes
  • To be able to cope with potentially stressful, upsetting, or emotional situations in an empathetic manner
  • To convey unwelcome or unpleasant news to clients in an empathetic and sensitive manner
  • To work in an environment where the work patterns may be disrupted by frequent demands from patients, clinical staff, students, and administrative support staff
  • To work in an environment where the work patterns may be disrupted by frequent demands from patients, clinical staff, students, and administrative support staff
  • To work within infection control and health and safety guidelines


Desirable

  • Experience of lone working


Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Memorial Hospital

Shooters Hill

London

SE18 3RG

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