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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Employer
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Hyde
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Profession
Mental health
Grade
Band 6
Hours
Full Time
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Band 6 - 37.5 hours - Fixed Term 12 months Maternity Cover

There has never been a more exciting time to join the ISCAN (Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs) team specifically working within our Speech and Language Therapy team.

Join our well established and dynamic Speech and Language Therapy Team where you will work in our community clinics and local schools across Tameside and Glossop. Focusing on delivering, high quality care to children and their families with a range of Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

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Main duties of the job

The team are looking for a motivated Speech and language therapist who is experienced working with children who present with a range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). You will be working within our Mainstream clinics and schools team and have regular opportunities to work along side our complex, and social communication team.

As an Specialist SLT working within the team, you will opportunities to contribute to and help shape new pathways within the service to support a range of children with SLCN along with the developing more specific areas of clinical interest.

Main duties:
  • Working in family homes, community clinics and education settings, and taking full responsibility for a caseload of paediatric clients.
  • Providing excellent assessment and management support to children with a range of communication difficulties.
  • Taking the role of an specialist SLT within the Mainstream Clinics and Schools team - developing relevant pathways and packages of care, training the team , offering second opinions around a specific clinical interest
  • Providing leadership and supervision to other members of the team.
  • Developing the knowledge and skills of the wider workforce to improve outcomes for children.


About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:
  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ people & Disabled people.

Benefits include flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities
Communications
  • To work closely and often for extended periods with clients referred for SLT and with their families/carers these clients will have a range of complex difficulties of which communication will be a part. Some clients will have additional needs such as hearing impairment, learning difficulties, psychological or emotional difficulties. Clients may not have English as their first language and interpreter services will be required.
  • To communicate to clients and their families/carers information about highly complex communication difficulties, to ensure they understand and consent to assessment procedures and can participate fully in decision making regarding management. This may include giving unwelcome or difficult to accept information e.g. around the seriousness, implications or long-term nature of the difficulty.
  • To develop and use collaborative styles of working that emphasise interdisciplinary consultation and joint working, such as in educational context and with children with highly complex needs. To negotiate packages of therapy care with clients/carers who may initially be reluctant.
  • To provide written reports, presenting complex information in a clear and accessible way reports may be provided to carers, schools, GPs, medical consultants and other allied health professionals. Verbal feedback is also frequently given to other professional (e.g. Health Visitors, Educational Psychologists), and SLT colleagues
  • To build and maintain good working relationships and communication with a wide range of other professionals within Health, Education, Social Services and other sectors. This will include head teachers, class and specialist teachers, educational psychologists, medical consultants and social workers.

  • Responsibility for Patient Care
  • To autonomously manage a caseload of paediatric clients which will include children with complex and significant communication difficulties.
  • To independently identify assessment needs and carry out and interpret appropriate and detailed assessments of the speech, language and communication skills of clients and make differential diagnosis on the basis of complex evidence from assessment to assess the wider communication environment for clients e.g. school, home etc. The post holder will work in a range of settings, including clients homes, schools and clinics.
  • To identify and deliver specialist care plans for highly complex cases, seeking support as appropriate (e.g. from a highly specialist SLT or team leader), and to use discretion in generating and implementing appropriate strategies for caseload management. To evaluate the outcomes of SLT intervention, to review management and adapt care plans accordingly.
  • To demonstrate reflective practice, reflecting on practice both independently and with peers to demonstrate problem-solving skills in a peer-review/support context and identify own strengths and opportunities for development.
  • To provide specialist advice to clients, carers, school staff, Allied Health Professional (AHPs), medical staff and others regarding the management/treatment of patients with communication difficulties.
  • To direct clients/carers to appropriate voluntary agencies and external services for support and information, e.g. Portage Workers and charitable groups.
  • To assist patients/service users/carers/relatives during incidental contacts.
  • Planning and organising
  • To organise own workload effectively, prioritising tasks and planning ahead by setting both long- and short-term goals.
  • To work with Speech and Language Support Assistants, providing programmes of therapy to be used with individual clients and supervising their implementation.
  • To organise and plan own day to day workload or activities in order to meet the demands of the job role.
  • Responsibilities for Physical and / or Financial Resources
  • To monitor and maintain equipment and stock kept for own use this will include test materials and disposables (recording and analysis sheets), therapy materials, audio and video recording equipment.
  • To ensure any equipment or material that is loaned to clients or families is safe, well maintained and appropriately used.
  • To ensure safe and efficient use of equipment, resources and consumables at all times.
  • Responsibility for Policy and Service Development and Implementation
  • To be familiar with and adhere to Trust and departmental policies and procedures, including requirements for mandatory training.
  • To be familiar with and adhere to national and local clinical guidelines. To develop and implement policies and procedures in paediatric speech and language therapy.
  • To ensure attendance at all mandatory training and to attend regular staff meetings with at least 75% attendance.
  • To be aware of, comment on and/or actively participate in changes on policies, procedures or service developments.
  • To embrace and support line management and the department in making service improvements effective within the workplace.
  • Responsibilities for Human Resources and Leadership
  • To be aware of and observe all HR policies and know where to access these. To provide leadership, supervision and management to other members of the team undertaking additional training as appropriate e.g. carrying out PDRs, managing attendance.
  • To support new or less experienced work colleagues to adapt to the workplace.
  • Responsibilities for Teaching and Training
  • To act as clinical supervisor for SLT undergraduate students.
  • To participate in the training and induction of SLTs, assistants and volunteers.
  • To deliver and develop specialist training in many settings (including nurseries, schools, SLT department) to AHPs, carers, schools staff, childminders etc.
  • To act as operational lead for newly qualified staff and contribute to their RCSLT Competency Framework to provide advice and support to assistants and volunteers.


  • Person Specification

    Education & Qualifications

    Essential

    • Recognised SLT degree qualification or equivalent
    • Health and Care Professions Council Registration and full Registered Membership of RCSLT


    Desirable

    • Post-graduate training/courses relevant to this client group e.g. Hanen, PECS Elklan, DLS, Palin PCI, Narrative, Talkabout


    Knowledge

    Essential

    • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to the client group/s
    • Post-graduate professional development, evidenced by CPD portfolio


    Desirable

    • Knowledge of relevant national policies and papers especially relating to prevention of SLCN.


    Experience

    Essential

    • Substantial experience as a qualified SLT working in a range of settings and with different client groups
    • Experience of administration and organisation for caseload management
    • Experience training parents/carers and a range of professionals


    Desirable

    • Experience of coaching or line management of staff including basic HR tasks
    • Will have been involved with previous service improvements.


    Skills & Abilities

    Essential

    • Ability to carry out detailed assessments, differential diagnosis and development of care plans for children with complex and significant SLCN
    • Excellent organisational skills, including ability to prioritise
    • Evidence of well-developed analytical and reflection skills
    • Willingness to undertake further clinical and professional training
    • Excellent keyboard and IT skills
    • Excellent team working skills


    Employer details

    Employer name

    Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

    Address

    Rowan House

    Grange Road South

    Hyde

    SK14 5NU

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    245-AHP6CSALT-06-24

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