An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and committed Speech & Language Therapist to join our established specialist Learning Disability Services based in Gloucestershire. Person-centred coordinated care is a fundamental value throughout all services delivered by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and we are keen to find enthusiastic and motivated clinicians to help us continue to deliver this. We welcome applications from HCPC registered Speech & Language Therapists with a passion for supporting adults with learning disabilities. You will have exceptional professional interpersonal skills, enjoy working in a community environment and ideally have experience of working with people with a learning disability. Speech and Language Therapy enjoys a high profile within the Trust and currently there over 10.0 WTE posts across our services. We enjoy excellent working relationships with colleagues from other professions and close multi-disciplinary working is firmly embedded in our culture. The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.
Main duties of the job
- Provide speech & language therapy input to adults with learning disabilities referred to Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust Speech and Language Therapy Service
- To provide specialist communication assessment and interventions to individuals or groups of service users
- To provide eating and drinking assessments and interventions to individual service users
- To provide education, training, support and advice to colleagues and carers to enable them to provide the best possible care and quality of life for clients.
- To provide clinical supervision for less experienced Speech and Language Therapists and for Speech and Language Therapy Students
- To carry out delegated tasks in policy development
The successful applicant will be joining a dedicated, supportive and sociable team and will have the opportunity to work alongside other therapists and clinicians from across the multi-disciplinary team.
We are proactive in ongoing service development, we welcome feedback from all team members and are looking for someone who is creative and passionate about service improvement initiatives. We are well respected within the Trust and by members of the wider multi-disciplinary teams.
We have a strong ethos for continuing professional development and a range of both in-house and external training is available and career development is encouraged through your regular personal development reviews.
The service offers regular clinical, line management and peer supervision.
Job description Job responsibilities You will work alongside other dedicated colleagues from psychiatry, psychology, nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to share knowledge and skills. You will be expected to liaise and support service users, carers and professionals across services and agencies. We offer excellent line management, clinical support and supervision. Ongoing professional development CPD is actively encouraged and supported.
- To assess, develop and implement Specialist Speech and Language Therapy treatment and intervention; ensuring that service users are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible.
- To demonstrate a high level of clinical effectiveness, using evidence based practice, adapting practice to meet individual service users circumstances; including due regard for cultural and linguistic differences, and by evaluating outcomes
- To provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of service users/service users with communication and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties
- To plan and prioritise workload, exercising autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of service users with communication and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties
- To demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues and to negotiate with others regarding complex case management issues
The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trusts view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.
This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.
A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.
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At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
- Health and Care Professions Council - Licence to Practice
- Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapist
- RCSLT accredited training in dysphagia management
- Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses
- Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups
- Evidence of post-graduate training in learning disabilities / mental health needs
- Experience as a Speech and Language Therapist people with learning disabilities or transferable skills from other clinical populations
- Computer literate with specific experience of using IT System, the internet and e-mail
- Experience of using an intranet system
- Managing a learning disability caseload
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