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Speech and Language Therapist (Adult SLT Team)

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year (pro rata if applicable)
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Be at the Heart of our Community!

We are seeking a full-time Band 5 Speech & Language Therapists to work in our acute stroke team within the Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service in East & North Hertfordshire. Part-time working and job sharing will be considered on application. This role offers excellent opportunities for newly qualified or experienced Band 5s to develop NQP competencies and dysphagia competencies to extend and enhance their clinical skills.

A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

Interview - 12th August

Main duties of the job

As part of our acute stroke team, the post-holder will be responsible for the assessment and management of adults with acquired communication, speech, language or eating and drinking disorders under the supervision of the senior Speech and Language Therapist.

The Speech and Language Therapy Service in East & North Hertfordshire is a fully integrated acute and community service covering community clinics, inpatient Neurological Rehabilitation and the Acute and Stroke teams based at the Lister Hospital. The size of the service offers frequent opportunities for gaining clinical skills in other areas and for career progression.

The post-holder will join a dedicated, supportive and friendly Speech and Language Therapy team where they can complete their newly qualified practitioner competencies and extend their knowledge in the field of acquired speech, language and swallowing disorders.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS TrustYou'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staffWe put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust visionWe welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply nowYou've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The SLT service offers the following:* Regular whole service and local team meetings* Structured in-service training and support for external courses* Multidisciplinary team working* Regular clinical supervision and annual appraisal* Access to clinical leads for advice/support ENT/Head and Neck Cancer, Fluency, Dysphagia, Progressive Neurological disorders, Stroke, Dementia.

We value our staff and see clinical supervision as a priority both through senior supervision and peer support models. Annual appraisal and personal objective setting is a Trust priority.

The post-holder will work closely with the Speech and Language Therapy team and the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team to provide assessment, diagnosis and management of adults following stroke or other medical presentation. This will include goal setting, therapeutic input, supporting volunteers and assistants and liaising with families. The post-holder will be responsible for prioritising their own time effectively in the management of the caseload and demonstrating effective clinical practice through continued learning, reflective practice and supervision.

Full details in the attached Job Description

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Education
  • An appropriate qualification to practise as a Speech and Language Therapist.
  • Health and Care Professions Council licence to practise.
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Knowledge & Experience
  • Undergraduate experience with an adult caseload relevant to the post.
  • Management of dysphagia within the undergraduate caseload.
  • Knowledge of assessment tools relevant to an adult client group including: dysphagia, Aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, Aphonia, dysfluency.
  • Knowledge of a range of relevant therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group
  • Knowledge of the management of people with progressive neurological conditions.
  • An understanding of the range and applications of communication aids.
  • Knowledge of professional standards including record keeping.
  • An understanding of the roles of other professionals in acute, rehabilitation and community settings.
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to adults.
  • Knowledge of research and audit systems.
  • An understanding of the principles of clinical governance.

  • A basic knowledge of the application and protocol for use of videofluoroscopy.

Skills & Abilities
  • Good presentation skills in both verbal and written form.
  • Good organisational skills including prioritisation.
  • Ability to analyse issues and problem solve
  • Ability to transcribe/analyse speech phonetically.
  • Ability to negotiate with and influence people.
  • Highly developed hearing, concentration and perceptual skills.

Personal Qualities
  • Demonstrates an ability to be an effective team member
  • High level of interpersonal communication skills including observation, listening, empathy and sensitivity.
  • Ability to manage the emotional consequences of working with patients with distressing conditions.
  • Ability to analyse, reflect on and develop own performance
  • Ability to seek support/advice as appropriate.
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work clinically, professionally and within the organisation.

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