Speech and Language Therapist

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Per Annum
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Speech and Language Therapist looking for an opportunity to widen your experience and develop a specialism working with adults who have Learning Disabilities?

We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapists to join our well-established Speech and Language Therapy team. We are a supportive, nurturing and innovative team who are excited to welcome new members to join us. We work as part of a Multidisciplinary Community Learning Disability Team consisting of Community Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians, Physiotherapists, Support Workers and Psychiatrists.

Main duties of the job

Following additional investment, The Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust Learning Disability Services are undergoing an exciting development opportunity for 2 further Speech and Language Therapy posts to join the well-established team. We would welcome applicants for a Band 5 and/or Band 6 position dependent on experience and subject to final confirmation of banding. Applicants will be versatile and innovative with experience or enthusiasm to work in speech and language therapy in a community learning disability setting.

The successful candidates will have excellent communication skills with an ability to form wide networks with both health and social care teams. You will be able to deliver compassionate, patient focused care with a strong reference to the clinical evidence base. The successful candidates will be eager to develop their knowledge in specific clinical areas to improve practice and to strengthen the team's response to need.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

It would be essential for a Band 6 applicant to have completed post graduate competencies in dysphagia. We would like them to have supervising and mentoring experience as the post may include providing support to band

5 Speech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy assistants within the team.

A band 5 applicant may be newly or recently qualified and looking for their first Speech and Language Therapy position or may be part way through their RCSLT NQP competencies, seeking further experience and may be new to working in an adult role. Post graduate dysphagia competencies would be desirable for the band 5 post although not essential as this training and support could be provided as part of the role.

Excellent professional links exist with Speech and Language Therapy colleagues within Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, and Leeds Community Healthcare which ensures a wealth of opportunities for clinical and professional development. Our work is diverse and varied. Patient Public Involvement has been an integral part of our service development and has helped to create a culture of continuous improvement.

Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust has a strong commitment in continuing professional development, structured through clinical supervision, appraisal, and personal development planning. There is also a robust preceptorship program for all new starters.

Our service offers assessment and intervention to adults with learning disabilities in Leeds who have a communication or swallowing difficulty whose needs cannot be met within a mainstream service. You will join a network of Speech and Language Therapists who will support you to develop your clinical skills in dysphagia, communication, service improvements and working in a person-centred way. They meet monthly for group clinical supervision, to share good practice and initiate service improvements.

There are also opportunities to develop your leadership skills and take an active role in service development including training, outcome measures and research. The Trust is actively exploring links with HEIs and supporting Allied Health Professionals to take on Advanced Clinical practitioner roles.

You will be a valued member of our highly supportive multi-disciplinary, community learning disability service and AHP community. You will manage an identified caseload of clients with a range of clinical needs.

You will be supported to develop your skills through, MDT meetings, the speech and language practice development meetings and the AHP forum.

If you are a Speech and Language Therapist who is interested in supporting people using a holistic care model and social model of care, in working closely within an MDT and liaising with multi agency services, in advocating for the physical health needs of this vulnerable client group, in being creative in developing bespoke programmes, in delivering informal and formal training to care providers this could be the post for you!

The service runs Monday to Friday 9 to 5. All team members have access to full remote technology (phones and laptops) to support smart ways of working which are paramount under the current Covid situation. LD services are adaptive in safely and effectively meeting the needs of our service users and their carers.

We will consider the possibility of job shares and flexible working.

You will carry out Speech and Language Therapy assessments and deliver communication and dysphagia interventions personalized to meet the needs of adults who are referred to the team along with the following;
  • To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT), offering a comprehensive service to service users who require specialist health interventions.
  • To participate in the ongoing development and maintenance of quality services, ensuring ongoing commitment to the care programme approach, managing complex care, and acting as a Care Co-ordinator where appropriate.
  • To support and guide junior staff members and participate in the education and supervision of a range of students.
  • To maintain clear links with your Speech and Language Therapy structures and your AHP lead within the Trust.
  • Support the Speech and Language Therapy development and modernisation and the adherence to your Speech and Language Therapy standards and codes of practice.

To utilise your core Speech and Language Therapy skills to provide high quality Speech and Language Therapy interventions to people with a learning disability.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy and HCPC registered.
Knowledge Essential
  • Post basic dysphagia competencies (essential band 6, desirable band 5)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities.
  • Experience of working with a multi-disciplinary team.

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