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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Swansea Bay University Health Board
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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SBUHB is offering an exciting and rare opportunity for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join the Adult Learning Disability (ALD) service. You will be working with adults with learning disabilities who have a range of highly complex communication needs and/or eating, drinking or swallowing difficulties. Post basic dysphagia competencies are essential for this post.

Our ALD SLT service works in designated teams across three Health Boards; Swansea Bay, Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Cardiff and Vale. The post-holder will be part of a SLT team based in the Community Learning Disabilities Team (CLDT) in Neath, working alongside a full range of health professionals. There is a strong emphasis on person centred, multi-professional working to meet the needs of the client.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for coordinating the clinical SLT service across the Neath Port Talbot Learning Disability Team in conjunction with the Clinical Lead SLT for Swansea Bay ALD service. The Swansea and Neath LD SLTs work closely together and are currently undergoing an exciting period of change and modernisation. There is a strong emphasis on person centred, multi-professional working to meet the needs of the client.

You will be able to work in partnership with other organisations across Neath Port Talbot to deliver services. You will have regular opportunities to collaborate with other SLTs in the Swansea Community Learning Disability Health Team and wider Adult Learning Disabilities service. You will also be required to liaise with SLTs in community services and hospital settings within the Swansea Bay area where relevant. You will contribute to supervision of more junior SLTs and Communication Development Officers based in the Swansea and Neath CLDHTs. Also supporting clinical placements for SLT students.

A key focus will be the continuing development and maintenance of the Inclusive Communication Initiative for which the department has a comprehensive training package and meeting the needs of the new ALN bill. You will be required to work as part of the MDT within a Positive Behaviour Support model, and to provide expertise and leadership in a designated specialist area.

About us

We believe staff are our best asset and wewant you to be happy and confident about starting your career here in Swansea Bay University Health Board.

As one of the biggest healthcare groups in the UK we can offer a wealth of professional training and development opportunities in an innovative, forward-thinking organisation.

You might be a nurse ordoctor, maybe you specialise in a health science/therapy or can offer skills in one of our support services - wehave a job for you.

There are also apprenticeships, work placementsand volunteering roles available.

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from everyone whatever their sex; religion or belief; race; age; sexual orientation; gender identity or, whether they are pregnant or have recently been on maternity leave, married or are in a civil partnership; or, whether they are disabled.

Our values - Caring For Each Other, Working Together and Always Improving, show thatour commitment to equality is at the heart of everything we do.

If you want excellent career and training opportunities while living on the doorstep of some of Europe's most spectacular scenery,with all the benefits of a thriving and cosmopolitan city - look no further.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

We are a friendly, proactive and supportive team, offering opportunities to influence and develop new and innovative projects; enhancing the evidence base for Speech and Language Therapy. The development of evidence based practice/research is encouraged. We value the importance of employee wellbeing and work life balance whilst striving to improve the service for people who have learning disabilities, their families and carers.

An ability to travel between sites in a timely manner is essential as the Neath CTLD covers a large and varied geographical area with some sites being some way from public transport.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree or equivalent
  • Registered member of HCPC / RCSLT
  • Wide range of specialist post grad training and experience equivalent to Master's level
  • Student clinical/placement educator's course
  • Postgrad qualification in dysphagia
  • Member of relevant CEN
Experience Essential
  • Ability to manage, plan and prioritise highly specialist caseload without direct supervision
  • Use and interpretation of assessments for highly specialist caseload
  • Management/clinical supervision of less experienced SLTs and assistant staff
  • Clinical tutor/student mentorship/placement educator.
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge of a range of treatment options for individuals and groups
  • Experience and knowledge of AAC
  • Working within MDT
  • Planning and delivery of clinical audit
  • Evidence of planning, organising and delivering training to SLTs and wider MDT
  • Experience of writing reports for use in the Court of Protection
  • Experience of working within the MCA undertaking capacity and BI assessments
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Highly specialist knowledge underpinned by current evidence-based practice
  • Accurate administration and analysis of adult assessments leading to differential diagnosis
  • Excellent verbal and written skills to share complex and sensitive information
  • Able to work unsupervised and independently as an active member of MDT negotiating case management
  • Proposing and implementing local and national service policies and procedures
  • Ability to articulate the Speech and Language Therapy perspective with professional / medical colleagues
  • Experience of managing conflict and generating solutions
  • Implementation of clinical governance/audits/research within own specialism
  • Good analytical and reflection skills
  • Computer literate including good knowledge and use of PC software
  • Knowledge of research methodology.
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Demonstrates understanding of own scope of practice and person-centred care
  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner
  • Welsh speaker Ambassador for S< profession, department and HB

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