Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you looking for a part-time post as a Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist within a highly supportive team? Do you want to further develop your experience with a different care group or in a community context? Following internal flexible working arrangements we are looking for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join our team in Liverpool for 3 days per week.

Our team works with adults who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties related to a broad range of acquired and congenital long-term conditions. We deliver care close to home to ensure that we meet the holistic and specific needs of the person. We pride ourselves on the quality of care we deliver through patient-centred goal-setting and collaborative working within the MDT. We work closely with our Speech and Language Therapy colleagues in the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities teams and hold joint CPD and case discussion sessions for shared-learning. We have robust clinical supervision and line management processes to further encourage the development of colleagues' specialist skills and interests.

The service is managed by Speech and Language Therapy Clinical Managers / Expert Practitioners and Mersey Care has excellent AHP leadership.

Shortlisting is planned for 15th August 2022

Interviews are planned for 22nd August 2022

Main duties of the job

For full details of the duties and the detailed person specification, please refer to the documents attached to this advert.

The post-holder would be supporting people with swallowing and communication difficulties that can be complex to manage and thismay relate to social circumstances or vulnerabilities as well as physical presentation.

You would be providing clinical supervision and line management to junior colleagues within the team and would be supported by peers and your own line manager in this regard.

You would share the role of 'Duty Therapist' with your Band 7 colleagues offering clinical or operational support as required.

You would have the opportunity to deputise for the Clinical Manager as appropriate in meetings and in project work.

You would support junior therapists to develop their clinical skills, taking the lead in case discussions and in promoting the use of the latest evidence-based practice.

You may be involved in staff performance monitoring and may have difficult or sensitive conversations with those who use the service or with colleagues.

This is a varied and interesting role in which leadership skills, compassionate communication skills, clinical prioritisation and time management skills are essential.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental healthservices in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

For full details of the duties and the detailed person specification, please refer to the documents attached to this advert.

Job Purpose:
  • To manage and prioritise a caseload of people (aged 18+) with communication and/or swallowing difficulties as a result of congenital or acquired neurological disorders and long-term conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Parkinsons Disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and COPD.
  • To work with the client, their family and/or carers and other agencies in a range of settings including the clients own home, residential/nursing home, local health centre, or day centre.
  • To manage and prioritise complex and specialist caseload and workload independently and use specialist knowledge to inform sound clinical judgement/decision making.
  • To use highly specialist knowledge to develop protocols and care packages in areas of expertise.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to RCSLT professional guidelines, as well as national and local clinical guidelines.
  • To participate in the development of local/national clinical guidelines informed by evidence for clinical specialism.
  • Ensure the delivery of the quality strategy within the designated area incorporating establishment of systems and processes.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree or equivalent
  • Registration with Health Care Professionals Council
  • Post Graduate certificate in Dysphagia
  • Experience at Specialist Level of working with adults who have acquired long term neurological disorders
  • Multidisciplinary Team working
  • Independent working in dysphagia
  • Clinical practice in dysphagia/ communication disorders underpinned by current evidence
  • Well established knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to adults with acquired disorders
  • Understanding the roles of other professionals
  • Understanding current issues affecting the NHS
  • Values of; Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness, Enthusiasm, Support
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Manage a complex caseload independently
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including observation, listening and skills
  • Empathy
  • Well developed concentration skills
  • Prioritization skills especially of work load
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills
  • Demonstrates the ability to be a good team member
  • Basic IT skills
  • Demonstrates ability to assume leadership responsibilities
  • Evidence of attendance on external courses to develop knowledge and skills in specialist clinical areas
  • Must be able to transport self around the community-
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master's degree equivalent
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups
  • Membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Advanced Postgraduate Certificate in Dysphagia
  • Providing Clinical supervision to junior staff
  • Clinical interest and experience in Dementia
  • Clinical interest and experience in acquired degenerative conditions
  • Knowledge of Alternative and Augmentative systems of Communication
  • It skills to European Computer Driving Licence

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