Speech and Language Therapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Registered Speech and Language Therapist or due to qualify this year?

Do you have experience ora keeninterest in working with adults with a learning disability?

This is an exciting opportunity for a Speech and Language Therapist to join our Learning Disability service within Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The post is 0.5 with the Community Learning Disability Team and 0.5 atGreenwaysAssessment and Treatment Unitwhich was rated as Outstanding by CQC.

This post is suitable foreither anewly qualified Speech and Language Therapist, or a Speech and Language Therapist with more experienceand thepost will be appointed at either a band 5 or band 6 depending on your prior experience. If appointed at band 5,dedicatedsupportwill be provided to enable you to progressthrough your newly qualified competencies and theninto the band 6 role.

Students qualifying in 2022 are welcome to applyas CWP are committed to career development and opportunity. A passion for working with people with a learning disability is essential.

For more information or an informal discussion please contactNatalie Hewitt Advanced Clinical Practitioner,Speech and Language Therapist by email onnatalie.hewitt@nhs.netor by phone on 01625 509013

Or Jessica Lovesey, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist jessica.lovesey@nhs.net

Main duties of the job

As a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, this role is to work with adults with a learning disability as part of an enthusiastic and committed multidisciplinary team, taking referrals from both the local area but also specialist referrals from across the North West as part of the inpatient offer. You will provide evidence based speech and language therapy assessment, treatment and intervention to service users who have learning disability and communication and/ or eating and drinking difficulties. Dysphagia training is available.

The post holder will apply their competence in core speech and language therapy skills to the learning disability field. The caseload will include supporting people with learning disabilities who experience a wide range of communication difficultiesas part of an offer to provide holistic care.

You will work alongside more experiencedSLTs to consolidate and develop your skills. If completing your Newly Qualified Competencies, there will be dedicated time for this.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree level qualification or equivalent in Speech & Language Therapy
  • HPC Registered
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Demonstrates commitment to ongoing training and personal development
  • Evidence of attendance at management / leadership short courses
  • Evidence of successful completion of post graduate courses / training in dysphagia
  • Autism diagnostic qualification, e.g. ADOS, DISCO, etc
  • Undertaken a range of short, relevant training courses
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of current evidence in the management of communication difficulties in adults with learning disabilities
  • Ability to ensure effective communication where there are barriers to understanding
  • Evidence of a developing ability to reflect on the complex aspects of a clients communication, including auditory, visual and non-verbal factors and to identify strategies to facilitate and enhance communication
  • Knowledge of alternative and augmentative means of communication
  • Awareness of Total Communication
  • Knowledge of relevant national policies and procedures
  • Interest in continuing professional development in the specified area of work
  • Ability to produce reports / guidelines using media software etc
  • Able to manage own time and workload with support from a senior therapist
  • Membership of an appropriate Specialist Interest Group / Regional Hub
  • Experience of work in a variety or settings
  • Evidence of post graduate study
  • Ability to use video / digital camera
  • Familiar with signing systems e.g. Makaton / signalong
Experience Essential
  • Relevant experience and undergraduate / post graduate level
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities in a paid or voluntary capacity or as a clinical placement
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Experience of delivering training to others
  • Experience of working within the CPA process
  • Experience of working independently
  • Experience of working collaboratively with other professionals

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