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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Adult LD Mental Health (ATU)

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa, pro rata (salary agreed on experience)
Closing date
13 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a brand new service for West Yorkshire and Barnsley delivering inpatient services to people with a learning disability. Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have come together to provide specialist inpatient services. The post holder will be based within the Multi-disciplinary Team either at Fieldhead Hospital (Wakefield) or Lynfield Mount Hospital (Bradford). There is an expectation that therapists will contribute to service development, training and supervision on both sites.

Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust are also part of the governance and assurance group to ensure that the new arrangement works for people in Leeds, but the Trust is no longer a provider of inpatient services.

Our ambition is to create a West Yorkshire Centre of Excellence across these two units, providing great support for people through a truly collaborative partnership approach that benefits those in need of specialist inpatient care. We aspire to make this a great place to work and to do that, we need you!

Closing date - 12th August 2022

shortlist date - W/C 15th August 2022

Interview date - 23rd August 2022

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose:

To work effectively as part of a Multi Disciplinary Team to provide specialist assessment, therapy, advice and support to adults with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health conditions who have specific needs in relation to their communication and / or eating and drinking.

To work on the in-patient Assessment and Treatment Unit (including wards at Lynfield Mount Hospital, Bradford and Fieldhead, Wakefield) under the guidance and supervision of a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapist.

About us

We are a provider of award winning, high quality mental health, community and learning disability services that look after the 'whole person', caring for their physical and mental health needs. We work with individuals, their carers and our partners to ensure that people get the right care, in the right place with the right support.

Our health care services cover all ages, so if you live in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven.

We know that you want your care to be delivered in your own home, or as close to your home as possible and we are committed to providing high quality community care tailored to your needs.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: - We Care, We Listen, We Deliver

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description Job responsibilities

Main duties:

1. To assess, diagnose and manage the communication needs of people with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health difficulties. To hold a specialist caseload which will also include some highly specialist complex cases.

To develop skills in the assessment and management of eating and drinking difficulties of people with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health difficulties on completion of recognised Dysphagia training.

2. To have overall responsibility for the management of own caseload, which will include clients with both communication and dysphagia

3. To participate in specialist activities under the supervision of the Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.

4. To use appropriate multi-lingual assessments and therapeutic approaches. This would include the use of interpreters and culturally appropriate resources.

5. To develop skills to represent SLT in multi-professional clinics / meetings, taking on this role as and when required

6. To contribute to Health Promotion for who use the services of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

7. To contribute to the early identification of SLT disorders in the general population

8. To develop and produce appropriate materials in order to promote access to effective therapy e.g. leaflets/bilingual resources.

9. To ensure that full consent has been given to proceed with Speech and language therapy assessment, with particular regard to a communication impaired population.

10. To identify and collect relevant information through formal and informal assessments in order to make a clinical judgement/differential diagnosis.

11. To critically appraise and interpret the assessment information/diagnosis and produce appropriate evidence based therapy/management plans and predicted outcomes.

12. To ensure the nature of the communication / eating and drinking difficulty is communicated sensitively and effectively to all involved, both verbally and in writing. This includes detail of the differential diagnosis, the proposed management plans and the expected outcomes.

13. To provide details about the expected Speech and Language Therapy prognosis in a sensitive manner, especially in the case of limited potential to improve or in the case of deterioration and potential palliative care.

14. To work in partnership, to empower the most significant people involved to deliver intervention plans, negotiating and agreeing realistic goals and adapting plans to meet individual needs and preferences. This includes training and supporting others to deliver the intervention programme.

15. To evaluate the effectiveness of episodes of care and make clinical decisions to set further objectives for intervention.

16. To end the intervention in a timely manner, providing clear clinical reasoning behind this decision. This includes the provision of information as to how and when to re-access the service.

17. To know when and how to refer to other professions and agencies including the voluntary and charity sector.

18. To contribute to the planning, facilitation and evaluation of training packages / courses.

19. To support Clinical Support Workers in the delivery of SLT services, whilst maintaining overall responsibility for the caseload.

20. To contribute to the achievement of Key Performance Indicators / national SLT targets i.e. Referral to Treatment times.

21. To work in a variety of locations across the district, carrying out domiciliary visits as required.

22. To maintain accurate case records on relevant clinical systems.

23. To maintain statistical information according to requirements of the Trust.

24. To understand and actively apply all aspects of cultural and religious diversity whilst working within Bradford and adhere to Trust policies on equal opportunities.

25. To maintain strict confidentiality regarding both clients and staff.

26. To maintain the highest possible professional standards in line with departmental Service Standards and RCSLT code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, identifying improvements where appropriate.

27. To have knowledge of and implement national policies, guidelines and legislation relating to Speech and Language Therapy in general and your clinical specialism in particular

28. To use analysis and clinical judgements where there are complex issues to determine the appropriate cause of action.

29. To compile expert reports and give evidence for legal proceedings and court cases in close liaison with your line manager and Trust advisors as appropriate.

30. To take an active role in clinical governance issues, e.g. design audits, evaluate evidence.

31. To contribute to research projects developing knowledge and skills with the support of named SLT staff

32. To carry out other duties as required across the Trust and other Directorates.

33. These duties will be reviewed regularly with the post holder as part of the performance review system of the Trust.

2. Working as part of a Team

  • To contribute to the development of the team within your clinical area
  • Create and maintain effective working relationships within the SLT Service, the Multi-disciplinary Team, and with external agencie
  • To take an active part in identifying, planning and developing projects, as part of the team.

  • 4. To attend and actively participate in staff meetings and other meetings relevant to the Speech & Language Therapy Department.

    5. To work and network within the BDCFT area, and to develop and maintain external tertiary networks as appropriate.

    3. Managing Self
  • To take personal responsibility for reading and acting upon all communication including e-mail, eComms, SLT newslette
  • To ensure 100% compliance with all mandatory training as detailed on the compliance matrix
  • To deliver in-service training in your clinical specialism as requested
  • To engage in continuous professional development, including attendance at specialist training courses and Clinical Excellence Networks with managers approval
  • To engage in regular Clinical Supervision sessions in line with Trust polic
  • To seek advice and support as from Line Manager / Team Manager as require
  • To seek second opinions from senior colleagues and engage in clinical case discussions as needed
  • To take part in the People Performance Management process, including annual appraisals
  • To comply with all Trust policies, procedures and protocols
  • To ensure the safety and appropriate use of Trust equipment, including laptops and mobile phone
  • To carry out all duties with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity Policy
  • To take responsibility for own and others health and safety in the work environment and comply with all aspects of Health and Safety whilst in the employ of BDCFT.

  • Supervision and Support
  • To offer advice and support to Clinical Support Workers, new and junior Speech and Language Therapists on a day-to-day basis
  • To act as a Clinical Supervisor, offering supervision to individuals in line with the Trusts Clinical Supervision policy
  • To be involved in the training and supervision of Speech and Language Therapy students on completion of Clinical Educator training
  • To be involved in promoting the profession to those interested in SLT as a career.

  • Financial Responsibility

  • The post holder has no specific financial responsibilities.

    Person Specification Experience Essential
    • oExperience of working in a variety of health, social, educational and residential settings
    • oExperience supporting pre-grad SLT students, clinical support workers and junior colleagues
    • oEvidence of training others e.g. parents, support staff, professionals
    • oExperience of working with in and in-patient setting
    • oExperience of working in a Multi-disciplinary team
    • Experience working in the youth justice sector
    Qualifications Essential
    • oRegistered Speech and Language Therapist with Health Professionals Council
    • oRegistered with RCSLT
    • oSLT Degree/dip Qualification
    • oPost-basic dysphagia training
    Skills Essential
    • oAbility to mentor SLT New Graduate, SLT Generalist and Clinical Support Workers
    • oAble to plan and lead existing and new therapy groups
    • oAble to work independently for most general cases with support for complex clinical cases specialism
    • oAbility to contribute to Audits, Research and Development
    • oDeveloping skills in a specific clinical area.
    • oAbility to work effectively with Bilingual assistants and interpreters
    • oExcellent time management and prioritisation Skills
    • oI.T. Literate
    • oAbility to speak one or more locality languages
    Attitude and approach Essential
    • oCar Driver / Access to transport
    • oExcellent communicator
    • oAble to work in a variety of locations / situations
    • oFlexible Team Player

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