Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Acute & Crisis Mental Health services at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to work with us to provide highly quality assessment and intervention to people with mental health diagnoses. The post holder will play a critical role in demonstrating the need for Speech and Language Therapy in mental health services and building associated business cases.

The post holder will be based with the Adult Learning Disability Service but in-reach to acute and crisis mental health services across the three London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

There are many benefits to working for Oxleas, including flexible and agile working options, support to maintain good working/life balances, and discounts and access to numerous services and resources within the local area.

All staff working at Oxleas will participate in regular supervision and appraisals with their line manager and have opportunity to identify and take part in Continuing Professional Development.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead, plan and develop the Acute and Crisis Mental Health Speech and Language Therapy Service in conjunction with the Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist;
  • To operate as a Clinical Lead within the Multi-Disciplinary Team;
  • To deliver high quality, Specialist Speech and Language Therapy assessment, diagnosis and intervention to people with mental health diagnoses and their carers;
  • To collate, analyse and interpret data to build the case for permanent Speech & Language Therapy provision.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Management and Leadership
  • To lead and monitor Mental Health Speech and Language Therapy Service delivery and development across the Acute and Crisis Mental Health directorate;
  • To produce Business Plans identifying and outlining Speech and Language Therapy Service development;
  • To contribute to the development, implementation and audit of Mental Health Service strategies, policies and standards;
  • To provide statistical data on Speech and Language Therapy Service provision in accordance with local requirements;
  • To promote the adherence to CQC requirements within the local Speech and Language therapy service;

  • To carry out and interpret specialist assessments of the communication skills and needs of people using acute mental health services, including the management of highly complex/challenging needs and their carers;
  • To diagnose the communication impairments of people with highly complex/challenging needs who are using acute mental health services;
  • To carry out and interpret specialist assessments of the eating and drinking (dysphagia) skills and needs of people with mental health diagnoses and highly complex/challenging needs;
  • To diagnose eating and drinking impairments of people with highly complex/challenging needs using acute mental health services.
  • To contribute to medical diagnoses including differential diagnosis;
  • To write highly specialist reports;
  • To plan, implement and monitor highly specialised packages of care including direct therapy, advice and training;
  • To demonstrate a high a high level of clinical effectiveness by use of evidence-based practice and clinical outcome measures;

  • To demonstrate highly developed specialist communication and presentation skills at all times;
  • To provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information where there may be significant barriers to understanding or acceptance possibly within highly emotive, distressing and/or antagonistic atmospheres;
  • To adapt spoken and written information to suit the communication needs of the listener/audience, including the clinical communication needs of people experiencing mental ill-health.
  • To demonstrate highly developed persuasion, motivation, negotiation, empathy and reassurance;
  • To liaise closely with other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Teams;
  • To promote family inclusive practice;
  • To develop and maintain liaison with Senior Speech and Language Therapists from other relevant services;
  • To develop and maintain links with relevant colleagues with the local health services (e.g. Dietetics, Gastroenterology, GPs etc)
  • To develop and deliver specialist presentations and training to a range of audiences including Service Users, carers, staff and Professional colleagues;
  • To adapt information to meet the specific communication needs of people using acute mental health services by identifying and producing accessible versions

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant qualification - degree in Speech & Language Therapy
  • HCPC registration
  • Other relevant post graduate experience
  • RCSLT registration
Experience Essential
  • Experience working in mental health
  • Experience supervising junior staff
  • Knowledge of relevant national policies and procedures
Skills Essential
  • Experience of providing a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Team working skills

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