Speech and Language Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa annum incl. HCAS
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly specialist speech and language therapist (band 7) with an interest in working as with patients with autism and sensory issues.

The post holder would work alongside an Occupational Therapist who is SI trained and who is currently developing a service. The caseload would also be a small case load of patients with dysphagia and communication issues. There is the support of a Dietitian and the wider medical team supporting this work.

A developing specialist role (band 6) would also be considered if you are able to demonstrate sound/independent/dysphagia skills.

Inter Trust Secondment would also be considered for 18months would be considered.

Working on the hospital Bank is also an option.

Broadmoor high secure hospital, is one of only three hospitals for England and Wales that treats patients with mental disorder who require maximum security because they represent a significant risk to others or themselves. The hospital has 14 wards Broadmoor divided into Admissions, Intensive Care, Increased Support and Assertive Treatment (ISAT) and Assertive Rehabilitation (AR). The average length of stay is five and a half years.

Main duties of the job

Working alongside the clinical teams, the SLT input varies from assessing and managing a new or deteriorating dysphagia, assessing speech, language and communicating difficulties, working directly or indirectly to implement treatment plans and representing SLT in the Care Programme Approach throughout a patient's admission.

Previous experience working with people diagnosed with learning disability (LD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a mental health condition and/or challenging behaviours is desirable but not essential.

Clinicians with a proven competence working within physical health settings may well have the desirable transferable skills to fulfil this role.

A minimum of 2 years' dysphagia experience is essential (equal to Level C/D - RCSLT framework or Level 5/6 - EDSCF framework) as the post will require autonomous management of dysphagia caseload and training and education to other professionals is required.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

Post Title: Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Department: Allied Health Professionals and Rehabilitation Therapy Services

Accountable to: Head of Allied Health Professionals and Rehabilitation Therapy Services (RTS)

Key Relationships: Patients,

Members of ward multi-disciplinary clinical teams,

Members of the Allied Health Professionals

Physical health centre team.

Grade: Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist Band 7

1.0 WTE

A developing specialist role (band 6) would also be considered if you are able to demonstrate sound dysphagia skills

The post holder will provide a specialist speech and language therapy service in high secure hospital in-patient setting, presenting with a variety of Autism (ASD) and sensory intergradation, communication and dysphagia needs within the context of mental health and physical health conditions.

The post holder will be responsible for working with the SI therapist in developing and planning this service and delivering specialist speech and language therapy service as identified the clinical teams on the ward.

The post holder will provide supervision and support to speech and language assistant.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC and RCSLT
  • Post graduate training in clinical areas relevant to the post e.g. Makaton, Clinical Supervision, Talking Mats, Motivational Interviewing.
  • Post-graduate dysphagia training and competence to level 5 (RCSLT May 2020)
  • Membership of applicable CEN groups
  • Post graduate training to Master's level in applicable area
  • Dysphagia competence to level 6 (RCSLT May 2020)
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Experience of working with adults with complex needs i.e. Learning Disabilities, Mental Health
  • Dysphagia competency level 5/6 (RCSLT framework 2020)
  • Experience managing own caseload to include communication and dysphagia
  • Administration and analysis of formal and informal clinical assessments
  • Report writing, setting goals, care plan formulation
  • Experience supervising junior staff and students and giving clinical supervision
  • Experience with sensory integration approaches.
  • Experience of working with people with Mental Illness or personality disorder and/or challenging behaviour
  • Experience running groups
  • Experience implementing International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) into clinical areas
  • Experience implementing Accessible Information Standards (AIS) into clinical areas.
  • Experience managing specialist pathways within communication caseload such as fluency or voice
  • Experience training other members' of the MDT in areas related to SLT practice
  • Post qualification training in SI
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Ability to administer and interpret formal and informal assessments for people with dysphagia, speech, language social and cognitive communication difficulties
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant assessment tools and therapeutic interventions
  • Specialist knowledge of dealing with complex cases in terms of dual diagnosis, presentation and the effects of the environment
  • Specialist knowledge of issues regarding challenging behaviour
  • Knowledge of clinical evidence base and relevant literature
  • Knowledge of clinical governance, research and audit
  • Ability to communicate (verbally and written) effectively with other professionals and carers
  • Knowledge of adaptive and augmented communication aids and implementation of
  • Excellent IT and presentation skills
  • Ability to use a total communication approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good time management
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Awareness of dealing with complaints and negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • An awareness of relevant legislation e.g. Mental Health Act and Care Programme Approach (CPA)
  • Research and/or clinical audit skills
  • Skills in developing/delivering structured groups
  • Willingness and ability to develop a specialist area of expertise and clinical service

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