We are seeking a highly motivated, and experienced Band 7 Speech & Language Therapist to provide communication and dysphagia assessment and intervention for service users within Herts Secure Learning Disability and Mental Health Units. The two secure and one medium secure units provide high levels of assessment and intervention to service users with mental health, intellectual and other developmental disabilities detained under the Mental Health Act.
This post offers the exciting opportunity to work within a developing area of Speech and Language Therapy, offering services to people with complex and enduring problems, including criminal offending. The person successful in their application will be an essential member of the MDT team, working alongside Medical, Nursing, OT, Psychology and Social Work colleagues to enable service users to recognise areas of difficulty (both in communication and dysphagia), develop effective skills and participate in therapeutic interventions.
The post offers good links with SLT colleagues throughout HPFT services, with regular supervision, opportunities for CPD and training. There is a strong ethos of Continuous Quality Improvement throughout the service and the Trust as a whole, overall creating possibilities for developing and extending knowledge and skills
Main duties of the job
To manage a caseload, using evidence based person centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate
To provide assessment/interventions to service users within Herts secure services who present with communication challenges and identify those with dysphagia needs
To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team
To assess, diagnose and develop treatment plans for service users within Herts secure services, including those with: profound learning disabilities, additional sensory and/.or physical disability, mental health diagnosis and/or challenging behaviours
To assess, diagnose and develop treatment plans for service users presenting with dysphagia
To be responsible for managing a defined caseload, in the context of the service caseload, with ongoing evaluation of clinical
To work with and be available to other SLT's and generic technicians for support and joint consultation regarding clinical practice as
To plan and implement individual interventions, in collaboration with the service user and carer
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.
Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.
The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:
Our Trust values are:
Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.
These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!
Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?
Then please read on...
Job description Job responsibilities
For full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.
Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING Essential
- Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
- State registration with HCPC
- Member of the RCSLT
- Evidence of continuing professional development
- Evidence of having met the full KSF Full Gateway for Band 6
- Post graduate training in Learning Disabilities, Challenging behaviour and/ or Mental Health
- Post graduate training in Dysphagia
- Leadership Training/ Qualification
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Essential
- Specialist knowledge and application of speech and language therapy assessments and interventions
- Detailed knowledge of evidence based practice and its contribution to practice governance
- Extensive clinical experience and ability to demonstrate application of advanced clinical skills
- Ability to facilitate therapist, generic technician and student development through effective supervision
- Planning and coordination of treatment packages
- Leadership and first line management experience
- Participation in research projects and audit
- Clear and effective communication through written, verbal and non-verbal modes
- Group work skills
- Broad knowledge of current best practice in SLT and mental health
- Planning and co-ordination of treatment packages
- Ability to identify and analyse problems and be proactive in their solution
- Ability to analyze professional and ethical issues
- Applied knowledge of mental health legislation including CPA
- Applied knowledge and risk assessment and management
- Understanding of SLT outcome measures
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