Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Depending on experience per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Part Time
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We are looking for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to support infants with acquired swallowing or developmental feeding difficulties with the neonatal units at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital.

You will have excellent communication skills, work confidently and flexibly as part of a team, demonstrate initiative and confidence around clinical decision making with complex cases and communicating complex information and be able to travel to different sites .

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the holiday cover for a neonatal and infant clinical caseload in Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals. This involves ensuring that a good quality service is delivered and maintained. S/he will work independently and will manage complex cases.

The specialist client group is neonates and infants who have complex needs with difficulties in swallowing. This will also involve liaising with health colleagues in the community to ensure a safe and effective transition out of hospital, as appropriate. This may involve providing advice and support to colleagues as necessary.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

To independently manage a caseload of neonates and infants who have dysphagia

To undertake a range of assessments, both standardised and non-standardised, taking account of medical, social and educational factors, which combined with highly specialist theoretical knowledge will lead to differential diagnosis

To plan, deliver and evaluate highly specialist intervention programmes following professional guidelines and agreed service standards

As part of that process, to be able to plan appropriate long term and short-term goals working towards discharge

To undertake administrative duties connected with the caseload including maintenance of case notes and provision of written reports, following service standards

To ensure that all work is carried out in close collaboration with all those involved in childrens care so that the approach to intervention and support is co-ordinated and comprehensive

To identify when there is a need for a second opinion, referring to senior colleagues or SLT specialists as appropriate

To make onward referral as appropriate

To identify any variations to service delivery or demands and inform the Clinical Manager and Hospital matron of the likely impact on the service

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered Member of RCSLT
  • Registered Member of HCPC
  • Evidence of successful completion of relevant short specialist courses
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD
Experience Essential
  • Extensive and relevant experience post registration.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Well established knowledge of feeding/ swallowing difficulties associated with complex conditions
  • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of assessment procedures relevant to the client group
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to convey sensitive or distressing information to parents/carers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy
  • Computer Literate

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