Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year PER ANNUM
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to come and join our Learning Disabilities Care Hub, working across the boroughs and providing specialist speech and language therapy interventions to service users at our new service opening in Spring. The new service is an admission avoidance service for people with a learning disability with or without autism who are experiencing a period of crisis. We will offer a 12-week in-house therapeutic programme of care with the successful candidate joining a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners. The postholder will work across the new service and our other community learning disability teams to develop and provide speech and language services through the provision of assessments and interventions. We are looking for an individual to provide speech and language therapy at assessment and consultation at an advanced level of practise, who has good SLT knowledge and skills and is able to work with people who have challenging behaviours and be proactive in the development of the new service, as well as working collaboratively with other SLT colleagues within the Care Hub. The postholder will have access to professional supervision and support from AHP Leads working within Pennine Care. The postholder will have good leadership qualities and will support other SLT staff within the care hub as required.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an integral member of the learning disability multidisciplinaryteam on the new Learning Disability Crisis Response unit. The unit is an admissionavoidance service for people with a learning disability with or without autism who areexperiencing a period of crisis. The unit will provide a trauma informed model of care,with least restrictive practice for people aged 16-25 years.

The postholder will develop and provide a highly specialist Speech and LanguageTherapy service to service users who have complex communication and dysphagianeeds within the context of a multidisciplinary team. This will involve working withvulnerable and extremely challenging individuals. Assessment and interventions will bedelivered using person centred approaches within the unit and at times, across thelearning disability care hub supporting other locality community learning disability teams.

The post holder will demonstrate leadership, will monitor and maintain professionalstandards and will be involved in service development across the Learning Disability carehub including the supervision of staff. They will be expected to contribute to achieve the Trust and care hubs objectives in addition to making a positive contribution to the health ofservices users with learning disabilities.The post holder will at all times act in accordance with the HCPC standards of conduct,performance and ethics.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

This is a role that will truly enable you to make a system wide difference to young people with learning disabilities. Work with us and put your passion into practice.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see full job description for details.

To be responsible for the delivery of a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapy service to service users with a learning disability. This includes dealing with complex case management issues and generating appropriate strategies to manage these. Provide a high level of clinical and professional expertise in order to ensure the delivery of safe and effective multi-disciplinary pathways of care, in partnership with other members of the multi-disciplinary leadership teams. To be autonomous and responsible for the assessment, formulation andmanagement of a specialist clinical caseload of which may have additional complex needs as a result of other diagnoses.

To make complex clinical decisions following assessment and develop highly specialist individualised care plans based on the evidence base and to develop appropriate strategies to facilitate communicative effectiveness. To act as a source of specialist information to other members of the team to ensure service users communication needs are recognised and met in linewith the Accessible Information Standard. To demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to RCSLT Professional and Clinicaland National and Local Clinical Guidelines, evidence-based practice andstandards for advice and clinical interventions. To work within defined legal, service and national protocols/policies andprofessional codes of conduct.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Well established knowledge of relevant national and local policies, procedures and clinical guidelines (relevant to the client group)
  • Well established knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group)
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its application to practice
  • Understanding of roles of the other professionals (relevant to client group)
  • Knowledge of standards of clinical record keeping
  • Good working knowledge of multidisciplinary working
  • Awareness of the health inequalities agenda for people with learning disabilities
Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy qualifications
  • Degree qualification or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council State Registration - Licence to Practice
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses or other post graduate training plus further experience to Masters Level
  • Recognised member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Post Registration Dysphagia Training
  • Makaton / Signalong / BSL Signing
Experience Essential
  • Relevant clinical experience at post graduate level
  • Experience in developing specialised packages of care
  • Experience of working within a relevant specialist area
  • Experience of working collaboratively with parents, carers, and professionals
  • Experience of training others
  • Experience of managing the Dysphagia needs of clients with learning disabilities
  • Experience of providing supervision to junior members of staff
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including observation, listening and empathy
  • Negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Good analytical and reflective skills
  • Well developed concentration skills
  • Good presentation skills both verbal and written
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Prioritisation skills and caseload management skills
  • Excellent Auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to demonstrate cultural awareness in service delivery and clinical practice
  • IT Skills

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