Speech and Language Therapist - Band 6 Care Homes

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year Salary dependant on experience
Closing date
26 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Old Age
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a new and exciting initiative to develop a Speech and Language Therapy service into Care Homes across North Cumbria following the publication of The Framework for Enhanced Care in Care Homes (2020) We have secured permanent funding from the Ageing Well Agenda for 2 WTE posts - Band 7 highly specialist Speech and Language Therapist team lead supported by a Band 6 specialist Speech and Language Therapist.

This post will support a Band 7 team lead in setting up and delivering an enhanced Speech and Language Therapy service into care homes to facilitate a whole care home approach to improving nutrition and hydration and enhancing communication within the care home population.

The post holder will need to have experience in delivering a service into care homes as well as experience in developing and delivering training to other teams and staff groups

The post holder will have opportunities to develop their own competencies through the Enhanced Care of Older People Competency Framework framework to directly support service development in to this population.

There will also be opportunities to be involved in national initiatives to improve the health and well being of the care home population e.g. National Hydration pilot.

There will be opportunities within this role to gain experience in other of Speech and Language therapy e.g. vice, dysfluency, stroke, acute work if desired.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist assessment, management and treatment to patients with swallowing and/or communication problems in the care home population.
  • To be responsible for a specialist Speech and Language Therapy care home caseload across North Cumbria as part of the wider community Speech and Language Therapy team.
  • To participate in the development and delivery of training and information packages for a wide range of professionals and carers working in care homes.
  • To work collaboratively within the multidisciplinary framework to achieve integrated care for patients.
  • To support clinical education and student placements.

The post holder will be part of a small, friendly, enthusiastic team with close links with ICC teams and third sector. The department has a robust appraisal and supervision structure with opportunities for clinical and management development.

Please contact: Nicola Richards, Head of Speech and Language Therapy on 07818551501 or Hazel Gilmore on 078117143987

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy approved by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • Registered with HCPC
  • On-going membership with the RCSLT
  • Evidence of formal training/self-study/ specialist experience to post graduate level in dysphagia
Experience Essential
  • Experience of organising, managing and prioritising a clinical caseload
  • Experience of working as part of a MDT
  • Experience of working with other professionals and agencies.
  • Experience of assessment and management of swallowing
  • Experience of community care home working
  • Experience of working with frail elderly population
  • Delivering training to others e.g. carers and other AHPs
Knowledge Essential
  • RCSLT code of conduct and professional standards.
  • Knowledge of local and national drivers in community care home practice and how they relate to SLT practice
  • Knowledge of swallowing and communication disorders and their impact on the elderly frail population.
  • To demonstrate a breadth of specialist knowledge with decision making underpinned by current evidence in elderly care
  • Knowledge of current clinical procedures
  • Good working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and SLT role in the process
  • Good working knowledge of prognostic indicators in frail elderly
  • Clinical governance as it affects clinical practice, in line with national and local drivers
  • Knowledge of Feed at Risk issues and the role of SLT in this process
  • Knowledge of EnCOP framework
Skills & Aptitudes Essential
  • Ability to carry out and analyse results of various assessments appropriate for different clients, relating to age, disorder, standardisation, etc
  • IT ability, including word processing, presentation skills, ability to access software packages and ability to effectively use telemedicine.
  • Negotiation and problem solving ability, in order to prioritise for assessment and intervention
  • Skills in motivation of clients and/or carers to engage in the therapeutic process.
  • Highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and management in the elderly frail population
  • Willingness to learn and be a reflective practitioner
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent time management, organisational and administration skills
Personal Circumstances Essential
  • Able to travel independently of public transport
  • Car driver
  • Car owner

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