Speech and Language Therapist - Band 6 Communication Specialist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and innovative Speech & Language Therapist (SLT) to join the Specialist Learning Disability Service based in East and North Hertfordshire.

The successful candidate will work as an influential and integral member of a diverse multi-disciplinary specialist learning disability health team, working throughout East and North Hertfordshire, with adults with learning disabilities and communication difficulties, across a range of settings, including service users own homes.

Main duties of the job

You will be forward thinking and able to demonstrate clinical knowledge in the management of communication difficulties, based on current evidence. You will autonomously undertake specialist assessments & interventions and support with the development of the communication pathway. The person successful in their application will be an essential member of the MDT team, working alongside Medical, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Arts Therapies, Physiotherapy and Social Care colleagues to support our service users achieve their goals.

We would welcome applications from motivated SLT's currently working in other areas of the profession, looking to gain experience working with adults with learning disabilities. Training and support will be provided for candidates that might be new to the field of Learning Disabilities.

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.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just fivemental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare 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

Role Summary:
  • To provide high quality, comprehensive Speech and language Therapy assessment and intervention for adults with learning disabilities and communication difficulties
  • To manage a caseload using evidence-based, person-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions in community settings
  • To lead on service development initiatives, including the development of the communication pathway
  • To undertake supervision of junior staff and students as required
  • To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team

See job description under attachments for full details of the main roles and responsibilities

Person Specification PHYSICAL SKILLS Essential
  • Computer literacy
  • Car driver
  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • State registration with HCPC
  • Member of the RCSLT
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Specialist knowledge and application of speech and language therapy assessments and interventions
  • Detailed knowledge of evidence based practice and its contribution to practice governance
  • Planning and coordination of treatment packages
  • Experience of working within a Learning Disability setting
  • Supervision skills
  • Clear and effective communication through written, verbal and non-verbal modes
  • Broad knowledge of current best practice in SLT, Learning Disabilities and mental health
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Ability to manage own workload and determine priorities
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Application of health, safety and risk management policies

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