Speech and Language Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Pro rata
Closing date
8 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Part Time
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Are you an experienced Speech and Language Therapist looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership skills and intradisciplinary models of working within our inpatient services?

Southampton inpatient services within Solent NHS Trust are undergoing an extensive transformation, bringing all inpatient rehabilitation onto one site (Western Community Hospital) with the aim of becoming a centre of excellence. This post will provide short-term opportunity to lead on service developments and work at the heart of the intradisciplinary team.

You will be the Lead SLT for inpatient care, based at the Western Community Hospital on the outskirts of Southampton City Centre. This site houses both the Kite Unit (neuropsychiatric) and Snowdon Neurorehabilitation Unit. There are also two general rehabilitation wards currently located at the Royal South Hants site.

Main duties of the job

* To develop, deliver and monitor, a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service within the Southampton City inpatient units.

* To work as an autonomous practitioner, assessing, diagnosing, and providing timely intervention and management of communication and/or swallowing difficulties.

*To provide highly skilled clinical leadership and be responsible for clinical development by various means including regular research and audit, guideline development and implementation, quality monitoring and improvement

*To collaborate and liaise with MDT colleagues to provide co-ordinated care to clients in the inpatient setting.

*To lead on the prioritisation and triage of SLT referrals within inpatient services to ensure that priority, high risk clients are seen urgently, following locally devised systems / timescales.

*To support the SLT clinical services manager with service developments for the whole service.

*To deputise for the clinical services manager as required.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

To develop care plans and provide appropriate intervention using knowledge to inform sound clinical judgements/decision making for case management.

To provide advice to others regarding the management and care of clients with communication and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties.

To work closely with clients, carers and families, agreeing decision making relevant to the patient/client management, ensuring that clients are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans (e.g. goal setting) whenever possible to ensure optimum outcomes.

To work with the MDT to carry out mental capacity assessments for those with communication impairment and support more junior SLT staff in this process. To assume that all clients have the mental capacity to make informed choices unless the person has been assessed as unable to make a specific decision and this is recorded in the patient's records.

To be an integrated part of clinical teams both multi-disciplinary and uni-disciplinary by discussing own and others' input around clients' needs, to ensure a co-ordinated care plan is made.

To demonstrate the ability to manage clients with challenging behaviours including the application of appropriate management strategies, and to manage the emotional consequences in self and others of working with clients with distressing conditions.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapist (or equivalent)
  • Member of the RCSLT
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Advanced Dysphagia qualification (or similar).
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working with a broad range of adult communication and swallowing impairments.
  • Experience of receiving and providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of integrated working in multidisciplinary teams.
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member.
  • Supportive excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Motivated, assertive, diplomatic and tactful.

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