Do you want to work creatively to meet the diverse needs of service users with learning disabilities and complex specialist health needs? Do you enjoy multi-disciplinary teamwork? Are you motivated by innovation and developing services that place the service user at the centre of care? If so then come and join us.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint, on a fixed term twelve month contract, a Speech and Language Therapist (Band 6)
to provide support for service users with learning disabilities and highly complex needs in a community setting in an Intensive Support Service.
This is a great opportunity to be a part of a fast paced crisis response team. We are seeking a highly motivated, organised and skilled practitioner. An important part of the role will be to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and support the delivery of an integrated 'whole systems' approach for people with complex health needs.
An essential element of the role will be to maintain and promote high standards of practice and high quality outcomes. Applicants will need to be open to change and possess the necessary drive, enthusiasm and commitment to deliver person centred outcomes in a time limited framework.
You will be required to have a strong focus on delivering person centred interventions and working in partnership with service users and their families/carers.
Main duties of the job
To manage a defined caseload, consistent with high quality evidence based practice within the Intensive Support Team. To provide community based rapid response, intensive assessment, treatment and interventions to individuals with highly complex needs who are experiencing an increase in personal difficulties. To provide a realistic alternative to hospital admission by providing intensive support to service users within their own community settings at the time they most need it in order to avoid further deterioration. To enhance staff and carers skills in supporting people with a learning disability who challenge services. The service is wholly committed to the use of Person Centred Planning approaches and affording adults with learning disabilities opportunities to maximize full citizenship, choice and control.
Be a member of the IST and work as a clinician responsible for a defined team caseload.
Have specialist skills to assess service users' needs and analyse and formulate treatment plans within a multidisciplinary framework, making recommendations for theirs and others practice
Ensure that the assessment and treatment of an individual occurs in a setting that is the least restrictive and risk implications are assessed
Work in collaboration and promote partnership working with other statutory, non within statutory and voluntary organisations.
Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring and compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country. Whether you are about to qualify, newly qualified or an experienced practitioner, we want to meet you and discuss the possibility of you joining this great Team.
Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.
Job description Job responsibilities
To provide assessment, diagnosis and appropriate speech and language therapy intervention for clients in collaboration with service users, their carers and other professionals to respond to episodes of challenging behaviour/crisis intervention.
Demonstrate the clear and effective use of outcome measures for all clients
Under the supervision of the Team Manager to manage a defined caseload independently, ensuring a well-co-ordinated care plan.
To manage his/her own time and have an ability to prioritise tasks with minimal support
To identify the need for clinical support and advice and seek this from more senior clinicians as appropriate in order to provide a high quality Service.
To work closely with all appropriate agencies and colleagues for exchange of information and to ensure the comprehensive management of the client, as advised by a designated supervisor and / or more senior clinician.
To provide appropriate information, advice and support to clients and their carers, demonstrating empathy and ensuring that effective communication is achieved where barriers to understanding exist.
Produce, disseminate and update reports and guidelines using a range of media software and to ensure that these are accessible to people with learning disabilities and their carers, and take account of peoples culture and language e.g. Change, Widget, Boardmaker, Publisher etc.
To identify the need for second opinions in discussion with senior clinicians.
Work closely with clients, carers, families and multi-disciplinary team members and attend multidisciplinary meetings as required.
To be advised on the use of current practice, and develop clinical expertise under the direction of, and in consultation with, more senior clinicians.
To undertake the placements of Speech and Language Therapy students as appropriate and to supervise assistants and volunteers as required.
To provide support for newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists as appropriate
To contribute to the development of innovative practice in collaboration with more senior clinicians, participating in activities designed to improve the effectiveness of service provision.
To provide training to others as appropriate
To respond to referrals and client in crisis situations in accordance with the Operational Procedure and ensure that the delivery of face to face interventions is a priority.
To work proactively and be in regular communication with the, service users, families, carers, care coordinator and all relevant agencies, both internal and external promoting professional working relationships
Contribute to the development of accessible person-centred support plans and information in partnership with service users, carers and the multi-disciplinary team.
To be proactive in reducing the need for admission to hospital, or when required, to support timely discharges for those individuals with the most complex needs who require the support of the IST.
To maintain accurate records of all visits and contacts ensuring timely input into the clinical database.
To be responsible for the day to day management of a shared caseload in the absence of the lead professional.
Responsibility for the safe custody of confidential documents and recognition of the importance of maintaining confidentiality is essential to Data Protection.
Contribute to ensuring team working practices are in line with the requirements of the appropriate professional bodies, national legislation and Trust policies and procedures.
To perform a variety of negotiated leadership duties, delegated by the Team Manager
Create own equipment for individual clients using the available high and low tech resources, ensuring that it is safe and appropriate. This includes equipment loaned to clients.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Degree level qualification or equivalent in Speech & Language Therapy ? HPC Registered. ? Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
- Experience of working in Learning Disability settings. Has experience of working with complex cases alongside or with supervision from a specialist therapist.
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