Speech and Language Therapist

Employer
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Liverpool
Salary
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Profession
CBT Therapist / Other
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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All Service Users will receive a highly specialist speech and language therapy assessment (complex communication and/or dysphagia) on admission to Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit. A highly specialised person centred treatment plan will be provided, being tailored to individual goals. The plan will be discussed with members of the MDT and carers as appropriate. Intervention will be Service User led, and will reviewed and updated as required.

Main duties of the job

To independently provide highly specialist assessment, management and advice to inpatients with highly complex communication and/or swallowing difficulties within the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit.

To allow Service Users with highly complex communication difficulties to reach their maximum communication potential.

To ensure all Service Users have a safe means of maintaining nutrition and hydration requirements, either by oral intake or alternative feeding.

To contribute towards the inter-disciplinary management of patients.

To work as part of the multi-disciplinary team.

To contribute to ongoing review and development of the Service.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To assess, diagnose and plan communication interventions independently as role of highly specialist SLT to the team.
  • Monitor clinical interventions, evaluate outcomes and modify interventions accordingly.
  • To independently carry a highly complex clinical caseload.
  • To provide highly specialist clinical advice to colleagues in the multidisciplinary team.
  • To carry out holistic team intake assessment and feed back to the team for appropriate interventions.
  • To identify and write individualised, person centred programmes for clients.
  • Provide effective supervision to lower grade staff.
  • To provide high quality clinical placements to SLT students, incorporating the teaching and supervision of clinical skills.
  • To assess, diagnose and treat clients who have complex dysphagia. To follow Mersey Care policies and protocols around dysphagia.
  • To work appropriately with clients with complex acquired brain injuries.
  • To work closely with staff groups to identify client needs and formulate person centred
  • To provide high quality training to all groups of people involved with clients who have communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties.
  • To provide training to staff/carer groups as part of clients planned interventions.
  • To maintain links with other professionals.
  • To maintain links with other SLT departments.
  • To participate in and contribute to effective care coordination for clients.
  • To coordinate input for clients with complex health needs, involving other professionals as appropriate.
  • To maintain links with care managers and other agency providers to negotiate and implement interventions as part of a client centred approach.
  • To carry out BIRU intake assessment and risk assessments for clients referred to the team.
  • To contribute to the development of packages of care for individual clients.
  • To complete mandatory training, as required by Mersey Care NHS trust.
  • To promote BIRU via liaison, training and attendance/delivery at conferences.


  • Person Specification Speech and Language Essential
    • 3 years experience
    Desirable
    • Brain Injury experience


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