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Forensic Dysphagia Lead Speech & Language Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are pleased to offer part time hours of 15/week to cover the South Nottinghamshire Healthcare Forensic Division dysphagia service. The role will be working into Wells Road Low Secure Forensic Hospital, Nottingham, and Arnold Lodge Medium Secure Forensic Hospital, Leicester. More hours may be available on a temporary basis, please enquire.

This post is part of a job share for the role of Forensic Dysphagia Lead. The whole dysphagia service covers all forensic hospitals of the trust, also including Rampton High Secure Hospital and Wathwood Medium Secure Hospital.

The role of the Forensic Dysphagia Lead includes direct clinical interventions for patients with dysphagia needs, working in an integrated manner with the different sites within the Forensic Division in order to identify and address staff training needs, advise on policy and procedures and lead on supporting the continuing professional development of the wider Forensic SLT service in regards to dysphagia. There may be scope to work on communication needs in some circumstances.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work collaboratively with each hospital and the Professional Lead SLT in order to plan and deliver a dysphagia service, with a high level of independent working. Application of clinical skills in order to address speech, language and communication needs of patients referred to the service will be required, with consideration of longer-term service strategy regarding these needs.

This role requires a high level of clinical and professional expertise in order that those with speech, language and communication needs and/or dysphagia needs and their care teams benefit from a well-coordinated pro-active, specialist, efficient and effective speech and language therapy service with specialist focus on dysphagia in forensic healthcare.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

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Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

This role is for a part time (2 days/ week) band 7 qualified Speech and Language Therapist, to work at Wells Road Center and Arnold Lodge Hospitals. The role is part of a job share, with colleague/s also leading dysphagia services at Rampton Hospital and Wathwood. Together, you will lead dysphagia services in the forensic division of Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Please see the attached job description for full details of the role.

Please enquire about further hours that may be available on a temporary basis.

Person Specification
  • Recognised SLT Degree/diploma
  • RCSLT Registered
  • HCPC Registered

  • Working experience of assessing and managing a complex caseload with young people and/or adults with dysphagia within the context of mental healthcare or across multiple care settings.
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary/agency working and established interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience of designing and delivering different learning and development opportunities for staff teams.
  • Experience of delivering environmental approaches to SLT service delivery and evaluating them
  • Experience in developing evaluation / audit tools and resources as part of SLT team

  • Experience of assessing and managing SLCN in children/ young adults.
  • Experience of working with adults with SLCN in the context of mental healthcare.
  • Experience of leading / managing project work.
  • Experience of supporting students and other staff
  • Experience of linking communication to risk issues
  • Post basic dysphagia training or completed competencies

  • Empathetic and psychologically minded
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well organised and able to prioritise a high turnover caseload
  • Good reasoning skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Motivated and a motivator
  • Team builder and team member
  • Autonomous and able to work without direct supervision
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to manage own wellbeing with access to supervision to sustain this.

  • Highly specialist skill in working with adults with mental health conditions.
  • Experience of supporting other staff and students
  • Experience of managing a project or service initiative.

  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD including highly specialist knowledge of dysphagia, complex dysphagia management

  • Post-graduate training specific to client group - SLCN within forensic healthcare, mental illness/ conditions, intellectual disabilities, trauma. Acquired neurological conditions including head injury

  • Highly specialist applied knowledge of assessment and management of adults with dysphagia and a wide range of conditions including developmental disorders, acquired neurological disorders, head injury and mental health conditions.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of dysphagia assessment tools.
  • Knowledge of national policies in relation to ethical and legal management of complex dysphagia.
  • Knowledge of Speech Language Communication tools, assessments and interventions relating to the client group.
  • Knowledge of National Policy and guidance and impact on local practice.
  • Applied leadership knowledge.

  • Highly specialist applied knowledge of working with adults with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and Asperger's, Autism, mental health diagnoses, attachment and personality disorder or other neuro-developmental disabilities.
  • Experience of service development.

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