- We are looking for a part-time (0.2 WTE) Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist to work within the multi-disciplinary UK Specialist Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Clinic.
- The role will be within the Learning Disabilities Directorate, within the FASD team assessment pathway, and will involve carrying out communication assessments with children and adults who may have been affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
- This role is suitable for someone who is passionate about ensuring a high-quality holistic approach to the care and support provided to people with neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan in the community who have been identified as in need of Speech and Language therapy support to enable them to exercise choice over their own lives.
Main duties of the job
- Assessment of the language skills of children and adults using standardised assessment tools such as the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, as well as tools used to assess pragmatic and higher-level language abilities.
- Scoring, interpreting, and feeding back the results of the assessment, including high quality report writing.
- Contributing to diagnostic formulations and recommendations for care management at multi-disciplinary team meetings.
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.
We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.
Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.
Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.
For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby. Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received. Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.
We look forward to receiving your application!
Job description Job responsibilities Key Responsibilities - Leadership
Key Responsibilities - Clinical
- To plan and deliver a highly specialist Speech and Language therapy service (in leadership or advanced therapy role) and to oversee its clinical governance.
- To be responsible for the professional leadership and continued development of a team I service area.
- To lead in the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of all Speech and Language therapy staff.
- To ensure that the healthcare needs of people with learning disabilities are communicated to service commissioners and providers. To positively contribute to divisional developments in relation to Speech and Language therapy practice. To advocate and represent the service.
- To be responsible for the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.
- Contribute to appropriate staff recruitment and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding Speech and Language therapy recruitment.
- To ensure that the needs of people with protected characteristics are addressed within local services and future development.
Key Responsibilities - Professional
- To demonstrate highly specialist expertise and specialist speech and language therapy skills in areas communication in order to develop and maintain skills needed for living a safe and ordinary life.
- To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.
- To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans in conjunction with other members of the FASD team.
- To act in a Care Co-ordinator role for people with learning disabilities on Care Programme Approach (CPA) as appropriate to Trust policy.
- To work in partnership with acute and primary care services and other healthcare providers.
- Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their families.
- To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).
- To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation. To carry out professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other relevant legislation.
- To act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre-registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements. To participate in new staff induction.
- To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people with learning disabilities.
- To participate in developing and conducting clinical audit and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within the learning disability field.
- To lead in quality assurance activities as required.
- To develop, implement and monitor interventions driven by government initiatives e.g. Transforming Care, LD Mortality review to promote positive health gains for clients as required.
- Develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Speech and Language Therapy professional qualification.
- HCPC registered.
- Additional qualification relevant to area of work, such as ADOS training.
- Experience of working with both children and adults with FASD.
- 5 years of relevant post qualification clinical experience (or evidence of wider skills in all areas required).
- Experience of leading clinical practice / service development / project work.
- Experience of supervising junior staff.
- Experience of assessing language with reference to FASD diagnostic criteria.
- Experience / interest in research in FASD, especially in relation to communication.
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