Speech and Language Therapist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
Kings Lynn
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa
Closing date
28 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity, we are seeking a highly motivated Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist (Newly Qualified Practitioners welcomed) to join the multidisciplinary team in West Norfolk. You would work alongside and be supported by an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to provide a clinically effective and timely communication service.

This post is substantive and based in King's Lynn. It would be helpful to have some experience in the following areas, but not essential:o Working with Adults with Learning Disabilities or individuals with complex multiple disabilitieso Working in a community settingIn return, we offer:
  • Full induction programme o RCSLT NQP Competency Supporto Monthly clinical supervisiono Annual performance reviewso Great team workingo CPD opportunities

Main duties of the job

You will be required to work in a variety of settings including people's homes, day services and respite placements. You will use your Speech and Language Therapy assessment skills to set goals, plan and review interventions, working in partnership with the individual to support them to meet their goals.

You will benefit from being part of a supportive, experienced group of Speech and Language Therapy staff working in Learning Disabilities across the county of Norfolk. They will receive regular supervision from experienced Learning Disability Specialist SLT's.

You will need to be highly motivated, flexible and enthusiastic and we encourage creativity and innovative thinking.

Effective communication and organisational skills are essential. We welcome applications from candidates who are able to work autonomously and who are enthusiastic about working in the community with vulnerable adults who have a wide range of learning disabilities.

Opportunities for personal and professional development exist through supervision, management and peer support, sharing of best practice and regular continuing professional education.

About us

The Community Learning Disabilities Service has 5 integrated health and social care teams throughout Norfolk who supports adults who are living with a learning disability. The West Team is based at Park View Resource Centre in King's Lynn.

NCHC values itself on being a proactive, supportive employer. The West team are a friendly and welcoming team of clinicians and support staff.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To carry out the assessment, implementation and evaluation of evidence based specialist treatment programmes for patients, who may have a range of impairments and complex health needs.
  • To carry out the assessment, implementation and evaluation of evidence based treatment programs for adults with a learning disability, who may have a range of impairments and complex health needs.
  • To be professionally and legally accountable for all clinical decisions and professional actions and to ensure that work is within professional standards, clinical guidelines and in line with evidence based practice.
  • To provide assessment and clearly planned Speech & Language Therapist (SLT) intervention for patients with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To devise, monitor, supervise and evaluate the implementation of communication and swallowing intervention programmes carried out by others.
  • To sensitively negotiate patient-led goals with patients, families, carers and the multi-disciplinary team, in order to enable patients to engage in treatment, and to ensure that patients are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans where possible.
  • To develop targeted therapy programmes to be carried out by health care assistants / assistant practitioners/significant others.
  • To participate in team meetings working to enhance patients functional abilities.
  • To adapt assessment and intervention techniques to the needs of the individual patient on an ongoing basis, including use of augmentative and alternative communication systems as appropriate.
  • To demonstrate skills in dealing with clinical cases, cultural and linguistic differences, and to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management in the Learning disability population.
  • To identify the need for second opinions, referring to senior colleagues as appropriate.
  • To contribute to assessment and information-gathering re: patients mental capacity and ability to give informed consent, with support from senior colleagues, and to assist patients to maximise their independence in decision- making and communicating their wishes.
  • To work closely with all appropriate agencies and colleagues to ensure comprehensive management of patients SLT needs, providing written and verbal reports as appropriate, enabling all parties involved to fully understand the nature of the patients communication and swallowing disorders.
  • To provide information that may be complex to patients, carers and families in an empathic and accessible manner which enables and ensures their understanding (patients will frequently have communication and/or cognitive difficulties, as well as emotional difficulty accepting the information being provided), observing data protection guidelines.
  • To effectively prioritise the workload according to the needs of the patients within the service.
  • To enable patients who have communication disorders to access information and services in order for them to make informed decisions about their care, including utilisation of bodies such as INTRAN where appropriate.
  • To recognise the possible emotional consequences of working with patients and families in distressing circumstances, such as delivering bad news about prognosis, and to know where and when to seek appropriate assistance.
  • To demonstrate empathy with patients, carers, families and colleagues, ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist.
  • To keep up-to-date with current clinical and technological advances in liaison with senior colleagues.
  • To provide education, training and advice to patients, carers, colleagues, students, and voluntary organisations.
  • To work closely and flexibly with colleagues across the Learning disability service pathway in order to provide a seamless service to patients.
  • To develop resources to meet patient requirements and for departmental use.
  • To work in a variety of settings including patients homes and care homes.
  • To maintain registered membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and HCPC.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oRelevant degree from a course accredited by Royal College of Speech & Language Therapist
  • oBasic post graduate dysphagia training
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Previous experience of working with people with learning disabilities and their carers
  • Post registration experience in a relevant clinical setting e.g. community MDT working
  • Advice and support to students and support staff
  • Makaton/signalong training or equivalent
Skills, Abilities and Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of application of standardised speech and language assessments
  • Presentation and training skills
  • Ability to plan interventions in a collaborative way
  • Knowledge of specialist equipment
  • Ability to build effective working relationships
  • IT skills
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation and risk assessment/management current legislation
  • Knowledge of breakaway deescalation techniques
  • Experience of System One or LAS or equivalent IT
Communication Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively using the English language in both verbal and written forms
  • Ability to present information in a variety of formats at local and trust level meetings
  • Good computer skills
Personal and People Developement Essential
  • Ability to reflect on and critically appraise others and own performance
  • Ability to motivate self and others
Other Essential
  • Must hold a full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Commitment to client centered, non-discriminatory practice
  • Current UK driving licence and able to make own travelling arrangements
  • An understanding of hazards associated with lone working in the community
  • Ability to adapt to changing work patterns to accommodate patient and service need
Personal Attributes/Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework) Essential
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults

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