An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and committed Band 5 Speech & Language Therapist to join our established specialist service based across Gloucestershire. This will involve working in our community learning disability and memory assessment teams.
Person-centred coordinated care is a fundamental value throughout all services delivered by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust and we are keen to find enthusiastic and motivated clinicians to help us continue to deliver this.
We welcome applications from HCPC registered Speech & Language Therapists with a passion for supporting adults with learning disabilities. You will have exceptional professional interpersonal skills, enjoy working in a community environment and ideally have experience of working with people with a learning disability and or older adults with mental health difficulties.
Main duties of the job
- To provide a specialist Speech and Language Therapy Service to adults with learning disabilities and/or older adults with mental health difficulties (or in a relevant setting) in order to meet their communication needs
- To provide specialist communication assessment and interventions to individuals or groups of service users
- To provide education, training, support and advice to colleagues and carers to enable them to provide the best possible care and quality of life for clients.
- To provide clinical supervision for less experienced Speech and Language Therapists and for Speech and Language Therapy Students
- To carry out delegated tasks in policy development
Speech and Language Therapy enjoys a high profile within the Trust and currently there over 10.0 WTE posts across our services. We enjoy excellent working relationships with colleagues from other professions and close multi-disciplinary working is firmly embedded in our culture.
You will work alongside other dedicated colleagues from psychiatry, psychology, nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to share knowledge and skills. You will be expected to liaise and support service users, carers and professionals across services and agencies.
We offer excellent line management, clinical support and supervision. Ongoing professional development CPD is actively encouraged and supported.
Job description Job responsibilities Clinical
- To assess, develop and implement Specialist Speech and Language Therapy treatment and intervention; ensuring that service users are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans wherever possible.
- To demonstrate a high level of clinical effectiveness, using evidence based practice, adapting practice to meet individual service users circumstances; including due regard for cultural and linguistic differences, and by evaluating outcomes.
- To provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of service users/service users with communication and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties.
- To plan and prioritise workload, exercising autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of service users with communication and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties.
- To demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues and to negotiate with others regarding complex case management issues.
- To monitor stock levels in own service area and request new equipment as appropriate.
- To be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of equipment including equipment loaned to service users, ensuring standards of infection control and safety are maintained.
The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.
- To manage a caseload independently.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
- Health and Care Professions Council - Licence to Practice
- Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapist
- Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses
- Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups
- Ability to manage non-complex dysphagia
- Relevant experience at undergraduate/post graduate level
- Computer literate with specific experience of using IT System, the internet and e-mail
- Demonstrate continuing professional development and willingness to continue.
- Excellent people management skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Proven ability to work with colleagues from other professions and agencies in a collaborative manner
- Partnership working with users and carers
- Ability to work with service users and carers who are distressed
- Experience of using an intranet system
- Managing a relevant caseload
- Knowledge and experience of alternative communication systems
- Able to attend and participate in all mandatory and statutory training events
- Car Driver with access to their own vehicle. Ability to travel around the locality as requested, independently and efficiently. (If you have a full driving licence there will be an expectation to drive trust vehicles where required)
- Commitment to developing services and collaborating with other agencies to ensure a positive service user pathway through referral and discharge
- Self management skills and ability to reflect on own practice
- Ability to work flexibly to meet service user need
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook
- Experience of acting as focal person
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