A new opportunity has arisen for a full-time band 7 Speech and Language Therapist in the Working Age Adults Mental Health inpatient unit and Home Treatment Team at Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford. This post is for 37.5 hours per week.
The successful candidate will be joining a supportive team of Speech and Language Therapists already working elsewhere in the learning disability, neurodevelopmental, children and young persons, older age adults, and forensic services. The post holder will benefit from:
- Robust individual and group supervision opportunities
- Appraisal programme
- Opportunity to undertake level 5 Leadership training
- Active encouragement to access CPD and an excellent in house offering for soft skills courses
- Access to a newly appointed AHP lead
The post will also be supported by the Professional lead for Speech and Language Therapy and the AHP lead.
SABP is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We are passionate about ensuring that both the physical and emotional needs of people using our services are met. Working Age Adults inpatient services support the needs of people coping with acute, complex mental health needs with a focus on empowerment and recovery.
Main duties of the job
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist to develop and lead the dysphagia and communication pathways alongside a multi-disciplinary health team consisting of support workers, nursing, psychiatry, occupational therapy, psychology, physiotherapy and dietetics.
The post holder will have a high degree of autonomy, providing high quality clinical care to people that use our services, as well as having a key role in supporting the development of skills across the inpatient wards and home treatment team, in relation to screening for and meeting the eating, drinking, swallowing and communication needs of people using our services. You will also be contributing to service and policy development. The post holder will be passionate about the rights and welfare of people with mental health needs and see person-centred care as a cornerstone of their practice.
The candidate must have a full and valid driving license and access to a vehicle for work purposes.
Please contact us if you would like any further information or would like to arrange a visit.
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!
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Promoting health and independence for adults with a mental health diagnosis in acute services (inpatient and Home Treatment Team), by delivering high quality communication and dysphagia assessment, interventions and consultation.Job Overview
This role will be responsible for leading the Speech and Language therapy provision within the working age acute mental health services (inpatient and Home Treatment Team), by ensuring both communication and dysphagia pathways are developed and followed by all staff, training and clinical supervision is provided and standards of service provision are set, monitored and maintained. This role will promote good communication standards so that people who use the service, and their families and carers, are involved in decisions about their own care and the service in a way they wish to be. Qualifications required
Speech and Language Therapy professional qualification and further training and experience to masters level or equivalent.
A qualification in the assessment and management of dysphagia
Additional leadership/management study (Desirable)Experience required
Relevant post qualification clinical experience working with with people who have mental health needs
Experience of leading clinical practice, service development or project work.
Highly specialist knowledge of relevant assessment and treatment models for people with mental health needs
Experience of providing clinical supervision to others
Experience of supporting students on placement
Experience of representing Speech and Language Therapy within a service and Trust
UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes
Suitable for someone who is passionate about contributing to a high quality and holistic approach as part of a multidisciplinary team to support people who use our services. Key Responsibilities
To act as lead clinician across acute services (inpatient and Home Treatment Team) for working age adults.
To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care and 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 develop a safe and effective dysphagia service that provides dysphagia assessment, advice, and intervention in order to stabilise and/or reduce associated clinical risks on oral intake, make recommendations regarding environment, positioning, dysphagia techniques and/or texture modification of diet and fluids.
To develop and promote a communication pathway that provides assessment, advice and intervention in order to promote choice making, joint decision making, shared risk management, joint care planning. To provide recommendations for all staff working with individuals with speech, language and communication needs.
To support the service to make reasonable adjustments for individuals with speech, language and communication needs who require treatment for a mental health condition.
To develop systems to respond to communication and dysphagia referrals in a timely and safe manner.
To provide specialist advice to Speech & Language Therapy staff and other members of the multidisciplinary team and wider Trust through case discussion, formal consultation, clinical supervision and education.
To support the organisation through the provision of resources, training, and education in the area of communication, dysphagia and mental health.
To be responsible for the professional leadership and continued development of a team / service area in the area of dysphagia and communication.
To work with the other professional leads to lead the development of services and practice in the mental health division.
To ensure that the healthcare needs of people with Mental Health diagnoses are communicated to service commissioners and other healthcare providers.
To positively contribute to divisional developments and business planning 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.
To evaluate available research and develop and implement evidence-based practices across own service area on an on-going basis.
To take the lead for clinical governance and clinical audit in own service area; sets, monitors and reports on quality standards for clinical work, develops action plans to address areas of concern and ensures robust implementation.
Contribute to appropriate staff recruitment and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding Speech and Language therapy recruitment.
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 and 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 mental health diagnoses
To undertake violence reduction training to develop skills to be able to respond to local alarms and emergency situations when raised, assisting with restraints to keep people on the wards safe.
Use Violence Reduction techniques and de-escalation skills in managing own safety on the unit
To deal with repeated and varied interruptions from staff and patients as well as the unpredictable nature of working in an acute mental health setting.
Show empathy and reassurance to patients, carers and relatives when imparting sensitive information
Able to deal with exposure to clients with complex learning and emotional needs such as distressed, anxious, psychotic and aggressive patients and dealing with behavioural difficulties and those problems associated with substance misuse
The job will be based across our acute services (inpatient and Home Treatment Team). The postholder will be expected to work flexibly within all the services as the need arises and will be expected to collaborate with Speech and Language therapists in other directorates such as Learning Disabilities, Neurodevelopmental Service, and Older Age Adults.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Qualifications required
- Speech and Language Therapy professional qualification and further training and experience to masters level or equivalent.
- A qualification in the assessment and management of dysphagia
- Additional leadership/management study (Desirable)
- Relevant post qualification clinical experience working with with people who have mental health needs
- Experience of leading clinical practice, service development or project work.
- Highly specialist knowledge of relevant assessment and treatment models for people with mental health needs
- Experience of providing clinical supervision to others
- Experience of supporting students on placement
- Experience of representing Speech and Language Therapy within a service and Trust
- UK driving license and access to a car for work purposes
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Farnham Road Hospital
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