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Speech and Language Therapist - Feeding and Complex Needs

Solent NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
25 Mar 2023

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CBT therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Our team needs a specialist speech and language therapist, we would welcome interest from therapists who can independently manage a dysphagia caseload and work with children with severe and profound learning difficulties, their families and specialist educational environments.

We have an integrated model of care across Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Podiatry working together to provide holistic model of care keeping children and their families at the centre of what we do, making a positive change in the lives of children with complex needs and their families.

Our team of experts offer shadowing, coaching and mentoring and with external training opportunities you can develop your skills and knowledge of evidence based practice in dysphagia, neurodisability, sensory impairments and AAC.

We can support you to develop your Clinical and Leadership skills by offering:

*A friendly and supportive network of colleagues

*Clinical Supervision and joint working opportunities

*Regular specialist peer supervision with colleagues across the Solent NHS Trust team.

*Professional training and update days with colleagues across the region.

*Training and development opportunities.

If you would like to have a chat please call Jessica Taylor, Children's Therapy Operational Manager and Speech and Language Therapist on 0300 123 6628.

Main duties of the job

*To be an autonomous practitioner, professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your work including the assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and discharge of a caseload of children with dysphagia and complex communication needs

*To take part in our extensive offer of clinical supervision, mentoring, training, clinical leadership and development

*To participate in service development through co production with stakeholders and patients

*To work with special schools settings and with children with PMLD and severe learning difficulties

*To be competent in the management of children with feeding and swallowing difficulties, in line with Communicating Quality 3 and the Trust's Dysphagia Policy

*To work as part of an fully integrated team of highly specialist professional

*To escalate challenges and difficulties with the clinical leaders, professional lead and operational leads as required

*To deliver a safe and effective service in line with governance and quality expectations

*To act as a clinical leader and work with others to find the best way to meet children and young peoples needs

*To work with children with complex needs from 0-19 inline with our service specification

*To provide evidence based interventions and advice to children and families

*To develop clinical skills and progress towards operating as a clinical expert

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a specialist Speech & Language Therapy Service to children and young people on the caseload some of whom may have complex needs.

To work as an autonomous practitioner, in collaboration with health, education staff, children/young people and their parents, to deliver integrated specialised packages of care to children with complex speech, language and communication and feeding difficulties.

To act as a caseload list co-ordinator managing the overall administration of the caseload list, monitoring activity and being the main point of contact for all matters pertaining to the caseload list and service provided.

To work as a competent dysphagia practitioner (Level C, RCSLT Dysphagia Competency framework) and be able to manage a caseload independently.

To liaise with the Solent-wide children's dysphagia team and triage and prioritise caseloads accordingly.

To provide support and mentoring to less experience colleagues.

To train students, other healthcare professionals and staff from other agencies who work with children with speech and language difficulties.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree level qualification or equivalent
  • Registered member Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Registered member of Health and Care Professions Council
  • Evidence of Level C Dysphagia Competency (as per RCSLT Dysphagia Competency Framework)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of a range of paediatric speech and language disorders and delay
  • Independent working in specialist paediatric clinical area
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision
  • Experience of working in a changing environment
  • Experience of integrated working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Training and presentation experience

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