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Speech and Language Therapist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to offer an opportunity to join the Speech and Language Therapy team in Inpatient Adult Mental Health Services. You will be supported and line managed by a Highly Specialist SLT, also based in AMH.

You will be contributing to multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessments as well as carrying out individual SLT assessments and interventions, providing a service for individuals, their partners and their families. You will be responsible for contributing to the identification of speech, language and communication needs, through understanding neurodevelopmental communication differences, and highlighting communication risks and reasonable adjustments when formulating as a team and considering risk management. You will contribute directly to offering bespoke therapeutic interventions, through a positive behavioural support framework and working directly with service users, the MDT and partners to plan a safe discharge to community services.

You will also be a part of the highly respected, passionate and quality focused Speech and Language Therapy Service for IDD and Mental Health in Nottinghamshire , with many opportunities for peer support. You will enjoy close links with our wider team and our SLT colleagues within the East Midlands, and benefit from excellent levels of support, supervision, and CPD opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The role requires a high level of clinical and professional expertise in order that adults with mental health conditions and associated speech, language and communication needs can benefit from a well co-ordinated pro-active, specialist, efficient and effective speech and language therapy service within inpatient settings.

You will be involved in making the patients' care and support accessible to support their engagement in their care, treatment and theraputic interventions. You will help develop the AMH Inpatient workforce's skills in understanding dysphagia needs and provide support regarding dysphagia where possible.

The service includes individual assessment, therapy and management, training, advice and liaison through a consultative approach.

You must hold a relevant degree in Speech and Language Therapy and be registered with RCSLT and HCPC.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

Your focus will be on communication and safe and healthy eating and drinking (dysphagia) recognising the link between unmet communication needs and mental health problems:

Specialist speech, language, and communication assessments focusing on functional communication and what reasonable adjustments (Accessible Information Standards) should be in place to support the persons needs and reduce risks associated with their identified communication needs.

Liaison, advice and recommendations that aim to prevent further communication breakdown and that empower the individual to express their thoughts and opinions to support them to meaningfully engage in interventions regarding their mental health. You will work in an interactive and a consultative way.

Co-working with your MDT colleagues, families, and carers to enable their inclusive communication practices in their relationships, care, and interactions with the individual. You will support junior members of the team to implement SLT management plans/project work and help deliver supervision opportunities.

Attendance at ward based and directory wide meetings with and on behalf of the patient and your SLT team to plan for ongoing and accessible care.

Person Specification
  • Recognised SLT Degree/diploma
  • NQP RCSLT competencies completed
  • RCSLT Registered
  • HCPC Registered

  • Completion of Dysphagia Competencies
  • Post graduate Dysphagia qualification

  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD

  • Working experience of assessing and managing SLCN for caseload of adults with mental health conditions/Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Neurodevelopmental Conditions (e.g. ASD).
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary/agency working
  • Experience of enabling different staff groups to understand issues around communication and/ or dysphagia

  • Experience of the assessment and treatment of Dysphagia in adult mental health services and/or other adult services
  • Experience of supporting students and other staff
  • Experience of considering the complex relationship between pre-existing SLCN/diagnoses and the current mental health condition e.g. comorbid ASD and Schizophrenia
  • Experience of delivering environmental approaches to SLT service delivery
  • Experience in developing evaluation / audit tools and resources as part of SLT team
  • Experience of delivering learning and development opportunities for others

  • Knowledge of SLT assessments and interventions used with adults with mental health needs/Intellectual Disability/Neurodevelopmental Conditions (e.g., ASD).
  • Knowledge of SLT delivery including the use of different approaches and multi-disciplinary working, across different contexts and environments.
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the client group)

  • Specialist knowledge of how speech, language and communication needs contribute to risk assessment and support management.
  • Knowledge of Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act.

  • Empathetic and psychologically minded
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well organised
  • Good reasoning skills
  • Motivated and a motivator
  • Team builder and team member
  • Autonomous and able to work without direct supervision
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Ability to manage own well-being with access to supervision to sustain this

  • Experience of supporting other staff and students

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