Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year pa inc
Closing date
16 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Band 6 Permanent, Full Time: 37.5 hours per week

Primary office base: Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup DA14 6LT

This great opportunity will enable you to:
  • Develop your clinical skills in working with adults with learning disabilities, including communication and dysphagia
  • Work within two co-located Community Learning Disability Teams with support from Band 7 SLTs and the broader SLT team
  • Experience a range of ALD services within the directorate, which covers the boroughs of Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley
  • Engage with a varied and interesting caseload which will include those with autism, mental health issues and physical health issues in addition to their learning disability
  • Contribute to a well respected and innovative SLT service, which is committed to service development on a local and national level
  • Benefit from manageable caseload numbers, robust supervision and ample CPD opportunities
  • Enjoy close and supportive MDT working, guided by clinical care pathways within the ALD directorate
  • Become our service specialist in an area of particular interest, for example, AAC
  • Grow your leadership skills through supervising a Band 5 SLT Co-Worker and/or supporting students
  • Link in with our ALD directorate SLTs who offer specialist services in Mental Health, Education and Transition to Adulthood

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an SLT with:
  • Experience of and passion for working/interacting with people with learning disabilities - this could be as paid work, a student placement, a voluntary role, or within your social or family setting
  • Band 5 SLT experience with completed NQP competencies (recently qualified applicants with substantial relevant experience and knowledge might also be considered)
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively and holistically, with a person centred focus whilst including their carers as valued partners
  • Ability to travel to and work autonomously in a variety of community settings and manage your own diary
  • Interest in contributing to service development and your own specialist clinical area
  • Willingness to build on your dysphagia skills and knowledge

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Overview of Post

To work as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist within the Learning Disability Service, delivering high quality assessment and intervention to people with Learning Disabilities and their carers in accordance with the principles of Valuing People Now , Personalisation and RCSLT Five Good Communication Standards.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
  • To manage own caseload of clients with Learning Disabilities and with communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties
  • To line manage/clinically supervise SaLT Co-workers, SaLT Assistant and Specialist Support Workers as directed by the Team Manager and Professional Lead for ALD SaLT;
  • To deliver high quality Speech and Language Therapy assessment, diagnosis and intervention to people with Learning Disabilities in partnership with their families/carers;
  • To act as part of the multi-disciplinary Learning Disability teams and represent the Speech and Language Therapy Service at Team/Directorate meetings/working parties.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Speech and Language Therapy Qualification
  • HCPC membership
Experience Essential
  • NQP competencies
  • LD work exprerience
  • MDT experience
  • s/v of staff
  • previous experience of ALD SLT
skill/abilities/knowledge Essential
  • AAC
  • valuing people / personalisation
  • RCSLT good communication standards
  • post basic dysphagia training
  • total communication strategy implementation
other Essential
  • interpersonal and communication skills - including writing
  • time management and prioritisation

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