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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

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

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Learning disability nurse, CBT therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
People with intellectual disabilities and autistic people with intellectual disabilities disproportionally experience communication barriers when accessing health care. We are excited to be advertise this full time (permanent) band 6 Specialist Speech & Language Therapist role to work with the Acute Liaison Team in acute and inpatient settings across Nottinghamshire for 3 days a week. For the remaining 2 days, the successful candidate will work within our Community Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities teams to act as the link between inpatient and community Speech & Language Therapy teams.

You will be well supported by senior colleagues, with many opportunities for peer support. The role involves close work with colleagues from a range of disciplines and the post is supported by an assistant SLT.

You will enjoy close links with our team and our SLT colleagues within the East Midlands, and benefit from excellent levels of support, supervision, IT and CPD opportunities.

Main duties of the job

You will be contributing to a multi-disciplinary service supporting adults with intellectual disabilities to access acute health care in hospital settings across Nottinghamshire.

You will liaise and advice with families, carers, and health care colleagues in how to support adults with lifelong communication needs during their inpatient care.

This role focuses on making health settings accessible from an communication and sensory perspective. You will be collating existing communication information, as well as assessing patients' communication needs to help inform care plans and 'all about me' hospital passports. In the community you will be involved in making planned health appointments accessible by being a link between community and inpatient services.

In addition, you will be working in Community Intellectual Disabilities Teams supporting with communication (from a health and mental perspective) as wells as carrying a small dysphagia caseload.

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

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.

You will be responsible for contributing to the identification of speech, langauge and communication needs, through understanding neurodevelopmental communication differences, and highlightling communication risks and reasonable adjustments when formulating as team and considering risk management.

In the community, you will be involved in the assessment, formulation, and recommendations to support the individuals eating, drinking, and swallowing needs.

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

Co-working with your MDT colleagues, families, and carers to enable their inclusive communication practices in their relationships, care, and interactions with the individual.

Attendance at meetings with and on behalf of Acute Liaison Service, Community Intellectual & Development Teams, and the patients you are supporting.

Person Specification
  • Recognised SLT Degree/diploma
  • NQ competencies completed
  • RCLST Registered
  • HPCP Registered

  • Portfolio of relevant post qualification CPD including specialist knowledge of Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) of service users with additional mental health diagnoses / PMLD / AAC / ASD needs

  • Post basic dysphagia training or completed competencies

  • Working experience of assessing and managing caseloads with adults with learning disabilities and communication and eating and drinking difficulties
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary/agency working
  • Experience of enabling different staff groups to understand issues around communication

  • Experience of supporting students and other staff
  • Experience of delivering environmental approaches to SLT service delivery
  • Experience in developing evaluation / audit tools and resources as part of SLT team

  • Specialist knowledge of working with people with learning disabilities , SLCN and an additional area e.g. complex mental health / PMLD / ASD
  • Knowledge of Speech Language Communication assessments and interventions relating 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.
  • Knowledge of National Policy and guidance.

  • Empathetic and psychologically minded
  • Autonomous and able to work without direct supervision
  • Team builder and team member
  • Good reasoning skills

  • Experience of supporting other staff and students

Contractual Requirements
  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post

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