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Band 8a DMH Speech and Language Therapy Clinical and Professional Lead

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about improving Speech and Language Therapy provision within mental health services?

Patient experience of our services will be at the forefront of your thinking, and this will be combined with your deep knowledge and experience of working in Mental Health. Your passion for engaging with, developing and improving our staff's experience of their day-to-day work will be grounded in a desire to continuously improve clinical practice and community mental health programme delivery.

Why join us?

  • You will be part of a supportive, innovative management and leadership team, helping us to transform our mental health services as set out in the NHS Plan and the Community Mental Health Framework (2019)
  • You will receive support and coaching for your ongoing continuing professional development to grow with us and enhance your skills
  • You will have access to a range of additional benefits such as discounted shopping, recognition schemes and various other packages you can draw from to help support your work-life balance
  • We understand that you have a life outside of work and therefore we offer a range of agile and flexible working opportunities for our staff

This is a key operational management role which includes an interest in undertaking improvement approaches. A good understanding of how IT clinical systems can support our clinical work with patients will be important to this exciting role.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for the operational, clinical and professional leadership and management for Speech and Language Therapy clinicians in the Directorate of Mental Health (DMH)
  • To identify clinical priorities at both the operational and strategic level for the therapy ensuring the highest standards of clinical and professional practice through professional leadership, clinical supervision, mentorship and practice development
  • To undertake direct and indirect specialist clinical work at a high level of expertise and in complex situations
  • To demonstrate specialist skills in a range of therapeutic interventions
  • To lead the development of Speech and Language Therapy across DMH Services to enable continuous quality improvement in the service provision
  • To establish and maintain a clear structure for clinical and professional advice and support for Speech and Language Therapy
  • Leading the development of Speech and Language Therapy across all DMH Services to enable continuous quality improvement in service provision
  • Demonstrating the Trust's values in everything you do in the work environment
  • Being responsible in the use and expenditure of the Trust's resources that you utilise
  • Being responsible for the planning and submitting of bids for funding to develop the clinical service as appropriate

About us

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1 million people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Here at LPT, our values are Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Trust, which we keep at the heart of everything we do.

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information are contained in the attached document titled Information for Applicants.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or varied working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

For all substantive roles, new staff (excluding medical staff) are appointed subject to a 6-month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants at risk within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview.

Job description Job responsibilities

If you like what you've read and would like more information on the duties and responsibilities of this role, please click onto the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma/Degree in relevant speciality
  • Member of Health Professions Council
  • Certificate in Supervisory management
  • Advance Qualification and portfolio demonstrating advanced practice
  • Leadership and /or management qualification
Experience Essential
  • Minimum of 5 years clinical at Senior level experience in the field of Mental health
  • Ability to demonstrate in-depth understanding of profound and complex mental health presentations
  • Ability to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Mental Health conditions and interventions
  • Understanding of valuing people and the needs of this client group
  • In-depth understanding of the role of relevant posts within speciality
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • In-depth understanding of health issues with regard to Mental Health.
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness of best practice and current policy in Mental Health
  • Knowledge of current research and developments in the field
  • Knowledge of professional issues at national, regional and local levels
  • Demonstrate good leadership and team working skills
  • Highly developed and specialised communication skills
  • Ability to communicate sensitive and complex issues
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Ability to identify and employ as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Flexible approach and positive attitude to change in a complex environment with many stakeholders and divergent agendas
  • Can demonstrate the capacity to nurture and support the development of multidisciplinary teams
  • A strong commitment to continuing professional development
  • Ability to critically appraise own performance
Mobility Essential
  • Own transport or suitable alternative. Dependence on public transport is not suitable for this role

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