Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Clinical Practice

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata
Closing date
5 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Come and join our Dorset Stroke and Neuro Service serving the West and North of Dorset. We have recently been awarded significant investment in Dorset to develop Stroke and Neuro Services across Dorset to meet the National Stroke Service model published by NHS England last year (particularly with regards to Integrated Community Stroke Services- ICSS). This is a really exciting time as we significantly expand our existing services and embed innovative ways of working to improve clinical outcomes for patients following stroke or neurological illness or injury. Importantly this once in a generation investment increases our team threefold and significantly extends the time patients can access the service moving to a needs led, rather than time limited service. Our integrated community stroke and neuro team is AHP lead and will provide various pathways of care including supported self management, advice and signposting, intensive rehabilitation (ESD), complex management and reviews.

Our team expansion includes nursing, social work, neuropsychology and voluntary sector roles, as well as apprentices, rotations across the acute and community pathway and opportunities for advanced practice. We have a programme initiated within Dorset developing communities of practice regarding psychological care and motor relearning, which postholders can join.

Main duties of the job

This role is for a band 7 SLT to take a lead on the SLT pathways within the service and liaison with the adult community SLT team where there is overlap and develop strong relationships for seamless involvement. The successful applicant will have highly specialist skills in stroke and neuro rehabilitation and experience with pathway development, supervision and leadership. This post will become an integral part of the senior team working alongside the hub leads and the band 7 OT and physio to provide specialist skills and knowledge to the team.

To provide high quality person centred care which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity using advanced clinical knowledge that is evidence based.

To undertake independent assessment and management of service users to incorporate pharmacological considerations, where appropriate making complex clinical decisions regarding service user management and clinical outcomes.

To provide advanced clinical advice, leadership and support ensuring the needs of the service are met by exercising and demonstrating high levels of clinical judgement, critical analysis and advanced decision making skills.

To manage change, to monitor and improve standards through supervision, evidence based practice, clinical audit, research and education. To promote and demonstrate best practice by integrating evidence into practice

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forwardlooking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

Do you embrace change? Do you want to be part of building something exciting? Do you thrive on new knowledge, evidence based practice and research?

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification education Essential
  • Professional Qualification in Speech and Language Therapy/pathology
  • evidence of masters level learning or masters level experience
car Essential
  • Has driving licence and access to car
Experience Essential
  • relevant experience at band 6/7 level in the community
  • Evidence of up to date CPD portfolio and recent development courses
  • Evidence of being involved in change management/pathway development
  • experience of managing/supervising students, assistants and/or junior staff
systems Essential
  • Evidence of using clinical systems and IT systems within previous roles including microsoft office

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