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High Specialist Speech anf Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Speech and Language Therapist
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 7
Contract
Fixed term: 6 months (Maternity Cover)
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-SEC3010500
Site
Norris Green Hub
Town
Liverpool
Salary
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum pro rata
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
19/04/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

This exciting opportunity will enable the post holder to work with the Liverpool Community Learning Disabilities team. You will work amongst a range of  professionals including Support workers, Nurse’s, Occupational Therapy, , Physiotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry and Intensive support.

You will be part of a   supportive service enabling and facilitating people with a learning disability to meet their health needs and access mainstream health services

Shortlisting is planned for: 20th April 2021

Interviews are planned for:  27th April 2021

Main duties of the job

As the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, you will be responsible for managing a clinical caseload involving the assessment and management of dysphagia and communication difficulties with adults with learning disabilities . You will provide support to the wider MDT, represent Speech and Language Therapy in projects or meetings , and provide relevant training. You will offer interventions to support risk management, positive behaviour support plans and communication. You will work collaboratively with professional colleagues and provider services to deliver person-centred care. You will provide leadership and guidance on communication and dysphagia within the MDT, and to mainstream and provider services.

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West
Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.


Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being. 


Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

 As the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, you will be responsible for managing a clinical caseload involving the assessment and management of dysphagia and communication difficulties with adults with learning disabilities. You will provide support to the wider MDT, represent Speech and Language Therapy in projects or meetings , and provide relevant training. You will offer interventions to support risk management, positive behaviour support plans and communication. You will work collaboratively with professional colleagues and provider services to deliver person-centred care. You will provide leadership and guidance on communication and dysphagia within the MDT, and to mainstream and provider services.

 

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Accredited Speech and Language Therapy qualification (BSc)
  • Reg. member of RCSLT
  • Reg. member of HCPC
  • Evidence of significant training in adult learning disability at MSc or equivalent postgraduate level
  • Post graduate training/qualification in Dysphagia
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced level dysphagia training (masters level).
  • Cervical auscultation training

Knowledge / Experience

Essential criteria
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working with adults with learning disabilities.
  • Experience of carrying out specialist assessments and interventions.
  • Proven ability to work independently, prioritise and manage own complex caseload.
  • Experience of working with highly complex cases, such as progressive illness and rare conditions.
  • Established detailed knowledge of current trends in the management of communication difficulties and/or dysphagia in adults with learning disabilities
  • Established knowledge of relevant national policies and procedures
  • Knowledge and active experience of clinical governance/audit and service evaluation
  • Significant experience of multidisciplinary working including development of effective networks/partnerships.
  • Evidence of self-directed learning.
  • A philosophy and approach that empowers people
  • A person centred approach to service delivery
  • Knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools and techniques suitable for adults with learning disabilities with dysphagia and/or communication difficulties
  • Ability to provide information in an accessible format.
  • Highly developed auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically.
  • Knowledge of record keeping standards.
  • Demonstrate complex analytical and reflection skills
  • Prioritisation and organisation skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Knowledge of the roles of other professionals working with people with a learning disability.
  • Excellent presentation skills, written and verbal.
Desirable criteria
  • Awareness of Total Communication
  • Experience of practice in a range of adult learning disabilities settings.
  • Evidence of postgraduate study.
  • Experience of supervision, appraisal and development of therapy staff and students.
  • Knowledge and experience of symbol software packages.
  • Ability to produce own resources using photocopier, computer graphics etc.
  • Ability to use video/digital camera.

Skills

Essential criteria
  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening, counselling and empathy.
  • Highly developed skills in negotiation and problem solving.
  • Ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities.
  • Can convey ideas and information in a confident and easily understood manner, both written and verbal.
  • Adaptable to a varied and frequently changing work environment.
  • May be required to work in difficult, distracting environments or with people whose behaviour may challenge and will require ability to give intense concentration
  • Ability to communicate highly complex or sensitive advice and information to others.
  • Keeping up to date with mandatory training
  • Ability to travel.
Desirable criteria
  • Driving Licence
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Amy Peacock
Job title
Acting Team Manager
Email address
amy.peacock@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
01517374800
Additional information

Or Contact

Krystina Crolla-Barker  -  Principle Speech and Language Therapist

 Krystina.Crolla-Barker@merseycare.nhs.uk