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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Speech and Language Therapy
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-SEC2978835-A
Site
Rowan View
Town
Maghull
Salary
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
13/04/2021 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 is an exciting role to work within our purpose built medium secure unit as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. The division is lead by a Principle Speech and Language Therapist whom you will receive supervision from.  The service also includes a wider network of Speech and Language Therapists and assistants who meet regularly to discuss clinical cases and service improvement.

Shortlisting is planned for: 14th April 2021

Interviews are planned for:  22nd  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 and mental illness. You will provide support to the wider MDT, represent Speech and Language Therapy in projects or meetings within the hospital, 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

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) to work as part of the secure and specialist learning disability division. The post will be based in Rowan View Hospital, a new purpose-built medium secure unit for people with learning disabilities and mental illness. Rowan View represents our strong ambition for a new centre of excellence in forensic care:

  • Specialist learning disability and mental health services.
  • 123 beds over eight wards: female learning disability (Delamere ward); male learning disability (Astley and Birkdale wards); female mental illness (Eden ward); male mental illness (Thornton, Rivington, Vale and Marbury wards).
  • An environment that will promote the integration of physical and mental wellbeing.
  • A social hub incorporating a café, therapy rooms, multi faith room, sports hall, gymnasium, music rooms, skills for life room, IT suite, bank and a physical health suite.
  • Use of therapeutic technology for the benefit of patients and staff including virtual reality and avatar therapy.

Rowan View represents a step change in care for service users, preparing them for life afterwards. It will deliver innovative treatments to improve recovery times for people with mental illness and learning disabilities.

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 and mental illness and supervision of Band 4/5/6 colleagues within the service. You will provide support to the wider MDT, represent Speech and Language Therapy in projects or meetings within the hospital, 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.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a new purpose-built medium secure hospital within an expanding and developing Speech and Language Therapy service. The division is lead by a Principle Speech and Language Therapist whom you will receive supervision from.  The service also includes a wider network of Speech and Language Therapists and assistants who meet regularly to discuss clinical cases and service improvement.

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.

If you are interested in applying or would like to hear more about this role, please contact Krystina Crolla-Barker – Principle Speech and Language Therapist (07587 666 428) or Elizabeth Hargreaves – Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (01254 821 533) to have an informal discussion.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Completion of a recognised training course awarding relevant degree/diploma approved by the RCSLT and HPC
  • Registered with the HPC – License to practice
  • Member of the RCSLT
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master’s level or equivalent
  • Experiential training which demonstrates highly specialist skills in specialist area
  • Evidence of management training.
  • Evidence of leadership training.
  • Membership of relevant special interest groups.
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate certificate in speciality.

Knowledge/ Experience

Essential criteria
  • Relevant experience at undergraduate/post graduate level
  • Experience post qualification in relevant clinical area.
  • In depth experience and independent management of complex patients within specialist area relevant to the post.
  • Evidence of experience of: Multi disciplinary team working
  • Evidence of experience of: Leading in service projects
  • Evidence of experience of: Developing and leading training of others
  • Evidence of experience of: Supporting junior Speech and Language Therapists
  • Evidence of experience of: Student training
  • Advanced knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the client group.
  • Advanced knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
  • In depth knowledge of the principles of clinical governance/audit.
  • Understands the roles of other professionals relevant to the client group.
  • Understands the standards of record keeping
  • Understands confidentiality as relating to the NHS
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of : Acting as a specialist support to others.
  • Experience of : Developing protocols
  • Experience of : Acting for senior staff.

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – including, listening and empathy skills.
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills.
  • Well-developed concentration skills
  • Excellent presentation skills written and verbal.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Prioritisation and time management skills.
  • Good Auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe phonetically
  • Able to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities.
  • Able to work independently recognising own limits
  • Flexible and able to cope with change.
  • Learns from experience and willing to adapt accordingly, including learning new skills
  • Able to critically appraise research articles
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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
Krystina Crolla-Barker
Job title
Principle Speech and Language Therapist
Email address
krystina.crolla-barker@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07587666428