Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Band 7
Ashford & St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Highly Specialist SLT to take a lead role in managing Neonatal/ Paediatric inpatient referrals at Ashford and St Peters Hospital. The post holder will be a member of the SLT team, working closely with the multidisciplinary Paediatric team at ASPH Foundation Trust.
We are looking for someone with advanced skills in the field of paediatric Dysphagia managing a caseload of acutely ill infants/children with complex communication and swallowing problems. The postholder will provide highly specialist assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and intervention, as well as advice/liaison to patients and those caring for them.
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability to work both independently, as well as showing excellent team working skills, enthusiasm and drive.
The Speech and Language Therapy department is a dynamic and friendly service managed jointly with the Dietetic Department offering collaborative ways of working.
The department is strongly committed to Clinical Governance and Continuing Professional development with an excellent support and clinical supervision structure in place.
Main duties of the job
· Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients on the Neonatal and Paediatric Ward with a high level of clinical complexity
· Working within MDTs providing specialist advice and support, as appropriate, to facilitate the effective management of patients whilst in hospital and on discharge
· Being a resource of expertise for Speech and Language Therapy colleagues and others for patient and clinical service issues
· Providing advice, second opinions, learning opportunities, training and direction for service development and improvement
· Contributing to the development and updating of information leaflets and other resources produced by the department
Taking an active role within the general functioning of the Speech and Language Therapy Department, including contributing to student training, supervision of staff members, and training of other health care professionals
Ashford and St. Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of more than 410,000 people living in the boroughs of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking and parts of Elmbridge, Hounslow, Surrey Heath and beyond. The Trust employs around 4,400 individual members of staff. Our turnover was £387.3 million in 2020/21.The Trust provides a whole range of services across its hospital sites. The majority of planned care, like day case and orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation services, is provided at Ashford Hospital, with more complex medical and surgical care and emergency services at St. Peters Hospital. Our vision at Ashford & St Peters is to provide an outstanding experience and outcomes for patients and staff. There has never been a better time to join us in the NHS at Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with our strong commitment to staff health and wellbeing. We are committed to providing continuous professional development, staff benefits and flexibility to shape our workforce around our patient care.
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Job Dimensions & Accountabilities
• Assess, differentially diagnoses, formulate treatment plans (in collaboration with patients and carers), write assessment reports, identify and choose appropriate therapeutic or clinical management techniques from a range of options, provide appropriate therapeutic intervention and evaluate treatment outcomes.
• To continue to acquire the combination of specialist and broader, deeper basic knowledge that is required to maintain fitness for specialist practice with high level autonomy in making decisions for a wide range of specialist cases and contexts
Professional autonomy and accountability
• To maintain Health Profession Council Standards of Proficiency, to practise within the legal and ethical boundaries of the profession and to be aware of current legislation applicable to the work of speech and language therapists
• To work within defined departmental and national protocols / policies and professional code of conduct
• Provide clinical management of neonatal and paediatric inpatient referrals at St Peters Hospital and other sites if required
Knowledge understanding and skills
• To know and keep up to date with national, local and client contextual knowledge and understanding as well as the relevant core and care group specific, specialist underpinning knowledge and skills related to the assessment, management and professional craft knowledge of specialist speech and language therapy practice
• To demonstrate knowledge of, and adhere to RCSLT Professional and Clinical and National and Local Clinical Guidelines
• To have a working knowledge of all relevant procedures for specialist practice including: Safeguarding Children, SEN procedures, Vulnerable Adults, capacity for consent and other legal frameworks
• To demonstrate highly developed and accurate auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients / clients
• To demonstrate skills in handling clients with disabilities
• To demonstrate skills in the use of equipment and technology in specialist clinical care
Learning and education
• To identify training and development needs required for highly specialist practice through critical self-reflection
• To engage in continuous self-directed learning that promotes professional development and quality of practice
• To seek a range of opportunities through the appropriate channels for meeting learning needs
• To attend specialist short courses appropriate to the specialty
• To evaluate learning outcomes, including how learning impacts on practice
• To implement learning outcomes through appropriate and / or agreed changes within practice
• To provide opportunities for speech and language therapy students to observe, discuss and have hands on experience of working with clients in order to support learning about the context, the theory and process of speech and language therapy practice within a range of settings
c) Speech and language therapy colleagues
• To participate in and make an active contribution / lead in case discussions, peer review and action learning sets, drawing on specialist knowledge and experience
• To support the development and practice of colleagues whilst respecting their existing levels of expertise, e.g. through mentoring, clinical supervision, providing second opinions, co-working, and evaluate the effectiveness of the chosen methods in meeting learning needs
• To provide a supporting role in identifying the specialist training needs of individuals or groups, in developing the appropriate content and style of information giving / skill development, in providing the training through the most appropriate means and in evaluating the impact
• To provide opportunities for other health professionals to learn about speech and language therapy and relevant health promotion and health prevention from observation and discussion
Practice research and development
• To contribute to and, as a full specialist speech and language therapist, lead the continuous improvement of the speech and language therapy service by
1. critical reflection on service level practice and planning
2. local research / audit projects focused on practice,
3. implementing agreed quality improvements within practice
4. participating in and developing innovations to reduce risk, and improve quality and clinical effectiveness
• To contribute to the body of knowledge about specialist speech and language therapy and multi professional practice through sharing experience with colleagues and clinical networks and by providing a supporting role in research and publication
Policy / service development and implementation
• To be aware of, adhere to and implement service and team plans and policies across agencies and organisations
• To use specialist knowledge to inform and comment on proposed service / policy developments across agencies and organisations
• To identify care issues for the specialty and make recommendations
• To participate in and, as a full specialist speech and language therapist, lead in the development of local clinical guidelines informed by evidence of the clinical specialty
Communications and Working Relationships
• To make referrals within health, education and social services settings
• To liaise, work in partnership with, and be proactive with other professionals, support staff, patients / clients and parents or carers within and across Trust and organisational boundaries
• To build and sustain professional relationships as an independent practitioner and collaboratively as a member of a team
• To engage patients / clients, parents and carers expert contribution in planning and evaluating care
• To communicate specialist, complex condition related information from assessment, as well as information, advice, instruction and professional opinion effectively and appropriately to a wide range of colleagues, specialist and non specialist, and to patients / clients, parents and carers
• To modify communication to take account of the individual’s needs, including demonstration of empathy and skills to overcome barriers to understanding
• To be aware of the characteristics and consequences of non verbal communication and how it can be affected by culture, age, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs and socio-economic status
• To provide patients or clients or people acting on their behalf, including other agencies, with the information necessary to enable them to make informed decisions
• To use an appropriate interpreter to assist patients whose first language is not English, whenever possible
• To build relationships based on mutual respect and trust and maintain high standards of care even in situations of personal incompatibility
• To communicate effectively, reflecting specialist knowledge, throughout the care of individuals with specialist, complex, high risk needs
• To agree and identify jointly all patients / clients’ and /or parents / carers’ information, support and training needs
• To use interpersonal and persuasion skills to encourage the active participation of patients / clients and parents or carers in the therapeutic process
• To manage actual breakdown and conflict when they occur
• To use assertiveness and negotiation skills at a team level in the management of conflict across a range of situations
• To fulfil a Primary Partner role to ensure patient / clients with specialist, complex, high risk needs and their parents or carers benefit from a comprehensive, co-ordinated plan of care
• To liaise and negotiate with carers, clients and others around individual case management
• To communicate complex, high risk care issues and concerns in speech and language therapy and wider contexts, including child protection, vulnerable adults and health prevention
• To attend meetings with a specialist client focus
Further Information and General Responsibilities
• Care for self and maintain own health
• To have responsibility for health, safety and welfare of self and others at work. This includes being conversant with relevant Trust safety policies and procedures. Each staff member has a responsibility to report incidents, accidents and near misses at work; to take part in the risk management process; to attend all mandatory training course in the agreed duration as defined in Trust policy and to carry out tasks and use equipment only when competent to do so.
• To ensure confidentiality at all times, only releasing confidential information obtained during the course of employment to those acting in an official capacity. To comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
• To comply with the Trust’s corporate and local policies and procedures on such subjects as clinical management, human resources, data quality, staff safety, particularly lone working.
• To comply with the Trust’s policies on equal opportunities, the consumption of alcohol and non-smoking.
• As part of the Speech & Language Therapy Team to work flexibly and in a co-operative and supportive way with colleagues including covering for absent colleagues.
• To support the department and organisation by carrying out any other duties that reasonably fit within the broad scope of a job of this grade and type of work.
ATTITUDE, BEHAVIOUR AND VALUES
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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