Speech and Language Therapist
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit A fixed Term Band 6 (1.0 wte) Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to our established Speech and Language Therapy Team which provides a service across Greater Manchester to service users with a learning disability and/or autism who present with forensic risk or risk of hospital admission
This is a multidisciplinary team consisting of Speech and Langue Therapy, Occupational therapy, Psychology, Nursing and Support Workers. You will be expected to work in all areas of Greater Manchester and liaise with the local Learning Disability, Mental Health and Autism services to develop proactive and preventative risk mitigation support.
You will have the opportunity to work within a team of skilled and experienced Speech and Language therapists who have developed a core and specialised role within the wider team. You will have the opportunity to develop your own skills by working alongside existing therapists who have developed highly specialist skills in assessment and treatment of social competency and social communication.
The service is very supportive of training opportunities to ensure that we continue to be aware of new developments which can be adapted and developed to support our service users. You will received regular clinical supervision from the Lead Speech and Language Therapist in the Specialist Support team and will also have access to wider peer supervision opportunities with other speech therapy teams within Merseycare
Main duties of the job
To assume responsibility and accountability for a caseload of patients with speech and language therapy needs holding the duty of care and prioritising and managing the caseload independently based on the principles of risk and clinical risk, liaising with and referring to senior clinicians and relevant agencies as appropriate.
Be responsible for assessment and management of a clinical caseload of patients with speech and language therapy needs.
Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.
We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.
At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.
- Under the direct or indirect clinical supervision of the highly specialist speech and language therapist you will undertake the following duties:
- To assume responsibility and accountability for a caseload of patients with speech and language therapy needs holding the duty of care and prioritising and managing the caseload independently based on the principles of risk and clinical risk, liaising with and referring to senior clinicians and relevant agencies as appropriate.
- Be responsible for assessment and management of a clinical caseload of patients with speech and language therapy needs.
- Undertake comprehensive speech and language therapy assessment of patients using investigative and analytical skills, to formulate an appropriate hypothesis and to determine a diagnosis and to determine a therapy management plan.
- Provide a comprehensive assessment and management plan of service users clinical risk.
- Work with the individual and their care team to develop Communication Treatment and Care plan and integrate these into Positive Behavioural Support plans.
- Develop communication profiles with individuals and their care teams to support them to improve access to therapy.
- Promote health and reduce inequalities for all patients accessing the speech and language therapy service, so that they may be able to maximise their potential in terms of health education and social well-being.
- Contribute to training and development programmes as appropriate to the knowledge and skills of the individual, delivering to other professionals and service users.
- To assess, develop and implement Speech and Language Therapy treatment.
- To work collaboratively with other agencies and carers for the purpose of differential diagnosis and to ensure that the persons communication needs are appropriately addressed.
- To provide advice to others regarding the management and care of clients with communication and/or feeding difficulties.
- To adapt practice to meet individual patients circumstances, including due regard for cultural and linguistic differences.
- To communicate complex condition related information from assessment to clients, carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions.
- To work closely with clients, carers and families, agreeing decision making relevant to the patient/client management.
- To demonstrate empathy with clients, carers and families and colleagues, ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist.
- To form productive relationships with others who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties
- To reflect on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of persons communication and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communicative effectiveness.
- To negotiate with carers, clients and others around individual case management.
- To make appropriate clinical decisions following assessment seeking support and advice from supervisor as appropriate.
- To make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessment seeking advice as appropriate.
- To demonstrate highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients / clients.
- Establish effective communication networks as appropriate in the wider multi-disciplinary team, social services, third and private sector agencies.
- Ensure that up-to-date written and electronic records, and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards, and that sensitive information is held securely.
- Provide timely professional reports demonstrating an analysis of assessment findings, plans for interventions, clients progress, and recommendations and/or advice for other workers.
- Research new ideas in order to develop the service with specific reference to working with people with learning disabilities who have complex needs.
- To be fully involved in training initiatives and be able to plan and implement in specific training to other staff when required.
- To interpret and analyse clinical and non-clinical facts to develop specialised packages of care for patients, families and carers incorporating individual treatment plans and goals based upon clinical reasoning skills.
- The post holder will be responsible for embedding the quality strategy within the service and specific development projects.
- Support the development of patient related outcome measures
- To participate in delegated projects as required.
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.
Certificate of Sponsorship
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