The Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust
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Following a successful pilot, we are pleased to announce the introduction of a permanent Clinical Educator post to the Adult Speech & Language Therapy service at The Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust.
This is a unique opportunity for a suitably experienced, skilled and dynamic SLT to focus on the training and development requirements of our service, for optimal patient outcomes. The post holder will also work in one of our instrumental swallow assessment areas, providing clinical leadership and oversight for service delivery.
The post holder is required to be an autonomous individual who is able to develop professional relationships with stakeholders quickly and embrace the ambitions and priorities of both Mid Yorkshire and the SLT team.
The post holder will have an excellent record of communication, training and presentation skills. Training and development experience at Trust / leadership level and training related qualifications would be advantageous.
The role will involve working within the hospital buildings at Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract and across place within the Wakefield and district community, as required, e.g. at a Care Home. With most of time being based at Pinderfields / Dewsbury. Colleagues must be able to access all community venues, as required.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be required to work within our videofluoroscopy and / or our FEES service. Instrumental assessment and report writing skills are essential.
The post holder will not be required to manage staff on a daily basis but would be expected to support Clinical Lead peers with staff management tasks, on occasion. The post holder would also sit within the SLT Leadership Team and contribute to governance, service development and projects as required, especially around training and instrumental assessment.
The post holder will be supported by the SLT Professional Lead and will have access to peer support from SLT Leadership colleagues. There is also access to peer support with other Clinical Educator colleagues across Therapies.
The post holder will lead with the training and education requirements of the Adult Speech & Language Therapy Team including inhouse dysphagia training. Also, to deliver training to the wider Trust around communication and dysphagia, e.g. nurse orientation training. The post holder is encouraged to delegate training tasks, as appropriate, across the SLT Team.
There will be agreed targets relating to provision of training and monitoring of quality outcomes.
It is anticipated that around 25% of time will be focused on instrumental tasks and 75% of time on training and development related tasks. However, a flexible and patient / service led approach is required.
We provide care and support to over a million people in Wakefield and Kirklees in their homes, community settings and across our three hospital sites at Pontefract, Dewsbury and Pinderfields (Wakefield).
Always striving for excellence, we are at the forefront of innovation and research, and we invest in teaching and the development of our workforce.
We live by our values of caring, improving, being respectful and maintaining high standards. We listen and learn because we aim to make Mid Yorkshire the best place to work and receive care.
We value diversity and welcome talent and enthusiasm irrespective of age, disability, neurodivergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances including providing unpaid carers support to someone with a health and care need. As ethnic minority groups, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with a disability/neurodivergence are currently under-represented across the organisation, we encourage applications from members of these groups. We have policies and procedures to ensure all applicants are treated fairly and consistently.
We are proud of our staff networks - who offer valuable guidance and feedback from those with lived experience.
We have a clear vision and you could be part of this! If you share our values and you want to make a difference to the lives of our patients and their families and carers, we would love to hear from you.
- Be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work, including the management of patients in your care.
- Ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management.
- Accept sole clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and organise this effectively and efficiently with regard to clinical priorities and use of time.
- To offer support during patient review meetings to manage a complex swallow and communication caseload utilising staff skill mix, diary management, prioritisation and delegation.
- Undertake the specialist and comprehensive assessment of patients referred to the service, including those with a complex presentation, using investigative and analytical skills.
- Formulate individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning, and utilising a wide range of advanced treatment skills and options to formulate a specialised programme of care in conjunction with the patient and carers.
- Plan a care programme for individual patients in conjunction with other professional staff within the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) and other partners in health and social care.
- Provide specialist clinical expertise to colleagues within the team and referrers to the service and other partners in health and social care.
- Communicate effectively with patients and carers to maximise rehabilitation potential/patient agreed outcomes and ensure understanding of condition. Communication skills of persuasion, motivation and explanation to encourage patients to undertake their treatment programme.
- Use a variety of communication skills to gain informed consent with patients where there will often be barriers to effective communication e.g. loss of hearing, altered perception, expressive or receptive dysphasia, pain, fear.
- Assess capacity, gain valid informed consent and have the ability to work within a legal framework with patients who may lack capacity to consent to treatment.
- To function as a practicing professional working directly alongside trained staff, students and support staff for at least 50% of the role participating in direct patient care.
- Ensure the promotion and provision of health education for patients and their carers.
- To provide professional leadership, particularly in relation to the fundamentals of care.
- Provide clinical leadership to other members of the therapy team/division.
- Support the Therapies Practice Learning Facilitator, SLT Professional Lead, SLT student Lead and other colleagues in training and strategic roles across Therapies; to ensure that all appropriate staff have access to relevant training and preceptorship opportunities.
Training/clinical education duties
- Ensure effective systems/ framework/ activities are in place to secure sustainable and accurate monitoring of training activity within the team.
- Critically examine working practices within the department to identify cost improvements and effective measures, develop and implement action plans.
- To assess practice development needs and create a culture of reflective practice.
- To plan and maximise opportunities to deliver work-based learning, including peer reviews and joint working.
- By working with individuals within the clinical setting, facilitate practice by enabling and motivating staff to realise their potential within existing and available resources.
- Provide support to staff completing clinical and legal documents to ensure they are completed accurately and legibly, that their relevance is understood, and confidentiality sustained in accordance with Trust policy and regulatory guidelines.
- Develop and maintain competence in the most up to date basic and advanced level skills.
- Develop innovative strategies to enable staff to attend and engage in education and training to maximise learning opportunities.
- Ensure a high quality learning environment is created for all staff and students.
- Develop training packages and facilitate other training within the ward/department/unit/team, linking with outside agents as required.
- Update training guides and resources in an agreed format on available platforms such as the intranet pages to ensure relevant learning is easily accessible to all.
- To understand and engage in Governance processes to support the production of high quality policies, procedures and team resources.
- Ensure that learning from approved study leave and attendance at courses and conferences is shared and disseminated throughout the service.
- Use feedback from Divisional risk reporting, patient complaints and quality meetings to share learning and support service improvement.
- Act as a role model, promoting excellence of practice through education, leadership, advice and support and clinical skills teaching in clinical area
- Create an environment to support inter and multi professional working and learning in practic
- Inspire others to recognise the value of education which underpins and takes practice forward.
- To work closely with other Practice Educators in the Trust and Division, as well as from other disciplines, to establish comprehensive specialist training packages to meet the needs of staff and to ensure consistency and quality of education.
- To deliver relevant presentations and training sessions at Divisional staff meetings, tutorials, inpatient forums.
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