Community Speech and Language Therapist - Torbay, South and West
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
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We are looking for a full time B5 Speech and Language Therapist in Torbay South and West Devon Team
Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be! We are developing an innovative, integrated model of children's community services and looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated locality and county-wide professional teams.
As a large community service, you will be joining a strong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionals who will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This provides a real sense of professional collaboration at work, that will be an asset to your daily work, your career development and your support network.
Main duties of the job
- To independently manage, with access to support from more senior colleagues, a caseload of patients with developmental communication and acquired disorders of speech, language and communication.
- The provision of a speech and language therapy service of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of developmental communication disorders and acquired disorders of speech, language and communication.
- To provide appropriate intervention and evaluate outcomes.
- To provide advice to relatives, early years and school staff and other professionals on matters relating to the speech, language and communication needs of individual patients.
- To set up and monitor programmes to be carried out by other key workers.
- To write reports reflecting specialist knowledge.
Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon, including;
Torbay and South Devon FT
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Royal Devon and Exeter FT
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
Livewell South West
CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health which are provided by TSDFT and DPT. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to consultation with our service users and communities.
CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.
Our children and young people say..."We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure".
Successful applicants will be employed by TSDFT (Why work with us - 1 (pagetiger.com))
Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification
Detailed job description and responsibilitiesTo independently manage, with access to support from more senior colleagues, a caseload of patients with developmental communication and acquired disorders of speech, language and communicationThe provision of a speech and language therapy service of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of developmental communication disorders and acquired disorders of speech, language and communicationTo provide appropriate intervention and evaluate outcomesTo provide advice to relatives, early years and school staff and other professionals on matters relating to the speech, language and communication needs of individual patientsTo set up and monitor programmes to be carried out by other key workersTo write reports reflecting specialist knowledge.To demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues, and negotiate with others around case managementTo provide the link and continuity between health professionals and families/carersTo demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence-based practice and outcome measuresTo communicate condition related information from assessment to clients, carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professionsTo work closely with clients, carers and families, agreeing decision making relevant to the patient/client managementTo demonstrate empathy with clients, carers and families and colleagues, ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding existTo develop skills in motivating clients and /or carers to engage in the therapeutic processTo develop negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situationsTo deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possibleTo form productive relationships with others who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties
Policy/service development/implementationTo be aware of and adhere to service and team plans and policiesTo comment on proposed service/policy developments as appropriate
Financial and physical resourcesTo monitor stock levels in own service area and request new equipment as appropriate
To be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of equipment ensuring standards of infection control and safety are maintained including equipment loaned to patientsTo contribute to the development of resources, hand-outs etc being built up on a Service-wide level
Human resourcesTo supervise the work of assistants and volunteers
To participate in student placements as appropriateTo explain the role of Speech and Language Therapists to visitors, students and volunteers
Information resourcesTo maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with RCSLT professional standards and local trust policiesTo share information with others, observing data protection guidelinesTo gather and update activity data accurately and regularly, ensuring the provision of such information promptly within SDHCFT guidelines
Research and developmentTo participate in departmental research and clinical governance/audit projectsTo collect and provide research data as required
Freedom to actTo manage caseload independentlyTo be accountable for own professional action and recognise own professional boundaries, seeking advice as appropriateTo work within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conductTo work independently accessing appraisal within an Individual Performance Framework at annual intervalsT
Communication and Working Relationships
Liaise withThe Head of Speech and Language Therapy, Professional Leads for Speech and Language Therapy Services, Adults, Paediatrics and Learning Disabilities, and South Devon HealthCare Foundation Trust and Care Trust Managers regarding the provision of speech and language therapy services.
Communicate withOther speech and language therapists working in the South Devon HealthCare Foundation Trust areaHealth visiting and medical staff of Torbay and Southern Devon health communitiesGeneral PractitionersCare staff, families and carers
Early Years and school staffOther Health professionalsAppropriate Voluntary Organisations, at local levelSouth Devon HealthCare Foundation Trust management
Provide Training and Support for:Families and carersEarly Years and school staffAppropriate Voluntary Organisations, at local levelOther speech and language therapists.Meetings, discussionsFeedback and reports to other agencies involved with individual patientsAttendance at case conferences and meetings concerning patients and their care
Knowledge and Skills
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).