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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2019.

Speech & Language Therapist Band 6 Specialist in adult acquired disor

Job Reference: 269--SFT5231

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Adult acquired disorders & dysphagia
Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
£30,401 to £37,267 pro rata pa

Voted by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Britain, Salisbury is an attractive place to live and work and really gives you the best of everything. With easy access to London and local airports, Salisbury also has one of the 31 UNESCO world heritage sites in the UK in the form of Stonehenge and in addition boasts a number of museums and famous landmarks which are well worth a visit. Alternatively, the city of Southampton is only a short train or car journey away or if you prefer the sea, Bournemouth is also accessible.

4 days per week (with the possibility of full time).

Due to a large investment in the Salisbury Speech and Language Therapy service, there is an exciting opportunity to develop the in-patient service, and provide high levels of quality assessment and treatment.

The investment includes this Band 6 post, which although is advertised as 4 days per week, there is the possibility that full time hours may become available during the recruitment period. Therefore if you require full time work, please make an application or contact us to discuss.

Plans to help the in-patient service achieve the Key Performance Indicators linked to the successful bid for all our new posts include: frequent (and intensive) SLT input to in-patients; improved MDT working; a focus on teaching and training to a wide range of ward staff; and a shift towards more instrumental swallow treatments and assessments.

This band 6 post includes: providing regular clinical input to general in-patients across all wards and adult acquired patient groups; opportunities to work in the two SLT-led videofluoroscopy clinics per week and a new FEES service that is being developed; contributing to a dysphagia training programme for nursing staff across the hospital; and being involved in a new instrumental dysphagia rehab clinic. These activities will be led and supported by senior SLT colleagues.

Clinical work will cover all in-patients, the majority of whom have dysphagia.The post holder will need well developed skills in dysphagia, and it would be desirable (but not essential) if they have some experience of working with patients with complex dysphagia (such as those with tracheostomy or mechanical ventilation or spinal injury or head & neck cancer).Patients seen will be on general medical, surgical, and elderly wards, as well as on specialist & regional units (e.g. ITU, Spinal Unit, Burns Unit, Stroke Unit) and the on-site hospice. Daily support and supervision will be available from on-site SLT colleagues, to help the post holder develop specialist skills.

We are looking for a Speech & Language Therapist who works well in a smaller team, who can manage a busy working environment, and who understands the need to be flexible and cross-cover in other areas of the whole service on occasions.

Qualifications required include a degree in Speech & Language Therapy, and ideally postgraduate qualification/training in aspects of adult dysphagia.Any training in FEES and/or Videofluoroscopy would be desirable but not essential.Membership of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council is required.

Postgraduate experience required includes a number of years working independently as a Speech & Language Therapist; managing caseloads of adults with acquired communication & swallowing impairments from a range of acquired neurological conditions; experience of working in a busy acute hospital; and experience of providing training to other professionals. Some experience of FEES and/or Videofluoroscopy clinics would be desirable.

The full adult SLT team covers all aspects of an adult acquired acute and community service, including in-patients and out-patients, and also domiciliary visits in the South Wiltshire and Hampshire parts of the Salisbury health area.

Applicants need to be enthusiastic, competent, and resourceful, and be able to work in partnership with SLT team members to achieve the vision for this expanding team. The post holder needs to be able to manage of a wide range of adult acquired communication and swallowing disorders, and readily give support to NQP colleagues and students.Experience in instrumental swallowing assessments and treatments would be desirable.

The post-holder will be also be based in the SLT department at Salisbury District Hospital with all the other SLT teams, and will benefit from and contribute to being part of a larger service for supervision and support, clinical governance, in-service training, and ongoing professional development.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Lisa Hirst - email:_ or Sarah Nicholson email:- - Tel:- 01722 345571.

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


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