Allied Health Professionals - Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

  • Department Speech and Language Therapist
  • Salary £32,306.00 – £39,027 per annum
  • Closing Date 02/02/2022
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Job ref 223-SSL-1032
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours Full time - 37.5 hours per week

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require any individuals employed by the NHS where their role involves patient contact, to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022.  To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic, autonomous and highly motivated Speech and Language Therapist to join the Speech and Language Therapy Inpatient service at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH), part of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Cross site cover to The Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford, may be required dependent on caseload pressures.

This new post has been created to provide support to our increasing bed base at RSH. The post will be working in a variety of settings including admissions, elderly care and respiratory, as well as some involvement in surgery and oncology, as well as critical care follow up/step down.

Based in picturesque Shropshire, minutes from the A5/M54 you will be based at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, working as a senior member within a team of Speech and Language Therapists, offering an inpatient service.

Experience of working with adults with acquired disorders of communication and swallowing is essential.  Basic dysphagia training is pivotal due to the volume of dysphagia that you will be assessing and managing independently.

Weekly video fluoroscopy clinics are held,  we also provide adhoc input to critical care on both sites.  Experience with critical care and tracheostomy is desired.

Main duties of the job

To assess, diagnose/interpret and manage own specialist caseload of complex patients as an autonomous practitioner in accordance with Professional Code of Conduct and Health and Care Professions Council Regulations.
To have developed, through experience and postgraduate training, the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required for the post.
The post holder will work in close co-operation with colleagues within all Care Groups to deliver a cohesive service that is user led ensuring a consistently high standard of patient care, optimal patient flow and safe timely discharge.
To work closely with team co-ordinators and senior therapists to ensure a robust structure of training, supervision and appraisal is delivered to all members within the team.
To work closely with team co-ordinators and senior therapists to ensure the delivery of an efficient operational service.
To act as a source of Specialist advice and support within the Therapy Centre and across the Trust and the wider health economy.
To have highly effective communication skills and demonstrate these on a continual basis with patients, carers, colleagues and the wider Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT).

Working for our organisation

As a team we are able to provide excellent line management and peer support, working closely together, with regular team meetings, clinical supervision and opportunities for continuing professional development.

The Therapy department are working towards being at the forefront of innovation in leading the way by undertaking development and service evaluation utilising the Virginia Mason Institute (VMI) methodology in Lean practices as the Trust is one of only 5 Trusts in England to be affiliated with the VMI based in Seattle, USA.   

The Government has formally announced that it intends to introduce regulations that will require any individuals employed by the NHS where their role involves patient contact, to be fully vaccinated (1st and 2nd dose) against COVID-19 by 1st April 2022.  To achieve this the successful applicant must have had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination by 3rd February 2022. Therefore, full COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an individual is medically exempt. We will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria

As required for entry into University for professional training
Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
Registered with Health and Care Professions Council and RCSLT
Evidence of specialist clinical training in relevant areas

Work Experience

Essential criteria

Evidence of experience in relevant area of clinical practice, including dysphagia
Evidence of teaching/presentation experience
Experience in audit and research

Knowledge

Essential criteria

Evidence of CPD (portfolio) detailing clinical experience relevant to the post
Significant understanding of current NHS strategy and plans
Significant understanding of Clinical Governance
Highly specialist level of knowledge and advanced clinical reasoning skills to support expert clinical practice
Knowledge of current Evidence Based Practice relevant to post

Skills

Essential criteria

Evidence of leadership ability
Clinical supervision, teaching, mentorship and appraisal skills
IT Skills relevant to the role

Desirable criteria

Experience in video fluoroscopy and tracheostomy (or currently working towards)

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
 
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
 
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
 
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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