Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a well-established community Speech and Language Therapy Team. We are looking for a dynamic, passionate and caring Speech and Language Therapist to join our dedicated friendly team, providing assessment and treatment for service users with long-term conditions and complex needs. The Speech and Language Therapy team (SALT) work closely with a wider multi-disciplinary team.

Ideally, the successful applicant will be an experienced SALT, who has completed dysphagia assessment and management competencies and is able to manage a dysphagia caseload independently. Applications will be considered for a developmental Band 5 post for those who are working towards completing their post basic dysphagia competencies. The successful applicant for the developmental post will be funded to attend the “Assessment and Management of Adults with Dysphagia” course provided by Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. This will be fully supported and supervised by senior staff within the Calderdale team.

You will be working with adult service users with swallowing and/or communication difficulties resulting from acquired or long term conditions including neurological disorders. Your clinical role will be to determine diagnosis and to develop and deliver individualised treatment programs and/or provide advice. You will hold responsibility for your own specialist caseload working with service users in their own home or other community settings.

Main duties of the job

  • Manage own specialist caseload
  • Work autonomously within Trust policies and professional practice, maintaining accurate and comprehensive up to date electronic records.
  • Carry out specialist assessment and treatment of patients in the community.
  • Determine a clinical diagnosis. Develop, deliver, implement, evaluate and modify individualized treatment programs.
  • Liaison and referral to other agencies to ensure service users receive an appropriate pathway of care. Communicate effectively with the team to ensure continuity of care. Provide specialist advice to patient, colleagues and the MDT.
  • Take part in the education and training of Speech and Language Therapists. Also contribute to the education of qualified and non-qualified healthcare, social services staff and medical staff.
  • Collaborate with the Clinical Leads for Speech and Language Therapy to contribute to evolving and embedding best practice into the clinical area.
  • Support the Clinical Leads in the day to day running of services.
  • Support and advise the wider MDT on the delivery of the service

Please note this is a Band 5 or Band 6 post, subject to experience

About us

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) is a dynamic & successful organisation with a strong organisational & personal development focus. The trust provides a comprehensive range of secondary care services to the people of Calderdale and Huddersfield and has an exceptional reputation for delivery of service.

CHFT prides itself on its strong vision and values.

Our vision : “Together we will deliver outstanding compassionate care to the communities we serve”

We do this by demonstrating our values and behaviours, alongside One Culture of Care – caring for each other the same way we care for our patients.

Our values:

  • We put people first
  • We go see
  • We work together to get results
  • We do the must-dos Our behaviours:
  • I’ll step in others’ shoes, and I’ll be kind and welcoming to all
  • I’m committed to improving services and I’ll go see examples of good practice
  • I’m respectful of others. I support diversity and inclusion
  • I will role model the must-dos to keep everyone safe and well

Date posted

03 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

372-COM2035-E

Job locations

Calderdale Community – Multiple bases

Calderdale

Halifax

HX3 0PW

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Manage own specialist caseload
  • Work autonomously within Trust policies and professional practice, maintaining accurate and comprehensive up to date electronic records.
  • Carry out specialist assessment and treatment of patients in the community.
  • Determine a clinical diagnosis. Develop, deliver, implement, evaluate and modify individualized treatment programs.
  • Liaison and referral to other agencies to ensure service users receive an appropriate pathway of care. Communicate effectively with the team to ensure continuity of care. Provide specialist advice to patient, colleagues and the MDT.
  • Take part in the education and training of Speech and Language Therapists. Also contribute to the education of qualified and non-qualified healthcare, social services staff and medical staff.
  • Collaborate with the Clinical Leads for Speech and Language Therapy to contribute to evolving and embedding best practice into the clinical area.
  • Support the Clinical Leads in the day to day running of services.
  • Support and advise the wider MDT on the delivery of the service

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Manage own specialist caseload
  • Work autonomously within Trust policies and professional practice, maintaining accurate and comprehensive up to date electronic records.
  • Carry out specialist assessment and treatment of patients in the community.
  • Determine a clinical diagnosis. Develop, deliver, implement, evaluate and modify individualized treatment programs.
  • Liaison and referral to other agencies to ensure service users receive an appropriate pathway of care. Communicate effectively with the team to ensure continuity of care. Provide specialist advice to patient, colleagues and the MDT.
  • Take part in the education and training of Speech and Language Therapists. Also contribute to the education of qualified and non-qualified healthcare, social services staff and medical staff.
  • Collaborate with the Clinical Leads for Speech and Language Therapy to contribute to evolving and embedding best practice into the clinical area.
  • Support the Clinical Leads in the day to day running of services.
  • Support and advise the wider MDT on the delivery of the service

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Relevant Degree/Diploma
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of Postgraduate Training
  • Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Willingness to undertake additional and mandatory training as required
  • Willing and able to participate in a competency work based training programme
  • IT literate (electronic patient documentation, email/internet)
  • Experience of case management
  • Comprehensive knowledge of appropriate and available Speech and Language Therapy assessments and approaches
  • Is competent in working at level of specialist dysphagia practitioner

Desirable

  • Member of relevant clinical excellence network, and attendance at events.
  • Studied at Masters level or equivalent
  • Knowledge of instrumental dysphagia assessments
  • Competent in videofluoroscopy and/or FEES
  • Previous experience working at Band 6 level

Knowledge

Essential

  • Significant experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist with adults with neurological conditions, demonstrating ability to assess, treat and evaluate care
  • Evidence of post-graduate learning and competencies in dysphagia
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, national guidelines and best practice
  • Good Clinical Reasoning skills
  • Evidence of CPD, self-directed learning and Reflective Practice
  • Proven ability in implementing Clinical Governance
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
  • Ability to maintain legible and accurate records
  • Teaching/Presentation skills
  • Experience developing, supervising and training others
  • Demonstrates positive attitudes and behaviours
  • Problems solving/decision making skills based on patient/client needs

Desirable

  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet service needs
  • Ability to maintain satisfactory level of attendance
  • Experience in contributing to service improvements e.g. Audit, patient information etc
  • Experience in dealing with complaints (e.g. diffusing complaint or investigating complaint)
  • Carrying out Appraisals

Communication

Essential

  • Tactful, diplomatic, supportive and resourceful
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people with complex difficulties and in difficult situations
  • Recognises own limitations and have willingness to share and learn from others
  • Ability to identify and articulate own training needs
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and influence others
  • Proven ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to organise own work and caseload
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and concentrate in emotionally demanding situations
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and have a willingness to share and learn skills from others
  • Ability to prioritise own and others caseloads
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Relevant Degree/Diploma
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Evidence of Postgraduate Training
  • Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Willingness to undertake additional and mandatory training as required
  • Willing and able to participate in a competency work based training programme
  • IT literate (electronic patient documentation, email/internet)
  • Experience of case management
  • Comprehensive knowledge of appropriate and available Speech and Language Therapy assessments and approaches
  • Is competent in working at level of specialist dysphagia practitioner

Desirable

  • Member of relevant clinical excellence network, and attendance at events.
  • Studied at Masters level or equivalent
  • Knowledge of instrumental dysphagia assessments
  • Competent in videofluoroscopy and/or FEES
  • Previous experience working at Band 6 level

Knowledge

Essential

  • Significant experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist with adults with neurological conditions, demonstrating ability to assess, treat and evaluate care
  • Evidence of post-graduate learning and competencies in dysphagia
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, national guidelines and best practice
  • Good Clinical Reasoning skills
  • Evidence of CPD, self-directed learning and Reflective Practice
  • Proven ability in implementing Clinical Governance
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
  • Ability to maintain legible and accurate records
  • Teaching/Presentation skills
  • Experience developing, supervising and training others
  • Demonstrates positive attitudes and behaviours
  • Problems solving/decision making skills based on patient/client needs

Desirable

  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet service needs
  • Ability to maintain satisfactory level of attendance
  • Experience in contributing to service improvements e.g. Audit, patient information etc
  • Experience in dealing with complaints (e.g. diffusing complaint or investigating complaint)
  • Carrying out Appraisals

Communication

Essential

  • Tactful, diplomatic, supportive and resourceful
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people with complex difficulties and in difficult situations
  • Recognises own limitations and have willingness to share and learn from others
  • Ability to identify and articulate own training needs
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and influence others
  • Proven ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to organise own work and caseload
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and concentrate in emotionally demanding situations
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and have a willingness to share and learn skills from others
  • Ability to prioritise own and others caseloads

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

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) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

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) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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