Job summary

Do you have an interest in making a positive difference to clients who have a Learning Disability across Leicester and Leicestershire?

Come and join our enthusiastic, supportive team who are committed to personal professional development.

We are currently seeking one Part Time Speech & Language Assistant to join our Learning Disabilities Team.

The role will include:

Assisting in the provision of an effective, evidence based specialist Speech and Language Therapy clinical service.

Using personal effectiveness and knowledge to contribute to the development and delivery of a quality service for those with disorders communication and/or swallowing

Organising and delivering speech and language therapy clinical programmes as agreed with the supervising clinician in line with clinical governance and professional standards.

This will involve working with paper based therapy programmes and increasingly programmes accessed by clinical apps/specialist software programmes, assisting the patients and carers with the programmes and exercises. (via ipads/laptops)

To ensure a high standard of care for all patients by effective communication with patients, carers and colleagues.

In return we provide:

  • A highly supportive team, including supervision
  • A comprehensive induction programme
  • An opportunity to develop your skills learning disability services
  • Please note that driving is essential for the role

    Main duties of the job

  • Assist with the administrative tasks of the SLT Service both independently and as requested by the SLT to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the service, including maintaining stock control for the relevant SLT clinics and hospitals.
  • Liaise with other professionals, carers and organisations at the request of the SLT in order to both obtain and provide information.
  • Assist in the delivery of assessment and therapeutic activities in consultation with a speech and language therapist (SLT) working both independently and jointly in both individual and group settings.
  • Demonstrate good practice in the delivery of a variety of therapeutic approaches, taking responsibility for the welfare, health and safety of patients in their care.
  • Plan, prepare resources, and carry out individual therapy sessions in consultation with a SLT
  • Prepare communication aids for use, including individualising complex electronic communication aids. Assist the patient and family to to use the aid through a therapeutic programme.
  • Maintain accurate and contemporaneous records adhering to service standards and team specific requirements.
  • Be responsible for the safe use of equipment in their care, observing the appropriate
  • Health and Safety and Infection Prevention and Control policies.
  • Undertake where appropriate and contribute to, clinical risk assessments for self, patient, carer and other team members, ensuring that HR and safety policies are adhered to.
  • About us

    Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1 million people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Here at LPT, our values are Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Trust, which we keep at the heart of everything we do.

    We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

    Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information are contained in the attached document titled Information for Applicants.

    We will consider requests to work alternative hours or varied working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

    For all substantive roles, new staff (excluding medical staff) are appointed subject to a 6-month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

    All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

    For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

    Applicants at risk within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

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    Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

  • NVQ level 3 in relevant area or equivalent qualifications / experience
  • GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and Maths
  • Desirable

  • ECDL or equivalent IT experience/knowledge
  • Full driving licence
  • Experience

    Essential

  • Working with the public
  • Experience of working in health or social care
  • Experience of working with/caring for people with communication difficulties
  • Personal Attributes and Interpersonal Skills

    Essential

  • Desire and ability to learn new information and skills.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Standard Requirements

    Essential

  • Commitment to Equality & Valuing Diversity Principles
  • Understanding of Confidentiality & Data Protection
  • Understanding of the service users of the Trust (which could include lived experience of conditions the Trust deals with or of receiving services relevant to those the Trust provides)
  • Knowledge and Skills

    Essential

  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • IT skills (Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook)
  • Basic knowledge of communication impairment
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