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Clinical Lead - SLT (Oxford)

Job Description

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

As a leading teaching, training and research trust, we have close links to Oxford and Oxford Brookes, Buckinghamshire, Reading and Bath universities. We are part of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, working closely with our university colleagues to translate their findings into clinical care as quickly as possible, enabling people using our services to benefit from the latest advances in healthcare.

In everything we do, we strive to be caring, safe and excellent. We expect our staff to share and demonstrate these values as we work to constantly improve the quality of care we provide. This ensures that we have the right workforce to deliver effective team-working and excellent patient care and experience.

Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure Barring Service and other relevant employment checks.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly experienced and motivated Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) to join our Adult Community SLT Service. Oxfordshire Community Adult Speech and Language Therapy services offer education, advice and therapy to those who have swallow, communication or expressive needs within Oxfordshire.

This post would provide the perfect setting for those looking to further develop their specialist clinical skills across a range of client groups, as well as consolidating staff management, leadership, supervision, business and budgetary management skills. There is an Operational Manager and an Allied Health Professional Lead with an SLT background to support you in your role. The post holder will need to work collaboratively with other SLT Clinical leads and the management team to take the service forward as well as working alongside colleagues of other disciplines within our locality integrated teams.

Our value to patients’ health and well-being is well-recognised within the Trust, and the SLT service recently received investment to increase staffing, to provide timely input to our community service. Our Adult Community SLT Service consists of community staff working within three localities across the county alongside a countywide Rapid Response Service which has a particular focus on dysphagia. We operate a central referral and triage service. The clinical staff are well supported by our team of experienced Administrators. Although this is a Community Clinical Lead post, there are also opportunities for the post holder to do sessions within the Rapid Response part of the service.

This SLT service offers comprehensive supervision and continuous professional development. There are a range of opportunities for learning and participation in both personal and service development. We also enjoy very close links with the Speech and Language Therapy team in the acute and out-patient services across Oxfordshire. The service operates from a range of bases across the county and care is given to prevent staff feeling isolated.

In return for your highly specialised skills and knowledge, we can offer you a supportive working environment, opportunities to continue your professional development and childcare vouchers.

You will have access to:

  • Regular line management meetings.

  • Annual appraisal, with regular review.

  • Clinical supervision.

  • Leadership development training.

  • Access to other clinical specialists (including specialists in dysphagia, voice and stroke).

  • Regular departmental meetings, including journal club.

  • Video-fluoroscopy clinic.

  • Joint voice clinic

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication / Assistive Technology

Our aim is to provide high quality, safe services, which improve the health, well-being and independence of the people we care for. We deliver these services in our community, so you will feel a real sense of achievement and that your work makes a difference to local peoples’ lives.If you are committed to providing high quality patient care and enjoy working in a varied environment, please contact us to talk about available opportunities or to come for a visit.

We are a flexible service and cross-site working may be required. Car driver with valid UK driving licence and access to a car essential. The post holder should be able to contribute to extended hours and weekend working as the service develops.

For further details contact;

Jane Lyons, Senior Operational Manager  ( Phone number removed )  Or Sarah Nightingale, AHP Clinical Lead  ( Phone number removed ) 

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

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