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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Job Description

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the largest integrated NHS Trusts in the country employing more than 9,000 staff with a budget of more than £670 million a year. We are the first Trust of its kind to provide complete hospital-based and community healthcare services to a combined population of 930,000 in the boroughs of Brent, Harrow and Ealing. Our services include four major acute hospitals including the internationally renowned St Mark's Hospital and community services across Brent, Harrow and Ealing, including Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital, Meadow House Hospice, Denham Unit and Willesden Centre.

The ENable Team, part of Ealing Community Services within London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, is a specialist community, therapy and nursing service, established to support people diagnosed with progressive and acquired neurological conditions. The team is split into two to cover the East and the West of the Borough, including, parts of Chiswick, Acton, Ealing, Southall, Northolt, Greenford and Perivale.

These specialist community MDT’s possesses a significant body of both skill and experience due to the variety of professional’s involved and indeed necessary, to support this varied, and often complex, but highly interesting, caseload. The team has access to admin support and clinical support & supervision for this post will be provided by the 8a, SLT Outpatients, Team Leader and you will work closely with this team.

The caseload is a combination of patients with progressive, degenerative disease, ie MS, MND & Parkinson’s Disease, and impairment due to CVA. It will therefore provide a varied and interesting cohort of patients with a multitude of swallowing and communication difficulties.

A car driver is preferred but the borough has excellent public transport links and work related travel expenses, will be reimbursed.

We have an identified AAC budget and work closely with specialist AAC centres so there are extensive opportunities to further develop your AAC skills. You will be able to refer patients into the twice weekly videofluroscopy clinic, so development of your VF skills is also available and we hope, FEES, in the near future.

You will have close liaison and support from the rest of the Adult Ealing SLT team and the wider LNWHC SLT Team, across the acute and community services, including palliative care, helping to provide continuity of service to local residents.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience of therapy and management of both dysphagia & communication, preferably within a community team environment.

If you meet the required person specification criteria and have the appropriate clinical skills together with commitment, energy and experience, then we would like to hear from you.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Kris Walecki, ENable Service Manager on  ( Phone number removed ) , e-mail ( Email address removed ) or Nicola Barrett, Head of Adult SLT on  ( Phone number removed ) , or e-mail ( Email address removed )

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We promote the wellbeing and safety of all our patients and carers by acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately, according to the standards determined by our policy and procedures. All posts working with vulnerable groups will be subject to an enhanced criminal records check upon appointment and staff will need to give their consent for the Trust to receive regular updates on their criminal records status throughout their employment.

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