Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust specialises in working with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and those with learning disabilities. As a Trust we make a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.
We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients and we are always looking for people with the right core values to join our team. The Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.
Our vision is to provide outstanding care and treatment you can be confident in. To achieve the highest standards we have already embarked on a programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts.
Due to the promotion of the current postholder, we have an opportunity for a committed and enthusiastic Speech and Language Therapist to join our Community Learning Disability Team in Hastings, East Sussex.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with people with a learning disability to improve their life experiences. You will need to be strongly motivated to make significant improvements in the relationships and communication environments of some of the most excluded people in society as described in the Transforming Care literature and according to the RCSLT’s Five Good Communication Standards. You will also need to be committed to supporting the physical health needs of people through dysphagia management as the service works to implement the recommendations of CIPOLD (Confidential Inquiry into Premature deaths Of people with Learning Disabilities)
Ideally you will have some post qualifying experience including in dysphagia assessment and management, but we are also able to offer the post at band 5 with a view to progressing to band 6. Post-graduate dysphagia training will be provided if required, as will close support and supervision from more experienced Speech and Language Therapists and a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant.
The post is located in central Hastings within our multi- disciplinary community learning disability team which we provide in partnership with social services. The varied and interesting clinical work is mostly in the community so you will need to be able to travel between locations in a timely manner.
You would be joining a dynamic speech and language therapy team in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with a national profile and a commitment to continuing professional development. All team members are encouraged to contribute to developments in working practice and there are opportunities for career progression. We provide frequent specialist supervision and peer support networks and an environment where innovative and progressive practice are encouraged.
Sussex is a beautiful part of the country, with easy access to the sea and countryside. From Hastings there are excellent transport links to London, Brighton, Gatwick and Europe.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Hazel Brewer, Principal Speech and Language Therapist on ( Email address removed )
We appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date then it is probably the case that you have not been shortlisted, however this should not discourage you from applying again.
In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people.
It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.
Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.
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.
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