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Speech and Language Therapist

Job Description

St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the regional specialist care provider for south west London, Surrey and beyond. The trust provides a high quality, comprehensive range of health services from leading edge tertiary and trauma care to community services, delivered from 2 hospital sites, St.George’s Hospital in Tooting and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, and from St John’s Therapy Centre, 11 health centres and clinics, schools, nursing homes and people’s own homes. The trust also manages the healthcare service at HMP Wandsworth. With national and regional referrals added to our local 35m catchment, we serve a population of around 5m. We employ around 8,000 staff.

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated band 7 Speech and Language Therapists with creative ideas on the future delivery of community rehabilitation to join our community adult therapy team. The aim of the service is to provide goal orientated rehabilitation to service users in their own home or in other community settings in order to enable people to achieve their full rehabilitation potential following injury or illness / to support people in the management of long term conditions / promote wellbeing and independence. There are 2 pathways delivered by the service, an urgent, reactive pathway and a slower stream rehab / preventative pathway. The Band 7 staff are expected to have an overview of both pathways.

You will bring comprehensive knowledge and experience of SLT assessment and management within community services as well as an excellent understanding of a wide range of long term health conditions, especially those associated with ageing. You will be able to demonstrate strong skills in the assessment and management of dysphagia. You will have strong skills in facilitating communication. Experience within videoflouroscopy would be desirable.

The successful applicant will be responsible for undertaking complex clinical assessments, identifying rehabilitation goals and performing case management role. They will set and evaluate interventions, refer to other services and line manage / develop other staff. They will drive forward excellence in clinical practice, promote evidence based practice and research opportunities. You must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have robust experience of working with a wide range of people especially the older population and in particular those with dementia. Experience of working in a community team is essential however, demonstration of strong organisational and time management skills would be equally important. The ability to use your own initiative and be an excellent communicator is also essential.

Evidence of the ability to supervise and develop other staff members and undergraduate students would be necessary. There is a strong multi-professional team focus to patient care, we are a team of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Technical Instructors and rehab assistants. You will be supported by other experienced senior clinicians and a team leader. Continuing professional development is actively supported via clinical supervision, Personal Development Reviews, post-graduate and in-service training.

Access to your own transport (bike or car) is essential as our work is in the community and reliance on public transport in not efficient across the Borough.

Staff are expected to participate in a weekend rota on some Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Community Adult Health Services (CAHS) is a care group within the Community Adult and Children’s Directorate of the Community Division and comprises multidisciplinary team delivery of functions of care related to a patient’s assessed needs. CAHS provides domiciliary rapid assessment of a change in health condition to support admission avoidance, supports safe and effective discharge and on-going treatment at home or in another setting following an episode of acute hospital care, provides urgent, scheduled and on-going input including specialist intervention for patients with long term conditions, provides in-patient and domiciliary rehabilitation to enable a patient to achieve and maintain optimum functional ability. CAHS is delivered from four localities; North Locality at Stormont Health Centre, South Locality at Tooting Health Centre, East Locality at Tudor Lodge Health Centre and West Locality at Westmoor Health Centre, Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton and St John’s Health Centre. The CAHS redesign is a new way of delivering care and is currently being implemented across the care group. We are exploring new and innovative ways of working utilising technology and mobile working to support staff in the delivery of high quality, safe and effective patient care.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Joanna McIlmurray, Clinical Team Lead – Maximising Independence. ( Email address removed )

We expect all our staff to share the values that are important to the trust – being excellent, kind, responsible and respectful – and behave in a way that reflects these. More information on the vision and values of St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is attached below.

Please note that this vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient applicants are received. Please check your email regularly as all candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted and informed by email or via NHS Jobs.

If you are appointed to the post, as part of your pre-employment check we will be required to verify your identity. The document/s you present for this purpose will be checked for their authenticity by scanning all known security features. These features will include:

- The machine readable zone
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- An infra red image

As part of you pre-employment checks, we will also be required to obtain satisfactory, written references. Please ensure that the referee details which you provide on your application form are correct. We require atleast one written reference from your current or most recent line manager. We are only able to accept references from a professional work email address.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

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