We have a fabulous opportunity for a dynamic Speech and Language Therapist who is dysphagia trained, to become part of the experienced and friendly Speech and Language Therapy team that provides care to adult patients within University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). This is 1 year fixed term position working 18.75 hours per week. There is the opportunity to work as part of our stroke services and/or on our adult acute inpatient wards. Any band 6 post will also have the exciting opportunity to work through our 6-part ‘specialist skills module programme’ which includes, VF, FEES, critical care.
On stroke you will be part of our experienced team with close MDT working being essential. The SLT service is able to provide daily treatment for patients with both communication and swallowing difficulties, supporting the active rehabilitative culture and ethos of the unit. As the adult acute ward SLT you would be working as part of a dynamic and busy pool of speech therapists that offer a prioritised and responsive service to cover to our wide range of acute wards and regional specialist units. There are vast learning opportunities, due to the varied nature of the caseload, which is perfect for consolidating experience whilst further developing your clinical skills.
There are numerous opportunities for individuals to represent the SLT service, be innovative in their approach to treatment and service delivery, whilst being part of MDT working groups and service development initiatives.
Our team consists of a range of clinical leads and specialists who foster and support staff across a wide range of clinical areas, helping to provide excellent learning opportunities.
We take pride in being a tertiary centre, providing highly specialised treatment for our patients who have complex needs as well as undertaking instrumental assessments as a crucial part of the management of dysphagia. These posts offer a wide range of opportunities to be able to develop your knowledge and professional skills. As a high performing team we have nationally recognised clinicians and have ‘advanced clinical practitioners’ in FEES and VF. There are career and academic pathways and research opportunities. As part of the SLT team you would have access to senior therapists for daily support and regular, scheduled, clinical supervision which is considered an essential part of your ongoing development.
We are a department that is responsive, dynamic and flexible and we are always challenging ourselves and others to ensure we are meeting individual patient needs in the most efficient and evidence based way.
The whole Trust encourages innovation and quality improvements and all staff have the opportunity to be involved in projects, audits and clinical effectiveness schemes. As part of this initiative we have recently developed a virtual learning dysphagia awareness training module. With our close links with Southampton University this is a stimulating environment to work in. For example, we have been able to support academic development such as short-term internships, post-graduate courses and clinical academic careers.
The service is recognised as an essential part of the collaborative MDT working approach and environment that provides a quality and timely service to acute patients, at the acute and rehabilitation stages of their recovery pathway .
The successful candidates would be required to:
Complete daily patient data
Work closely with MDT colleagues in the planning and goal setting for individual patients- joint sessions
Liaise closely with relatives and carers and provide relevant support with an individual’s communication and swallowing function.
Design and implement swallow rehabilitation programmes
To contribute to capacity assessments and decisions
Deliver regular individual and group therapy sessions
Measure clinical outcomes
Collect and act on patient and carer feedback
Support less experienced colleagues , as well as be responsible for Reading University student placements
Contribute to audits and specific projects
Provide training to ward staff and MDT colleagues.
Are passionate about working with acute patients and their families
Who have experience in the assessment and management of acute patients presenting with communication and swallowing difficulties
Are keen to have exposure and learn about the specialist services we provide
Thrive in working in busy, dynamic and constantly changing environment.
Value and actively contributes to an MDT culture
As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.
As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.
UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.
Interviews will be held on Thursday, 20 August 2020
If you’re interested in applying for this role, we would really encourage you to get in touch and arrange to visit, so you can meet the MDT team and experience the dynamic environment and patient care first hand. Feel free to use the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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