Speech and Language Therapist (Band 5)
My client is an independent specialist provider for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of adults with neurological conditions including acquired brain injury (ABI) and progressive neurological disorders. They registered the site towards the end last year and are about to open their doors to a new facility just outside Salisbury, during the first few days of February.
The onsite teams provide programmes of treatment, care and interventions led by an experience consultant in neurorehabilitation and on-site medical practitioner as well as registered nurses. They offer a 7-day a week therapy provision through physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, neuro psychologists as well as dedicated activities coordinator organising a range of vocational groups and one-to-one activities.
Speech and Language Therapist
As a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), you will support the Lead SLT with patients who have a neurological injury; using evidence-based principles, to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
You will be required to provide assessments, therapy, advice, and support to adults with acquired neurology.
You will work collaboratively within the Interdisciplinary Team to ensure a comprehensive and patient-centred service, utilising integrated working to optimise outcomes.
· Ensure that accurate patient care records are maintained in accordance with legal and professional requirements.
· Follow necessary protocol and carry out risk assessments when establishing patients' goals, making sure they are realistic and functional.
· Observe and record changes to patients' diagnoses regarding their speech, language, communication, and swallowing status.
· Review carryover and provide handover instructions to medical, nursing and other health care professionals
· Communicate complex conditions related information from assessments to patients, carers, families and members of the multidisciplinary team (e.g. aphasia, apraxia of speech, cognitive communication disorders, dysphagia, dysarthria and dysphagia).
· Help formulate personalised feeding guidelines for patients with dysphagia and monitor the oral intake of patients by encouraging key workers to document the amount of food tolerated by patient and record any signs of difficulties observed.
· Maintain an up-to-date knowledge base and skill development that reflects local need and an evidence-based approach to practice,
· Maintain safe, high standards of practice by being familiar with all current professional, and local issues, attending meetings and courses as identified and appropriate, maintain up-to-date knowledge base.
· Help raise awareness about dysphagia to nurses, keyworkers and kitchen staff regarding food consistencies and feeding skills, forewarning them on the impact of dysphagia and the consequences of feeding the wrong consistencies and not following feeding guidelines.
There is no budgetary responsibility with this position.
Essential for this role:
Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
Registered with the HCPC
Evidence of successful completion of Dysphagia Training
Current membership of the RCSLT
Evidence of CPD and continued learning
Membership of relevant Special Interest Groups (eg. SWIBICEN)
This role is working 5 / 7 days, 40 hours per week.
The salary offered is up to £30k, dependent on experience and is the equivalent of Band 5.
Additional training will be provided if required.
If you would like to know more about the role, please call Suzannah on 07384467588 or send your CV in a WORD format