Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Acorn Care & Education
£26 302 to £41,000
14 Oct 2016
19 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Job Summary: The post holder will be an experienced therapist who will provide a Specialist Speech and Language Therapy service, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, in educational, residential and adult settings for the young people and adults attending Acorn Park. The post holder will independently manage his/her caseload, devise strategies for complex caseload management, and will have day to day responsibility for promoting speech and language activities as well as communication skills across site. Key Strategic Responsibilities Communication and Relationships To work collaboratively and liaise with a wide range of professions and teams in education, residential and adult services to promote communication and speech and language development. To communicate complex condition-related information from assessment to students, carers, families, multi-disciplinary team members and other professionals. To convey complex information clearly to students, carers and other professionals both in verbal and written form To communicate effectively with students with communication problems where difficulties to understanding exist, using observation, listening and empathy. To adopt a flexible, innovative approach to overcome barriers to verbal expression and understanding when communicating with students To demonstrate empathy with students, carers and families, and provide support ensuring that effective communication is achieved often where barriers to understanding exist To work closely with students, carers, families and multi-disciplinary team members, agreeing decision making relevant to each student’s management Where possible work with other multidisciplinary team members / professionals to ensure an integrated, seamless service and care plan To attend relevant student related meetings and report to case conferences/review meetings etc for students on the caseload, negotiating management and to communicate profession specific specialist knowledge concerning issues of students communication To attend and participate in professional and other relevant meetings To demonstrate negotiating skills in motivating students, carers, families and others involved To establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with other staff which are characterized by open communication, trust and respect To demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills Analytical and Judgmental To make independent decisions about caseload management To liaise with colleagues within the SaLT team in directing, monitoring and evaluating the work of Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, ensuring that allocated work matches the skill set of the person assigned to do it. To negotiate with students, carers, families, multidisciplinary team and others around individual case management. Can recognize breakdown/conflict when it occurs and can generate potential solutions. To ensure that students and/or others are involved in the planning and prioritization of their care plans wherever possible To assess, develop and implement specialist speech and language therapy approaches as appropriate. To make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessment and design appropriate input based on analysis of profile of need. To use specialist skills and knowledge for assessing students, to inform clinical decisions following assessment and providing appropriate intervention from a range of evidence based options. To structure clear care plans based on best practice To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence based practice and outcome measures Planning and Organisation To plan, organise and prioritise own workload, both clinical and non-clinical To use clinical skills to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management of complex clinical issues Physical Demonstrates highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clients Demonstrates good keyboard skills and IT skills Able to travel Patient and Client Care Able to assess, develop and implement clear specialist programmes of care and treatment to meet the needs of students based on best practice To use clinical skills to generate written reports reflecting specialist knowledge To provide appropriate specialist intervention and evaluate outcomes To provide advice to others regarding the management and care of students’ communication difficulties. To work as part of the education, residential and adults services teams in developing preventative working and to ensure that all involved are advised and informed of the nature and management of communication problems. To contribute to teams, both multi disciplinary and within own discipline, by discussing own and others’ input around clients’ needs, ensuring a well coordinated care plan and necessary onward referral To demonstrate an ability to manage a caseload with a range of complex conditions including ASD, learning difficulties and challenging behaviour, applying appropriate assessment and management strategies Policy and Service Participation in the organisation’s incident reporting and risk management procedures Awareness and adherence to team and service plans and policies To use specialist knowledge to inform service and policy developments as appropriate and to implement policy within own specialist area To develop a working knowledge of the National Autistic Society’s accreditation guidelines / best practice To develop a working knowledge of the Autism Education Trust’s best practice guidelines and professional competency framework To develop a working knowledge of relevant procedures/statutory requirements including: Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, SEN procedures, and other legal frameworks. Attendance on mandatory training courses as per APS requirements To be a member of the RCSLT and HCPC, and to comply and keep up to date with standards of professional conduct and practice. It is the post holder’s responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with and adhere to these requirements Financial and Physical Resources To monitor stock levels in own service area and request new equipment as appropriate To be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of equipment, ensuring standards of infection control and safety are maintained including those loaned to clients Does not hold budgetary responsibility but involved in planning yearly therapy team budget Human Resources To work independently accessing appraisal at pre-determined intervals within an Individual Performance Review Framework ensuring that the objectives set reflect the organisation’s service plans, including specific objectives relating to communication difficulties associated with ASD and learning difficulties. To identify personal and professional development evidenced by a Personal Development Plan developed within an appraisal framework To attend relevant training (courses, meetings, special interest groups) and development in order to maintain and develop skills and knowledge required of a specialist therapist working in the area of ASD, severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour To keep up to date with new techniques and developments for the promotion and maintenance of good Speech and Language Therapy practice and maintain up to date HPC and RCSLT registration To actively participate in reflective clinical supervision with peers / clinical supervisor in order to develop and enhance practice, as well as identify own strengths and development needs To advise, provide clinical support to other team members and staff on SLT issues To Supervise work of speech and language therapy assistants, volunteers and other working with post holder, providing advice and support To explain role of SLT to visitors, academic students from different professions, volunteers etc. To contribute to SaLT student placements as appropriate To contribute to the identification of training needs within the team To participate in the development and delivery of specialist training (formal and informal) to others in the area of communication difficulties as associated with ASD and learning difficulties with and without support and reflect on and evaluate training provided To provide teaching, training and advice to other staff members, carers and families on the support and prevention of communication problems which is complementary to existing SaLT provision To contribute to multidisciplinary team building To be committed to Continued Professional Development (CPD) and maintain a professional portfolio in line with HPC requirements To deal with initial complaints sensitively, as per complaints policy and procedure, avoiding escalation where possible Information Resources To maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with RCSLT professional standards, HPC guidelines and Acorn Park School policies as required To share information with others, observing data protection guidelines, APS guidelines, parental/legal guardian consent as well as RCSLT guidelines To gather activity data accurately and regularly and ensure provision of such information promptly within Acorn Park School guidelines and policies Participate in reporting and recording incidents, complaints and accidents involving students, staff or visitors in accordance with APS standards Research and Development May participate in research in specialist area To collect and provide research data as required Participates in informal and formal departmental research and development projects, clinical Governance and audit projects as directed by Clinical lead and Head of Therapy Freedom to Act To work independently accessing supervision within an Individual Performance Review framework To be accountable for own professional action and recognise own professional boundaries, seeking advice as appropriate Additional Information Physical Effort Working with small children – frequent requirement for sitting on child-size chairs or on the floor To transport speech and language therapy equipment to a variety of locations. Work within Lifting and Handling guidelines To adhere to and apply Team-Teach guidelines in supporting students with challenging behaviour Mental Effort Able to maintain intense concentration in all aspects of patient management for prolonged periods.In particular, to monitor auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of client’s communication, adapting and facilitating according to perceived clients needs, including cultural and linguistic differences To be flexible to demands of the environment including unpredictable work patterns, deadlines and frequent interruptions Emotional Effort To form productive relationships with others who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of clients and their carers, in particular when imparting potentially distressing information regarding the nature of client’s difficulties and implications of the same Working Conditions To comply with Health and Safety at work legislation, ensuring the welfare of students, staff and self. To develop appropriate strategies and be aware of policies relating to management of challenging behaviour within the workplace To have due regard for own personal safety and that of clients / carers; to have knowledge of risk assessment to ensure the safety of self and others To report all accidents, incidents, faults and defects Person Specification: Essential: Recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy Professional Registration with the Health Professions Council Registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Evidence of successful completion of relevant specialist short courses Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team Experience of planning and delivery of training Experience of working with individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Condition Relevant experience post qualification as a Speech and Language Therapist (minimum 3 years) Knowledge of standards of record keeping Understanding the roles of other professionals and a commitment to work collaboratively with clinical, educational and support teams. Knowledge of Clinical Governance Knowledge of evidence based assessment tools and therapeutic interventions relevant to communication disorders associated with ASD, severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour Experience of using a range of relevant intervention techniques and approaches, e.g. PECS, Intensive Interaction, SCERTS Knowledge of cultural and linguistic issues in working with a multi-cultural caseload Knowledge of national policies, procedures and current research relevant to Autism and Learning Difficulties Ability to organise caseload, workload and time independently Able to demonstrate prioritization skills Ability to adjust communication style reflecting listener level ability Demonstrates ability to be a good team player Ability to acknowledge need for, and seek support Ability to work independently and take initiative Demonstrates a positive approach to problem solving Inclusive approach, promoting involvement and engagement Commitment to professional development and lifelong learning Good IT skills Flexibility Willingness to undertake occasional travel to represent Acorn Park and for own professional development Maintains own knowledge base, SIGs, reading etc. Member of a Special Interest Group Attendance at relevant courses, e.g. PECS, Intensive Interaction, SCERTS Experience working with SaLT assistants Experience working with clients from multicultural/lingual backgrounds and working with interpreters Counselling skills Understanding of Sensory Processing Difficulties and how they relate to students with ASD, in specific to their communication needs and difficulties Knowledge of national organisations and frameworks such as AET professional competency framework Ability to manage a varied workload which include clinical caseload, training, supervision, operational and organisational tasks as allocated by Head of Therapy Evidence of collaborative working with a range of managers for strategic planning and development Job details: Pay band: 6 Hours: 37.5 per week 52 weeks Annual Leave: 25 days plus bank holidays Reports to: Head of Therapy Safeguarding is everybody’s business. The welfare and safeguarding of children and young people should be of paramount consideration, whatever your role or level of responsibility is within the organisation. All employees, panel members, independent workers and volunteers are required to ensure compliance with the company’s guidance and policy on safeguarding and are required to attend Safeguarding training appropriate to their level of responsibility. This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/66896497