Specialist Speech and Language Therapist- General Acute at NHS

Posted 1 week ago


Our team is seeking to recruit a full time and part time (0.6) band 6 inpatient specialist speech and language therapist with a passion for dysphagia.
We work in a busy, supportive service offering acute care. We serve a diverse local population, working cross site at Sandwell General Hospital and City Hospital Birmingham; a shuttle bus service operates between the sites.
Responsibilities:

  • Assessment of acute swallowing and communication difficulties

  • Management of dysphagia, including managed risk feeding and palliation

  • Training to nursing and medical staff

  • Liaison with patients, families and carers

  • Participation in case conferences/best interest meetings

  • Management of communication difficulties, including support for discussions around capacity and safeguarding

  • Participation in multi-disciplinary planning (we are active in weekly meetings with the nutrition team and on critical care)

  • Support, supervision and development of assistants, students and band 5 colleagues

  • On-call duties for initial dysphagia assessments on approximately 6 weekends per year, in order to provide a gold standard level of response on the stroke unit

Our team serves an area with linguistically diverse populations, requiring the ability to work effectively with interpreters and to be a skilled and sensitive communicator
Opportunities and benefits:

  • Regular team meetings and supervision, including a monthly Quality Improvement Half Day

  • Structured training in instrumental evaluation of the swallow as part of either the VFL or FEES teams, being part of an evolving service

  • A friendly environment and good working relationships and support from MDT colleagues

  • A paper-light Trust, using Unity (integrated computer system to access and record patient information)

  • Participating in group projects to improve quality within the service

  • Allocated training budget to support PDR objectives

  • Various Trust benefits – free access to gym and exercise classes, cycle schemes, discount and free ticket opportunities through staff communications

  • Access to counselling services, health checks, lunchtime walks, free sight tests etc.

  • Active NHS Trust groups promoting diversity and equality within our staff team.

We are looking for a therapist with the experience to work independently on the wards, with senior or peer support available for more complex cases. You would be one of several band 6 therapists within the department, with opportunities for shared learning and discussion. There is opportunity to develop into this specialist role; our more experienced therapists offer support and opportunities for shadowing and look to your interests within acute care and how they can best be fulfilled.
As a team, we value compassion, keenness to collaborate with colleagues and the wider MDT, enthusiasm for ongoing learning, and willingness to support one another through what can be a challenging, demanding but ultimately rewarding job. We are proud of the skills and caring nature of our staff, and look forward to welcoming new and enthusiastic therapists to the team.
We encourage visits to our department.
For further information please contact Kate Palser or Steph O’Toole on 0121 507 4486 (option 2)

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