Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Band 7 - University College Hospital

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To provide a high quality speech and language therapy service within the Trust, by close collaboration with all members of the multidisciplinary team and speech and language therapy service

To comply at all times with the RCSLT’s and HPC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work, this includes: the management of patients, use of equipment and all written documentation.

To undertake specialist assessment for patients with complex presentation on the wards as an autonomous practitioner, including diagnosis and interpretation of results using specialist analytical skills in Videofluoroscopy and FEES.

To provide / demonstrate highly specialist clinical/ technical skills for interpretive assessment techniques and interventions in the care of patients with tracheostomies and on ventilators seeking advice from the Clinical Specialist (SLT) and in discussion with the Band 8A SLTs as appropriate

To demonstrate highly specialist knowledge in this clinical area underpinned by current evidence based practice and outcome measures

To demonstrate highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment diagnosis and treatment of patients/clients

To make appropriate differential diagnoses and highly specialist clinical decisions on evidence from assessment/monitoring of complex cases, reflecting SLT theory and philosophy

To use / apply specialist knowledge to inform sound clinical judgements/decision making for case management, developing clear care plans based on best practice and in discussion with the Band 8A SLTs as appropriate

To demonstrate clinical effectiveness reflecting on evidence based practice and outcome measures (for stroke patients, according to stroke guidelines).

To provide advice to others regarding the management and care of patients/ clients with communication and/ or feeding and swallowing difficulties

To monitor and review the progress of clients against the targets set and agreed, and to modify targets as appropriate

To keywork individual patients when required, negotiating with patients, carers and others around case management in complex cases, using effective conflict management skills, co-ordinating referrals, co-ordinating and chairing case conferences and to actively participate in structured multidisciplinary goal setting.

To adapt practice to meet individual patient/client circumstances

To reflect on clinical practice both individually and with peers identifying strengths and needs and providing evidence of sound clinical judgements, based on research and evidence based practice

To develop the ability to reflect on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of client’s communication and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communicative effectiveness

To maintain up to date and accurate case notes and write reports reflecting highly specialist knowledge, ensuring that they meet departmental standards and are in line with local Trust Policy, and RCSLT professional standards

To manage and prioritise a complex and specialist caseload independently, advising line manager on issues of service delivery including shortfall, service pressures etc

To demonstrate skills in dealing with complex issues to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management

To contribute to multi-agency assessment procedures as required

To ensure that children and young people are referred to other services as appropriate

Bank Partners is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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