Speech and Language Therapist- Stroke and rehab - Portsmouth

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust are on the lookout for a committed, passionate, compassionate Speech and Language therapist to join their expert team.

Portsmouth is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country.  Joining the Staff Bank as a Pharmacist can offer you a more flexible shift pattern, as well as the opportunities to work across different departments, gaining invaluable skills and experience.

Job Summary:

  • To work  as an autonomous practitioner, assessing diagnosing, and providing timely intervention and management of communication and/or swallowing problems as a member of the Acute SLT team providing services to in-patient Stroke service.
  • Contribute to data collection for stroke audit as member of MDT
  • To collaborate and liaise with MDT colleagues to provide co-ordinated care to patients following  the  in patient stroke care pathway
  • To provide clinical support, where appropriate to other colleagues, including students
  • To contribute to patient information, manage priorities, organise equipment/resources and liaise with community SLTs about continuing care following discharge.
  • To contribute to the prioritisation and triage of referrals to ensure that priority , high risk, patients are seen urgently, following locally devised systems / timescales
  • To be flexible in providing cover across in patient stroke settings where most needed, as directed by clinical lead.
  • To contribute, wherever possible, to the administrative processes that ensure the most efficient service delivery for patients

Key Responsibilities:

  • To assess clients and to make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from the assessment seeking advice as appropriate.  
  • To develop care plans and provide appropriate intervention using knowledge to inform sound clinical judgements/decision making for case management.
  • To provide advice to others regarding the management and care of patients/clients with communication and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties. 
  • To work closely with clients, carers and families, agreeing decision making relevant to the patient/client management, ensuring that patients are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans (eg goal setting) whenever possible to ensure optimum outcomes.
  • To Support MDT in carrying out mental capacity assessments for those with communication impairment and support more junior SLT staff  in this process.  To assume that all patients have the mental capacity to make informed choices unless the person has been assessed as unable to make   a specific decision and this  is recorded in the patient’s records
  • To comply with the safeguarding policies of the Trust, ensuring all concerns, incidents and allegations are reported in line with this.
  • To demonstrate negotiation skills to develop effective working relationships with patients, carers and their families, and contribute to interagency/multi-disciplinary team building, developing effective working relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary team, related agencies and colleagues.

    To evaluate the outcomes of intervention and demonstrate clinical effectiveness and by use of evidence based practice and outcome measures.
  • To maintain up-to-date and accurate case notes in line with RCSLT professional standards and local trust policies, including assessment results, treatment plans and reporting to source of referral and other appropriate colleagues. Reports will reflect knowledge of diagnosis and management/care plans.
  •  To contribute to clinical teams both multi-disciplinary and uni-disciplinary by discussing own and others’ input around clients’ needs ensuring a well co-ordinated care plan.  This may include taking the Speech & Language Therapy lead at case conferences.
  • To communicate complex condition-related information from assessment to clients, carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions. This involves maintaining sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of clients and their carers in particular when imparting potentially distressing information regarding the nature of the client’s difficulties and implications of the same.
  • To demonstrate empathy with clients, carers and families and colleagues, ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist.
  • To motivate clients and/or carers to engage in the therapeutic process, demonstrating the skills of working productively with people who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties.
  •  To develop enhanced negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situations, seeking advice and support to resolve, where appropriate.
  • To demonstrate the ability to reflect on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of client’s communication and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communication effectiveness.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual patient/client circumstances, including cultural and linguistic differences. 
  • To manage and prioritise own case load independently, using locally and nationally identified prioritisation systems.
  • To manage and prioritise own work load, demonstrating an ability to be flexible in day-to-day operational activity including being responsive to unpredictable work patterns, deadlines and frequent interruptions.
  • To contribute to interagency/multi-disciplinary team building, developing effective working relationships with related agencies and colleagues.
  • To demonstrate the ability to manage clients with challenging behaviours including the application of appropriate management strategies, and to manage the emotional consequences in self and others of working with clients with distressing conditions.

Important Requirements:

  • Registered member RCLST
  • HCPC Registration
  • Recognised speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Accredited dysphagia post-graduate qualification
  • At least 6 months NHS experience in the last 3 years
  • Strong initiative and commitment to mentoring talent, acting as a role model and resource to junior staff
  • A specialist, experienced, autonomous practitioner, to be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work
  • An honest individual with integrity, and excellent administrative, verbal, and written communication

Our Bank Therapists are invaluable to us, so we provide the following advantages as a thank you for their dedication and commitment:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Ability to book and monitor shifts using online timesheet
  • Weekly salary
  • Priority of shifts over agency workers
  • Access to free Bank Partners Core Skills training
  • We operate with an open-door policy
  • Competitive salary

Apply now by for this exciting role by attaching your CV, and a member of our recruitment team will be in contact with you shortly.

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.