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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Part time: 18.5 hours per week
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St Helens
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata
31/01/2021 23:59
Interview date

Part time 18.5 hours per week

The re-organisation of Trauma Services across Cheshire and Merseyside provided the impetus for a review of existing rehabilitation provisions and the opportunity to develop an enhanced rehabilitation service. As a result the Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network was established and a hub and spoke model was developed. The hub is based at the Walton Centre and numerous spoke rehabilitation units were set up at neighbouring hospitals.

We have an exciting opportunity for a skilled speech and language therapist to apply to work at Seddon Suite Specialist Rehabilitation Unit at St Helens Hospital, Merseyside. It is a therapy-led unit providing individually tailored programmes to suit the need of patients who have suffered multiple trauma or life changing diagnoses.

Rehabilitation will be active and continue at a level of intensity and duration that can be tolerated by the patient to enable the achievement of optimum functional potential. The unit also offers an outpatient service, accessible by appropriate patients within the network.

The successful applicant will be part of a motivated, forward thinking, close multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, rehabilitation assistants, clinical psychologists, a rehabilitation coordinator, social worker and rehabilitation nurses. The medical team is also led by a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine.

We require a speech and language therapist with experience of working with adults with acquired and progressive neurological conditions. An excellent knowledge and understanding of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders is essential. We require a speech and language therapist that has completed dysphagia competencies and that has experience of managing a dysphagia caseload with support.

You will be keen to learn and to develop your assessment and intervention skills. The role requires someone who is flexible, organised and patient-centered with excellent communication skills. Being a team player who can work as part of a multidisciplinary team is also essential to this role. The successful applicant will have a passion for rehabilitation and be creative and holistic in their approach to patient care. As a must, you will be an effective communicator and listener with a compassionate nature and a commitment to delivering outstanding patient care, every time.

A flexible approach to day to day tasks is essential in order to meet the demands of the service. Our philosophy is to keep the patient at the heart of everything we do. We look for people who are willing to go the extra mile, not because they are asked to, but because they are committed to being part of a healthcare team that delivers an excellent caring service to our patients.

We have an excellent staff supervision system enabling our staff to be committed to developing both the service and themselves. You will have access to support and supervision from a Band 7 speech and language therapist and will be provided with opportunities to develop both clinically and non-clinically. Clinical Governance, research and audit activities are encouraged within the service.

The appropriate candidate will also be required to demonstrate a strong commitment to training rotational therapists, rehabilitation assistants and undergraduate staff.

Flexibility and adaptability is required. Applicants may be expected to travel between bases and when essential participate in providing some community services. The role is currently based within our in-patient rehabilitation unit however there may be opportunities for service development in the future which would involve some out-reach work into the community. The successful candidate should therefore demonstrate a commitment to supporting patients across the whole of their rehabilitation journey.

In return we offer:

  • A friendly and supportive environment
  • A clear and comprehensive programme of clinical supervision
  • Dedicated CPD time
  • Flexible working patterns and Family Friendly Policies

All posts are subject to an Enhanced DBS check with barred lists for both adults and children.

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are also a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Acute Trust of the Year – HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – March 2019
  • Best in the NHS, Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment 2017 and 2018
  • The Trust achieved top marks in the country for areas including; cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity, facilities for patients living with dementia and disabilities, conditions, appearance and maintenance of the hospital buildings.
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in England (NHS Staff Survey 2017,2018 and 2019)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2019 the Trust scored the highest marks in the following areas;

  • Best place to receive treatment in the NHS (for 2nd year running)
  • Top Acute Trust for treating its staff fairly with regards to career progression (for 3rd year running)
  • Quality of care (best score for 5th year running)
  • Staff engagement (best score for 4th year running)
  • Staff morale (best score for 2nd year running)
  • Bullying and harassment (best score for 2nd year running)
  • Safety culture (best score for 2nd year running)

Our staff rated our Trust as the best place to work and receive treatment. The Trust has also been recognised, for the third year running, as being the top acute Trust in the entire country for staff engagement, staff motivation, and pride in the quality of care we provide to patients.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lisa Barklin
Job title
Advanced Clinician Speech and Language Therapist
Email address
Telephone number
01744 646185
Additional information

Beverley Bowden-Williams

Team Leader

01744 646185