Lead Speech and Language Therapist

  • Active Care Group
  • Blackheath, London, UK
  • 10 Jul, 2024
Adult Hospital wards Other specialist areas

Job Description

Come and join one of the UK's largest providers of complex care. We proudly employ over 4000+ people - no matter what your experience, we have jobs for everyone.

We are excited to present a fantastic opportunity for a Lead Speech and Language Therapist (experience equivalent to Band 8a) to join our supportive therapy team at the well sought-after Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit.

Located in trendy South East London, 10 minutes-walk away from the pretty cafes and boutiques of Greenwich, the unit has a 19-bed Level 1 Highly Specialist Cognitive-Behavioural ward and a Level 2 Neurorehabilitation ward with 18 beds. Both wards provide specialist treatment to patients with physical and cognitive impairments resulting from an acquired / traumatic brain injury.

You will work as part of an enthusiastic, supportive, and experienced multidisciplinary team (neurology, neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, nursing, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social workers) ensuring effective delivery of a highly specialist SLT service.

The Blackheath Brain Injury Unit is a renowned centre for complex neurorehabilitation and is part of the Active Care Group Neuro Network (consisting of 25+ sites nationally) which has a focus on the use of clinical expertise, innovation, and technology to meet patients’ expectations of their rehabilitation goals.

There is a strong ethos of patient-centred high-quality care which drives clinical and administrative decision-making. There have been exciting new renovations to the wards and value is placed on staff wellbeing. As part of our commitment to the continuing professional development of our team, we offer support and funding towards postgraduate training.

If you are passionate about neurological rehabilitation, delivering high-quality patient care and enjoy working as part of a supportive multidisciplinary team, we want to hear from you!

What you'll be working:

Our standard working hours are 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, we understand the importance of a positive work-life balance, and therefore, if you require some flexibility to better suit your personal or professional needs, we encourage you to discuss this with us, and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences where possible.

What you'll be doing:

  • Lead and manage the Speech and Language team, ensuring effective delivery of the highly specialist SLT service.
  • Plan and prioritise a complex clinical caseload.
  • Provide advanced specialist Speech and Language Therapy assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing.
  • Take a lead role in diagnosis, problem formulation and planning of rehabilitation programmes within the MDT.
  • Provide intervention as part of an MDT approach and lead and implement MDT service developments.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of interventions using valid and reliable outcome measures and adherence to UKROC Database measures
  • Ensure effective and timely communication at all levels (with patients, families, the MDT and external agencies).
  • Develop and deliver in-service education and training programme for the wider MDT.
  • Keep people safe from harm and protect their human rights.

As a member of the senior management team, you will promote a culture of openness and responsiveness to the views of patients and relatives, a philosophy of person-centred care and recovery, and an ethos of positive learning from incidents within a high performing service.

What you'll have:

  • HCPC registration
  • Postgraduate dysphagia training
  • At least 2 years’ experience of working at Band 7 level in a neurorehabilitation setting
  • Supervision experience
  • Ability to manage a complex case load independently with proven expertise in the field of neurorehabilitation
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS

We also want to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable facilities to participate in job applications or interviews to perform essential job functions. To support this, we are a Disability Confident committed employer.

What to look forward to:

  • Free Lunch on Duty
  • 25 days plus bank holidays
  • Join the Active Learning Hub and benefit from a wide range of e learning and face to face training and development opportunities
  • Active Reward App giving discounts and savings on your weekly shop
  • Free 24-hour confidential Employee Assistance Programme Helpline & App to support with legal, health, wellbeing, relationship and consumer advice
  • A salary sacrifice Aegon 5% matched pension
  • Access to join a Medicash Health Plan for you and your family to save money on everyday health essentials – like going to the dentist or opticians
  • We recognise outstanding Active Behaviours via the Active Awards programme
  • Enhanced Sick & Maternity Pay benefits
  • Refer a Friend Scheme and earn yourself up to £1500 by recommending someone you know
  • ……and, of course, the support and guidance of our qualified clinical and business leadership teams so that you can really develop your career with Active Care Group

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Full time