Dietetics/Speech and Language Therapy
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
Southampton General Hospital
£41,659 - £47,672 pa pro rata
We have an exciting opportunity, due to new funding, for an enthusiastic and experienced paediatric Speech and language Therapist (SLT) to join our acute team to set up and develop the SLT service to our Level 3 neonatal unit.
You will be joining the acute paediatric SLT team that consists of 7 team members, and work within a Specialist multi-disciplinary team based at Southampton's Children Hospital, a major centre for paediatric services in the south of England delivering tertiary services across the region.
The department of dietetics and speech and language therapy employs more than 100 staff, with clinical experts working across the range of specialties, providing acute services in both adults and paediatrics. As a tertiary hospital, we have senior SLTs in a wide range of specialist areas. There is access to regular CPD sessions, and opportunities to engage in service development and research.Main duties of the job Your main duties
Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.
For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.Working for our organisation WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.
We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your responsibilities
This post will focus on establishing a service to infants and their families on the neonatal unit, working closely with the MDT to develop a plan to expand the MDT provision in the future.
You will: Work with in-patients on the neonatal unit. Provide regular communication and swallowing assessment and therapy. Continually represent the SLT service alongside paediatric colleagues. Be innovative in your approach to patient care and service delivery , whilst being part of the dynamic MDT developing service initiatives. Provide and support infants to have instrumental assessment of their swallowing where appropriate.
We are looking for individuals who are: Passionate about working in acute paediatrics and who can provide training and support to students and less experienced SLTs. Experienced in working in the acute setting, and with neonates. Experienced in establishing and developing new services. A skilled advocate and representative of SLT. An excellent communicator with infants and adults. Able to thrive in a busy, constantly changing and complex environment.
We welcome applications from motivated SLTs who are keen to develop their knowledge and skills in this very exciting environment.
This is currently a 5 day service, but there is potential that this could become a 7-day service in the future.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Our team consists of a range of clinical leads and specialists who foster and support staff across a wide range of clinical areas, helping to provide excellent learning opportunities.
We take pride in being a tertiary centre, providing highly specialised treatment for our patients who have complex needs as well as undertaking instrumental assessments as a crucial part of the management of dysphagia. As a high performing team, we offer FEES and VF to both in- and out-patients. As part of the SLT team you would have access to colleagues and other senior therapists for support and regular, scheduled, clinical supervision which is considered an essential part of your ongoing development.
We are a department that is dynamic and flexible, and we are always challenging ourselves and others to ensure we are meeting individual patient needs in the most efficient and evidence-based way.
The Trust encourages innovation and quality improvements, and all staff have the opportunity to be involved in projects, audits and clinical effectiveness schemes. With our close links with Southampton University this is a stimulating environment to work in.
Interviews will be held on Thursday, 23rd February 2023
Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.For more information about our Trust
Head to our careers portal thinkuhs.co.uk where you'll find information about:
- Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work
To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.Getting to work - our travel promise
Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.Our commitment to equality
Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.
UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.How and why we use your information
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Sanet de Wet
SLT Professional Lead
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