London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the largest integrated NHS Trusts in the country employing more than 9,000 staff with a budget of more than £670 million a year. We are the first Trust of its kind to provide complete hospital-based and community healthcare services to a combined population of 930,000 in the boroughs of Brent, Harrow and Ealing. Our services include four major acute hospitals including the internationally renowned St Mark's Hospital and community services across Brent, Harrow and Ealing, including Clayponds Rehabilitation Hospital, Meadow House Hospice, Denham Unit and Willesden Centre. St Mark’s & LNWH has a major teaching commitment and we have recently been awarded University Hospital status after being granted membership of the Association of UK University Hospitals.
Our vision at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust is to provide excellent clinical care in the right setting by being:
We are clear that our vision can only be achieved by our staff, who are our most valuable asset.
Our vision is driven by our HEART values and behaviours which were developed together with our staff.
These values describe how we interact with each other and our patients and must underpin everything we do to achieve our vision.
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust welcomes applications from people who wish to work part time or flexibly.
We are currently recruiting to two full-time permanent posts within the Adult Speech & Language Therapy Service. They will both be rotational roles which cover acute inpatient, inpatient neuro-rehabilitation and community work providing domiciliary and outpatient services. Each rotation is approximately 8 months with car driver experience essential across all applicants due to the community rotation.
One post will commence on the inpatient wards at Willesden Centre for Health and Care which covers a diverse caseload. It includes ‘Robertson Neurological Rehabilitation Unit’ which is a level 2b service for patients for a range of neurological conditions including strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries (incomplete) as well as those who have had an acute relapse with a progressive condition e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis. This unit provides intensive intervention in line with national guidelines. Additionally there are two general medicine wards which admit patients from the acute hospitals who require further rehabilitation before discharge.
The second post will commence within Brent Rehab and Reablement Service (domiciliary visits) and Brent Outpatients. The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner within the wider SLT team and MDT providing specialist services to a predominantly neurological caseload of clients with complex needs e.g CVA, MND, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dementia. There will be opportunities for joint working with specialist SLT services including COMPASS and Environmental Controls for high tech AAC provision. The outpatient service also includes experience with stammering clients.
They will be expected to manage their own caseload, providing second opinions and specialist advice. They will work alongside multidisciplinary staff to ensure specialist therapy programmes and care plans are in place for the clients under their care. They will be expected to contribute to collaborative working with clients, carers and with colleagues in Health, the voluntary sector and Social Services in planning and delivery of services. The post holders will also provide specialist advice to other MDT colleagues as appropriate.
There are a range of CPD opportunities including protected fortnightly CPD meetings covering a range of topics including journal reviews, feedback from courses and case presentations of FEES/VFS. It is expected that the post holder will actively participate in these meetings as well as in other SLT team meetings, contributing to departmental audits and research projects. Additionally across all rotations there will be plenty of opportunities to progress both dysphagia and instrumental competencies including Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES), Videofluoroscopy (VFS) and Cough Reflex Testing (CRT). CRT is widely used across the trust within all inpatient settings and is due to be implemented in the community within 2018.
They will deliver and evaluate specialist training on a regular basis within all settings, to other professionals and carers on all aspects of swallowing, speech, language and communication as well as our new ‘Evening Lecture’ series based at Northwick Park. They will also contribute to clinical training of newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists, Clinical Support Workers & Speech & Language Therapy students.
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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Sarah Cole (Highly Specialist Adult Speech and Language Therapist - Willesden Wards)
Tel: 020 8438 7042