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Speech and Language Therapist - Stroke and Neurology

Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 5
Specialist areas:
Community, Hospital wards
Start Date:
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals
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Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of Yorkshire’s leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 420,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

Hosting three main hospital sites and a number of additional services, the Trust is one of only five Teaching Hospitals in Yorkshire and by 2018 is projecting to train 25% of all medical students in the region, while we currently train 30% of all other healthcare professional students.

A modern and forward-facing Trust employing over 6,500 members of staff, the hospital provides a full range of local hospital services across Doncaster Royal Infirmary in Doncaster, BassetlawHospital in Worksop, MontaguHospital in Mexborough.

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Speech and Language Therapist - Stroke and Neurology - Joint Appointment with RDASH

This is a unique opportunity for a newly qualified or suitably experienced Speech and Language Therapist with an interest and enthusiasm for working in stroke. Come and join our dedicated Stroke and Neurology Speech and Language Therapy Team at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust ( DBTH), and community based speech therapy team at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDASH).

The post holder will work with an established team of Speech and Language Therapists providing assessment and therapeutic intervention for patients across the whole stroke pathway, from inpatient care through to rehabilitation in the community.

The post holder will be offered the chance to gain experience in the following locations:

Regional Hyperacute Stroke Unit (HASU) and Acute Stroke Unit (ASU) at Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Mexborough Montagu Rehabilitation Centre
Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Bassetlaw District General Hospital
Doncaster Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team and the community Speech and Language Therapy service.
The individual will be a valuable part of a positive and proactive integrated therapy team providing specialist assessments and rehabilitation for patients with acquired communication and swallowing disorders. They will be supported to develop competencies in dysphagia management as required.

Successful applicants will join the team at an exciting time as in July 2019 the HASU became one of three Regional HASU’s serving the population of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. They will work with the multidisciplinary team to embed the new patient pathway and provide specialist speech and language therapy to patients of the highest quality.

The clinical therapy service on the HASU/ASU has already been recognised for delivering high quality care to patients and has consistently received A and B ratings within the Sentinel Stoke National Audit Programme (SSNAP). The post holder will be crucial in providing timely assessment and intensive rehabilitation during the early stages and post-acute recovery from stroke.

The community Speech and Language Therapy service provides specialist intervention for adults in the community, working across a range of clinical specialities. The team is comprised of experienced clinicians who will support the post holder to develop their full potential in providing comprehensive treatment programs for stroke patients in the community setting. There would be an emphasis on working within the Doncaster Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, working collaboratively with the wider multi-disciplinary team to achieve patient centred goals and improve quality of life. There are also opportunities for joint working and gaining experience and skills in other clinical areas such as neurorehabilitation and neurodegenerative conditions. Due to the nature of the role the post holder would be expected to work within a range of community settings within the Doncaster area, it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes.

This post is full time and will contribute to the delivery of a 7 day service, when the appropriate competencies are in place. There is full senior support and a structured supervision process. A flexible and pro-active approach is essential for this post, as are excellent communication and team working skills.

This post would ideally suit someone who would like the opportunity to:

Gain experience in stroke and neurology
Provide assessment and intensive therapy to stroke and neurology patients with complex communication difficulties.
Work as a member of the multi-disciplinary teams, sharing and contributing to team meetings and updating others of own work
Gain standardised competencies in dysphagia management and develop dysphagia skills in acute, rehabilitation and community settings.
Gain experience of working across the stroke pathway and within a range of settings including acute inpatient wards, rehabilitation settings and the community.
As a Teaching hospital the trust is keen to promote research and development and there will be opportunities to develop innovative ways of working. There will be opportunities to participate in quality improvement and innovation projects. We have robust CPD and Appraisal processes in place and you will be supported to develop your clinical and non-clinical skills.

The wider Adult Speech and Language Therapy Team at the Trust have a high profile within the organisation and regionally. They recently received an award at the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AHP Conference for their system wide implementation of the IDDSI Framework.

Being a part of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Regional Stroke Service will offer successful applicants the opportunity to work in one of the leading integrated care systems in the country (the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS) and to be a part of a networked service; working together to provide high quality and timely treatment and care for anyone who has a stroke in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. There will be a Hosted Network and through this you will develop links with other Speech and Language Therapists within the Region. There will be opportunities for ongoing skill and career development, continual learning and peer support.

At present there is change and flexibility necessary within the role to provide services necessary in line with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Contact Details:
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals
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Contact: Jane Shaw

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