Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist
Internationally renowned for clinical excellence, The Portland Hospital is the only independent hospital in the UK entirely dedicated to women and children. Our inpatient and outpatient specialties reflect this, providing clinical expertise in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Women`s Health.
The hospital has been consistently growing over the past few years, almost doubling since 2008.
Our Paediatric wards hold 56 inpatient beds + 11 day case and are equipped with the latest technology to provide advanced medical and surgical care, including a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit which reflects the acuity and complex nature of the children who are admitted to our hospital. The Portland Hospital has a large number of international Paediatric patients, often funded by relevant embassies.
The Portland Hospital is the only fully private maternity hospital in the UK. The hospital provides for both consultant-led and midwifery-led deliveries, having an 18 bedded ward to facilitate this. Alongside this there is a 12 bedded Gynecology and Women’s Health in-patient ward. The Portland Hospital also has a large outpatient department for all areas of its clinical expertise, to facilitate continuous care or simpler procedures.
The culture at The Portland Hospital is to provide support, an inspiring environment and positive ways of working to ensure everyone has a better day. This is accomplished through our core set of ‘Positively Portland’ values that all employees will work to: Greetings, Respect, Teamwork, Initiative, Responsibility and Acknowledgement
To provide a highly specialist service to children who present with a range of complex communication and swallowing difficulties at the Portland Rehabilitation Unit.
To be responsible for providing highly specialist assessment, diagnosis and therapy packages including training and support for staff, parents and families in the implementation of treatment programmes.
Duties & Responsibilities
•To identify, deliver and evaluate specialist assessments to support the differential diagnosis of a range of complex developmental and acquired speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties, including working with children with tracheostomy and the provision of videofluoroscopy examinations.
•To provide appropriate specialist intervention for complex communication and swallowing disorders and evaluate outcomes.
•To demonstrate well developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients.
•To make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessment seeking advice as appropriate.
•To develop clear care plans based on best practice and to use specialist knowledge to inform clinical judgments for case management.
•To demonstrate clinical effectiveness by use of evidence based practice and outcome measures.
•To use excellent communication skills and effective joint partnership working with the multidisciplinary team.
•To uphold professional standards of client care at all times. To adhere to National and Local professional codes of conduct
Skills & Experience
•Professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.
•Registered member of HCPC
•Extensive experience in the field of paediatric neurology including acquired Head Injury Management.
•Experience of working within acute and rehabilitation in-patient settings.
•Post-graduate dysphagia training.
•Involvement in audit and /or with audit development and activities.
•Advanced skills in tracheostomy assessment and management
•Knowledge of alternative and augmentative communication systems
•Registered member of RCSLT
•Working with interpreters.
About The Individual
As the successful candidate you will be looking for a new challenge that will offer you the opportunity to learn and develop new skills. As a team player, you will be enthusiastic and flexible in your approach to work and be willing to learn and get involved, supporting the team in providing the highest level of care to our patients. It is important you are clear and concise with your communication skills and that you portray a professional outlook at all times.If you wish to find out more about this opportunity, please send through your details we would be happy to accommodate an informal visit as part of your application process and look forward to meeting you!