Job descriptionAn exciting opportunity is available for the right candidate to join LCHS NHS Trust as a Speech and Language Therapy Apprentice. The right candidate will need to demonstrate that they are highly motivated, problem solvers, demonstrate good time management, and a willingness to succeed using the LCHS NHS Trust values and behaviours.
The academic element of the apprenticeship will be provided by the Birmingham City University (BCU) over 48 months starting in January 2024 .
As a Speech and Language Therapy Apprentice you will be a paid employee on a standard AFC contract with an addition of ANNEX 21 Terms and conditions.
Further guidance about the Speech and Language Therapist Apprenticeship are located at https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/speech-and-language-therapist-integrated-degree-v1-1
- Stage 1 – Insight discussion on 28th April '23 held by LCHS NHS Trust successful applicants move to stage 2
- Stage 2 - Conditional offer Interviews held by BCU and LCHS NHS Trust in the month of June '23
The apprentice will be undertaking an education programme within the Trust. Education will be delivered through formal education in partnership with the Birmingham City University. Rotation through internal and external clinical practice placements under supervision to meet learning outcomes of the Apprenticeship standard.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to improve quality of life, health, and well-being for people with communication difficulties and/or dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties). Applying evidence-based science to clinical practice, SLTs are the lead professionals who assess and improve outcomes for people who have speech, language, communication needs (SLCN), voice, fluency, and/or eating, drinking, and swallowing difficulties. Communication and eating and drinking difficulties can have a significant impact on someone’s life from birth to death. There is huge variety in roles; some SLTs work with children to identify and develop their communication difficulties so they can reach their full potential, whereas others work with adults with conditions that affect their communication and/or swallowing such as stroke, dementia.
Lincolnshire is a wonderful place to live and work. The county is predominantly rural, with stunning scenery and ample opportunity for picturesque walks, with something for everyone; Burghley Horse Trials, Lincoln’s historic castle and cathedral, Tattershall castle, bright lights of the University, and Spalding’s “Tulipmania” to name a few. The county boasts beautiful, natural landscape with rolling Wolds in the North, a 30-mile stretch of golden sand on the East coast, and flat agricultural Fenlands in the South. Lincolnshire is also home to the Red Arrows (RAF stunt display team), the 617 squadron who flew the legendary Dambusters’ raid, 62,000 hectares of wetland wilderness at The Wash, the famous Lincolnshire sausage and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese, and is where the Butlin’s story began in 1936! Lincolnshire is a very affordable county with below average house prices, so is an excellent location to settle and build an exciting and stimulating lifestyle for you and your family.
Speech and Language Therapist Apprentice Responsibilities
1. To work within defined departmental and national policies/protocols and Royal College SLT professional standards
2. To contribute to inter-agency/ multi-disciplinary team building under supervision
3. To assume delegated tasks as requested under supervision including participation in working groups
4. To participate in projects, in liaison with peers where this is appropriate to do so
5. To support complex issues as they arise, and seek professional support to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management
6. To provide advice to others under supervision regarding management/ care of patient/ clients with communication and/or eating and drinking difficulties
7. Write reports reflecting clinical knowledge where this is appropriate to do so
8. Ensure that requirements of the Birmingham City University are regularly discussed with a mentor, line manager and the Trust Apprentice Centre where this appropriate to do so.
9. Working towards the requirements of the full SLT job description within LCHS NHS Trust.
10. Upon completion of the SLT Apprenticeship Degree the full LCHS NHS Trust SLT job description is signed
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