Are you an ambitious Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) looking for a new challenge to join our multidisciplinary team?

Cedar House is a 40-bed hospital for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, personality disorders, autism and challenging behaviours, who are detained under the Mental Health Act. Cedar House enjoys a beautiful rural location situated in the village of Barham, on the outskirts of Canterbury and is easily accessible by public transport, being on the main bus route between Canterbury and Folkestone.

This is a unique post where you will deliver an SLT service and provide support to adults who have mental health problems, learning disabilities and/or are Autistic, helping them maintain their daily living skills

Candidate profile

You will have responsibility for managing the communication needs of the patient/resident group with long arm supervision from a more experienced colleague.  The role will be to provide Speech & Language Therapy assessment, diagnosis and intervention to patients/resident referred to the service using established models of Speech & Language Therapy ensuring practice is evidence based.  The post-holder will work as a core member of the MDT. A post-graduate qualification in dysphagia is desirable but not essential.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have a degree or a postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy (or equivalent) and be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will have experience working with individuals that have Learning Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders and preferably have worked with AAC approaches and be excited by the Care Tech values and will relish an opportunity to make a difference. You will need to be a clear communicator, well-organised, confident and capable of managing a complex caseload in a demanding environment.

Experience of supervising others and providing training to multi-disciplinary staff is desirable.

Successful candidates will have to meet the person specification in order to be offered this post. Care Tech is committed to Safeguarding and protecting the service users within our care.

Successful experience of working with children or adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours.

Cedar House provides expert, person-centred assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for adults with a mild-to-moderate learning disability or autism, and associated mental health or behavioural support needs. The purpose-built site accommodates five separate bungalows, providing the ability to support patients in smaller environments and improve patient compatibility. This is particularly important for patients with sensory impairments or sensory processing difficulties who require a low stimulus environment.

Cedar House also has a five-bed pre-discharge house which enables our multi-disciplinary teams to assess and consolidate patient skills and risk assess, within an environment that replicates community living, prior to discharge. We are committed to ensuring that our patients have the best possible chance of success when they are discharged. Our experienced multi-disciplinary teams work collaboratively to develop individualised care, treatment plans and positive behaviour support plans. These are designed to maximise recovery and independence and reduce episodes of challenging or offending behaviour.

 Speech & Language Therapist Canterbury [SYS-3199]

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: Canterbury, CT4 6PW

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