Speech and Language Therapists – Adult Disability Services

Ref: SC123

Applications are invited for the above Part Time (17.5 hrs) and Full Time (35 hrs) Permanent Positions

The Organisation:

Stewarts Care is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities.

We support people across a wide range of services within residential settings, day services, supported independent living, job advocacy and vocational training.

Purpose of the Post:

To work as part of the SLT team to provide person-centred, evidence-based speech and language therapy services within the Adult Services Department in Stewarts Care. Our valued Speech and Language Therapist will deliver person-centred Speech and Language therapy, inclusive of the assessment and management of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) difficulties and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC).

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Hold a qualification in Speech and Language Therapy approved by the Speech and Language Therapy Registration Board at CORU.

  • Practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Speech and Language Therapy Register maintained by the Speech and Language Therapy Registration Board at CORU. 

  • Experience carrying out SLT and MDT assessments with adults who have complex needs.

  • Qualified to practice in, and experience supporting people with Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) needs.

  • Good working knowledge of all relevant legislation.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales: Speech and Language Therapist €41,075- €59,360 incl LSI per annum (Pro-rata).

Campaign Ref: SC123

Applications should include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

All queries in relation to this post should be emailed to  recruitment@stewartscare.ie

Closing date: 27th February 2024

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

No assistance from recruitment agencies is required at this time.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Job Description: Speech and Language Therapist –

Stewarts Care

Role

Speech and Language Therapist – Adult ServicesServices -

Duration of Post

Permanent Part-time (17.5hrs) or full time (35hrs)

Location

Adult Services Department, Stewarts Care

Reporting Relationship

Stewarts Care Speech and Language Therapy Manager

Job Purpose

The post holder will have the opportunity to provide person-centred, evidence-based speech and language therapy services in the Adult Services Department as part of the SLT team.

Scope of the Role

The scope of the post will be working with adults who have complex needs/intellectual disabilities.

The role will involve the delivery of person-centred Speech and Language therapy, inclusive of the assessment and management of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing difficulties and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC).

Flexibility is required as the role evolves.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Duties- Adult Services

  • Provide a quality speech & language therapy service through assessment, diagnosis and management of speech, language, communication, and FEDS difficulties for adults with an intellectual disability.

  • Monitor, audit and evaluate speech, language, communication and FEDS care plans and interventions.

  • Contribute to current departmental quality improvement work that may include, project work, research, evaluation, audit, service development and evaluation of resources.

  • Attend and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings to ensure integrated care for the Service User.

  • Represent the department / profession / team at meetings and conferences as designated by the SLT Manager.

  • Consult with service users regarding assessment, treatment and education as appropriate.

  • Work in collaboration with the other members of the team in the planning and delivery of services.

  • Deliver staff training in Total communication, FEDS and alternative and augmentative communication as part of the SLT team.

  • Participate in the development of clinical protocols and guidelines reflective of evidence-based practice.

  • Manage clinical and non-clinical caseloads appropriate to the post.

  • Become familiar with and work in accordance with relevant HSE policies, HIQA standards, New Directions, legislation and professional policies, guidelines and requirements to ensure safe practice and high standards of service delivery.

  • Promote a culture that values equality, diversity and respect in the workplace.

  • In conjunction with the Speech and Language Therapy Manager, contribute to the development and implementation of procedures, policies and guidelines while adhering to existing standards and protocols.

Health & Safety

  • Comply with the policies, procedures and safe professional practice of the Irish Healthcare System by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.

  • Assist in the development, implementation and review of the department’s Health and Safety statement, as appropriate.

  • Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the relevant person(s)

  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others

  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action.

  • Comply with department procedures with regard to assessment, recommendation and / or manufacturing of all assistive devices. 

  • Support a culture that values diversity and respect.

Qualifications & Experience

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Hold a qualification in Speech and Language Therapy approved by the Speech and Language Therapy Registration Board at CORU.

  • Practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Speech and Language Therapy Register maintained by the Speech and Language Therapy Registration Board at CORU. 

  • Experience carrying out SLT and MDT assessments with adults who have complex needs. 

  • Qualified to practice in, and experience supporting people with Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) needs.

  • Knowledge of the Disability Act 2005 and Health Act 2007.

  • Have a full clean driving licence and access to a car.

  • Ideally, we are seeking candidates with experience of working with adults who have complex needs (physical and intellectual disabilities).

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned

Terms and Conditions of Employment

 Speech and Language Therapist – Stewarts Care

Remuneration

Current Salary Scale:

Speech and Language Therapist: €41,075-€59,360 per annum incl LSI

Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with Department of Health Consolidated Pay scales.

Annual leave

27 Days Per Annum

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 17.5 hours per week for the part time position and 35 hours per week for full time, exclusive of lunch breaks.

The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Speech and Therapy Language Manager, Stewarts Care.

Probation

All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

Stewarts Care will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the service users and employees.

References

Stewarts Care will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.