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Mental Health Services for Older People
Band 3
Fixed Term/Secondment for 12 months
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust
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Durham, Darlington, Tees to be agreed
County Durham
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum
06/08/2020 23:59
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Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Nutrition & Dysphagia Assistant

Band 3

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of £320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people living in County Durham, the Tees Valley, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with eight local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.

We are a multi-award winning trust and are included within the Health Service Journal’s Best 100 Places to Work. The trust take a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development and has embedded the Talent Management approach within the Trust, with the vision of helping people to be as good as they can be, helping TEWV to do things better.

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated assistant to join the Nutrition& Dysphagia team, a joint working dietetic and speech and language therapy team, within Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP).

The Nutrition & Dysphagia Dietetic Assistant will work across both specialties supporting reviews of patients with varying clinical needs across inpatient and community settings

We will support the post holder with development of skills and knowledge within the field of dietetics and speech and language therapy.

This post will be part of the current team consisting of nutrition and dysphagia assistant, associate practitioner, 2 dietitians and 2 speech and language therapists and team secretary.

Candidates should have a relevant NVQ in Care or appropriate AVCE in Health & Social Care, numeracy, literacy and ITQ level 2 or equivalent and should have some relevant experience in a health or social care setting. Candidates should have excellent communication skills and be able to demonstrate good written and verbal skills.

The post will usually require travelling to various sites in the course of the duties, currently there are alternative working arrangements due to current covid-19 restrictions.

In the event that permanent funding is secured for this post the successful applicant will be confirmed in post on a permanent basis.

Applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

We are a Living Wage EmployerStonewall Top 100 EmployerApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldHSJ Best places to workMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Donna Adamson, Lead Dietitian and Erika Evans Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist on 01325 552156.