Speech and Language Therapist

Life Riverfield Lodge
Speech and Language Therapist

A Vacancy exists for a Speech and Language Therapist at the acute Rehabilitation Unit at Life Riverfield Lodge in Gauteng. The Life Rehabilitation at Life Riverfield Rehabilitation unit is part of an expanding network of rehabilitation units within Life Healthcare. The post holder will report to the Therapy Services Coordinator and will be expected to provide holistic speech and language therapy to all patients admitted to the rehabilitation unit.

Critical Outputs
  • Provide speech and language therapy clinical to all patients admitted to Life Rehabilitation Unit, including on some weekends and public holidays.
  • Conduct assessments, plan programmes and administer treatment to patients to patients with e.g.
  • neurological disorders such as TBI, CVA, SCI, orthopaedic conditions or multi-morbidity conditions
  • such as Guillain Barre, etc. in collaboration with other therapy disciplines.
  • Assess all Stroke patients and other relevant patients swallowing risks upon admission and prior to oral feeds.
  • Work closely with the dietician regarding dietary needs and food consistency.
  • Educate patients and their families about the patient’s condition.
  • Participate in discharge planning and carer training.
  • Contribute to weekly team and family meetings.
  • Keep accurate and timeous records and reports.
  • Effectively respond to queries and handle accordingly.
  • Professional therapy service implementation in accordance with Life Healthcare protocols and procedures.
  • Function effectively as a part of an interdisciplinary team to meet the requirements of quality patient care.
  • Attend and contribute towards Continuous Professional Development activities of the unit.
  • Supervise and train of university students, as required.
  • Promote and maintain sound and productive relationships with referral sources and stakeholders in the field of Rehabilitation.
  • B degree in Speech and Language Therapy and current HPCSA registration.
  • Experience in hospital-based rehabilitation and ability to work independently, without supervision.
  • Special interest in the treatment of adults with neurological disorders, NDT training an advantage
  • High level of competence in dysphagia and tracheostomy management is required.
  • Experience in advanced swallowing investigations an advantage.
  • Commitment to quality patient care and customer satisfaction.
  • Patient advocacy.
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem-solving, analysis and judgement
  • Verbal & written communication
  • Influencing skills
  • Personal integrity
  • Planning & Organising
  • Ability to build relationships
  • Drive and energy
  • Process orientation
  • Independence
  • Conflict management
  • Self-management
Closing date
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Internal applicants - Before making an application, you are requested to discuss your application with your line manager. External candidates will also be considered.

Life Healthcare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity. Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date of this advert, should consider their application as unsuccessful.

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