Job Summary :
Under the supervision of the Supervisor - Speech Language Pathologist, the Speech Language Pathologist I is responsible for competently providing safe and effective Speech Language Pathology care to Women and Children within the Sidra medical and Research Center.
The Pathologist assesses Speech Language Pathology needs, plans, and implements and evaluates therapy programs working autonomously.
The incumbent works in collaboration with other members of the health care team and strives to provide evidence-based care by integrating research with practice.
Promotes continuous improvement and helps to generate innovative ideas within Speech Language Pathology practice. Maintains a commitment to life-
long learning and creates, utilizes and / or disseminates new knowledge to patients and their families, the public and other professionals internal / external health professionals.
He / She is responsible for ensuring that all duties are carried out to the highest possible standard.
The Speech Language Pathologist I assists in the provision of specialized teaching and supervision of peers and junior staff on wide range of subjects within the clinical field.
Key Roles & Responsibilities :
Assists with the provision of total individualized patient care as assigned according to the core standards of patient care and established policies and evidence based practices
Assumes delegated accountability for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating therapy needs as well as discharge planning for each patient, assessing for current and potential problems
Contributes to decreasing the length of stay / waiting time as per unit specific goal. Works in collaboration with Care Coordination to achieve goals
Documents all relevant information correctly, appropriately and in a timely manner
Identifies and alerts members of the medical team to changes in medical status of the patient
Identifies impairments and refer to other medical specialties when necessary
Liaises with the appropriate Speech Language Pathology services in the community and provides transfer / discharge information
Participates in the education of the patient / family and other members of the health care team regarding the Speech Language Pathology plan
Provides consultation to patients / families, staff, community agencies and satellite centers as required by the SLP Supervisor
Participates in community outreach activities e.g. school-based therapy, home care
Identifies Speech Language Pathology research opportunities and participates in and / or develop and promote research
Reports equipment failures, safety and security issues, and / or reduction of supply inventory to Speech Language Pathology Supervisor or designee
Act as an advocate by empowering women / children and their families to make informed choices by providing them with information and support and directing to the relevant support services when appropriate
Promotes patient satisfaction as a team member by demonstration of extraordinary service
Utilizing a professional practice framework and evidence based care, identifies improvements while minimizing risks creating care that is optimal for our patients and families
Promotes a safe environment and safe patient care by embracing a safety culture and identifying areas of risk to Speech Language Pathology Supervisor.
Complies with policies for personal and patient safety and for the prevention of healthcare associated infections
Contributes to the achievement of cost efficiency savings for the service. Maintains an awareness of resource utilization, exercising care in the ordering and use of staff, equipment and materials
Takes an active role in service activities that contribute to excellence in outcomes, a positive patient experience and a healthy professional environment.
Contributes to the achievement of clinical quality outcome indicators and patient satisfaction. Leads service based Performance Improvement activities and organizational committees as assigned.
Contributes to special projects / assignments linked to therapy strategic priorities and professional practice model
Participates in the continued development, implementation, and evaluation of Sidra Policy and Procedures to align with international best practices
Liaises and works within an interprofessional practice model to ensure high quality, holistic, and safe family centered care
Promotes and shares knowledge via mentorship / preceptorship programs in line with relevant research and evidence based practice
Actively participates in the development programs that seek to measure outcomes and quality, including audit and research studies, under guidance, support and direction of senior staff
Actively participates in patient education programs
Develops and sustains (maintains) own knowledge, clinical skills (mandatory training) and professional (portfolio or profile) awareness and maintains a professional profile.
Provides documented evidence of performance and maintenance of skills consistent with position
Participates in new staff / student orientation aimed at developing competence and performance. Assists in maintaining a suitable learning environment and acts as a preceptor / mentor in the supervision and teaching of therapy students and new staff to develop their competence
Demonstrates trans cultural principles in Speech Language Pathology practice
Actively participates in the promotion and maintenance of effective communication and teamwork. Treats colleagues, patients, and visitors with dignity and respect at all times
Actively welcomes and provides support for new staff / students to the unit. Contributes to the retention of all staff to meet the service specific turnover rate goal.
Participates in retention activities
Maintains a professional demeanor at all times. Acts as a role model for junior staff
Upholds the organizational values at all times
Follows all Hospital related policies and procedures
Performs other related duties as assigned
Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
Maintains confidentiality of women and children at all times
In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra during this early operational phase, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.
Essential Requirements :
Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology / Therapy
2 years relevant clinical experience
Registration as a Speech Language Pathologist and Licensure in country of origin
Demonstrated knowledge of Speech Language Pathology principles and practices
Demonstrated ability to apply and integrate knowledge and skills into practice
Demonstrated ability to teach, assess and develop educational materials for staff and patients
Evidence of effective communication skills
Experience in organizing data and generating thorough, accurate, timely reports
Effective team member
Motivated and enthusiastic
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
Fluency in written and spoken English