REFERENCE NUMBER: AW/EASTMID/538/R1 JOB TITLE: Speech & Language Therapist Team Leader GRADE: Band 7 LOCATION: East & Mid Lothian HOURS: 30 CONTRACT DURATION: Permanent CLOSING DATE: 4th January 2011 SALARY SCALE: £30,460- £40,157 per annum pro rata There are 3 ways to make your application, which are: 1) Apply on-line www.jobs.scot.nhs.uk 2) Download the application form, complete this, the attached working time form, save and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 3) Print the application form, the working time form, complete both and mail these to RECRUITMENT CENTRE, ST JOHN’S HOSPITAL, LIVINGSTON, EH54 6PP NHS LOTHIAN GENERAL INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES This information package has been compiled to provide prospective candidates with details of the post advertised. 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Please send your completed application to:- The Recruitment Centre St. John’s Hospital at Howden Howden Road West Livingston EH54 6PP e-mail: email@example.com NHS Lothian __________________________________ WORKING TIME REGULATIONS RECRUITMENT PRO-FORMA In accordance with Working Time Regulations, no individual should knowingly be contracted to work for more than an average of 48 hours per week. For Completion by Applicant (to be submitted along with application form) - Do you intend on holding any other employment (either NHS or non-NHS) YES / NO If yes please complete the details below: Name and address of additional employer(s) Average number of hours worked for this employer per week Signed Name For Completion by Appointment Panel - Would the offer of this post put the applicant in a position whereby they would exceed the 48-hour working limit? YES/NO Signed Please Note - It is the responsibility of the appointment panel to ascertain whether the prospective employee intends to retain any other post held in addition to the one for which they are applying. Refer to the Recruitment Guidance Pack for further information regarding working time regulations. EMPLOYEE SPECIFICATION FOR THE POST OF: Speech and Language Therapist CATEGORIES EXPERIENCE OR QUALITIES SOUGHT FOR THIS ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE 1. PHYSICAL/HEALTH Satisfactory OH assessment. Physically able to carry out duties of post. 2. TRAINING Recognised degree/diploma in Post-graduate accredited (including Qualifications) SLT. training in videofluroscopy. Membership of HPC. Membership of RCSLT. Post-graduate RCSLT accredited dysphagia training. 3. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE post graduate experience of Membership of relevant SIGs working with adults with progressive/ neurological disorders. Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team. 4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES Excellent communication skills. IT skills. Working knowledge of a range of AAC systems. Excellent training and presentation skills. 5. OTHER REQUIREMENTS Car driver 6. DISQUALIFIERS JOB DESCRIPTION 1. JOB IDENTIFICATION Job Title: Speech and Language Therapist Responsible to: Adult Speech and Language Therapy Services Manager, East Lothian and Midlothian LHCCs Department : Speech and Language Therapy Directorate: Operating Division: Lothian Primary and Community Division No of Job Holders: 1 Last Update: October 2004 2. JOB PURPOSE 1. To act as the Lead Clinician for the Specialist Adult Acquired/ Neurological Speech and Language Therapy Team in East Lothian and Midlothian. 2. To take a lead role and autonomously manage a highly complex caseload of adults with acquired/ neurological disorders with associated communication and/ or eating, drinking, swallowing difficulties [Dysphagia] - providing a highly specialist clinical service of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, advice and management, including maintenance of associated records, in order to maximise communication potential and ensure safe feeding practice. This includes working in partnership with families, carers, team professionals and other significant personnel. 3. To provide placements and supervise the work of speech and language therapy students to further the development of the profession. 4. To develop and provide specialist teaching and training packages and other learning opportunities for professionals, carers and students in order to enable best practice and maximise service capability. 5. To provide mentoring, supervision and teaching for less experienced speech and language therapists/ staff, offering second opinions where appropriate. 6. To heighten awareness of communication disability in own specialist area and to promote the Inclusive Communication agenda of accessible information and environments, service user involvement and training. 7. To co-ordinate, develop and participate in Clinical Governance activity including clinical audit and research and development, within specialist area. 3. DIMENSIONS 1. Autonomous and team responsibilities for the delivery of a specialist Speech and Language Therapy Service to adults with Acquired/ Neurological Disorders in East Lothian. 2. Involvement in the provision of education and training packages for a range of agencies, professionals, families, carers and volunteers including both undergraduate and post graduate students in relation to communication and eating drinking, swallowing (dysphagia). 3. Clinical support/ advice/ cover across Speech and Language Therapy department as required. 4. Team leader and member East Lothian and Midlothian Speech and Language Therapy Adult Acquired /Neurology Team. (4 people including post holder – 2.5 WTE) 5. Member of multi-disciplinary team (in-patients) and liaison with MDT in relation to out patients. 6. Member East Lothian and Midlothian Speech and Language Therapy Department. 7. Patient group encompasses the broad spectrum of Adult Acquired Disorders including Care of the Elderly, Stroke aftercare, Progressive Neurological Disorders including Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson‟s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis, Acquired Brain Injury, Neuro-Surgery, Voice Disorders and Non-Acute Head and Neck Cancer. 8. Locations: service is delivered across a range of settings including hospital wards, out- patient clinics, nursing homes, residential homes, day hospitals, and patients own homes, leisure and work environments. 9. 5 sessions per week – East Lothian. 10. Population figures: East Lothian: 93,000 Mid Lothian: 80,237 4. ORGANISATIONAL POSITION See attached sheet. The adult speech and language therapy department in East Lothian and Midlothian provides specialist services to patient/patient groups of adult acquired/neurological, mental health and learning disability – from within a uni-professionally managed department. Therapists are organised into small clinical teams, with a clinical team leader, for clinical support and delivery of the service. Cross cover to own and other clinical teams can be required for absence such as annual leave and sickness. As staff critical mass is small and to give opportunities for developing/ using skills staff members may occasionally be members of more than one clinical team. 5. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT Communication has a social, cognitive and emotional function and is fundamental to quality of life. Communication disorders can adversely affect independence, social inclusion, relationships, work, learning and leisure opportunities. Speech and Language Therapists are communication and language specialists and are the only profession qualified specifically to : Comprehensively assess a person‟s ability to communicate [express themselves and understand communication from others] Advise on communication disorders, issues and strategies Speech and Language Therapists are specialists for eating, drinking and swallowing disorders. [ dysphagia] Role of the department: To provide, evaluate and develop specialist speech and language therapy services to adults in East Lothian and Midlothian who experience communication and or eating, drinking and swallowing [dysphagia] difficulties, in order to meet their communication and feeding and nutritional needs thereby maximising quality of life, supporting inclusion, advocacy and independence and minimising health risk. This involves partnership working with families and carers, colleagues and significant others. The services cover difficulties / disorders in: Speech Language Communication Voice Literacy Fluency Eating, drinking swallowing Which may be related to medical, physical, sensory, cultural, cognitive, psychological or environmental, factors or a combination. To include stakeholders views in service provision and development enabling the meaningful involvement of people with communication difficulties. To contribute to the Public Health and Health Promotion agenda, including the provision of education / training to a wide range of personnel in order to heighten awareness of and understanding for Communication and EDS issues. To contribute to the LHCC, Health Board and Partnership agenda for development of services and innovative joint working. To work collaboratively with Universities to develop and contribute to clinical education of Speech and Language Therapy students through the provision of clinical placements and clinical teaching. To contribute to the training and education of professionals, carers and other students to heighten awareness for Communication and EDS issues and to enhance joint working. To contribute to strategic development / implementation of appropriate policy and legislative framework such as DDA, AWI, Social Inclusion and Inclusive Communication, Vulnerable Adults, Joint Future, Same As You, New Mental Health Act, Local Health Plan. To provide and develop a programme of research / clinical governance/ audit projects including the identification of required resources to support the programme. To inform policy development and share expert practice in Speech and Language Therapy across the UK including the Scottish Executive through RCSLT networks and RCSLT Scottish Officer. 6. KEY RESULT AREAS 1. To autonomously manage and prioritise a highly complex and specialist adult acquired/ neurological caseload, underpinned by current evidence based knowledge, maximising communication potential and ensuring safe feeding practice. This requires the use of advanced clinical reasoning and treatment planning to provide highly specialised packages of care: Assess and analyse Diagnose Develop, set, and adjust goals to create treatment plans for intervention Undertake rehabilitation/ provide therapy interventions and/ or support others to implement Provide written and oral reports Give advice/ information Maintain timeous and comprehensive clinical records Monitor and evaluate outcomes Clinical 2. To be accountable for own professional actions, recognising boundaries through interpretation of clinical/ professional policies, and practising within the profession‟s moral and ethical framework. 3. To follow principles of person centred care, working collaboratively with other professionals and involving the individual, their families and carers throughout each episode of care with agreed objectives and evaluated outcomes, in order to ensure the best functional outcome for the patient and his/ her communication partners and/ or to maximise safe feeding and nutritional status thereby achieving health, wellbeing and quality of life. 4. To use a variety of computer software packages to produce patient related programmes and therapy materials and/ or as a means of direct patient intervention e.g. Bungalow, REACT. 5. To provide an expert service to people with dysphagia working independently and assuming a lead role within a multidisciplinary framework. To use complex decision making and problem solving, with the practical application of specialised theoretical knowledge and analysis of risk factors, for both patient and service, in order to advise on the level of risk and best management. 6. To jointly co-ordinate and lead the Divisional Speech and Language video fluoroscopy clinics. To demonstrate expert competencies in carrying out videofluoroscopy procedures, interpretation and analysis of a range of dysphagic aetiologies (complex and non- complex).To provide oral and written recommendations based on clinical findings. To regularly teach and support less experienced Speech and Language Therapists in the interpretation and use of video fluoroscopy. 7. To use the range of expert communication skills for clinical and service related purposes in order to provide and receive information which is highly complex, highly sensitive or contentious in circumstances such as explaining the need for PEG feeding or degree of communication impairment. This requires the ability to empathise and use of counselling skills. 8. To heighten awareness of communication issues/ needs in general in order to influence and motivate others and to negotiate with them to change their own practice and environments to be communication-friendly. (Inclusive Communication) 9. To use specialist skills to assess patients‟ communication capacity to give informed consent as required for Adults with Incapacity Act, and Vulnerable Adults legislation. 10. To be actively involved in uni -professional clinical governance including own professional development, audit, innovative practice and project development. This includes topics such as risk management, therapy outcome measures, ICPs, production of information leaflets, satisfaction questionnaires and policy documents e.g. PEG policy for patients in the community, ICP for inpatients with dysphagia. 11. To use specialist knowledge and skills of analysis and interpretation for professional, multi – professional and departmental standards, policies, procedures, guidelines and statistical information in order to propose and influence changes and redesign for service delivery / development. To participate in multi – professional and interagency working parties and policy development groups that impact beyond the post holders own area eg multi – disciplinary care pathway. 12. To maintain a safe working environment and adhere to the requirements of relevant health and safety policies, including risk management for patients and self. Management / administration – Adult Acquired Neurological Speech and Language Therapy Team 1. To co-ordinate day to day clinical activity of the Adult Acquired/ Neurological Speech and Language Therapy Team. 2. To organise regular team meetings, prepare the agenda, write and distribute minutes. 3. To agree team objectives with team members, in line with departmental objectives and to allocate resulting tasks. 4. To monitor, evaluate and prioritise referrals and their allocation, and to monitor waiting times, to enable equity of service delivery across East Lothian and Midlothian. 5. In the absence of the Service Manager and the Deputy Manager, to provide cover for weekly/monthly administrative tasks e.g. signing sickness/absence/time sheets. 6. To provide information for Service Manager on team performance issues and to engage in discussion with Service Manager in finding solutions to problems. 7. To attend monthly service review and planning meeting with the Service Manager and Deputy Manager. 8. To monitor equipment resources and advise Service Manager re requirements. 9. To facilitate team peer review with additional one to one time as appropriate. Training/ education 1. To jointly provide and evaluate highly specialist training and education packages for a range of agencies, professionals, families, carers and volunteers, including both undergraduate and post graduate students, in the topic areas of communication and eating, drinking, swallowing (dysphagia). This includes core communication and dysphagia training e.g. for nurses and domiciliary care staff and customised training in the areas of e.g. Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson‟s disease, interpretation of videofluroscopy. To use a variety of formal and informal teaching methods such as, lectures, workshops, discussion groups, case presentations, seminars and shadowing opportunities. Group size may range from 2 to 15. Frequency monthly. 2. To contribute to the academic teaching and clinical supervision of speech and language therapy students, in accordance with the departmental standard (15 days (pro rata) per year minimum) to further the development of the profession and to contribute to the mentoring/ support of new speech and language therapy graduates and more junior speech and language therapy colleagues. 3. To maintain and develop own professional competencies through individual performance review (minimum 2x per year), peer review, supervision (monthly) and continuing professional development, by attendance at courses, conferences, special interest groups and provision/ participation in in-house training and development, in order to contribute to own and departmental competencies, professionalism and evidence based practice. 7a. EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY Requirement to hold a personal duty of care and to be proficient in the safe operation, use and maintenance of: A variety of specialist assessments and intervention tools/ materials. High/ low tech communication aids, including voice output machines, voice amplifiers, switches. Hearing aids. Audiovisual equipment for clinical purposes. Adapted equipment for eating and drinking such as modified cups/ cutlery, valved straws, thickeners for food/ drinks. Computer for clinical, training and administrative purposes, including use of digital camera, range of software, scanner. Videofluroscopy related equipment and materials; barium, radiation protective clothing, seating. Stethoscope for swallowing assessment. Training and education equipment; OHP, power point, flip chart, TV/video, tape recorder. Office equipment including – telephone, fax, photocopier. 7b. SYSTEMS The post holder is responsible for working within corporate, professional, departmental and multidisciplinary team policies, procedures and guidelines, including data protection, confidentiality, complaints, health and safety, incidents, IT and individual performance reviews. The post holder is responsible for timeously recording personally generated clinical observations in patient case notes in accordance with professional and corporate standards and procedures at both uni-professional and multi-professional levels. The post holder is required to collect data for monthly activity monitoring and audit/ evaluation, using manual and electronic systems e.g. TIARA, e-Assess, for statistics, data collation and information sharing, referrals, waiting lists/ times, caseloads. The post holder is required to complete administrative information on a monthly basis e.g. annual leave, study leave, sickness absence, time in lieu, training provided/ attended, travel. 8. ASSIGNMENT AND REVIEW OF WORK Clinical caseload is generated by the specific service needs of the clinical area. This is monitored and reviewed by the Speech and Language Therapy Services Manager and Deputy Manager in conjunction with Team Leaders. Work may be self generated and/ or delegated. An open referral system operates; referrals may come direct to speech and language therapy or via GP‟s, Consultants, nurses, AHP‟s, Voluntary Organisations. The post holder acts independently, within professional, national, division, department and team priorities, codes of practice, policies and procedures. The post holder participates in regular meetings with peer groups, team leaders and/ or managers for purposes of clinical discussion. Participate in individual performance review via six monthly appraisals ensuring that objectives set reflect personal, team and departmental objectives. The post holder has responsibility for supporting more junior staff members, as required. The post holder has responsibility for supporting all members of staff within their clinical team. 9. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS The post holder is required to act independently and: 1. Be accountable for own professional actions in accordance with speech and language therapy codes of practice as laid down by RCSLT and HPC, recognising when to seek guidance and support in relation to clinical and non-clinical responsibilities. 2. Manage risk, including personal safety and safety of patients. The latter particularly in regards to dysphagia and recommendations ranging from modification of diet to withdrawal of oral feeding. 3. Make clinical judgements on complex clinical diagnosis, treatment (including suitability), discharge and prioritisation within clinical specialism, applying advanced clinical reasoning skills which reflect theoretical knowledge and evidence base. This includes the use of highly specialist knowledge to analyse and interpret the results of a range of assessments in order to differentially diagnose and make decisions on care aims and length of episode of care. For example to make differential diagnosis of speech and language therapy disorders such as dysarthria or dyspraxia. 4. Independently plan, organise and manage a complex clinical caseload formulating solutions and exercising judgement in recommending the best course of action in the management of highly complex clinical conditions where a range of options and implications have to be considered e.g. providing advice about a patients ability/ risk to be discharged home in relation to communication/ dysphagia needs . 5. Adapt interaction style and assessment and therapeutic techniques to meet individual patient needs in reaction to constantly changing and unpredictable patient responses and behaviours. 6. Demonstrate the ability to target teaching appropriate to the learning needs and abilities of course participants. 7. Critically reflect upon and evaluate teaching provided. 8. Make decisions and judgements on managing time, work balance and other resources effectively and efficiently. 9. Provide specialist advice and second opinion to Speech and Language Therapy colleagues. 10. Participate in development and implementation of policies, protocols, procedures in own area of work. 10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB Working within limited time. Managing prioritisation of referrals and of time in order to balance demands of the job. Responsibility in making recommendations about important and potentially life changing decisions / actions. Assessment, diagnosis, appropriate management of diverse patients with complex needs including individuals with combined communication and dysphagia diagnosis. Difficulties working with patients who have problems complying with recommendations due to their difficulties with comprehension. To work within a culture where litigation has to be taken into account in relation to all decision / recommendation making. Autonomous working in the community with patients with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, interpreting needs and assessing risk. Working with terminally ill patients (and their carers), whose condition is deteriorating, dealing with their grief and loss. 11. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS Key relationships: Patients Families Carers Other multidisciplinary team professionals – dietician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, secretary, community nurse, social workers Medical staff – GPs and Consultants Other nursing staff e.g. in outpatients, in hospital, specialist nurses Voluntary agencies Statutory agencies Administrative staff e.g. medical records Employers Members of the public at large These relationships may involve communication at many different levels and for many different purposes such as face to face patient work, training a group of nursing home staff in relation to dysphagia management. Communication Skills Mode of communication : Spoken and written. Face to face – one to one, and large and small groups. Formal and informal. Presentations – electronic / non electronic. Telephone, fax, email. Reports, letters, information, leaflets The post requires the use of highly developed communication skills in order to: o Communicate with patients with significant communication disorders who, because of barriers to understanding and expression, require specialist supported communication such as the use of modified / adapted levels of communication, communication aids o facilitate effective communication between patients and significant others e.g. family, nursing staff, other professionals, by providing and explaining specialist information about a patient`s communication disorder and by motivating communication partners to use strategies to maximise communication. o provide formal and informal training to small and large groups ranging from one to one to groups of between 1 to 25 to heighten awareness, skills and knowledge of communication needs and dysphagia. o Create simplified versions of accessible information for people with literacy and communication difficulties and to advise and support others in implementing accessible information. o To establish rapport and develop productive therapeutic relationships with both patients and carers to involve and reassure them in decisions regarding treatment and motivate them to engage in therapy o Use diplomacy and negotiating skills to influence stakeholders` views and actions e.g for an organisation to acknowledge the communication training needs of their staff where there is initial disagreement about the need or to persuade a carer to persist in using communication strategies where the patient is difficult to engage. o Present and explain highly complex and highly sensitive information to a variety of individuals and groups. This is often in relation to contentious topics eg the impact of a patient`s dysphagia and the need for non oral feeding and requires the use of empathic and counselling skills. o De escalate hostile or antagonistic situations such as where there are strong differing opinions within a family about the best management for a patient `s communication or dysphagia needs or barriers to the acceptance of the diagnosis. 12. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB Physical Skills 1. Advanced sensory skills. Highly trained and developed auditory perception and observation skills required for daily work with patients. 2. Highly developed physical skills. E.g. use of specialist tools for oral examinations, cervical auscultation, communication aids. 3. Keyboard skills required for daily use of IT equipment. 4. Driving skills on a daily basis Physical Demands 1. Moderate physical effort required on a daily basis for short periods of time e.g. pushing adult patients in wheelchair, manoeuvring patients, carrying equipment, moving / arranging furniture. 2. Combination of sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, driving skills on regular daily basis Mental Demands 1. It is necessary to maintain intense concentration on a frequent basis in all aspects of patient management for prolonged periods including observation/ monitoring of communicative partners‟ interactions, assessment / analysis, diagnosis, giving written and verbal reports in team meetings, planning and carrying out / supervising others to carry out interventions and evaluating outcomes. 2. Requirement to have flexible problem solving skills, to be able to multi task and have an ability to plan for current and future needs simultaneously. 3. It is necessary for the post holder to be flexible and able to adapt to an unpredictable work pattern, frequent interruptions and competing deadlines on a daily basis Emotional Demands 1. This post requires the post holder to deal directly with patients and carers in highly distressing and emotional circumstances on a frequent basis showing sensitivity to their emotional needs e.g. explaining distressing assessment results, transmitting news of limited recovery or likely deterioration and intervention options, using counselling skills, managing individuals` anger, frustration, and depression and dealing with emotional lability Environmental and working conditions 1. Therapists visit patients in their own environments therefore it is necessary to be aware of personal safety policies and guidelines including for lone working and make the best of difficult, noisy, cramped or crowded conditions, i.e. need to work in environments that are not fit for purpose. This is likely to be frequent and for long periods. 2. The post holder will have frequent exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions such as patients‟ bodily fluids e.g. saliva and phlegm and may have contact with infectious conditions in their day to day work such as MRSA. 13. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB 1. Degree or equivalent qualification and Masters Degree or equivalent level of post graduate training, experience and knowledge in Speech and Language Therapy. Must have knowledge of current evidence base and keep up to date with new techniques and developments in specialist area e.g. by attending SIGs, self directed learning/ study. Post graduate RCSLT accredited qualification in the management of people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. Post graduate qualification in Videofluroscopy - analysis and procedure. Post graduate experience of working with adults with acquired / neurological disorders. Alternative and augmentative communication strategies at high tech and low tech levels such as, symbols, Lightwriter, Chat box, Techtalk, Dynamo. Voice disorders Aphasiology Social Disability Therapies for Aphasia e.g. narrative therapy, inclusion Cognitive Neuropsychological models of language processing Sentence Processing : assessment and therapy Conversational analysis Counselling Cervical auscultation Relevant “medical conditions / syndromes” e.g. Stroke, Parkinson‟s disease, dementia Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington‟s Disease Sensory impairment Knowledge of principles of clinical audit and research. Knowledge of and adherence to professional standards and appropriate national clinical guidelines [ e.g. SIGN Guidelines for Stroke,] Care Aims 2. Knowledge, skills and experience necessary to perform role of team leader in specialist clinical area of adult acquired/ neurological disorders: Clinical experience and expertise Clinical networking in local area Organisational skills Mentoring and supervision 3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to act as patient advocate where there are significant barriers to communication. 4. In depth knowledge of legal requirements of the post and skills to act as appropriate e.g. Data protection, Adults with Incapacity Act. 5. Excellent presentation skills - to create, prepare for and give presentations and to evaluate and adapt content and style. Evidence of presenting to a range of audiences in relation to clinical specialism e.g. Divisional dysphagia training 6. IT skills – must have skills equivalent to a European driving licence, along with experience of using and competence in power point, publisher, scanners, digital camera downloading and software. 7. 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Please return completed application forms to: The Recruitment Centre St John’s Hospital Howden Road West Livingston EH54 6PP Email: email@example.com Please note that if you do not hear from us within six weeks of the closing date, I regret to say that you will have been unsuccessful on this occasion. Terms & Conditions General Overview The NHS has recently undergone one of the most significant changes in relation to staff grading, pay and terms and conditions of service, known as Agenda for Change (AFC). Agenda for Change introduces harmonised NHS Terms and Conditions of Service based on the principle of equal pay for work of equal value, to ensure a fair system of pay for all NHS employees whilst supporting modernised working practices. For further information visit - www.paymodernisation.scot.nhs.uk It is important to note that some contractual conditions of service remain under review and may change subject to final agreement. Pay / Policies Pay Pay progression through AFC salary band is by annual increment subject to performance review. Within each pay band there are 2 gateways: the foundation gateway and the second gateway. The foundation gateway is applicable to new or promoted staff and applies no later than twelve months after appointment to the pay band regardless of the pay point to which the person is appointed. The second gateway follows the foundation gateway and the point at which it applies will vary between pay bands. Annual Leave & Public Holiday Entitlement All NHS Lothian employees receive an entitlement to annual leave and public holidays, combined this gives a total leave entitlement. An employee‟s leave is based on their length of service and hours worked per week. Annual Leave + Public Holidays = Total Leave Entitlement On Appointment – 27 days per annum plus 8 public holidays (pro rata) After 5 Years Service – 29 days per annum plus 8 public holidays (pro rata) After 10 Years Service – 33 days per annum plus 8 public holidays (pro rata) NB: previous NHS service will count towards entitlement. NHS Pension Scheme The NHS provides an occupational pension scheme, membership of which is optional. The Scheme is currently under review however key provisions include the Scheme being contributory by the employee and employer and in addition to retrial benefits the Scheme also provides for ill health retrial, death gratuity, and widow‟s/widower‟s benefits. http://www.sppa.gov.uk/pension_reform/documents/NHSRulesandBenefitsComparison.pdf Workforce Equality Monitoring NHS Lothian is committed to supporting and promoting dignity at work by creating an inclusive working environment. We believe that all staff should be able to fulfil their potential in a workplace free from discrimination and harassment where diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds are valued. In order to measure and monitor our performance as an equal opportunities employer, it is important that we collect, store and analyse data about staff. Personal, confidential information will be collected and used to help us to understand the make-up of our workforce which will enable us to make comparisons locally, regionally and nationally. NHS Lothian Equal Opportunities Policy Statement NHS Lothian considers that it has an important role to play as a major employer and provider of services in Lothian and accepts its obligations both legal and moral by stating commitment to the promotion of equal opportunities and elimination of discrimination. The objectives of its policy are that no person or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, disability, marital status, age, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), creed, sexuality, responsibility for dependants, political party or trade union membership or activity, HIV/AIDS status or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable. Provision of Services The organisational objective is to provide equality of access to provision of services through: consultation over services to ensure that groups concerned are consulted over existing services and changes. epidemiological studies, patient satisfaction surveys and qualitative research to ensure that specific reference is made to the needs of the groups covered by the policy. Equal Opportunities in Employment 2.1 Recruitment and Selection The organisation aims to ensure that: all sections of the community know about job opportunities within NHS Lothian where possible, under statutory rules, members of groups who are under-represented in the workforce will be encouraged to apply for jobs through positive action programmes; everyone who applies or a job or promotion within the organisation will receive fair treatment and will be considered solely on ability to do the job against justifiable selection criteria and unbiased personnel specification; records are kept so that the organisation can monitor how the policy is working. To do this, applicants and employees will be asked to provide information for their records. All information will be confidential; all procedures and practices used in recruitment and selection are reviewed, to ensure that there is no unintended bias. 2.2 Training The organisation intends that: all its employees, including part time staff, will be advised at induction and regular in-service training that they have equal access to training and are encouraged to take advantage of such training; all managers and those responsible for appointing staff receive training in the organisational Equal Opportunity Policy; in-service staff are trained as trainers and external expertise identified in sufficient quantity, quality and range to support induction, on-going and update training in Equal Opportunities for all staff; the organisation will also work with medical schools and other training agencies to ensure that Equal Opportunities training is integrated into courses for health workers. 2.3 Employment The organisation intends that: all staff will be protected from discrimination or harassment because of their sex, disability, marital status, age, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), creed, sexuality, responsibility for dependants, political party or trade union membership or activity or HIV/AIDS status; staff who discriminate or harass employees on the grounds of any of those factors will face disciplinary action; staff who, in good faith, have raised or intend to raise a grievance against alleged discrimination or who give/intend to give evidence/information in connection with such grievance; must not be treated less favourably than other employees; all grievances and complaints will be recorded, information on investigations and outcomes to supplement monitoring. 2.4 Contractors The organisation will require contractors to comply with its Equal Opportunities Policy and this will be a condition of contract. 2.5 General It should be noted that the organisation‟s Equal Employment Opportunities Policy extends to groups which are not specifically covered by anti-discrimination legislation. The policy intends that the elimination of discrimination in the employment field be related to discriminatory actions or omissions which are unlawful, unfair or inappropriate. Guidance on unlawful discrimination or unfair discrimination for appointment panels is available from HR Departments. The organisational policy does not detract from individual rights. This policy does not prevent an individual from pursuing contractual rights through the Grievance Procedure or from pursuing statutory rights through any body which deals with the enforcement of the particular legislation.