Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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An experienced therapist with specialist skills who will use and build on existing skills to independently manage and have day to day responsibility for a caseload of children and young people in special schools and community. He / she will work 2 days a week with community pre-school children and 2 days in Luton Special schools. Working within the service specification and pathways, he/she will independently assess, treat and evaluate a wide range of communication needs including dysphagia and AAC. He/she will provide training to enable parents and other professionals to support children's language and communication needs.

Main duties of the job

Working within community clinics and special schools, this is a split post comprising

2 days working in Luton special schools with children with complex health and educational needs

2 days working with the pre school caseload in clinic and early years settings.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then pleasesubmit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

To identify, assess and diagnose a wide range of speech, language and communication impairments and provide effective evidence based treatment in community clinics and special schools.

To make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessment, and design appropriate treatment based on analysis of profile of need seeking advice as appropriate.

To ensure the voice of the child and the family is reflected in all aspects of care and decision making.

To have appropriate knowledge and experience of AAC

To have experience and be willing to develop skills in the assessment and treatment of children with dysphagia.

To work closely and collaboratively with colleagues in schools to develop communication friendly environments, developing universal and targeted support strategies.

Undertake supervision and complete appraisals for junior SLTs and Support Practitioners.

To participate in the development and delivery of training (formal and informal) to others with and without support and reflect on and evaluate training provided.

To have knowledge of and contribute to the EHCP process within the given timescales, including preparing reports with outcomes and targets for the initial report and for annual reviews as required.

To triage new referrals into the service and reject or accept these based on service criteria, including skills in discussing potential referrals with referrers.

To provide second opinions and shadowing opportunities for less experienced colleagues, as required.

To seek out second opinions from more experience colleagues as required.

Independently take students on placements for clinical teaching and supervision, including exam placement.

To contribute to the support of newly and recently graduated SLT Staff.

To support and take part in the induction and training of new staff to the service.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Degree or Postgraduate equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered Member of RCSLT
  • Registered Member of HCPC
  • Evidence of successful completion of short specialist courses
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Network
Experience Essential
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Recent and comprehensive experience working in community clinics, schools and pre-schools
  • Experience of working in a range of multiagency settings and with interagency teams
  • Previous experience supervising less experienced colleagues
  • Experience of advising/providing further opinions
Specialist skills Essential
  • Knowledge and experience of AAC
  • Knowledge and experience of Dysphagia
  • Post graduate dysphagia training

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