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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Employer
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
Location
London
Salary
£42,471 to £50,364 pro rata per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Profession
Mental health
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Due to additional funding, Camden Language and Communication Service (CLCS) are excited to be able to advertise for Specialist Speech and Language Therapists to join our unique jointly commissioned team of speech and language therapists and specialist language and communication teachers. We have opportunities for full-time and part-time permanent posts.

CLCS are based in a large, light modern office in Netley campus near Euston and Warren Street stations. All maintained Camden Primary schools have access to this team who provide support at universal, targeted and specialist levels. Speech and language therapists are sited with their educational colleagues to enable continuity and coordinated support. CLCS is dedicated to developing a sustainable and effective service model that puts effectiveness and impact as the focus for client contact. We support children with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), Exceptional Needs Grants (ENGs) and also those without additional funding.

Find out what it is like to work in our friendly, supportive teams which span hospital and community settings across vibrant and diverse North Central London first hand, visit www.whittington.nhs.uk/CYPrecruitment (you may have to copy and paste this link into your browser) to hear from some of our current staff about why they chose to join and stay at Whittington Health.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based within Camden Speech and Language Therapy Service with a focus on supporting mainstream school environments at primary level. The majority of the work is based within Camden Language and Communication Service which is a specialist multi-agency service for pupils with a range of spoken language and communication difficulties attending around 40 mainstream primary schools, and a primary Language Resource Base, in Camden. The post holder will work in a multi-agency team comprising of Speech and Language Therapists and Specialist Language and Communication Advisory Teachers. The service provided consists of assessment, diagnosis and intervention for individual children as well as providing a whole school support service to schools themselves.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post will offer you the opportunity to work closely with a range of schools, work closely with a diverse caseload, and develop your clinical and professional skills. Interest, enthusiasm, confidence and flexibility will be essential. Camden SLT also has links with the Speech and Language Therapy Departments at City University and University College London.

CLCS is a large multi-disciplinary team, so there are lots of opportunities for great formal and informal support and supervision as well as access to experienced colleagues who can support your skill/ knowledge development, share effective clinical practice, and support your interest in specific areas of clinical practice.

Many of the children that attend Camden schools arrive with low levels of language and literacy for a host of reasons including EAL, social, emotional and mental health factors, as well as a significant clinical population of children with developmental language disorders (DLD), ADHD, autism and learning difficulties.

The post holder will also be responsible for supporting teaching and support staff to engage and develop childrens skills in the educational environment following local protocols. This may involve training, team teaching, and contributing to the schools literacy and communication schemes. They will require knowledge of the education system and reforms as it relates to classroom practice.

They will also plan and provide individual and small group specialist interventions as required and liaise with the team around the child as required so that this work is supported and generalised throughout the day at school and at home.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc. Speech Path or Equivalent (including Dip. CST)
  • HPC licence to practise, and Registered member of RCSLT
  • Completion of RCSLT Newly Qualified Practitioner Goals
  • Successful attendance of specialist/expert short courses and CENs


Desirable

  • Attended training in any of the following: Counselling/SFBT/CBT


Previous Experience

Essential

  • Experience relevant to communication and specific speech and language disorders, post registration
  • Experience working at a specialist level with adolescents and/or clients with a range of speech, language and communication needs of different ages
  • Experience of delivering training to a range of audiences e.g., teachers, teaching assistants and specialist education and health professionals.
  • Experience writing statutory assessment advice and awareness of SEN and Educational policies, EHC plans etc.
  • Experience setting and writing SMART targets and outcoming them


Desirable

  • Experience attending case conferences and reviews
  • Experience carrying out evidence-based projects/practice


Knowledge

Essential

  • Of a specialist range of assessment tools and procedures to evaluate communication, speech & language skills relevant to communication and specific speech and language disorders
  • Of a specialist range of direct and indirect interventions relevant to communication demonstrating the evidence base for these approaches
  • Of the key characteristics leading to a specialist differential diagnosis between DLD and autism
  • Of selecting, setting & evaluating specialist treatment goals
  • The application of specialist knowledge of local cultural, linguistic & demographic factors to the management of a multilingual caseload
  • Detailed knowledge of multi-disciplinary team approaches
  • Development and implementation of short term clinically based projects with identifiable impacts or outcomes
  • Good understanding of clinical governance principles


Skills

Essential

  • Experience in communicating complex, sensitive information
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Skills in delivering presentations and training, including basic adaptations to presentation / training style for a range of audiences


Other requirements

Essential

  • Flexibility
  • Ability to reflect on practice
  • Ability to reflect on and indicate training needs
  • Identify own training needs


Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Address

Netley Campus

74 Stanhope Street

London

NW1 3EX

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