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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist ECHO Bexley

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pro rata pa inc
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Part Time
Are you looking for an opportunity to influence positive change in the outcomes for early years children with SLCN in Bexley? Do you have experience of working closely with/as part of an early years team within a local authority, delivering activity directly to early years settings? If so read on...

ECHO (Early Communication at the Heart of) Bexley is part of Bexley Local Authority's Safety Valve Programme and is an exciting, new initiative to engage and support early years providers in not only improving outcomes for all children, but also in training and upskilling the workforce to support early identification of SLCN, implementation of early intervention strategies and activities.

You will be an experienced and self-motivated, speech and language therapist with a proven track record of working with partners in local authority early years. Working alongside Early Years Area SENCo's & Officers you will use your specialist knowledge to support the design and implementation of ECHO Bexley to identified early years providers in the borough.

You will work as an integral member of the Local Authority team in the delivery of ECHO Bexley, line managed by the Operational Lead for the programme. Whilst working autonomously of Bexley Children's SLT Service, professional and clinical supervision will be provided by the team, as well as capacity given to meet the Trust's quality requirements.

Oxleas NHS Trust operates a Probationary Period, further details are available on request.

Main duties of the job

Working collaboratively with Early Years Area SENCOs/Early Years Specialist Officers and other members of the early years team you will:

Co-design and deliver ECHO Bexley to identified early years providers in Bexley.

Work with early years practitioners to increase their knowledge of speech and language development in the early years.

Work with early years practitioners to identify their strengths and needs in the early identification and support of SLCN.

Use your highly specialist speech and language therapy knowledge to support/make direct referrals to relevant health teams as needed.

Work with early years practitioners to support active parent/carer participation in the development of their child's communication.

Deliver training to members of the early years team and early years providers to support early identification /intervention of SLCN.

Work with providers to monitor children's progress using appropriate screening/tracking tools.

Contribute to the reporting of impact and evaluation of outcomes and data for ECHO Bexley.

Co-ordinate and deliver an enhanced level of support to identified settings.

Work collaboratively with settings to provide a framework for creating and maintaining high quality communication environments.

Work in partnership with other early years professionals to align support across Bexley for increased awareness of the importance of early communication development, early identification and intervention of SLCN.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for detailed information relating to this post.

Person Specification



  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree Qualification
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists



  • Minimum of 4 years post graduate experience within early years
  • Extensive experience of working with and supporting young children in early years settings with SLCN
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working
  • Experience of collating and analysing data and presenting on programme outcomes and evaluation
  • Experience of planning, organising and delivering training programmes


  • Experience of working as part of an early years team local authority



  • Knowledge of the key features of quality provision to support children with SEND
  • Well established knowledge of early years screening/tracking tools and interventions to support SLCN


  • To have knowledge and understanding of the roles of other professionals and the principles of partnership working with key stakeholders in the service area

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


London Borough of Bexley, Civic Offices

2 Watling Street



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