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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - ASD

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year pa inc
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking to progress your career within a friendly, forward-thinking team in Bexley? The Bexley SLT ASD team are looking for a new therapist to join them! You will work with pre-school and school aged caseloads, supporting children, their families and education settings.

You will have at appropriate experience as a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, including experience of working with children who have social communication differences and ASD. As part of the ASD Speech and Language Therapy team you will provide assessment, advice and interventions to help develop a child's communication to their potential.

Bexley can offer you a wealth of opportunities for professional development, and you will have the support of a team of therapists, assistants and advisory teachers.

The post is part of Children's Specialist Services and offers close working with Community Paediatricians and the Autism assessment service, Occupational therapy, Portage , Educational Psychology, Autism Advisory Service and CAMHS.

You will have access to administrative, managerial and clinical support. Training and career development is well supported, along with the development of clinical interests.

Oxleas supports agile working for staff.

Main duties of the job

To provide a specialist Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) service to children with speech and language needs, including children with social communication differences and/or ASD and associated Language disorder.

You will work 2 days per week with the preschool caseload and 3 days with school aged children.

You will be a member of the multidisciplinary ASD team providing an integrated care pathway for children who need assessment for ASD.

We are a well-established team that can offer fantastic support and opportunities to develop your career. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a vibrant and diverse organisation. Bexley is located within reach of the Kent countryside and central London. The post attracts Outer London pay weighting.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. 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 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across 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

  • To provide an assessment and therapy service for children with speech and language needs, and children with social communication differences / ASD referred to the SLT service.
  • To be part of the autism diagnostic assessment (if appropriate training completed)
  • To be responsible for the planning and evaluation of evidence-based therapy interventions. To monitor and review the progress of therapy programmes implemented, and facilitate modifications of interventions / targets as appropriate.
  • To ensure involvement of education staff, the family / carer, other professional staff and the client in the therapy planning and programme. To provide therapy intervention as required.
  • To work with the Inclusion Manager and Teaching Assistant in promoting the childs speech, language and communication. To contribute to the setting and review of the childs IEP, individualized work, and / or group work joint planning.
  • To provide therapy planning and intervention within a multidisciplinary framework wherever possible, working alongside SLT Assistants, Advisory Teachers and Educational Psychologists.
  • To support the establishment of standard speech, language and communication approaches across education settings.
  • To respond to the requirements of relevant Education legislation by providing advice as part of any re-assessment process and taking part in Annual and Transfer Reviews as appropriate. To write detailed official reports regarding the childs Speech, Language and Communication and the Speech and Language Therapy advice for Statutory assessment including Education, Health, Care plans.
  • To maintain and develop effective and innovative partnership arrangements with other agencies to ensure care pathways for clients are integrated.
  • To participate in the co-ordination, development and delivery of training programmes and information packages for colleagues in health, education voluntary sector organizations, and with parents / carers
  • To maintain a clinical caseload in accordance with priorities of service.
  • To refer on to other agencies as appropriate.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy degree qualification
  • HCPC registration
  • RCSLT registration
  • Evidence of successful completion of a range of generic and specialist short courses at post graduate level, including alternative and augmentative communication
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Networks (within relevant area)
  • Diagnostic qualification desirable or aptitude to train eg: ADOS
Experience Essential
  • At least 2 years clinical experience of assessment and advice for children with speech, language, communication needs, including Autistic children and those with social communication differences
Knowledge Essential
  • Excellent presentation skills, both verbal and written, of complex information to professionals and carers

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