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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Various across Luton and Bedfordshire
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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As a result of new funding and some movement within our team we are looking for experienced therapists to join our community schools team providing outstanding care to children with Speech, Language and Communication needs

We are looking for dynamic Speech and Language Therapists to join our established core service within our friendly and supportive Luton and Bedfordshire Team.

We have roles available in:

Bedford - Full time

Luton - Full time

Central South (Leighton Buzzard, Houghton Regis and Dunstable) - Full time

Central North (Shefford, Biggleswade and Sandy) - Part time, 3 days a week

If you are looking for a different working pattern then please contact the service.

We need:
  • Confident, motivated and enthusiastic therapists, willing to work flexibly
  • Experience of working in mainstream schools with a wide range of SLCN
  • Someone looking to develop their clinical knowledge and skills

You will:
  • Manage a caseload providing targeted, evidence-based assessment and therapy
  • Work closely with colleagues in Health and education
  • Participate in training to parents and other professionals around SLC needs
  • Support junior staff within the service

As a Service we provide:
  • Formal and informal training, including shadowing opportunities
  • Regular robust clinical supervision and a mentoring system
  • Continued Professional Development opportunities including in house training and external courses
  • Reflective clinical forums and buddying systems
  • Regular whole service and locality meetings

Main duties of the job

The post holders will provide specialist clinical input to mainstream schools. Working as part of the community schools' team, they will provide speech and language therapy support to children with a wide range of SLC needs including EHCP provision. They will provide training to enable parents and other professionals to support children's language and communication needs. They will supervise other colleagues and will take part in the triage process for the community service.

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 please submit 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 independently identify, assess and diagnose speech, language and communication impairments and select appropriate patients and type of therapy for effective treatment.

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

Be responsible for delivering specialist speech and language therapy input to school age children and young people of all ages, covering a range of disorders of communication.

To provide training to enable parents and other professionals to support childrens language and communication needs.

Make independent decisions about caseload management, including discharge.

To plan, organise and prioritise own workload, clinical and non-clinical.

To use clinical skills to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management for complex clinical issues.

Gain extensive clinical experience and expertise to improve and further develop specialist skills through training, support and study.

To have appropriate knowledge or an awareness of low tech AAC, for example PECS.

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, including within the Language Provision, as required.

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

To make referrals onto specialist services as required, including Health, Education and / or Social Services.

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.

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

Undertake supervision and complete appraisals for SLTs and Support Practitioners.

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
  • Qualified speech and language therapist
  • HCPC registered
  • posMember of relevant CENt graduate qualification in relevant area
  • Attendance at relevant courses, e.g. language and / or speech disorders.
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrates a well-established knowledge of a range of clinical disorders, assessments and appropriate therapeutic interventions in specialist field; including management of children with social communication difficulties.
  • Relevant experience as qualified SLT in the specialist field.
  • Evidence of high level of specialist knowledge/skills as a result of experience/CPD
  • Experience of carrying out supervision and appraisals.
Skills Essential
  • Good auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically.
  • Awareness of the principles of clinical governance/audit
  • Demonstrates a positive approach to problem solving

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