Speech and Language Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£29,553 to £36,265 a year pa inc
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Children & Young People's Speech & Language Therapy Service in Bexley is part of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust rated amongst the top 10 in the Health Service Journal list of 100 best NHS organisations to work for in England.

Are you looking for a new opportunity or experience? Join our friendly team working with school-age children across primary & secondary schools. We are a well-established team that can offer fantastic support & opportunities to develop your career. Oxleas is a vibrant & diverse organisation, located within reach of the Kent countryside & central London.

You will work with mainstream school-age children and young people with a range of speech, language & communication needs. Providing assessment, advice & intervention, with a supportive team of therapists & assistants. This post has arisen due to increased interest from local schools to provide high-quality EHCP SLT provision.

This is an opportunity for a shortly to qualify student, newly qualified Band 5 or a B5 with experience. There is the opportunity for professional development & the support of a team of therapists & assistants. You will have access to administrative, managerial & clinical support. CPD is supported & the development of clinical interests is encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The Bexley Children's Speech and Language Therapy service offers a range of services with specialist teams across EYs, ASD, Hearing Impairment, Dysfluency, Specialist Resourced Provisions and SEMH. We work closely across teams to provide clinical support and second opinions. We also have opportunities to develop training skills to enhance skills and knowledge for staff working with children with SLCN:
  • To provide a clinical and advisory Speech and Language Therapy service to school aged children with diverse speech, language and communication needs. Opportunity to develop both assessment and intervention skills.
  • To work as part of an integrated team with an Advisory Teacher and Speech and Language Assistants. To support parents, clients and other professionals in all issues related to client management, with access to supervision from senior therapists. To provide training or information sessions to parents and/or school staff with support from more experienced colleagues.

There will be the opportunity of providing training to other professionals, as well as involvement in service development projects, example projects currently taking place are: The Bilingualism Quality Improvement Project and The Developmental Language Disorder working group.

About us

Oxleas - 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

You will work within the integrated Bexley Joint Communication Team, made up of Therapists, Assistants and Advisory Teacher (from Bexley Local Authority). This part of the role involves visits to mainstream schools, assessment, recommendations to schools and opportunities to deliver training together with colleagues. The role involves advice to enable parents, carers and teaching staff to support the children.There are also more opportunities to deliver specific EHCP SLT provision.

You will have access to administrative, managerial and clinical support, with regular clinical supervision every 6 weeks. Newly qualified therapists have a higher level of supervision. Training and career development is well supported within Oxleas with the opportunity to attend both internal and external training. Examples of training accessed in the past 12 months includes: Nuffield Dyspraxia, Colourful Semantics, PECS, Bilingualism, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, with the following training courses upcoming: assessment and intervention for Evidence based for DLD Moor House, Core Vocabulary Intervention, Attention Autism.
  • To provide an assessment, diagnostic and treatment service for children referred to the Speech & Language Service within the Borough of Bexley.
  • To develop the ability to reflect on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of clients communication and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communicative effectiveness.
  • To implement programmes in a variety of locations depending on need, including mainstream school settings, community health locations and some home visits.
  • To be responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based therapy interventions to enable functional improvement. To monitor and review the progress of therapy programmes implemented and facilitate modifications of interventions/targets as appropriate.
  • To ensure maximum involvement of the client, family/carer, education staff and other professional staff where appropriate in planning care and the therapy programme.
  • To work with class teachers, SENCo and Teaching Assistants in promoting the childs speech, language and communication development through joint planning, group work and discussion as well as contributing to the setting and review of the childs IEP.
  • To support the establishment and development of standard service speech language and communication packages in the mainstream schools such as Chatterbox, Talk Boost, Speech and Language Link and BLAST.
  • To provide therapy planning and intervention within a multidisciplinary framework wherever possible, working alongside SLT Assistants, Advisory Teachers and Educational Psychologists.
  • To recognise potential breakdown and conflict when it occurs and seeks advice and support to resolve.
  • To make appropriate clinical decisions following assessment seeking support and advice from supervisor where appropriate.
  • To make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessment seeking advice from supervisor where appropriate.
  • To manage and prioritise a defined caseload independently accessing planned supervision to support the process.
  • To manage and prioritise own workload, accessing planned supervision to support this process.
  • To demonstrate the ability to reflect on practice with peers/clinical supervisor
  • To develop the ability to target training (formal and informal) appropriately to the needs of course participants, with the support of colleagues.
  • To develop the ability to reflect on and evaluate training provided.
  • To be aware of and adhere to service and team plans and policies.
  • To maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with RCSLT professional standards and local trust policies.
  • To supervise the work of assistants/therapy support staff/administration and clerical staff and learning support assistants.
  • To explain the role of Speech & Language Therapists to visitors, students and volunteers.
  • To be accountable for own professional action and recognise own professional boundaries, seeking advice as appropriate through mentoring, peer support, clinical and managerial supervision.
  • To work within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conduct.
  • To participate in the co-ordination, development and delivery of training programmes and information packages for colleagues in health, education, voluntary sector organisations and parents/carers.
  • To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of the client and their carers in particular when imparting potentially distressing information regarding the nature of the clients difficulties and implications of the same.
  • To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of the clients, carers and colleagues when managing distressing situations such as child protection issues and exposure to terminal illness.
  • To develop the ability to manage children with challenging behaviours including the appropriate management strategies.
  • To monitor stock levels in own service area and request new equipment as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of equipment ensuring standards of infection control and safety are maintained including equipment loaned to clients.

  • Person Specification Registration Essential
    • HCPC Registration
    • Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy Registration
    Qualifications Essential
    • Speech & Language Therapy Degree
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of working with children in any setting
    Training Desirable
    • Evidence of short courses

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