Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Training Lead

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year
Closing date
30 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 7 Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Training Lead

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust's Children and Young People's Therapies (CYPT) Service is excited to be able to offer a new Band 7 opportunity within it's Speech and Language Therapy Team. In conjunction with our partners in education, a new training lead role has been developed to help support the delivery of a Hertfordshire training offer that will support the speech, language and communication needs of local children and young people (CYP) across Hertfordshire.

Are you looking to extend your leadership skills, as well as continuing to develop your skills in delivering training and working collaboratively with our education colleagues? If so, this opportunity could be just right for you!

We are looking to recruit to 1.2 WTE and the postholders will be based centrally within Hertfordshire due to the post being Hertfordshire-wide, although base can be negotiated at interview.

Main duties of the job

As a Highly Specialist Band 7 Training Lead, your role will involve:
  • Being responsible for the delivery and monitoring of a robust Hertfordshire wide training offer.
  • Ensuring high quality training is available to all settings within Hertfordshire, and that feedback is collated to inform service development, that will benefit the wider Hertfordshire system.
  • Raising awareness of speech, language and communication development through training for parents/carers, teachers, support staff and other multi-agency professionals across a wide cultural spectrum.
  • Working alongside and supporting dedicated Lead Therapy Assistant Practitioners for Training and administrators.
  • Working closely with B7 SLT Education Leads to ensure the needs of schools and CYP in local DSPL areas are a key part of strategic planning, including building strong partnerships and collaboration with education colleagues.

We offer:
  • half termly group supervision and peer support
  • regular managerial supervision and a well-established appraisal system
  • CPD opportunities such as bitesize tutorials, peer review
  • a hybrid model of face:face and remote working
  • a 2 week induction period where you will have the opportunity to observe and shadow
  • access to a named buddy

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now
You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.
Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description attached, which details the responsibilities within this post. Also attached is the Person Specification.

You will be joining an innovative and agile CYP Therapies service committed to delivering high quality care and transforming lives. Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust provides Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services for families across the county. Our service is jointly commissioned by health and education, allowing us to provide a seamless pathway of care from early years through to schools, specialist provisions and further education settings.

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic and motivated. Advanced communication, clinical reasoning and organisational skills are essential. You must be a team player but be able to work autonomously and have the ability to champion the needs of children and young people through upskilling the wider workforce. As a highly specialist SLT, there will be opportunities for you to facilitate professional supervision groups and provide managerial supervision to less experienced colleagues.

You will be joining a well-established, supportive team of therapists and assistants. CYP Therapies at HCT pride ourselves on the support we provide to staff. Please see below comments from a current member of the team:

I love working in CYPT/HCT - everyone in the team is super dedicated. There is strong management support, but also space for being flexible and creative to meet childrens needs; innovation & good practice is valued and encouraged. I enjoy & appreciate the robust supervision structures, training in supervision & coaching, and the many opportunities for personal development and learning, including for example in-house training days and tutorials. I have worked in many teams across Hertfordshire, all without exception friendly and welcoming. There is an ethos of peer support and encouragement & sharing learning; everyone works hard but there is a sense of belonging and always time for a quick chat and plenty of laughs. I feel valued here and I value my lovely colleagues and the fabulous children & young people we work with.

If you have any questions at all or you would like to come and visit us, please do contact us - we are only too happy to help and would love to tell you more about our Service.

Applications for full time and part time work will be considered. A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

In addition to the basic salary, this post attracts a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of £1,034 and a maximum payment of £1,791 per annum (pro rata where applicable and dependent on base location)

Interview date is set for 7th September 2022.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all its staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Training
  • Highly specialist knowledge acquired through degree or equivalent qualifications, including further theoretical training and experience to Master's level equivalent in required speciality
  • Continued Professional Development evidenced by attendance at short specialist postgraduate courses to maintain and develop own specialist knowledge and expertise.
  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent (Post Graduate Diploma or MSc in Speech & Language Therapy leading to registration with HCPC)
  • HCPC Licence to Practice, Registered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Membership of relevant CEN

  • Experience of working with Education stakeholder and partners.

Experience and Knowledge
  • High level clinical skills including assessment and diagnosis
  • Experience in providing assessment, diagnosis and intervention for CYP with a range of SLCN.
  • Working knowledge of electronic patient record system.
  • Experience and commitment to involve patients and service users in the design and development of service provision
  • Evidence of involvement in service policy development in area of specialism.
  • Knowledge of NHS, Education and social care policy including Tribunals and directives where these impact on area of specialism or service delivery
  • Experience of planning organising and delivering training to upskill the wider workforce
  • In depth and expert knowledge of available training resources at the universal, targeted and specialist level and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits.

Skills and abilities
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written, including the ability to liaise and negotiate
  • Ability to communicate and receive complex and sensitive information
  • Knowledge of barriers to understanding & ability to explain complex issues simply.
  • Able to analyse and interpret complex data
  • Excellent group presentation skills both written and verbal, including the use of IT systems

  • Hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

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