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Speech and Language Therapist - Mainstream Schools Team

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 5 - Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist - 37.5 hours a week

Are you a recently qualified or soon to be qualified speech and language therapist? Or do you just want a change?

Are you keen to get working and love mainstream schools?

We would invite you to join the large, vibrant and incredibly supportive Mainstream Schools Team working in the outer London Borough of Hillingdon.

Have a look at our Hillingdon Talks, Moves and Plays website to see if we would be a good fit for you

Starting my career as a Speech and Language Therapist in Hillingdon Mainstream Schools team has given me a brilliant platform to develop my clinical skills with a varied caseload. Everyone is really friendly and I feel very supported through regular peer support meetings, buddying, safeguarding supervision and supervision with a senior therapist. - Hannah- band 5

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be responsible for the assessment and therapy for the children attending your allocated schools who have identified SLCN needs including: developmental language disorder, speech difficulties, stammering, selective mutism, learning difficulties and ASD
  • You will have the opportunity to work directly with the children in groups and individually with an LSA observing the sessions in order to carry out follow up work
  • You will have the opportunity to do joint sessions with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists
  • You will offer training, advice and support to school staff
  • You will support parents and keep in regular touch with them via phone calls or meetings, as well as sending them copies of care plans and targets and any reports
  • You will jointly plan how to use your time in schools with the SENCO; allowing you to be flexible, creative and effective
  • You will write statutory assessment and annual review reports
  • You will contribute to audits and projects to help develop the service

About us

We can offer you:
  • A bright and homely office space to come back to - where you will have opportunities to get informal support, ask questions and talk about your day
  • An identified buddy to help you settle in and who you can ask lots of questions
  • A friendly team with lots of initiatives to support well-being
  • Regular supervision meetings with a senior therapist weekly at first and gradually moving to 6 weeks
  • Termly peer supervision meetings where you can discuss difficult cases, share your experiences with other band 5 colleagues where well being is promoted
  • A busy but manageable caseload across a range of schools
  • Opportunities for remote working in school and at home as well as access to online clinical records and resources
  • Opportunities to develop your clinical skills through a training budget, termly study afternoons, shadowing more experienced therapists, membership of a CEN, opportunities to invite a senior therapist for a joint consultation
  • Opportunites to work on projects with small groups of more experienced therapists

We are proud to say that the service has:
  • 91% of SENCO's report that they are happy or very happy with the service
  • 92.5% of parents report that they are happy or very happy with the service. A parent representative attends all of the mainstream schools meetings and parent feedback is sought for new developments
  • An annual service improvement plan in order to ensure that the service is continually evolving and developing

Job description Job responsibilities

Mainstream Schools team:
  • To provide a service to children/young people in mainstream schools who have a speech, language or communication need.
  • To be responsible for providing assessment, diagnosis & therapy packages into allocated schools.
  • To train and support school staff & parents, in order for them to implement therapy advice effectively.
  • To support schools with the early identification of children with speech/language/communication needs.
  • To prioritise the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Children at all times
  • To support the service to achieve Key Performance Indicators and maintain Target Activity Levels
  • To take part in quality governance, audits and projects for the team/service
  • To contribute to, and provide feedback about, possible developments in the team

Person Specification Education Essential
  • oRecognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree qualification or equivalent (minimum of 2:1 or equivalent)
  • oHealth and Care Professions Council licence to practice.
  • oRegistered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • oFirst class honours degree or equivalent
  • oFurther training courses relevant to the post
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working in a mainstream school as a therapist/teacher/learning support assistant
  • oExperience of working as a speech and language therapist
  • oExperience of delivering training to school staff
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • oKnowledge of assessment tools relevant to school age children with SLCN.
  • oKnowledge of a range of appropriate therapy approaches for school age children with SLCN including: speech, language, stammering, social communication, selective mutism
  • oKnowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to school age children with SLCN.
  • oAwareness of the principles of clinical governance/audit
  • oAwareness of the roles of other professionals relevant to school age children with SLCN
  • oKnowledge of standards of record keeping.
  • oExperience of assessing a range of school age children with SLCN independently
  • oExperience of using a range of appropriate therapy approaches independently, with school age children
  • oExperience of contributing to clinical audits
Attitudes, aptitudes, personal Essential
  • oGood presentation skills; both written and verbal.
  • oGood organisational skills and ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
Other Essential
  • oGood IT skills
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