Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Band 6 Deafness

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
St Albans
£33,706 to £40,588 a year (pro rata if applicable)
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
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Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) - Deafness

We are delighted to be able to offer you an exciting opportunity to develop your skills in a specialist area. Do you have a passion to work in the field of Deafness? Are you looking for an exciting post that will enable you to demonstrate, and continue to develop your clinical skills in the assessment and management of deaf children?

If so, working for the Children and Young People's (CYP) Therapies Service at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust may be just what you are looking for. This post will give you the chance to join a dynamic, agile and forward-thinking organisation, where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.

We are looking to recruit to 1.0 WTE Band 6 SLT, who would be based within West Hertfordshire, covering St Albans/Hemel Hempstead with some community sessions in Watford. For 2 days a week you will work as part of the NHS SLT team at Heathlands School, a specialist educational provision in St Albans for Deaf Children from nursery to Key Stage 4. Ideally the postholder will have BSL level 2 skills, however Level 1 will be considered if you are willing to learn BSL level 2. You will also work with children and young people within community settings.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of an SLT team based within Heathlands School and will also be part a local community team. In the school you will work collaboratively with other SLTs; SLT Therapy Assistant Practitioners; Teachers of the Deaf; and other education professionals, providing assessment and intervention to meet the needs of the specialist caseload.

In community you will work with CYP from 0-18 in mainstream settings, pre-school settings and clinics, and you will continue to develop your clinical skills in the area of Deafness, as well as ASD, DLD and speech disorders, and cleft palate. As a specialist SLT in Deafness, you will use your skills and experience to support the wider community team and upskill the wider workforce.

We offer:
  • Regular group supervision, managerial supervision and a well-established appraisal system
  • CPD opportunities such as Bitesize tutorials, peer review and locally hosted CENs.
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills and to supervise less experienced members of staff
  • Being involved in local and service wide projects with your colleagues
  • Mobile working (e.g. own laptop and mobile phone)
  • Opportunities to work alongside other therapists/assistants to deliver evidence based practice to children/young people requiring specialist support
  • A 2 week induction period where you will have the opportunity to observe and shadow your team, including access to a buddy and ongoing weekly support from the Clinical Lead for Deafness for the first term.

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.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust provides integrated Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services for families across the county of Hertfordshire. Our CYPT integrated service provides opportunities for collaborative working, joint training and shared learning amongst each profession.

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.We have excellent joint working relationships with our partners in education, including the local Teachers of the Deaf and Audiology service.

Successful candidates will need to be enthusiastic and motivated. Good 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 your patients.

Heathlands school is a school for deaf pupils of all ages. Running throughout the school is an emphasis on Communication, Language and Literacy; the foundation stones for the effective education of deaf children. Teachers of the Deaf in the school have specialist training in language development and incorporate this in lesson delivery, whatever the subject. As a therapist in the school, you will undertake assessments of pupils needs, and design and deliver tailor made intervention programmes. This, combined with the schools attention to childrens audiological needs and their expertise in British Sign Language (BSL), is brought together in a Total Communication approach.

A staff member who has recently joined the CYP Therapies service and has taken up sessions at Heathlands has said the following:

I joined the SLT team about six months ago and have found everybody to be very supportive. This is both in terms of answering work-based questions, and support to balance work and life. At the school, therapy is managed by 2 teams: the NHS team sees Hertfordshire-based children while a school-based team sees children from out of county. This offers a unique opportunity to be part of two teams (the wider school team and the wider NHS team), with the wealth of experience and knowledge in various areas that each team can bring. Being at the school also allows you to naturally develop your sign language skills and your understanding of language development in a signed language. Now is an exciting time to join the Deafness team as we are developing and evolving the service, meaning that you will have the chance to help shape the service for deaf children, and for children from deaf families.

Applicants wanting to work full time or part time 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 £1,136 and a maximum payment of £1,915 per annum (pro rata where applicable and dependent on base location)

Interview date is set for 12th October.

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
  • Recognised SLT degree qualification or equivalent (Post Graduate Diploma or MSc in Speech and Language Therapy leading to registration with HCPC)
  • HCPC Licence to Practice
  • Fully Registered member of RCSLT
  • Post graduate training in area of work, internal or external
  • BSL Level 1 Qualification

  • Member of relevant CEN

Experience and Knowledge
  • Experience of work in relevant care group as SLT at PostGraduate level
  • Well established knowledge of assessments and interventions for client group
  • National and local policies and procedures relevant to client group
  • Knowledge of NHS, Education and Social Care policy and directives where these impact on area of specialism or service delivery
  • Knowledge and experience of main sign systems

Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly developed negotiation skills
  • Experience of communicating with parents, carers and liaison with other professionals involved with pre-school and school aged children and young people
  • Able to train and support other SLTs and staff in the wider children's workforce
  • Experience of providing training to SLT students, SLTAs, professionals and carers
  • Clear speech and good hearing

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

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