Children's Speech and Language Therapist - Band 5 - 37.5 hours - Permanent There has never been a more exciting time to join the ISCAN (Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs) team. We are moving forward in growing our service following some recent investment for our workforce and also to enhance our Local Offer. As a member of our team you will have the opportunity to be involved in the development of our new ISCAN website. In addition, the Trust are working with the team to develop some innovative approaches to redesign pathways with the goal of delivering improved care for our children and families across Tameside and Glossop. Our organisation recognises the value and contribution Allied Health Professionals make to the NHS as the third largest workforce. As such, Tameside and Glossop ICFT are taking part in the national AHP workforce supply project. This project seeks to support the professional development and growth of this workforce to meet the continually evolving needs of the populations these highly skilled practitioners serve. It could not be a better time to join our organisation and be a part of the exciting future ahead.
Are you a qualified Speech & Language Therapist wanting to use your skills to work with children, young people and their families? Newly qualified therapists will be considered for this vacancy.
Main duties of the job
You will be working within our mainstream schools and clinic team supporting children with a range of communication difficulties in Tameside and Glossop (ages 0-19).
The role provides an excellent opportunity to work alongside dedicated professionals within a multi-disciplinary team providing a high quality, child-centred service.
We can offer clinical and management supervision, specialist support by experienced staff and continuing professional development.
Our organisation recognises the value and contribution Allied Health Professionals make to the NHS as the third largest workforce. As such, Tameside and Glossop ICFT are taking part in the national AHP workforce supply project. This project seeks to support the professional development and growth of this workforce to meet the continually evolving needs of the populations these highly skilled practitioners serve. It could not be a better time to join our organisation and be a part of the exciting future ahead.
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners. We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:
We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.
We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ people & Disabled people.
Benefits include; flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.
Job description Job responsibilities Main Duties and Responsibilities
To be responsible for delivery and monitoring of the therapy component of the child's care, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.
To be accountable for own clinical actions, ensuring adherence to professional code of conduct.
To co-ordinate and attend relevant clinical meetings plus meetings in other settings, e.g. schools.
To organise and lead client related meetings as appropriate, e.g. Person Centred Planning Meetings
To recognise the need to work with interpreters or bilingual co-workers as appropriate.
To contribute to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice by providing timely and detailed reports and recommendations that comply with departmental guidelines.
To participate in the assessment and treatment process for children referred to the service.
To be an integral member of the ISCAN Team, representing Speech and Language Therapy and providing advice to other professionals.
To ensure all clinical activity is accurately recorded and collected using clinical systems as appropriate. Communications
To gain informed consent and negotiate agreed targets and goals.
To communicate sensitively and effectively with patients, families, and carers regarding patient care and treatment options.
To communicate effectively with all other health sector and outside agencies to exchange and gather information and problem solve.
To provide written reports, targets and letters in a timely manner, presenting complex information in a clear and accessible way. Responsibility for Patient Care
To be responsible for the safety and welfare of children, colleagues and yourself during the treatment period, in accordance with professional standards and health and safety regulations.
To provide ongoing re-assessment and evaluation of response to treatment and adjust goals and SMART targets accordingly.
To motivate children during treatment programmes and towards therapeutic goals.
To manage children with complex, long term conditions and have the ability to recognise the need to refer to other health professionals and agencies e.g. Paediatricians and Social Care, and to seek advice from more senior staff when needed.
To offer evidence-based therapy. Planning and organising
To prioritise, organise and plan own day to day workload and activities in order to meet the demands of the job role.
To be able to travel independently to schools, homes and other settings as required.
To take responsibility for arranging Person Centred Planning meetings or other meetings as required. Responsibilities for Physical and / or Financial Resources
To assess and issue or recommend a range of equipment deemed necessary for the child.
To use therapeutic equipment safely.
To ensure safe and effective use of equipment, resources and consumables at all times. Responsibility for Policy and Service Development and Implementation
To assist in the development of departmental policies, protocols and procedures in agreement with other staff members.
To be aware of, comment on and/or actively participate in changes on policies, procedures or service developments.
To be familiar with and adhere to national and local clinical guidelines.
To embrace and support line management and the department in making service improvements effective within the workplace.
To ensure attendance at all mandatory training and to attend regular team meetings with at least 75% attendance. Responsibilities for Human Resources and Leadership
To support new or less experienced work colleagues to adapt to the workplace.
To be aware of and observe all HE policies and know where to access these. Responsibilities for Teaching and Training
To actively contribute to in-service training by attendance at and participation in in-service training, peer group review and other internal training opportunities.
To participate in training and development activities which are relevant to the job role.
To attend and reflect on regular Safeguarding supervision and to access additional supervision as needed.
To assist in the development, use of and actively promote care pathways and protocols within the Children's Integrated Service as identified by team leaders.
To contribute to sessions, e.g. journal clubs, which show evidence of ability to accurately appraise and evaluate current research and show evidence of application of practice.
To attend appropriate training required to support student placements. Responsibilities for data and information resources
To keep accurate records of assessments and treatments in accordance with Trust and professional standards including the production of reports to other Health Professionals, Social Care and other agencies.
To maintain patient information confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
To adhere to Trust guidance on information governance including GDPR. Research, Development and Audit
To participate in audits as required by the Department and Trust.
To use audit results, current research and national guidelines to recommend changes to service delivery and to demonstrate evidence -based practice.
To maintain own competency to practice through CPD activities and maintain a CPD portfolio which reflects personal development.
To prepare for and participate in Personal Development Reviews (PDR) and complete targets as discussed. Physical Skills and Effort
To follow the Trusts moving and handling policy in line with patient handling guidelines.
To hold a current full driving licence.
To have good IT skills including the ability to learn to use appropriate clinical recording systems.
Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
- BSc (Hons) or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration
- Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT)
- Full UK Driving Licence and Access to a vehicle for work
- To be IT literate
- Excellent knowledge of child development
- Good working knowledge of therapy
- Child Protection Awareness
- Understanding of evidence based practice and the implications for clinical practice.
- To have knowledge of electronic patient management systems e.g. EMIS
- Knowledge of Early Help Assessment framework and common processes and theoretical models
- Experience of working /clinical placement with children with SLCN
- Evidence of current and ongoing CPD
- Previous experience gained in NHS setting
- Experience of managing or supervising therapy assistants and technical instructors
- To be competent in assessing a range of communication difficulties, devising SMART targets and providing treatments.
- To be able to prioritise and plan own workload appropriately.
- To have good communications skills and be able to adapt to sometimes sensitive or difficult circumstances.
- To be a positive member of the team and be able to motivate children and adapt treatment plans to individual children's needs.
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