An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly specialist SLT with clinical specialism in speech disorder & developmental language disorder to join Bexley Children's SLT service. Whilst delivering specialist assessment & intervention to children & young people, you will also be instrumental in shaping & influencing SLT clinical service delivery with these client groups. You will have a track record of delivering evidence based interventions, responsibility for care pathways & of training & supervising staff.
The postholder will have experience in SEND/EHCP, contributing & leading on improvements in practice across the service, providing support for colleagues & be involved in multi-disciplinary working with the London Borough of Bexley SEND team.
You will work within the integrated Bexley Joint Communication Team, made up of Therapists, Assistants & Advisory Teacher (from Bexley Local Authority). This part of the role involves visits to mainstream schools, assessment, recommendations to schools & opportunities to deliver training together with colleagues. The role involves advice to enable parents, carers & teaching staff to support the children.You will deliver specific EHCP SLT provision/commissioned care packages. As part of the Community Clinic Service you will contribute to, support & advise on the management of children with speech sound disorders.
Please note that applications from overseas candidates are welcome
Main duties of the job
Staff wellbeing is important to us - we won the 'C& YP's Directorate Team of the Year award' 2021-22 in recognition of the excellent care & support we provide to Bexley families & staff. We are also part of Trust initiatives, Building a Fairer Oxleas, together with having designated Wellbeing Champions within the team.
- Provide highly specialist assessment & intervention to children & young people referred to the service, with areas of clinical specialism in developmental speech disorders & developmental language disorder (DLD)
- Deliver intervention & provision to commissioned EHCP care packages
- Be part of the multidisciplinary team (London Borough of Bexley SEND team) contributing to the co-ordination & delivery of SEND services across Bexley
- Assess the need for, develop & implement evidence-based speech & language therapy interventions to children with a wide range of speech, language & communication difficulties, including their areas of specialisms
- Provide highly specialist second opinions to other speech & language therapists /external professionals & support in the training & development of colleagues within the team
- Plan & organise outreach support to therapists working in other Bexley SLT teams - clinic, mainstream settings to support children achieve the best possible communication & mental health outcomes.
- Responsible for developing existing care pathways for areas of clinical specialisms
- Contribute to Trust, service & professional wide initiatives
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
The Bexley Childrens Speech & Language Therapy service is a dynamic & supportive team, offering opportunities for continuing professional development in your clinical specialism. The service has excellent internal supervision & support structures & would provide the ideal environment to develop clinical skills & contribute towards operational projects to support service development.
The postholder will understand and meet professional and legal SEND responsibilities outlined in the Children and Families Act 2014 including contributing to statutory assessments of special educational needs and delivery of Speech and Language Therapy provision as specified in childrens Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). Key Task and Responsibilities
To demonstrate highly specialist knowledge in clinical specialisms, speech disorders and DLD, underpinned by current evidence-based practice.
To manage complex and highly specialist caseload independently and plan the workload of others where required.
To make highly specialist clinical decisions in assessment of complex cases.
To work as part of the MDT (London Borough of Bexley SEND Team) eg. regular attendance at SEND EHCP Panel, SEND Tribunal meetings.
To co-ordinate SEND audits and have overview of SEND policies, both nationally and locally.
To manage, lead and provide highly specialist supervision and PDR review to therapists working within the areas of clinical specialisms.
To work in partnership with parents /carers and education staff, to support them to develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence with regard to developing independence and management of the childs/young persons communication skills.
To meet with parents, child and young people, taking and responding to feedback to develop care pathways and the quality of child and parent information.
To take a clinical specialist role in the development of local clinical guidelines informed by evidence for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
To lead on service development projects and initiatives.
To attend relevant training and development in order to maintain and develop skills and knowledge required of a highly specialist therapist and maintain up to date HCPC and RCSLT registration.
To demonstrate knowledge of, and adhere to RCSLT Professional, National and Local Clinical Guidelines with particular reference to SLCN, speech disorder and DLD.
To develop and deliver specialist training to parents, young people and professionals in specialist area.
To keep up to date with new techniques and developments for the promotion and maintenance of good practice in specialist area.
To provide second opinions/advice to non-specialists and other specialists within clinical field.
To demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the principles of Clinical Governance and their application to professional practice.
To undertake team members Supervision and Personal Development Reviews.
To be flexible to the demands of the environment including unpredictable work patterns, deadlines and frequent interruptions.
To work within infection control and health and safety guidelines in order to deal appropriately with conditions related to client contact as they arise: for example exposure to body fluids, infectious conditions.
To deputise for service leads as required. Management responsibilities
To develop and facilitate team objectives relating to areas of clinical specialisms in liaison with Line Manager, ensuring a seamless service for children/young people up to 19 years.
To develop protocols/policies/training packages in liaison with Line Manager and other professionals for improvement to client care and integrated care.
To lead on the implementation of relevant service clinical governance initiatives, with support from Line Manager
To support the implementation of outcome measure initiatives within service, ensuring robust analysis takes place on a timely basis.
To contribute to interagency/multi-disciplinary team building and integrated policy development.
To advise Team Lead and Service manager on issues of service delivery including shortfall, service pressures etc. particularly within specialist area.
To deputise for team lead in absence eg. oversee the day-to-day management of the caseload eg. Monitoring/actioning referrals, supporting junior staff members
To identify personal/professional development evidenced by PDR developed within an appraisal framework including objectives relating to speech disorder and DLD.
To assume delegated tasks as requested by service leads, including taking the lead in working groups and policy development groups.
To be aware of, adhere to and implement service, CYP and Trust plans and policies.
Person Specification Clinical experience Essential
- 3 years post qualification
Training attended Essential
- Evidence of attending relevant training post qualification
clinical experience Essential
- Clinical experience of speech, language communication in clinical and educational settings in line with PS
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