Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist-EHCP & SEND Tribunal

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to develop an SLT SEND EHCP Tribunal and appeals pathway. The successful candidate will be based in the Paediatric SLT team in Newham and will guide the SLT service in developing effective EHCP advice, provide support for EHCP appeals and disputes and attend SEND Tribunals as necessary.

The role will involve providing support and advice to other SLT team members in their duties concerning SEND EHCP assessments and in identifying areas of improvement in practice across the service. The role will also require developing excellent communication and working relationships with the local authority SEND team to provide early support and intervention when there are appeals or disputes.

The post holder will be required to offer specialist assessment and intervention for children and young people undergoing EHCP assessment, and will hold their own small caseload. The will support more junior staff within the service and provide supervision, competency development and contribute to the learning and development programme for all SLT staff. There will be opportunity for service improvement and development working alongside the 8a Clinical Lead for schools.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will have relevant experience of working with children and families, experience of SEND EHCP assessment and delivery and a working knowledge of the SEND duties for SLTs. Experience of attending SENDIST Tribunal is desirable but not essential, as we are keen to support staff in developing knowledge and skills in this area.

In return we can offer you:
  • An amazing working environment, with a warm, welcoming and supportive team of SLTs and colleagues who bring experiences from all over the world.
  • 1:1 monthly supervision, appraisal and CPD
  • Team learning programme
  • Protected service development time and regular team away days
  • Opportunity to supervise and develop junior staff
  • Monthly team meetings and band 7 leadership meetings
  • On-going clinical skills development, MDT working
  • Opportunity to lead service improvement
  • Involvement in audit and quality improvement

Based at the child development centre, in Stratford in the London Borough of Newham, close to the Olympic Park in the heart of London's East End (with excellent transport links with the rest of London and Essex). The children's speech and language therapy service has a strong multi-agency work ethic with other services both within the trust and with partner agencies, and offers services across a wide range of care groups in the borough.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to peoples lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are : We care, we respect, we are inclusive-so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Come and be part of a team that is innovative, responsive, adaptable and which aspires to stand out in the future in the areas of service delivery, improvement and research.

For full details please refer to the attached job description and person specification

For more information, contact: Marion Levine Head of Childrens Therapies

Marionlevine@nhs.net mobile phone: 07741704013

Closing date for applications 11th September 2022 interviews 15th September 2022

Person Specification Education/ Qualification Essential
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree/Post graduate degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Evidence of successful completion of relevant specialist short courses
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Networks
Experience Essential
  • Relevant experience
  • Relevant specialist experience post qualification
  • In-depth experience within specialist area including writing EHCPs
  • Evidence of relevant training in a specialist area
  • Experience of working with a specialist ASD caseload
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of the EHCP process and the SEND appeals and tribunals process
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Highly developed Negotiation and Problem-solving skills
  • Skills in planning, assessing and implementing intervention for client group
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the needs of clients from a range of ethnic and linguistic backgrounds
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good working knowledge of relevant information technology
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member and assume leadership responsibilities
  • Demonstrates ability to work in partnership with relevant agencies
  • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to the specialist client group
  • In-depth knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to specialist client group)
  • In-depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
  • Awareness of the roles of other professionals (relevant to client group)
  • Ability to work in partnership with other professionals and other agencies
  • Awareness of standards of record keeping

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