Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Early Years Complex Needs

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for a Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist to join our Early Years Complex Needs team based at the Child Development Centre, Milton Keynes Hospital.

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Main duties of the job

As a Band 6 SLT within the Early Years complex needs team you will support assessment and intervention of children with a range of long term and complex health and learning needs. The role is varied and you will be working within clinics with some visits to Early Years settings. There are several Associate Practitioners who support the work of the SLTs by providing a wide range of interventions and there is excellent admin support. The team also provide an in-patient and outpatient paediatric dysphagia service. This post does not require clinical dysphagia skills but is an area where we are able to support clinical practice based on post-holders preferences.

Access to your own transport is essential as you will be travelling around the locality as part of your job. You will generally not have to travel more than 15 minutes to different settings thanks to the dual roads and grid system. We are continuing to offer families both face to face and virtual appointments dependent on circumstances and preference. Our staff are enjoying working together in clinics and meeting face to face in groups again, whilst following Covid-19 safety guidance.

About us

Our teams are well established and work collaboratively with other agencies to empower settings to create and sustain communication supportive environments and to develop targeted and specialist provision of pupils with identified SLCN. This is achieved through a combination of consultation, training, assessment and intervention packages. 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 are a forward-thinking service committed to ongoing development, embracing change and innovation and driven by evidence-based practice. We place high emphasis on clinical supervision and pastoral needs with personalised CPD opportunities. The Trust has an extensive range of employee benefits available and you will be fully supported with a comprehensive welcome induction into the service.

Milton Keynes is a growing and vibrant city with easy access to the M1 and superb facilities in terms of everyday living and leisure activities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Principal Duties:
  • To independently provide assessment, diagnosis and appropriate speech and language therapy intervention for children with speech, language and communication needs associated with long term and complex medical/learning needs, in a range of settings including Clinics, Early years settings and the home.
  • To deliver training to professionals and parents on a range of topics related to SLCN
  • To provide advice and support to parents, carers, non-specialists, nursery / education staff and other professionals working with children in a range of settings including Health and Education Settings.
  • To be an effective member of the SLT team and the broader multidisciplinary team
  • To participate in service development as required
  • To undertake other duties, as requested by the line manager to ensure the efficient, effective running of the SLT Service

Clinical Duties:

To assess, develop and implement speech and language therapy intervention

To provide advice to others regarding the management and care of children with SLCN associated with long term and complex medical/learning needs

To participate in multi-disciplinary assessment

To ensure children/parents/carers are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their care plans

To participate in multi-disciplinary planning of intervention/management to meet childs identified goals

To provide intervention and evaluate outcomes, and to demonstrate evidence based practice

To produce reports regarding childrens needs and summarise proposed care plans eg EHC plans

To adapt practice to meet individual children circumstances, including due regard for cultural and linguistic differences (equality and diversity issues)

To demonstrate use of evidence-based practice

To seek second opinions on case management from senior colleagues

Person Specification Qualifications & Experience Essential
  • SLT degree, RCSLT and HCPC
  • Experience in early years settings
  • IT skills
  • Communication skills
  • Able to prioritise/organisational skills
  • Assessment skills for paediatric Global developmental delay and Autism Spectrum condition
  • Knowledge and skill in providing interventions for EY children with Neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Work within the principles of the Children and Families Act 2014
  • Paediatric dysphagia skills
  • Degree level 2:1 or above

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