Speech and Language Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
8 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Solent Integrated Children's Therapy service is for children aged 0-19 who experience challenges with Physical disability, daily functional activities, eating and drinking skills, speech, language and communication.

This is a community service delivered in children's homes, pre-school settings, Children's Centres, mainstream schools, special schools, and community clinics.

Physiotherapists, podiatry, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists work together with children and their families as part of multi-agency teams with Health Care professionals across acute and community services, Education, social care colleagues and Equipment providers, to enable children achieve their therapy goals.

Main duties of the job

*To work independently, with guidance and support from senior colleagues, in community clinics, mainstream schools and specialist provisions providing a Speech & Language Therapy Service to a large and highly variable caseload of preschool and school aged children many of whom will have special needs

*Following successful completion of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) NQP Competency Framework, to work as an autonomous practitioner, in partnership with parents, school staff, and children, and in liaison with other healthcare staff and the primary care team, to deliver integrated specialised packages of care to children with the full range of speech, language and communication difficulties

*To train students, other healthcare professionals and staff from other agencies who work with children with speech and language difficulties

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

*To be professionally responsible and accountable as an autonomous practitioner for all aspects of your own work including the independent management of a large and varied caseload

*To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the children under your management, adhering to agreed departmental standards, national protocols/policies and the Professional Code of Conduct

*To use clinical knowledge and experience to undertake the comprehensive assessment and differential diagnosis of children with the full range of speech, language and communication difficulties, requiring the ability to make sound clinical decisions

*To formulate, evaluate and review individual SLT management and treatment plans using clinical reasoning skills and knowledge of diagnosis and a wide range of treatment skills appropriate to preschool and school aged children, working at all times in partnership with parents, school staff, and if appropriate the children themselves

*To demonstrate highly developed auditory, perceptual and analytical skills required for the assessment and management of children with a range of communication impairments

*To become competent in the management of children with feeding and swallowing difficulties, in line with Communicating Quality 3 and the Trust's Dysphagia Policy

*To enable others (e.g. parents, class teachers, learning support assistants) to deliver effective therapy programmes by identifying barriers to understanding and using highly developed persuasion, negotiation and teaching skills to gain consent, cooperation and develop competence

*To ensure that all children are enabled to communicate to the best of their ability within developmental guidelines, including the introduction and successful use of alternative and augmentative systems of communication where appropriate e.g. Makaton, high/low tech communication aids etc

*To effectively manage own caseload of children, including responding to urgent requests/referrals, prioritising clinical work and balancing other patient related and professional activities in accordance with service standards and patient needs

*To provide advice to school staff and other agencies including the voluntary sector on the development of policies and practice to facilitate communication, aiming for inclusion, socialisation and the maximisation of education for all children with speech, language and communication difficulties

*To maintain accurate and comprehensive case notes and records which would stand up to legal scrutiny and provide a full account of the child's care

*To ensure that all those involved in a child's care i.e. school staff, other professionals, parents are kept fully informed of the service provided and the progress made through the provision of regular and timely reports and input to the LEA Annual Review process

*To support the LEA in fulfilling their statutory duty to meet the needs of each child in accordance with their education, health and care

*To be able to work in a variety of environments including clinics, schools, playgroups and children's homes which will involve the necessity for on-site risk assessment and compliance with loan working guidelines

*To form productive relationships with others who may be under stress and/or having difficulty in accepting a diagnosis

*To employ appropriate strategies to manage children who may present with unpredictable and/or challenging behaviour

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree level qualification or equivalent
  • Registered member Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Registered member of Health and Care Professions Council
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience of a range of paediatric speech and language disorders and delay
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision
  • Experience of working in a changing environment
  • Experience of integrated working in multi-disciplinary teams

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