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Children's Speech and Language Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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The legacy of a pandemic means we are facing increasing need from families across Hampshire. We need an experienced therapist to work with us for 12months to help us reset & recover.

This post gives you the opportunity to work with an integrated therapies team to support the identification of SLCN in mainstream schools and clinic locations.

We can support you to develop your children's speech and language therapy Clinical and Leadership skills by offering:

*A friendly and supportive network of colleagues

*Clinical Supervision and joint working opportunities

*Regular specialist peer supervision with colleagues across the Solent NHS Trust team.

*Professional training and update days with colleagues across the region.

*Training and development opportunities

This post would be ideal for a band 5 therapist looking for a development opportunity. Working directly with children and families to undertake assessment, give advice and identify appropriate therapeutic interventions. You will work with a team of assistants to deliver training, coaching and therapy interventions directly with families and educational staff. We offer full induction, clinical supervision and appraisal, training opportunities and professional/clinical, managerial and peer support.

If you would like to visit the team or have an informal chat please call Jessica Taylor, Operational Manager and Speech and Language Therapist on 0300 123 6628.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a specialist Speech & Language Therapy Service to children and young people on the caseload some of whom may have complex needs.
  • To support work to 'reset and recover' following COVID 19 pandemic but offering additional clinicals and mainstream schools initial consultation appointments.
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner, in collaboration with health, education staff, children/young people and their parents, to deliver integrated specialised packages of care to children with complex speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • To provide support and mentoring to less experience colleagues.
  • 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 an autonomous practitioner, professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your work including the assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and discharge of a 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 and support less experienced colleagues to do likewise

*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 and at times complex clinical decisions

*To formulate, evaluate and review individual specialised speech and language therapy management and treatment plans using clinical reasoning skills and knowledge of diagnosis and a wide range of treatment skills appropriate to children and young people with communication difficulties, working at all times in partnership with parents, preschool/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 communication impairments

*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, Picture Exchange Communication System etc

*To effectively manage own caseload 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 the LA, school staff, parents 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 demonstrate a working knowledge of legislation and guidelines pertaining to the field of speech and language therapy including SEN procedures, Child Protection

*To be able to work in a variety of environments including clinics, schools, playgroups and patients homes which will involve the necessity for on-site risk assessment and compliance with lone 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
  • Experience of a range of paediatric speech and language disorders and delay
  • Independent working in specialist paediatric clinical area
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision
  • Experience of working in a changing environment
  • Experience of integrated working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Training and presentation experience

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