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Complex Needs Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Feb 2023

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CBT therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to offer an opportunity to specialise in working with children with complex needs. This post is suitable for a therapist with experience of working with children with complex needs or as a developing specialist post.

If you are a first-class clinician with strong communication and interpersonal skills and enjoy working flexibly within various teams, we would love to hear from you.

We are a friendly and supportive team committed to providing effective services to children and young people (CYP) in Peterborough.

With a strong ethos of clinical support and supervision, our dynamic team provides evidence-based advice, training and interventions to CYP, their families and education staff.

The Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service is a 0-19 service which assesses, supports, and provides therapy to children with speech, language, communication and feeding difficulties. We aim to provide services at a universal, targeted and specialist levels.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the independent management of a clinical caseload of pre-school and school-aged children in community settings. This may include clinics, pre-school settings, mainstream schools, and special schools in and around the area of Peterborough.

The client group is children who have a range of difficulties in understanding and/or using speech and language, including those who have SLCN associated with additional needs.

The post holder will contribute to multi-disciplinary team assessments and will work closely with colleagues in other teams to provide intervention to children on their caseload.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

The key aims that this service aim to achieve are found below:
  • Children and young people accessing individual or group based interventions achieve their SLCN related individual goals and functional outcomes
  • Parents and carers are supported with appropriate information and skills to enable them to be effective primary communicative partners for their children and young people with needs at universal, targeted and specialist levels and achieve high parent/carer satisfaction rates
  • Using specialist knowledge and expertise to build skills in the wider workforce to ensure that they are confident in their role as facilitators of communication and are competent to deliver universal, targeted interventions and some elements of specialist programmes of intervention including individual and small group work
  • There are efficient and accessible systems to enable early identification of need both at an early developmental stage and also in terms of a rapid response to children and young people where concerns are raised at any age. Activity will include the training of others to identify need and providing pre-referral advice within community settings
  • Intervention is appropriate and timely, which may include direct or indirect with individuals and groups of individuals, delivered in the most functionally appropriate context, which is relative to specific need and in communication friendly environments

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered Member of RCSLT
  • Registered Member of HPC
  • Evidence of successful completion of short specialist courses
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD
  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Group
  • Dysphagia training
Experience Essential
  • Experience working in community clinics, a range of different schools and preschools
  • Relevant experience post registration
  • Experience and evidence of working with children who have a range of complex needs
  • Experience of intervention appropriate for children with complex needs
  • Previous experience working with children who use both Low and High Tech AAC
  • Previous experience of diagnostic assessment, as part of a team for children with suspected ASD
  • ADOS trained
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Well-established knowledge about developmental speech and language disorders.
  • Knowledge of assessment procedures relevant to the client groups.
  • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to the client groups.
  • Highly developed auditory perceptual skills and the ability to transcribe speech phonetically.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to convey sensitive or distressing information to parents/carers.
  • Knowledge of national professional standards, policies and procedures relevant to client group
  • Computer literate
  • Knowledge of AAC (including Makaton signing)
  • Experience with coaching parents and practitioners.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Good organisational skills including administrative ability
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own work
  • Flexibility of approach
  • Professional manner
  • Awareness of child protection issues
  • Has a realistic knowledge of personal strengths and areas for development
Other Essential
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis
  • Able to work on the floor or on small chairs with young children and children with complex needs

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