Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Band 6 - 30 hours - Permanent

There has never been a more exciting time to join the ISCAN (Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs) team. We are moving forward in growing our service following some recent investment for our workforce and also to enhance our Local Offer. As a member of our team you will have the opportunity to be involved in the development of our new ISCAN website. In addition, the Trust are working with the team to develop some innovative approaches to redesign pathways with the goal of delivering improved care for our children and families across Tameside and Glossop.

Our organisation recognises the value and contribution Allied Health Professionals make to the NHS as the third largest workforce. As such, Tameside and Glossop ICFT are taking part in the national AHP workforce supply project. This project seeks to support the professional development and growth of this workforce to meet the continually evolving needs of the populations these highly skilled practitioners serve. It could not be a better time to join our organisation and be a part of the exciting future ahead.

Main duties of the job

The team are looking for a motivated Speech and language therapist who is experienced working with children who present with interaction and social communication difficulties as their primary need. You will be working within our specialist social communication team working within a range of settings.

As an Specialist SLT working with children with interaction and social communication difficulties, you will be responsible in the continued development of our neuro-developmental pathway and keeping the team up to date with evidence based interventions.

Main duties:
  • Working in family homes, community clinics and education settings, and taking full responsibility for a caseload of paediatric clients.
  • Providing excellent assessment and management support to children with a range of communication difficulties.
  • Taking the role of an specialist SLT within the social communication team - developing relevant pathways and packages of care, training the team , offering second opinions.
  • Providing leadership and supervision to other members of the team.
  • Developing the knowledge and skills of the wider workforce to improve outcomes for children.

About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:
  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ people & Disabled people.

Benefits include; flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.

Job description Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities
To work closely and often for extended periods with clients referred for SLT and with their families/carers; these clients will have a range of complex difficulties of which communication will be a part. Some clients will have additional needs such as hearing impairment, learning difficulties, psychological or emotional difficulties. Clients may not have English as their first language and interpreter services will be required.

To communicate to clients and their families/carers information about highly complex communication difficulties, to ensure they understand and consent to assessment procedures and can participate fully in decision making regarding management. This may include giving unwelcome or difficult to accept information e.g. around the seriousness, implications or long-term nature of the difficulty.

To develop and use collaborative styles of working that emphasise interdisciplinary consultation and joint working, such as in educational context and with children with highly complex needs. To negotiate packages of therapy care with clients/carers who may initially be reluctant.

To provide written reports, presenting complex information in a clear and accessible way; reports may be provided to carers, nurseries, schools, GPs, medical consultants and other allied health professionals. Verbal feedback is also frequently given to other professional (e.g. Health Visitors, Educational Psychologists), and SLT colleagues.

To build and maintain good working relationships and communication with a wide range of other professionals within Health, Education, Social Services and other sectors. This will include head teachers, class and specialist teachers, educational psychologists, medical consultants and social workers.

To work collaboratively with members of the wider workforce to provide speech and language communication support to Tameside families and settings.

Responsibility for Patient Care

To autonomously manage a caseload of paediatric clients which will include children with complex and significant communication difficulties.

To independently identify assessment needs and carry out and interpret appropriate and detailed assessments of the speech, language and communication skills of clients and make differential diagnosis on the basis of complex evidence from assessment; to assess the wider communication environment for clients e.g. nursery, home etc.

To identify and deliver specialist care plans for highly complex cases, seeking support as appropriate (e.g. from a highly specialist SLT or team leader), and to use discretion in generating and implementing appropriate strategies for caseload management. To evaluate the outcomes of SLT intervention, to review management and adapt care plans accordingly.

To demonstrate reflective practice, reflecting on practice both independently and with peers; to demonstrate problem-solving skills in a peer-review/support context and identify own strengths and opportunities for development.

To provide specialist advice to clients, carers, nursery staff, school staff, Allied Health Professional (AHPs), medical staff and others regarding the management/treatment of patients with communication difficulties.

To direct clients/carers to appropriate voluntary agencies and external services for support and information, e.g. Portage Workers and charitable groups.

To assist patients/service users/carers/relatives during incidental contacts.
Planning and organising
To organise own workload effectively, prioritising tasks and planning ahead by setting both long- and short-term goals.

To work with Speech and Language Support Assistants, providing programmes of therapy to be used with individual clients and supervising their implementation.

To organise and plan own day to day workload or activities in order to meet the demands of the job role.

Responsibilities for Physical and / or Financial Resources To monitor and maintain equipment and stock kept for own use; this will include test materials and disposables (recording and analysis sheets), therapy materials, audio and video recording equipment.
To ensure any equipment or material that is loaned to clients or families is safe, well maintained and appropriately used.

To ensure safe and efficient use of equipment, resources and consumables at all times.
Responsibility for Policy and Service Development and Implementation
To be familiar with and adhere to Trust and departmental policies and procedures, including requirements for mandatory training.

To be familiar with and adhere to national and local clinical guidelines. To develop and implement policies and procedures in paediatric speech and language therapy.

To ensure attendance at all mandatory training and to attend regular staff meetings with at least 75% attendance.

To be aware of, comment on and/or actively participate in changes on policies, procedures or service developments.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised SLT degree qualification or equivalent
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registration and full Registered Membership of RCSLT
  • Post-graduate training/courses relevant to this client group e.g. Hanen, PECS Elklan, DLS, Palin PCI, Narrative, Talkabout
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to the client group/s
  • Post-graduate professional development, evidenced by CPD portfolio
  • Knowledge of relevant national policies and papers especially relating to prevention of SLCN.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience as a qualified SLT working in a range of settings and with different client groups
  • Experience of administration and organisation for caseload management
  • Experience training parents/carers and a range of professionals
  • Experience of coaching or line management of staff including basic HR tasks
  • Will have been involved with previous service improvements.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to carry out detailed assessments, differential diagnosis and development of care plans for children with complex and significant SLCN
  • Excellent organisational skills, including ability to prioritise
  • Evidence of well-developed analytical and reflection skills
  • Willingness to undertake further clinical and professional training
  • Excellent keyboard and IT skills
  • Excellent team working skills

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