Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Preschool ASD

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year pa inc
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Part-time, 3 days per week. Flexible working offered. Additional sessions in other teams may be available if you would like more than 22.5 hours. (subject to availability and experience)

Are you looking for a new opportunity or experience? If so, join our friendly and innovative team in Bexley where you will find fantastic support and opportunities to develop your career.

As part of our Preschool ASD Speech and Language Therapy team, you will provide assessment, advice and interventions for preschool age children with social communication differences and ASD. You will see children in clinic, Early Years settings and occasionally in client homes.

You will be based at Acorns, Queen Mary's Sidcup but will also be required to work at other clinics and Children's centres across the Bexley borough.

You will have the opportunity for regular interaction with other members of the wider team, and access to administrative, managerial and clinical support, with regular clinical supervision every 6 weeks. Training and career development is well supported within Oxleas with the opportunity to attend both internal and external training. Examples of training recently accessed include; Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism and the Curiosity Programme, Hanen More than Words, Gestalt Language processing.

Main duties of the job

This post is part of the Children's Specialist Services and offers close working with Community Paediatricians and the Autism assessment service, Occupational therapy, Portage, Educational Psychology, Autism Advisory Service and CAMHS.

Staff wellbeing is important to us and we are involved in Trust initiatives, Building a Fairer Oxleas, together with having designated Wellbeing Champions within the team. We won the 'Children and Young People's Directorate Team of the Year award' 2021-22 in recognition of the excellent care and support we provide to Bexley families and staff.

To provide a specialist Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) service to children with social communication differences and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder referred to the Speech and Language Therapy team.

We are a well-established team that can offer fantastic support and opportunities to develop your career. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a vibrant and diverse organisation, with new values: We're Kind, We're Fair, We Listen, We Care. Located within reach of the Kent countryside and central London, the post attracts Outer London pay weighting.

Please see below and attached Job Description for detailed responsibilities.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking for a therapist with experience of working with children with social communication differences and Autism. You will have at least 2 years' experience as a qualified Speech and Language Therapist. There are plenty of opportunities for professional development and the support of a friendly team of therapists and assistants. The Bexley Childrens Speech and Language Therapy service offers a range of services with specialist teams across Early years, ASD, Deafness, Dysfluency, Specialist Resourced Provisions and SEMH. We work closely across teams to provide clinical support and second opinions.

Please note that applications from overseas candidates are welcome

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy degree qualification
  • Health Professions Council - Licence to Practice
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapist
  • Evidence of successful completion of a range of generic and specialist short courses at post graduate level, including alternative and augmentative communication
  • Diagnostic qualification or aptitude to train, eg. ADOS
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Networks (within relevant area)
Experience Essential
  • At least 2 years clinical experience of assessment and advice for children with speech, language, communication needs, including children with Autism
  • Clinical experience of supporting parents and carers in developing communication strategies and joint care planning
  • Clinical experience of assessing and advising on communication development for Autistic children and young people
  • Experience of setting objectives linked to the national curriculum and social development
  • Evidence of joint professional working
  • Knowledge of alternative and augmentative communication methods
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Experience providing training
other Desirable
  • car driver

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