Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
St Ives
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
11 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for first class clinicians with strong communication and interpersonal skills to join our friendly and welcoming team. The successful candidates will specialise in working with children with complex needs, including deafness, and work in the community with both pre-school and school-age children.

We have embraced the opportunity to try new ways of working and have seen real benefits in working virtually and continue to do this, while also seeing children in person where needed. We recognise that all children are different and the successful candidate will be supported to consider the best way to work with the children on their caseload.

If you join our team, you will:
  • Receive high quality support and supervision from your locality coordinator and your area lead, as well as from clinical specialists and wider team members
  • Provide direct therapy to children who need it, when they need it
  • Work with children with a range of needs with a person-centred approach to supervision, meaning that senior clinical specialists are available to support you depending on your own confidence and experience
  • Access in-house training which aims to meet your needs and interests
  • Receive the NHS annual leave entitlement

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview where they will be asked to complete a short task before meeting the interview panel. The interview will focus on clinical and problem-solving skills.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will independently manage a specialist caseload in the locality and the surrounding area. The client group is children who have a range of difficulties in understanding and/or using speech and language. They will work independently with access to more senior colleagues as needed. They will provide supervision and guidance to colleagues.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

To independently manage a specialist caseload of pre-school and school age children who have speech, language and communication difficulties

To undertake a range of assessments, both standardised and non-standardised, taking account of medical, social and educational factors, which combined with specialist theoretical knowledge will lead to differential diagnosis

To plan, deliver and evaluate specialist intervention following professional guidelines and agreed service standards

As part of that process, to be able to plan appropriate long term and short term goals working towards discharge

To undertake administrative duties connected with the caseload including maintenance of case notes and provision of written reports, following service standards

To ensure that all work is carried out in close collaboration with all those involved in childrens care so that the approach to intervention and support is co-ordinated and comprehensive

To identify when there is a need for a second opinion, referring to senior colleagues or SLT specialists as appropriate

To make onward referral as appropriate

To identify any variations to service delivery or demands and inform the Locality Co-ordinator and Area & Clinical Lead of the likely impact on the service

Person Specification Qualifiactions & Training Essential
  • Degree or Postgraduate equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered Member of HCPC
  • Must have completed Newly Qualified Practitioner Framework and be a fully certified member of the RCSLT
  • Evidence of successful completion of short specialist courses
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD
  • Membership of relevant Clinical Excellence Network
Experience Essential
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Recent and comprehensive experience working in community clinics, schools and pre-schools
  • Experience of working in a range of multi-agency settings and with interagency teams
  • Previous experience supervising less experienced colleagues
  • Experience of advising/providing further opinions
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Well established knowledge about developmental speech and language disorders
  • Well established specialist knowledge about speech, language and communication disorders associated with complex conditions
  • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of assessment procedures relevant to the client group
  • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to the client group and the ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
  • Working in a mainstream school with children who have complex communication needs
  • Previous experience of working with children with complex speech disorders
  • Ability to use various Microsoft programmes to collect data, prepare reports and presentations e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Knowledge of Makaton or BSL signing

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