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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

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

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CBT therapist
Band 6
Full Time
6-month Fixed-Term Contact

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to work within the Cambridge CAMHS Neurodevelopmental team. We work with children and young people with moderate to severe mental health disorders with comorbid ASD, LD and ADHD, providing comprehensive assessment and intervention.

The role is offered on a fixed-term or secondment basis, to an individual who is interested and passionate about working with young people in a CAMHS setting. The service offers secondary aged Autism diagnostic assessments as well as individual work and working with young people's networks. We hope that the introduction of a SALT in our team will enhance the treatment offer which we are currently providing.

You will receive clinical supervision from within the team, as well as from a Speech and Language Therapist for profession specific supervision. We have a monthly CPD programme and regularly MDT reflective meetings. You will join a supportive team who are passionate about making a difference to young people and their families. If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting young people and their families, then we want to hear from you.

If you're interested to come and join our dedicated and friendly team please do apply! We'd be happy to discuss informally - please contact Lee Revelles on 01223 465100.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the management of a specialist clinical caseload of children with complex needs including ASD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and co-morbid mental health needs. S/he will work independently with access to more senior colleagues as needed, be responsible for supervision or more junior colleagues and a first point of contact for the schools they are working in for the service.

This post is suitable for a therapist with experience in the specialism or as a developing specialist post.

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 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 out vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disable people & members of our BAME & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To work as an integral member of the CAMHS Neuro Community Team, contributing to comprehensive mental health assessments demonstrating the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care., a range of direct work and evidence-based therapeutic intervention. To have the ability to utilise specialist knowledge to make decisions about a child or young persons mental health needs.
  • To participate in the prevention and early detection of emotional and mental health difficulties in children and adolescents referred to the service.
  • Carrying out and interpreting a range of assessments with students with SEMH e.g. formal and informal for pragmatics, narrative skills, in addition to other language assessments.
  • To participate in the planning and delivery of evidence-based therapeutic programmes particularly Positive Behaviour Support and Parenting programmes on both an individual and group basis to children and young people and their families.
  • Identify appropriate assessment, intervention and management of children with complex speech, language and communication needs.
  • To develop formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon mental health theory and evidence which incorporates developmental, interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To evaluate and make treatment decisions in collaboration with the CAMHS Community Team and in consultation with an accredited CAMHS therapist or qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers, or group.
  • To be responsible for terminating intervention in consultation with other professionals involved.
  • To use routine outcome monitoring to inform clinical practice through supervision and care planning.
  • To participate in the teams use of routine outcome monitoring to inform service design across CAMHS.
  • To educate and involve children and young people and family/carers, in their care/support plan and provide opportunities or service users to contribute to assessment and the development of service provision.
  • To contribute to the development of systems for the management of referrals including screening, filtering, redirecting and fast tracking referrals as appropriate.

  • 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 Clinical Excellence Network.
    • Dysphagia training.
    Experience Essential
    • Experience working in community clinics and schools.
    • Experience working with children and young people with experience.
    • Relevant experience post registration.
    • Experience and evidence of working with children who have complex needs.
    • Working in a mainstream school.
    • Working in a special school.
    • Working with secondary school children.
    • Previous experience supporting children with severe speech difficulties.
    • Previous experience working with children who use both Low and High Tech AAC.
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • Well-established knowledge about developmental speech and language disorders.
    • Knowledge of assessment procedures relevant to the children and young people with a social communication disorder.
    • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to children and young people with ASD.
    • Highly developed auditory perceptual skills and the ability to transcribe speech phonetically.
    • To have a good understanding of underlying reasons for behaviour - including autism, learning disabilities (LD), developmental language disorder (DLD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    • Implications on speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN) & SEMH.
    • Computer literate.
    • Knowledge of AAC.
    • Trained in BOSA, ADOS and ADI.
    • Experience working with children and young people with SEMH.
    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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