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Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist - Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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CBT therapist, CAMHS nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
£1500 - New Hire BonusThe permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

  • This post is suitable for a newly qualified therapist.
  • This post is suitable for a skilled Band 5 Therapist who wishes to broaden their clinical experience.
  • We are happy to consider part-time and flexible working patterns.

We are seeking two enthusiastic and motivated Speech and Language Therapists to join our friendly, dedicated, and supportive team.

With a strong ethos of supervision and support, our dynamic team provides evidence-based advice, training, and interventions to support children and young people (CYP), their parents/carers and education staff. We work with CYP aged 0-19 with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and feeding difficulties at 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 community clinics, pre-school settings, mainstream 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.

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

Why work with us?
  • Mentors - As a newly qualified therapist your fortnight induction into the Trust will be followed by regular meetings with your mentor to ensure that you are well supported in your practice.
  • Competencies Your mentor will guide you through completion of the NQP Framework, as per the recommendations from the RCSLT.
  • Preceptorship - A period of structured transition for the newly registered practitioner during which he or she will be supported by a preceptor, to develop their confidence as an autonomous professional, refine skills, values and behaviours and continue on their journey of lifelong learning. Department of Health (2010). In CPFT, preceptorship is a 12-month process for all newly qualified professionals.
  • Supervision we are dedicated to ensuring the highest quality clinical and professional supervision for our staff, including appraisals.
  • Development opportunities our Band 5 therapists have the opportunity to work with all client groups (with support as required), which places them in an excellent position to explore their interests in specific clinical specialisms, in preparation for progressing in their career. We are delighted to be able to guarantee the successful candidate a place on an external training course on completion of their competencies. This will depend on service need and identified appraisal objectives but may include courses such as Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Hanen courses, or Intensive Interaction.
  • Flexible working We are keen to support our staff as much as possible. If you require flexible working, please dont hesitate to discuss this with us. We are currently working from office bases and from home when not our on clinical visits.
  • Travel costs our staff are reimbursed for their travel from base to clinical appointments/meetings.
  • Staff benefits

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.

Living and working in Peterborough

Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, boasting unrivalled transport links and exciting plans for growth.

The city centre has recently received a £12 million transformation of the historic Cathedral Square, turning it into a buzzing hub filled with cafes, restaurants and shops. Yet despite its modern regeneration as a city of the future, Peterborough retains a rich history and is home to several important archaeological and historic sites, such as the 13th-century cathedral.

Peterborough enjoys one of the highest ratios of green space per person in the UK and offers an excellent quality of life. There is a wide range of leisure activities in and around the city, including gyms, sports clubs, museums and art galleries, as well as a number of heritage sites.

Peterborough is an affordable place to live with excellent house prices and one of the lowest council tax levels in the country.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registered Member of RCSLT
  • Registered Member of HCPC
Experience Essential
  • Experience working with children in a variety of settings (student or qualified)
  • Working in a mainstream school
  • Working in a special school
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge about developmental speech and language disorders
  • Knowledge of a range of assessment procedures relevant to the client group
  • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to the client group
  • 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
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy
  • Ability to work confidently with parents/carers
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good presentation skills, both verbal and written
  • Good analytical ability
  • Awareness of the roles of other professionals (relevant to client group)
  • Knowledge of national professional standards, policies and procedures relevant to client group
  • Awareness of the principles of clinical governance and audit
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Attended relevant training e.g. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Makaton, Fluency, Parent Child Interaction (PCI)
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Good presentation skills, both verbal and written
  • Good organisational skills including administrative ability
  • Flexibility
  • Professional manner
  • Well-developed concentration skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including observation, listening and empathy
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team Ability to organise and prioritise own work
Working within professional boundaries Essential
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality
  • Demonstrates professional curiosity
Emotional Awareness Essential
  • Aware of the range of emotions in self and others
  • Demonstrates empathy for the concerns of others
  • Listens to and understands directly and indirectly expressed feelings
  • Encourages others to express themselves openly
  • Manages strong emotions and responds constructively to the source of problems
  • Shows respect for others' feelings, views and circumstances
  • In highly stressful situations keeps own feelings in check, takes constructive action and calms others down.
  • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognise when to use them and does so
  • Listens to personal comments without becoming defensive
Other Essential
  • Ability to use a range of software to support clinical and administrative work Ability to travel across the County sometimes at short notice
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis

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