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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - mainstream schools
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full Time 37.5 hours a week
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Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
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Wood End Centre
£34,961 - £42,010 pa inc
30/10/2019 23:59
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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Mainstream Schools

NHS AfC: Band 6

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run. You can become a member by visiting our website.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

CNWL is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust offers a generous relocation package to successful candidates - subject to eligibility assessment. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate therapist to work in mainstream schools in the outer London borough of Hillingdon.

We have a great opportunity for a  band 6 speech and language therapist to join the large and dynamic mainstream schools team which prides itself on providing excellent support to team members. This is a newly created post as a result of a successful business case.

Have a look on our Hillingdon Talks, Moves and Plays website to find out about our service.

What our staff say about the team:

"I recently joined the Hillingdon Mainstream Schools team and have been really impressed by the opportunities for flexible working and CPD, with many therapists developing their skills and progressing within the service. Everyone is encouraged to contribute their ideas for service development, and the team is well-managed, friendly and supportive."-  Georgina , Band 7.

'Hillingdon Mainstream Schools Team is so welcoming. I have found the team very approachable as well as being open to suggestions and ideas. It is well organised which made it easier to settle into my role and the demands of the job. The focus on development and joint learning means that you can be confident that you will grow in your career.' - Sarah, Band 5

We can offer you: 

  • A supportive, friendly team of speech and language therapy colleagues
  • An identified buddy who will meet with you every week at first to help you settle in and who you can ask lots of questions
  • Regular supervision meetings with a senior therapist every 6 weeks, along with an annual appraisal
  • Termly peer supervision meetings where you can discuss difficult cases, read articles together and share your experiences
  • A busy but manageable caseload across a range of schools
  • Opportunities for remote working in school using a laptop with Skype and Lync phone facilities
  • Regular opportunities to come back to the office where you can get informal support from the team several times a week
  • Opportunities to develop your clinical skills and knowledge through termly study afternoons, shadowing more experienced therapists, membership of a CEN, opportunities to invite a senior therapist for a joint consultation

We are proud to say that the service has: 

  • Excellent relationships with schools - 91% of SENCO’s report that they are happy or very happy with the service
  • Good relationships with parents - 92.5% of parents report that they are happy or very happy with the service. A parent representative attends all of the mainstream schools meetings and parent feedback is sought for new developments
  • Good outcome measures with children making progress on 94% of the targets set for them each term and positive Teacher Reported Outcome Measures
  • Good partnerships with colleagues in the Local Authority
  • An annual service improvement plan in order to ensure that the service is continually evolving and developing
  • Won contracts with a variety of commissioners to provide services across a range of settings, including schools in Hillingdon buying in additional speech and language therapy time
  • A strong record on completing audits and developing the service as a result of feedback eg. Care plan audit, annual review audit, outcome measures audit. The service seeks feedback from parents and schools each year.
  • A strong track record on innovation and service development in order to provide a high quality service to children, schools and families

Band 6 – Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist –37.5 hours per week

  • You will be responsible for the assessment and therapy for the children attending your allocated schools who have identified SLCN needs including: language difficulties, speech difficulties, stammering, selective mutism, learning difficulties and ASD
  • You will have the opportunity to work directly with the children in groups and individually with an LSA observing the sessions in order to carry out follow up work
  • You will offer training, advice and support to school staff
  • You will support parents and keep in regular touch with them via termly phone calls or meetings, as well as sending them copies of termly care plans and targets and any reports
  • You will jointly set and review targets/ care plans with school staff /parents
  • You will jointly plan how to use your time in schools with the SENCO each term; allowing you to be flexible, creative and effective
  • You will contribute to/lead on audits etc in order to provide evidence that the service being provided is being effective
  • You will contribute to/lead on service improvement projects
  • You will offer supervision to band 5 colleagues as needed and will provide informal support to less experienced colleagues in the office

 Interview date: 6th November 19

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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