Advanced Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
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We are looking for a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant to join our Special Schools and Integrated Resources Paediatric Team.
This is fixed term post (12 months) for 5 days per week, however, we would be happy to consider requests for part time and/or term time only working.
Main duties of the job
To develop, implement and monitor speech and language therapy programmes, in consultation with a Speech & Language Therapist (SLT), for individual and/or groups of children with complex needs.
To develop and implement visual support strategies to be modelled and used in a range of settings, including the school environment and child's home.
To develop and implement powered and paper based alternative, augmentative communication (AAC systems)
To prepare and develop resource materials as required for the post or requested by members of the speech and language therapy team.
To identify the need for specific resources required by individual children.
Sheffield Speech & Language Therapy operates on a city wide basis. It is committed to providing a high quality service and offers opportunities for development. All assistants are required to undertake a programme of continuous professional development, which forms part of the individual performance review system.
You will find a strong commitment to professional training and development, together with friendly peer group support.
Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.
We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision "to create a healthier future for children and young people."
- Outstanding patient care
- Brilliant place to work
- Leader in children's health
Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including; generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.
We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.
To work in specialist schools and integrated resources with children with Autism and/or Learning Disability and/or complex needs at the request of the SLT.
To independently deliver and monitor a range of speech and language therapy packages developed in consultation with a SLT.
To liaise with education staff and Barnsley Assistive Technology team:
- To gain information which compliments assessments
- To share findings with a range of education staff
- To discuss and model recommendations regarding AAC, communication strategies and visual support
- To provide support for staff in implementing the recommendations
To prepare intervention materials, tailoring these to the needs of individual clients.
To contribute to the design and evaluation of specific projects.
To contribute to training by preparing materials, planning and delivering training, and sharing experience and expertise
To develop and modify activities to meet defined intervention needs.
To provide information on good practice in relation to communication, AAC and visual support.
To work with other assistants and NQTs to provide training, shadowing opportunities, CPD and assist in induction.
To maintain and update technical skills, including a range of powered communication aids, apps and software, as well as use of computers to access and maintain confidential records, and to produce clinical resources.
To have due regard for personal safety and that of children/carers.
To work within infection control and health and safety guidelines in order to deal appropriately with unpleasant conditions related to client contact.
To follow guidelines and protocols within this area and comment on department policies.
Inclusive Recruitment & Selection
We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.
We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager: Catherine.Gilbert7@nhs.net
We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at Catherine.Gilbert7@nhs.net
The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
- Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
- Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
- Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
- Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care
Qualifications and Training
Knowledge and skills
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