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Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Job Reference: 833-AG-CS-165-20

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£18,813 to £20,795 per annum (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant (Band 3) - Fixed term for up to 11 months - Part time - 0.6 wte - 22.5 hours and Permanent - Part time - 0.6wte - 22.5 hours.

About Children's Speech and Language therapy in Leeds:
We are a hardworking, forward thinking and supportive service dedicated to providing the best possible care to the children of Leeds with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Our team consists of Speech and Language therapists and Speech and Language therapy assistants working alongside each other in a variety of settings and specialisms. These include mainstream settings, clinics, and areas of specialism such as ICAN (Integrated Children's Additional Needs Service) Hubs, School Age learning difficulties, Deaf and Hearing impairment, etc. We have further information on our website about our services, training packages, resources and activities.

About the Role:
We currently have 2 vacancies, a part time (0.6 wte 22.5 hours) fixed term vacancy (for up to 11 months) and a part time permanent (0.6wte 22.5 hours) vacancy for a Speech and Language Therapy assistant. This post will be working within the Mainstream school and clinic teams (across the city of Leeds), as well as potential for work within the ICAN Service (Integrated Children's Additional Needs Service) in Leeds.

As a Speech and Language Therapy assistant, you will be working in local teams of SLTs comprising Band 7, 6, 5 SLTs and technical instructors. You will support Speech and Language Therapists in their work with pre-school and school aged children with SLCN. This post will involve direct work with children and families to develop the child's communication skills both individually and in groups (under the supervision of a Speech and Language Therapist), making resources, keeping records, and other administrative tasks. You would be working alongside practitioners such as teachers, Teaching Assistants, Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses in mainstream settings as well as working closely with parents in a local community clinic as well as completing home visits.

About you:
Are you a highly motivated person looking for a challenging and rewarding clinical and administrative role within a busy NHS environment?
Do you enjoy working with children?
Do you enjoy working with other professionals in order to develop their knowledge and skills?

. You will have proven experience of working with children, preferably children with a wide range of Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
. You will have a qualification linked with child care and preferably attended Speech and Language training or experience.
. You will be expected to have excellent communication skills in order to work and liaise with others such as parents/carers, education-based staff and other professional colleagues.

Why work with us?
There is a strong management/peer support structure including access to regular clinical and safeguarding supervision and a wide range of opportunities for CPD (Continuing Professional Development). You will have access to a high level of support from other SLT assistants, SLT colleagues, Clinical Leads and the CSLT leadership team. Relevant training will be offered.
As an employee of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, you will be part of a dedicated and passionate team who truly believe in providing high quality care.

Leeds Children's Speech & Language Therapy- Building Communication Skills for Life.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

If you're getting excited just reading this, go ahead and apply.

If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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