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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/04/2020.

Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Job Reference: 333-G-HC-0729-A

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Speech and Language therapy
Wood End Centre, Hillingdon
£43,712 - £49,325 pa inc

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.

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.

We are 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.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing intiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

We have an excellent opportunity for a full time band 7 speech and language therapist to join the large and friendly mainstream schools team in the outer London borough of Hillingdon.

What our band 7 staff say about the team:

“I have worked for the Hillingdon Mainstream Schools team since I began as a newly qualified therapist in 2011 and have found it to be a fantastic place for developing skills and knowledge in a wide variety of clinical areas. The team is friendly, supportive and positive in nature! There is a big emphasis on supervision, peer support and CPD and we are encouraged to seek opportunities for developing our clinical and leadership skills. We have a strong presence in mainstream schools across Hillingdon and are proactive in developing and maintaining good links with other agencies in the borough. I enjoy the variation here and feel valued for both the clinical and supervisory aspects of my role.” – Catherine – band 7

“The team is approachable, friendly and a positive bunch of people which are a joy to work with. The Service is well organised with excellent Managers. There are many good role models to learn from and opportunities to develop, which have been invaluable. Everyone is encouraged to give ideas to help improve and develop the service we offer. I’m proud to be a part of this team and also proud of the work that everyone does.” – Jennifer – band 7

We can offer you

  • A supportive, friendly team of speech and language therapy colleagues – including a growing number of colleagues at band 7 and well being reps
  • 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 the team leader every 6 weeks where you can get support and discuss any issues, along with an annual appraisal
  • Termly peer supervision meetings across the wider speech and language therapy teams where you can discuss ideas for developing the speech and language therapy service and read articles which impact across teams
  • Half termly “band 7 schools team meetings” where you can discuss difficult situations, develop ideas for the schools team, share out tasks and receive support
  • A busy but manageable caseload across a range of schools – primary and secondary
  • Opportunities for remote working in school using a laptop with Lync phone facilities
  • Frequent opportunities to come back to the newly refurbished office where you can give and receive informal support from the team
  • Opportunities to develop your clinical skills and knowledge through termly study afternoons, shadowing other experienced therapists, membership of a CEN, opportunities to invite fellow senior therapists for a joint consultation
  • Opportunities to develop your management skills via training, shadowing, leading projects, formal and informal support of team members, working with more experienced colleagues etc

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
  • A strong track record on innovation and service development

Band 7 – Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - 37.5 hours a week/ 1.0 WTE

  • 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
  • Your post may include a mixture of primary and secondary mainstream schools
  • You will have the opportunity to work directly with the children/young people 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 lead on audits etc in order to provide evidence that the service being provided is being effective
  • You will lead on projects which form part of the service improvement plan
  • You will offer formal supervision and appraisals to more junior therapists in the team, as well as informal support to the wider team at the end of the day
  • You will offer joint consultations to the wider SLT team
  • You will run workshops to support the wider SLT team
  • You will run training workshops for parents and school staff
  • You will support the team leader with developing the service and contributing ideas
  • You will deputise for the team leader as requested – with support from your peers

Proposed interview date: 21st April 20

Please note interviews are likely to be held virtually.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Wendy Botten on wen

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust are committed to safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.

Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Our Agenda for Change employment contracts are subject to a contractual 13 week probationary period.

If you are offered a job, information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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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