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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/01/2021.

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Job Reference: 150-KW5133-CSS

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Speech and Language Therapy
Bicentennial Building, Chichester
£19,737-£21,142 pa (pro rata)

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.

  • 5,000 full and part time staff, with over 4,000 people registered on our bank
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 9,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features
  • BAME, Disability, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief Staff Networks
  • Disability Confident Employer – Level 2

We have two vacancies for Speech and Language Therapy Assistants (SaLTAs) offering the opportunity to work full or part time (minimum 22.5 hours). We are seeking enthusiastic and well-organised people who have previous experience of working with children and young people with speech and language or learning needs.

Our SaLTAs are a highly valued and vital part of our friendly, professional and dedicated team working under supervision in a range of community settings, including a child development centre, special schools, early years settings and mainstream schools. In addition to previous experience working with children and families with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), the attributes that would make you a good candidate for this role would include:

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to teach and support others (e.g. setting staff, parents, other professionals)
  • Enthusiasm and an ability to relate well to children and young people (0-19 years)
  • The ability to work well as part of a team
  • Excellent organisation and administration skills
  • Excellent IT skills - you should feel comfortable learning to use our online patient records system, learning to use software to develop tailored resources to support children, and learning to deliver interventions virtually as well as in person
  • The ability to be flexible and respond to a number of different demands, which may be office-based or involve travelling to and working within different settings and with different people
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to self-reflect and actively engage within a process of continuing professional development

The posts are based in Chichester, but travel to venues across the south west of the county will be required. Full training and ongoing supervision will be provided within the roles.

The successful candidates will:

  • Make materials to be used in therapy
  • Make IT-based resources, e.g. communication passports
  • File, arrange venues and set up training and/or clinic rooms
  • Clean therapy equipment in accordance with SCFT's Infection Control Policy
  • Assist in group work with children
  • Work with individual children under the guidance of a therapist
  • Use electronic notes to write up therapy notes
  • Demonstrate therapy to school, setting staff and/or parents face to face
  • Demonstrate therapy to school, setting staff and/or parents virtually
  • Attend and participate in team meetings
  • Organise training sessions for school staff

Flexible working will be considered.

For further details contact:

NameRebecca Stainton-EllisJob titleClinical Service ManagerEmail addressrebecca.stainton-ellis@nhs.netTelephone number01273 696011 ext. 5108Additional contact information

Caroline Easton


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