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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/10/2021.

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Job Reference: 371-CYP809

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
CYPIT East Berkshire
CYPIT East Berkshire, Bracknell
£23,677 - £26,127 pa, pro rata (incl of HCAS)

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
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  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant - Band 4

Part-time 3days per week term-time only (22.5 hours term time only)

If you have experience in working with children, especially those with special needs, this is an ideal opportunity for you to develop your skills further. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, creative and flexible and who is qualified to NVQ level 3 to work within our Children, Young People’s Integrated Therapies Families (CYPIT) service. We have a post available working in a Special School setting in Bracknell. This is a part-time, term-time only post.

The successful applicant will support Speech and Language Therapists to provide a service which promotes the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

You will work collaboratively with the therapists in your team as well as families and other professionals to deliver effective and safe integrated therapy in the Special School setting.

Our CYPIT service supports children and young people from birth to 19 years of age across Berkshire. We are an integrated therapy service, offering easy access to services through a single point of access and web-based advice via an on-line resource. We are establishing integrated approaches to the care that we offer families and the successful candidate would be able to take an active part in ongoing service developments.

Our teams are enthusiastic, flexible and forward-thinking, embracing the use of social media to engage with our service users and exploring digital solutions to make us more accessible to children and their families.

About the Job:

  1. A key member of the CYPIT service providing essential support to Speech and Language Therapists, to enable the service to deliver a high-quality therapy service to children attending Special Schools.
  2. Carry out a range of work tasks and interventions independently under the direction of a CYPIT Therapist (with and/or without direct supervision)
  3. Contribute to and deliver support and training to Special School staff, parents and carers as part of service delivery.
  4. Responsible for a specific defined workload as agreed with your allocated supervisor. This will involve planning, organising and documenting of key activities, as well as supporting any project work or service development.
  5. Contribute to the assessment of children under the supervision of a qualified clinician, as well as provision of direct therapy and training.

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

  • AfC Salary ranging from £23,677 - £26,127 per annum, pro rata (including High Cost Area supplement)
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work/life balance
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Active programme of supervision and support within the CYPIT team, with strong clinical leadership
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
  • Access to musculo-skeletal physiotherapy for all staff
  • …..and so much more!

The “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:

  1. NVQ level 3 (or equivalent)
  2. Proficient IT skills (e.g. using a range of software, Word, Excel)
  3. Minimum 3 years’ experience working with children, in particular school age children with special needs
  4. Ability to self-motivate
  5. Car driver with ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites

Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers. For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow.

If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we would recommend you apply today!

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact Poppy Law on or 07795978118 or Harvinder Chaddha on on 07795506736 for more information.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

Appointment to any position is conditional on the satisfactory completion of the core NHS Employment Checks Standards. Information disclosed in your application will be checked and any offer of appointment may be withdrawn if you knowingly withhold information or provide false or misleading information.

The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the health of its staff, patients and the wider community by providing a smoke free environment. A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s sites.

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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