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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 16/05/2019.

Speech and Language Therapy Technical Instructor

Job Reference: 833-SS-CS-239-19

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£24,214 to £30,112 pa (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.


About the Role

We currently have a fixed term contract for 11 months (0.6wte) for a B5 Speech and Language Therapy Technical Instructor working within the Speech and Language Therapy Communication Aid Service (CAS). This exciting role supports children and adults with complex communication needs across Leeds. Working with Speech & Language Therapists (SLTs), parents/carers, school staff and other professionals you will help facilitate the development of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) competencies.

You will be working within a team of SLTs comprising of Band 7/ 6, and other Technical Instructors across the city of Leeds. You will work with SLTs to contribute to the assessment of children and adults with complex speech, language, physical, medical, learning and behavioural needs. You will be responsible for the delivery of episodes of care that includes interventions and ongoing support for children, adults, families and practitioners. This will include supporting the SLT in developing and implementing therapy intervention for communication aid users in 1:1 or groups within a variety of settings, e.g. school, home, day services, residential care and hospital. You will also carry out individual and small group training to families, carers, education and support staff on communication aids and programmes. You may also be required to support some equipment management processes such as planned preventative maintenance.

About you

Are you looking to develop your knowledge and skills in AAC as a Band 5 Speech and Language Therapy Technical Instructor?

Have you got previous relevant experience working with AAC?

Do you enjoy being part of a dynamic and innovative team?

Are you passionate and eager to provide the best and effective service to the children, adults and families in Leeds?

If you said yes to the above then please read on!

You will be a suitably qualified and enthusiastic person

You will have sound IT and computer skills which can be transferrable to powered communication aids

You will be willing to undertake training relating to communication aids and other relevant areas

You will have experience of working with children and/or adults with communication difficulties

You will have experience of working in a role where excellent support and communication skills are required

You will be expected to work and liaise with others such as parents/carers/families, education/care staff and other professional colleagues

We currently require staff to work a minimum of 0.6 w.t.e. across the week to ensure clinical capacity within the service alongside completion of statutory/ mandatory training, ongoing CPD etc.

About Children’s Speech and Language Therapy (CSLT) in Leeds

We have a strong management/peer support structure in place 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 Highly Specialist SLT colleagues, Clinical Leads and the CSLT leadership team.

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 to all. In addition to an exciting and rewarding career, you will also receive a full induction and supervision programme, continued commitment to professional development, a supportive environment to develop your clinical skills, and much more.

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

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Please note we are happy to receive applications from candidates with a relevant degree / diploma or relevant experience. You do not need to be registered for this post.

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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