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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist (PSN/Dysphagia)

Job Reference: 812-19-144-CYP

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Specialist Speech & Language Therapist
Marlowes Health & Wellbeing Centre, 39-41 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1LD, Hemel Hempstead
£30,401 - £37,267 per annum

Voted one of the best places to work by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) is one of a new generation of NHS Community Trust’s working across Hertfordshire. We provide a range of health services for adults and children who live across Hertfordshire.

Our services are vast and range from school nursing and health visiting for children and young people, to district nurses, diabetes services, rehabilitation in community hospitals, as well as other specialist services for adults and children. We deliver our services in people's homes, children's centres, local health centres and in its community hospitals. We employ around 2,500 members of staff who are at the forefront of NHS care and support.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and encourage applications from candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds. We support staff to achieve a better work-life balance through a variety of flexible working arrangements.

We are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our Trust Values underpin the work we do each day, and we welcome applicants who share the same values.

Would you like to be part of a dynamic speech and language therapy service? Do you have a strong commitment to CPD and evidence based practice? Do you have a passion for working with children and young people with complex needs and feeding difficulties/dysphagia? If so, the Children and Young People’s Integrated Therapies Service at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust may be just what you are looking for.

We are looking to recruit 1.0 WTE Band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our large and innovative team of therapists and assistants, to work with us on a permanent basis within the complex needs team based at Marlowes Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

As a specialist speech and language therapist, you would work across a variety of community paediatric settings, supporting children with a wide range of Speech, Language and Communication needs (SLCN) and with their eating and drinking needs. Settings include mainstream schools, children’s centres, special schools, community clinics, early years specialist development centres, family homes, and other early years settings. You will have opportunities to work collaboratively with families as well as care staff and colleagues from health and education, e.g. educational psychologists, physiotherapists, paediatricians, health visitors and advisory teachers.

You would provide professional supervision to less experienced colleagues and assistants as well as support others and be involved in the delivery of training packages, specialist interventions and assessment. You will be a resource to Speech and Language Therapists working with students with Severe Learning Difficulties in mainstream schools.

Specific experience in the area of dysphagia is required and in the areas of autism, physical and neurologic impairment, and AAC are highly desirable. Training opportunities to further develop skills and competencies will be provided to the successful candidate with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust having a strong commitment to Continued Professional Development, Professional Supervision, and evidence based practise. Working knowledge of SEND reforms and EHCP planning would also be beneficial.

As part of our 3 Tier Model of service delivery, we are committed to developing the skills of the children’s wider workforce. Our service has an excellent reputation for the delivery of high quality training for school staff, parents and pre-school settings, often in conjunction with colleagues in education, for example Elklan training.

The Children and Young people’s Integrated Therapies Service has strong clinical leadership and actively supports continuing professional development through a well-established appraisal system, with regular supervision and access to a range of learning opportunities, e.g. peer review, bitesize tutorials and CENs, including Autism and DLD.

In addition to the basic salary, this posts attract a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of £1,017 and a maximum payment of £1,762 per annum (pro rata where applicable and dependant on base location).

A full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

Are you interested in developing your skills further? If so, apply now to be part of this friendly and forward thinking service.

Full time and part time working patterns will be considered.

Interviews to be held on the 25th September.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Lizzie Smith - 07833 237249 / 01442 275685



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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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