We have exciting new opportunities for Newly Qualified Practitioners and those who have already started their Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) career but are looking for new challenges. We are an innovative, supportive, and outcome-focused school based SLT Service, with excellent supervision and CPD opportunities and have new posts available.
We are a large Speech and Language Therapy team (over 150) of both qualified Therapists and non-qualified Therapy Assistants, covering all maintained schools across Surrey County Council (mainstream and specialist), and can offer mixed posts matched to your clinical interests. We have office bases in Leatherhead, Redhill and Woking and promote flexible working. There is a well-defined SLT leadership team in each of the four Surrey quadrants, so support and guidance will always be on hand and our Service Manager is a Speech and Language Therapist!
About the Service
The school-aged SLT service is part of Surrey’s local SEND offer, working collaboratively with the Vulnerable Learners Team and other areas like Educational Psychology and Specialist Teaching.
Our aim is to deliver the right support at the right time, through assessment and intervention; equipping families and professionals with the skills and resources to work together to help support children with SLCN. We follow the Balance model to offer universal, targeted and specialist support for children, families and the school workforce; working with children and young people with EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plans) and those at SEN (Special Education Needs) support following Surrey's Graduated Response.
We have excellent supervision and CPD models, and last year presented at the South Central Hub Event for our innovative work with student placements.
We work closely with the SCALES project lead, Courtney Norbury, to ensure high quality evidence and research informs our practice.
About the role
The role of Speech and Language Therapist is varied and no two days will be the same, however you can expect to be involved with the following:
- Clinical decision making, in conjunction with school staff and evidence–based practice, around the level of support needed to achieve the best possible outcome for the children on your defined caseload
- Working with SLT Assistants, setting targets for the children and young people you are jointly supporting and monitoring the delivery and outcomes of their work
- Assessment, advice and intervention for children with a range of speech, language and communication needs within your caseload
In return for your enthusiasm and commitment, we can offer you:
- A thorough induction including an identified buddy
- Regular support meetings with your peers, facilitated by our experienced team leads. You can also meet or join with last year's graduate intake for advice and inspiration
- Formal and informal support from your line manager
- Weekly supervision for the first three months, moving to monthly over the first year at your pace
- A strong clinical supervision offer including termly clinical effectiveness (group debate on specific research topics) and case studies (reflective presentation sessions)
- A well developed in-house training programme for the whole team running throughout the year with regular external training opportunities
- Termly themed study days for our team of 140 SLTs and Assistants
£28,974 per annum (NHS Band 5 equivalent) for 36 hours per week, across 42 weeks of the year. The role is term time, plus an additional 15 days per year. You will have a Surrey base and work in schools.
All therapy staff are provided with a laptop and mobile phone to allow flexible working and we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance, considering flexible working and job sharing where possible. You will benefit from a generous Local government salary-related pension and the option to join the car lease scheme.
We are interested in supporting Newly Qualified Therapists to work towards their autonomous status, as well as therapists already qualified and looking to continue their development.Additional Information
We are a friendly team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about the work we do. If you feel like this could be the place to kick start your career or further develop your therapy skills and knowledge, then please do get in touch. For an informal discussion contact Rachel Brown by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for this advert is 23:59 on 4th July, although we will be looking at applications as they come in and may shortlist in advance of the closing date. Interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams the following week.
You should already be a practising member of the RCSLT and HCPC, and an enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.