The starting salary for this role is £41,127 per annum (NHS Band 7 equivalent), working 36 hours per week.
Your Surrey base will be at Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 7QQ.
We are innovative, supportive, and outcome-focused school based SLT service. We have an exciting post for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist / Team lead role to lead the operational and strategic development of services to our specialist schools for supporting children with severe learning difficulties and dysphagia in SW Surrey.
For this role, you will also:
- Hold a specialist clinical caseload within a special school, this includes a dysphagia caseload
- Provide second opinions, observation and support, training and shadowing opportunities to colleagues
- Offer clinical supervision and line management to junior members of the team within the special schools e.g. supporting therapists through their dysphagia competencies.
- Work with colleagues across Surrey to ensure the wider team is informed of current research and evidence base, and that clinical practice is of high quality and reflects the research and evidence base.
The School-Aged Speech and Language Therapy Service is part of Surrey County Council’s local offer to support the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of children and young people within mainstream schools and specialist provision. The Service is part of the Inclusion and Additional Needs Team in Surrey Children, Schools and Families Directorate, and as such works collaboratively with other teams such as educational psychology, learning and language support, REMA and Behaviour Support.
The main function and aim of the service is for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs to receive the right support at the right time. This is achieved through assessment and intervention, equipping families and professionals with the skills and resources to work together to help and support children with SLCN and dysphagia. We work with children and young people with EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plan) and those at SEN (Special Education Needs) support.
- We are a large team (over 150) of both qualified therapists and non-qualified therapy assistants.
- We have excellent supervision and CPD models
- Last year we presented at the South Central Hub Event for our innovative work with student placements
- We work closely with the SCALES (SCALES - Literacy, Language & Communication Laboratory (lilac-lab.org) project lead; Courtney Norbury to learn from the research to inform practice.
- Within Surrey we work across the four geographical quadrants, each managed by a Quadrant Lead. The teams in each quadrant are made up of a skill mix of speech and language therapists and speech and language therapy assistants. There are a team of Highly Specialist/ Clinical Team leads in each geographical area to work together to support the team and support service development.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Speech and language therapist background with at least 5 years post graduate experience, and specific experience in the relevant clinical field that you are applying for:
- Specialist level Dysphagia competency (consultant level desirable)
- Advanced knowledge and skills in the area of AAC
- Advanced knowledge of P-Levels, the National Curriculum and Code of Practice and experience in working within the Balanced system Framework
- Experience of assessment and report writing that is person centred and outcome focused, and which shares the same vision as our service
- Flexibility to adapt both clinical approach and communication style to ensure that therapy inputs and outcomes are functional and client centred
- Experience of training and positively influencing practice in large staff teams
- Knowledge of the Children and Families Act and Code of Practice
- A BSc (Hons) degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
- Registered membership of the Health and Care Professions Council
- Registered membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
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The job advert closes on 21st August 2022, although we will be looking at applications as they come in and may shortlist in advance of closing date.
Interviews will take place via Microsoft teams.
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.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.