Are you a Speech and Language Therapist looking to consolidate and develop specialisms working with school aged or post 16 pupils within mainstream or specialist provisions? Perhaps you have an interest in working with deaf children or those with swallowing disorders?
If this is you, we have some great opportunities to join our skilled, supportive and solution-focused team here at Surrey County Council.
We have posts in each of our Surrey quadrants:
- North West (covering Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath)
- South West (covering Guildford and Waverley)
- North East (covering Epsom & Ewell, Spelthorne and Elmbridge)
- South East (covering Reigate & Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge)
We can offer mixed posts based on your interests that could include mainstream schools and colleges, Specialist Schools supporting a range of additional needs, dysphagia and deafness.
Rewards and Benefits
- A starting salary of £35,897 per annum for five days a week, 42 weeks per year (term time + 3 weeks of holiday working) pro-rata to £38,746.
- Paid fees for RCSLT membership and HCPC
- Flexible working options around school core hours, with part-time hours considered
- Mobile and agile working solutions
- Comprehensive clinical supervision programme including a buddy, 1:1 meetings with line manager, extensive in house training programme and formal external training opportunities, access to clinical effectiveness groups, case study groups, termly study days, encouragement to join and attend CEN's relating to practice
- Opportunities to develop management skills (training and support is provided)
- Generous local government salary-related pension and the option to join the car lease scheme
- A mixed and varied caseload across settings and age groups
- A team of students, Therapists and Assistants led by a Therapies Manager who is a Speech and Language Therapist
- Access to a range of health and wellbeing tools to support your mental and emotional well-being, including our free confidential Employee Assistance Programme, a range of mental health apps and support for staff in crisis
- Up to 5 days of carer's leave per year
- Paternity, adoption and dependants leave
- Lifestyle discounts including gym, travel, shopping and many more
- Learning and development hub where you can access a wealth of resources
About the Team
We are part of Surrey County Council's local offer, supporting children and young people's communication and interaction in mainstream schools and specialist provisions. We are a large team (over 150) of both qualified Therapists and non-qualified Therapy Assistants. We have excellent supervision and CPD models plus a rolling in-house training programme.
We have been working with the RCSLT and Reading University around the dysphagia competences linked to student placements and one of our Therapists was voted People's Choice in the Surrey Stars Awards 2022, receiving over 500 votes showing how well the service is regarded in the organisation!
About the Role
Your main duties in the role of Specialist Speech and Language Therapist will include:
- Clinical decision making in conjunction with school / college staff around the level of support needed to achieve the best possible outcome for the children and young people on your defined caseload
- Working with Assistants, setting targets for the children and young people they are supporting, and monitoring of the delivery and outcomes of their work
- Assessment, advice and intervention for children with a range of speech, language and communication needs. For children and young people on your caseload who are considered to have complex needs and where a joint multidisciplinary approach is essential to achieving the best outcome for these children and young people, you will be supported by your clinical team leader
- Supporting junior members of the team, line managing others and taking on students
To be considered for shortlisting for this position, your CV and personal statement will need to clearly evidence the following:
- You are looking to extend your clinical expertise and independent clinical decision making
- Have the motivation to support the development of the therapy team and service
- Have a recognised degree in Speech and Language Therapy and a minimum of 2 years' experience working as an SLT (slightly less experience with signed off completion of NQP competencies may be considered)
- Are registered with the HCPC and RCSLT, and have permission to work in the UK
- Full, valid driving licence with access to a vehicle for work purposes
Please contact us for any questions relating to the role. This could be to discuss flexible working requests, transferable skills or any barriers to employment.
We will be reviewing applications and offering interviews as they are received.
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.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.