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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Locations:
West Midlands
Contract type:
Permanent
Hours:
Full time
NHS band:
Unbanded
Specialist areas:
Mainstream and special schools
Posted:
04/11/2019
Start Date:
ASAP
Recruiter:
Caudwell Children
Job Ref:

Due to increasing demand for our Autism Service, we are now looking for committed and passionate professionals to join our experienced and supportive Multi-Disciplinary Team.

You will work clinically as part of the MDT that includes Psychologists, Learning Disability Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and teams of assistant practitioners and charity volunteers.

With manageable caseloads you will also have opportunities to engage in reflective practice, professional development and a chance to shape new services.

The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.

The services of Caudwell Children enrich the lives of our children and families through the delivery of high quality person centred care and support services that promote independence and achieve valued outcomes. We seek to create a safe, homely and supportive environment that enhances the lives of children with autism and associated conditions.

PURPOSE OF THE POST

This is a permanent post supporting specifically the Speech and Language Therapy Team, in the delivery of effective clinical support through assessment, formulation and ongoing support to children and families accessing the service. You must have experience working in the field of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and have specialist skills relating to these. This role will also have responsibility for supporting the Specialist

Lead Speech and Language Therapist to supervise and support less experienced members of the team; SaLT’s and assistants.

WHAT WE OFFER:

• Competitive salaries
• Excellent working conditions
• University campus location
• Purpose built neurodiversity friendly building
• Good work-life balance
• Support with CPD
• Health and wellbeing initiatives including free exercise classes

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of the Lead Speech and Language Therapist you will:
• Undertake specialist assessments of communication, both informal and formal standardized assessments.
• Undertake clinical work with individuals and groups, providing advice, resources, strategies and programmes, as appropriate, using specialist skills and autism specific approaches where required.
• Mentor parents, teaching staff and other carers in skill building communication and the development of nurturing language learning environments for children with speech and language needs.
• Communicate results of assessment and therapeutic findings with the multidisciplinary team.
MAIN DUTIES
• Support the development of communication training programmes and communicate these to our Communication Trainers for implementation.
• Direct and supervise less experienced SaLT’s, SaLT assistants and volunteers in individual and group treatment programmes, using specialist skills and developing leadership skills, according to the program.
• Contribute to the working of the multi-disciplinary team and act as a specialist resource for communication issues
• As part of the team engage actively in practice development, evaluation, audit and research activities to inform evidence-based practice.
• Under the direction of the Lead OT support and manage the junior SaLT’s and SaLT Assistants
• Where appropriate share and disseminate research findings with professional colleagues in the interests of practice development.
• Provide mentorship and clinical supervision for practice education placements for students of Speech and Language Therapy.
• As part of the SaLT team, participate in the specialist education and training of professional and clinical colleagues, students, visitors and volunteers.
• Ensure compliance and completion of Continuing Professional Development activities.
• Contribute to supporting other colleagues in their CPD, particularly in relation to communication.
• Communicate with children and families in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.
• Work collaboratively with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and share information with team members in informal and formal situations.
• Demonstrate a high level of personal communication skills.
• Represent the profession in team meetings and working groups.
• Support the Lead SaLT to positively promote the SaLT role.
• Deputise for the Lead SaLT as required.
• Share relevant information with SaLT colleagues and other members of the clinical team.
• Liaise with other departments and services within CICC. Customer Care / Quality Assurance:
• Support the clinical team to ensure, where possible, children and families are involved in future program planning and delivery.
• Uphold the principles and practice of customer care and continuous improvement.
• At all times to afford customers the dignity and respect to which they are entitled and in particular, to recognise any special requirements associated with an individual’s race, culture or religion.
• Ensure that customers are enabled to comment and complain about any of the services they receive and ensure that all comments and complaints received are dealt with promptly and in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.
• Confidentiality and data protection regarding all personal information and CICC activities must be maintained at all times (both in and out of working hours) in accordance with professional codes of conduct and relevant legislation such as the Data Protection Act 218 an associated General Dat protection Regulations 2018.
• Contribute and co-operate fully with any regulatory or organisational inspections / audits.
• To carry out duties with full regard to the organisations Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy.

Health and Safety

In addition to the organisations overall responsibility for your health and safety, you have a personal responsibility for your own health and safety. As such you are:

• Required to inform your line manager of any safety issues that you identify that could affect you or others in the workplace, co-operate with management and colleagues at all times in achieving safer work processes and work places, particularly where it can impact on others.
• To have an awareness of relevant relative health and safety regulations and legislation as it relates to the safe and effective running of the service.
• Responsible for your own health and safety and that of anyone else whom your acts and omissions may affect and maintain a professional and hygienic personal appearance at all times.
• Have knowledge of a range of safer handling and mobility skills relevant to the management of children, young people and families in your care, including safe use of transfer equipment.
• To use equipment when necessary and as instructed, which will include checking the equipment is safe to use, prior to its use, reporting any defects immediately to your line manager.
• Responsible for the implementation and adherence to organisational safety policies and procedures for areas within your remit.
• Required to ensure suitable and sufficient risk assessments are completed for all areas within your remit. The controls identified must be evaluated and implemented where necessary.
• To ensure that your work adheres to Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Infections and Related Guidance as applicable to your role.
• Report any concerns of potential abuse of a service user in line with the organisations Safeguarding Policy and procedures.
Resource Management
• Participate in the recruitment, induction and retention of allocated junior staff.
• Ensure maintenance and security of physical, financial and information resources, where applicable.
• Comprehensively and effectively maximise all the resources available to the facilities.
• Ensure that all resources and utilities are used prudently and that any waste is minimised and mange, monitor and maintain budgets agreed by Management.
• Ensure stock levels of equipment are maintained and checked regularly by the assistant team.
General
• Ensure compliance with professional standards for Speech and Language Therapy practice.
• Adhere to HCPC regulations and RCSLT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Speech and Language Therapists.
• Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities identified in supervision and appraisal.
• Maintain professional portfolios in line with HCPC and RCSLT requirements.
• Apply specialist knowledge and skills in order to demonstrate professional proficiency.
• Develop and maintain links with other SaLTs in specialist field of work.
• Keep up to date and integrate relevant new initiatives and recommendations from RCSLT and other relevant organisations, ensuring that practice is informed and current, where appropriate.
• Ensure that all information and matters of a confidential nature are dealt with in accordance with statutory and organisational policies and procedures and that the staff team adhere to the same.
• Take responsibility for continuing personal development in order to enhance knowledge, skills and experience needed for safe and effective practice and the achievement of agreed service outcomes and personal appraisal targets.
• Keep comprehensive records of activity in accordance with organisational IT systems and professional standards.
• Ensure all record keeping is in line with local, professional, organisational and National guidelines.
• Attend training as appropriate to the role applying knowledge gained to the workplace and maintain an up-to-date training profile.
• To engage in Support and Supervision sessions to reflect on practice enhancing communication and quality of service.
• To work effectively, co-operatively as a member of a team, maintaining good working relationships with colleagues and professionals from other agencies.
• At all times promote and ensure anti-discriminatory practice in all matters of staff management and service delivery in accordance with the organisation equality and diversity approaches and statutory and regulatory guidelines.
• Adhere to all Caudwell Children policies and procedures.
• When necessary work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays to ensure the efficient operation of the service.

This Job Description indicates only the main duties and responsibilities of the post. It is not intended as an exhaustive list. The Organisation reserve the right to amend this Job Description from time to time, according to business needs and in consultation with the post holder. Any changes will be confirmed in writing.

Closing Date:
05/12/2019
Contact Details:
Caudwell Children
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Contact: Karen Roberts
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