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Speech and Language Therapist

Greater London, South East England
Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 5
Specialist areas:
Mainstream and special schools
Start Date:
NELFT NHS Foundation
Job Ref:

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing intiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

We would love you to join the large, vibrant and supportive Mainstream Schools Team working in the outer London borough of Hillingdon.

This would be a great first job for a keen new-graduate or alternatively someone looking for opportunities to develop their skills.

You can find out more about the service by looking at our Hillingdon Talks, Moves and Plays website or our Hillingdon Talks Facebook page.

What our staff say about the team:

"Starting my career as a Speech and Language Therapist in Hillingdon Mainstream Schools team has given me a brilliant platform to develop my clinical skills with a varied caseload. Everyone is really friendly and I feel very supported through regular peer support meetings, buddying, safeguarding supervision and supervision with a senior therapist. "– Hannah- band 5

‘It has been great to work with a very supportive and friendly team. There are always experienced staff members available to help with support and advice and the caseloads are very well organised. The buddy system and regular 1:1 supervision are also excellent to help settle in to a new role’ – Venetia - band 5

We can offer you:

A supportive, friendly team of speech and language therapy colleagues
A newly re-furbished bright, clean and homely office space to come back to at the end of each day where you will have opportunities to get informal support
An identified buddy who will meet with you every week at first to help you settle in and who you can ask lots of questions
Regular supervision meetings with a senior therapist every 6 weeks where you can get further support and advice, along with an annual appraisal
Termly peer supervision meetings where you can discuss difficult cases, read articles together and share your experiences
A busy but manageable caseload across a range of schools with a wide range of children/young people
Opportunities for remote working in school using a laptop with Lync phone facilities as well as access to online clinical records
Opportunities to develop your clinical skills and knowledge through termly study afternoons, shadowing more experienced therapists, membership of a CEN, opportunities to invite a senior therapist for a joint consultation
Band 5 – Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist – 37.5 hours a week

You will be responsible for the assessment and therapy for the children attending your allocated schools who have identified SLCN needs including: developmental language disorder, speech difficulties, stammering, selective mutism, learning difficulties and ASD
You will have the opportunity to work directly with the children in groups and individually with an LSA observing the sessions in order to carry out follow up work
You will offer training, advice and support to school staff
You will support parents and keep in regular touch with them via termly phone calls or meetings, as well as sending them copies of termly care plans and targets and any reports
You will jointly set and review targets/ care plans with school staff /parents
You will jointly plan how to use your time in schools with the SENCO; allowing you to be flexible, creative and effective
You will contribute to audits etc in order to provide evidence that the service being provided is being effective
We are proud to say that the service has:

Excellent relationships with schools – 91% of SENCO’s report that they are happy or very happy with the service
Good relationships with parents – 92.5% of parents report that they are happy or very happy with the service. A parent representative attends all of the mainstream schools meetings and parent feedback is sought for new developments
Good outcome measures with children making progress on 94% of the targets set for them each term and positive Teacher Reported Outcome Measures
An annual service improvement plan in order to ensure that the service is continually evolving and developing
A strong track record on innovation and service development

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
NELFT NHS Foundation
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Contact: Hiring Manager

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