Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Recruiter
NATIONAL STAR
Location
Cheltenham
Posted
02 Mar 2019
Closes
27 Mar 2019
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

National Star, Ullenwood GL53 9QU

41hrs weekly, 39 weeks per year / Term Time Only

FTE £16849 £17474 pro rata £15691 - £16226

Due to continued growth and development, the SLT department at our 'Outstanding specialist college' are looking to recruit a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant to join our experienced team. As part of this diverse and interesting role you will work in our fantastic environment that is very well resourced to support the delivery of high quality therapy. This role will include MDT work with our OT, Physiotherapy, Education, Nursing and Residential teams.

You will have an interest in working with people with learning difficulty; PMLD; ASD; Physical disability or Acquired Brain Injury and experience of providing direct and indirect therapeutic support in a range of settings. A knowledge of AAC, Makaton and/or Intensive Interaction is highly desirable.

You will assist the Speech & Language Therapist(s) in supporting and developing the communication skills of students with speech and language impairments, including students who use technology to communicate/augment their communication, in a range of contexts and settings. You will also support the therapist team by providing a variety of resources to support individual learner progression and achievement, including programming of AAC devices.

Responsibilities of the Speech & Language Therapy Assistant will include:

  • To assist the Speech and Language Therapists in supporting students to develop their communication skills through the use of a range of resources, including AAC and in a range of contexts and settings
  • To effectively manage own timetable under the supervision and guidance of the therapist
  • To support the therapist in offering teaching/training to students, their families and carers about their communication strategies thus promoting continued language development and communication skills in the home environment
  • To provide some technical support to students using AAC devices and environmental controls.
  • To complete and maintain individual learner documentation in line with organisation quality standards and professional guidelines
  • To advise cross National Star staff on individual learner communication strategies as necessary

The successful Speech & Language Therapy Assistant will have:

  • Excellent observation skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to communicate well with a wide range of people
  • Ability to work unsupervised and within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Effective organisation and time management skills
  • Client focussed
  • Ability to create a range of resources to supplement and augment communication
  • Awareness and understanding of the role of a Speech and Language Therapist
  • Awareness of related H&S legislation relating to sphere of practice
  • Ability to risk assess and work safely under H&S legislation
  • Ability to share knowledge and ask for assistance
  • Creative and innovative practitioner
  • Benefits of working with National Star:
  • Excellent career development opportunities
  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Health Shield medical cover
  • Use of gym and swimming pool
  • Excellent working environment & facilities
  • Award winning CPD department covering all training needs to include excellent comprehensive induction programme
  • Employee Helpline
  • Free DBS checks
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Employee discounts at many Travel & Attractions, High Street Retailers, Supermarkets and Utilities and Motoring and much more
  • NUS card

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