Speech Language Therapist

Adolphus Group
Uxbridge, UK
Closing date
19 Oct 2020

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Seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic individual with experience of working with children and adolescents with special educational needs. The successful candidate will be working within an established Therapy Team, within an SEN secondary school recently OFSTED rated as Good. You will be working with students aged 11-19 years who have a wide variety of conditions including autistic spectrum disorder, global developmental delay, respiratory, neurological and neuro muscular pathologies.
The candidate will need to be able to work well as part of the Therapy Team and wider school team. This post provides many exciting opportunities including assessment, group work, one to one therapy and class-based interventions, working in collaboration with teaching staff, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and rehabilitation assistants.
The Therapy Team is responsible for integrating clinical intervention across all aspects of the educational curriculum ensuring that pupils are able to readily access and engage in learning. All therapy staff are supported by the Therapy Team lead and by senior clinicians across the therapy disciplines.
  • To work autonomously, managing their own caseload of pupils with developmental speech & language delays/disorders, and social communication difficulties.
  • To provide therapy care plans to be carried out by Rehabilitation Assistants/ Teaching Assistants while retaining overall responsibility for the clients.
  • To supervise and provide particular communication support for pupils, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities.
  • To contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the school therapy service.
  • In conjunction with the Band 7 SaLT to develop strategies to integrate the delivery of SaLT services into all school environments.
  • To work collaboratively with teaching, therapy and welfare colleagues to support pupils needs through group, joint and individual working.
  • In conjunction with Band 7 SaLT to design and deliver integrated speech and language groups and interventions to individual pupils' care plans to meet identified needs
  • To design and make equipment for groups and for personal use with pupils where necessary.
  • To monitor and review effectiveness of intervention programmes
  • Provide supporting documents for EHCP and annual review meetings of pupils on your case load
  • To assist in the running of parent in formation work shops and staff training
  • To develop working relationships with families and carers, ensuring special awareness of socioeconomic disadvantages and cultural processes for ethic minority group
  • To undertake general clerical duties including photocopying,and filing and dealing with telephone queries when required
  • To contribute to effective communication networks with pupils and carers, teaching team, local managers and other agencies.
  • To participate in relevant planning and management meetings within the clinical setting.
  • To work as an integrated member of the Therapy team, contributing to decisions with regard to pupils user care plans.
  • To communicate sensitively in situations where there are complex needs/issues.
  • To produce and maintain up to date and accurate case notes and SaLT reports in line with school policies
  • To collect statistical information as appropriate
  • To contribute to the maintenance of student records
  • To ensure that written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with local and professional standards, school policies and systems
  • Where relevant ensure that written documents prepared by team members comply with the appropriate standards
  • Under The Data Protection Act 1998, to ensure that all information, held manually or on computerised systems, related to pupils, staff or visitors to which one has access during the course of employment is regarded as strictly confidential,
  • To adhere to local clinical guidelines.
  • To have regard to relevant policies and standards.
  • To be accountable for your own professional actions.
  • To recognise own professional boundaries and seek advice and support where necessary.
  • To be aware of and adhere to current legislative and employer procedures relating to the post.
  • To comply with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Professional Practice.
  • To take responsibility for maintaining own registration with HCPC
  • To respect values, cultural and religious diversity of individual sand ensure the provision of a service is sensitive to their needs
  • To actively be involved in the appraisal and performance review process.
  • To contribute to the supervision and appraisal of Rehabilitation Assistants.
  • To recognise own professional boundaries and to seek advice and support where necessary.
  • To lead and supervise Rehabilitation Assistants during interventions.
  • To delegate and support the management of tasks to the Rehabilitation Assistants.
  • To enable others to develop new skills in delivering therapy programmes.
  • To act as a resource and support for other staff members working with pupils with speech, language and social communication difficulties.
  • To promote the workplace as a learning environment encouraging workplace colleagues to learn from each other and from external good practice
  • To support the induction, training and education of students whilst on practice placements
  • Tosupport the delivery of in-servicetraining
  • Tocontribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of servicedelivery within theschool.
  • To identify areas for ownpersonal/professional development evidenced by a CPD portfolio developed withinan appraisalframework.
  • To maintain continuousprofessionaldevelopment
  • Tobeawareofandadheretocurrentlegislativeandemployerprocedures relating to the post.
Person Specification:
  • Tohold a Speech and Language Therapy degree or equivalent
  • Tobe registered with the HCPC
  • Topossess Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Registration
  • Tooperate within the scope of Speech & Language Therapy practice as set outby the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Tooperate within the scope of practice as outlined by HCPC
  • Experiencein administering Speech and Language based assessments and interpretingfindings
  • Experiencewith devising appropriate intervention/ goals and providing suitable and timelyintervention
  • Experiencein providing feedback, guidance, advice and training to serviceuser/parents/family members, carers and members of the multidisciplinary teamin all aspects of speech, language and communication acquisition (Desirable)
  • Experiencewith providing comprehensive reports outlining areas of need and interventionplans.
  • Documentedevidence of continuing professional development
  • Knowledgeand experience in using standardised and non standardised assessment tools
  • Experienceof training and up skilling of support staff in delivering therapy programmes. (Desirable)
  • Knowledgeand experience of working with people with special educational needs, a rangeof learning and physical disabilities
  • Experienceof carrying out interventions with individuals and groups of people
  • Understandingof team dynamics and ability to work as part of a team whilst being flexibleand adaptable
  • Participatein teams as appropriate, communicating and working in collaboration with theservice user and other team members as part of an integrated package of care
  • Maintainprofessional standards in relation to safeguarding, confidentiality, ethics andlegislation
  • Understandingof professional ethics and their application in practice
  • Abilityto work using own initiative and make key decisions when necessary withinagreed boundaries
  • Attendand participate in relevant meetings and case conferences as appropriate,supported by a Senior Therapist
  • Experienceof managing your own caseload in a organised way.
  • Activelyengage in own annual performance management process
  • Tomanage own workload and meet deadlines
  • Tobe able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing
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