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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Job Description

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust provides wide-ranging NHS care for people, in their community, in a range of settings including people's own homes; nursing homes; health clinics; community hospitals; minor injury units; a walk-in centre and in mobile units.

We are one of the largest NHS community health providers in England, serving a population of about 14 million. We employ 5,000 staff, including community nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, and many other healthcare professionals.

Our vision is to deliver excellent services which improve the health of our communities. To do this we need to have outstanding people who share a common set of values and aspirations.

Our values (CARE) demonstrate that the Trust acts with integrity and professionalism. CARE stands for:

  • Compassionate

  • Aspirational

  • Responsive

  • Excellence

This is an exciting opportunity for either an experienced Band 5 (post preceptor) or current Band 6 SLT to work within the primary schools team (2 days) and within the early years team (3 days) providing a service to a designated paediatric caseload in clinic. This is in the West Kent area depending on service demand.

The mainstream work in primary schools work will involve close liaison with school staff and parents to support children with speech, language and communication needs. You will be offering assessment, direct and indirect intervention as well as providing training to education staff and parents regarding speech, language and communication disorders.

Within the Early Years Team you will be working closely with parents/carers and Early Years settings and will be providing assessment, therapy advice and support. You will be delivering workshops for parents/carers and staff in Early Years settings for speech and language difficulties. These early years sessions are required to be worked primarily in Tunbridge Wells.

As a Band 6 SLT you will be responsible for providing clinical supervision to identified SLTs within the team and where relevant lead on the supervision of SLT Associate Practitioners (Band 4). Using your experience, there will be opportunities to support other team members in their clinical decision making for complex case management as well as taking on the lead on practice education.

At a time of implementing our newly developed care pathways, the postholder will support Team Co-ordinators and Highly Specialist SLTs in the research and development of these in relation to clinical role.

We pride ourselves on the support and induction offered to new staff and this includes regular meetings with a line manager, access to supervision and access to in house training seminars (which cover a wide range of topics such as report writing / EHCP writing / School Years assessment / Speech Disorders & DVD / Hearing Impairment / Voice assessment and therapy). We also provide accredited training according to the caseload held. This will either be in- service by accredited trainers such as Derbyshire Language Scheme/Makaton/ Cued Articulation or by supporting external training e.g. Language for Learning/ PCI.

We are a friendly, enthusiastic, committed team who recently merged and is excited about the future. As a location, West Kent offers a combination of countryside with a very easy access to London and railway/motorway networks.

Full time & part time arrangements as well as term time requests will be considered.

Interviews for this post will be held on 10th November 2016

For further details / informal visits contact:
Tel:  ( Phone number removed ) 
Anita Hill
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Catherine Allison
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As a dynamic organisation, with a fast changing service provision we take a flexible approach in terms of what we are able to offer. This means that we reserve the right to change the hours detailed in this advert to full time or part-time to meet the service requirements.

For Agenda for Change posts based within the Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley areas of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust also receive an allowance of a 5% high cost area allowance on top of basic salary up to a maximum of £1,652. Please note that this element does not apply the bank positions.

Successful applicants will be contacted via email with regards to interview details.

Please note that where the salary stated above is based on full time working it should be pro rata for part time working.

We are committed to a policy of equality in all our employment practices and strive to eliminate unfair discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation. Equality of opportunity is a high priority within the Trust. The Trust will not unlawfully, unfairly or unreasonably discriminate or treat individuals less favourably on the grounds of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability, age, race, nationality or ethnic origin.

Please contact us if you need the application form in an alternative format.

In cases where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, we may bring the closing date forward. Therefore you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not short-listed for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us in 21 days after the closing date, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

All information you supply in support of your application for employment should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. The Trust reserves the right to contact and share information with the NHS Protect if they suspect any information to be deliberately misleading.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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