We have an exciting new post for a Speech and Language Therapy Team Lead role to lead the operational and strategic development of services to our Learning and Additional Needs (LAN) Schools for supporting children with moderate learning difficulties in the South West of Surrey. You will also hold a small mainstream caseload, with an emphasis on supporting children with Down Syndrome.
The starting salary for this position is £37,269 per annum (NHS Band 7 equivalent) for 36 hours per week, across 42 weeks of the year. The role is term time plus an additional 15 days per year. Your Surrey base will be Quadrant Court, Guildford Road, Woking.
In this role, you will also:
- Hold your own specialist clinical caseload (special school and mainstream) and oversee our SLT service to children with LAN across the SW schools
- Provide second opinions, observation and support, training and shadowing opportunities to colleagues; particularly in the area of Down Syndrome (which should be an area of experience/developing specialism)
- Offer clinical supervision and line management to junior members of the team within the special/mainstream schools
- Work with colleagues across Surrey to ensure the wider team is informed of current research and evidence base, and that clinical practice is of high quality and reflects the research and evidence base.
The School-Aged Speech and Language Therapy Service is part of Surrey County Council’s local offer to support the special educational needs and disabilities of children and young people within mainstream schools and specialist provision. The Service is part of the Vulnerable Learners Team in Surrey’s Children, Families and Learning Directorate and as such works collaboratively with other teams such as Educational Psychology, learning and language support, REMA and Behaviour Support.
The main function and aim of the service is for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs to receive the right support at the right time. This is achieved through assessment and intervention, equipping families and professionals with the skills and resources to work together to help and support children with SLCN. We work with children and young people with EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plan) and those at SEN (Special Education Needs) support.
- We are a large team (over 150) of both qualified Therapists and non-qualified Therapy Assistants
- We have excellent supervision and CPD models
- Last year we presented at the South Central Hub Event for our innovative work with student placements
- We work closely with the SCALES project lead; Courtney Norbury, to learn from the research to inform practice
Within Surrey we work across four geographical quadrants (North East, South East, North West and South West) each managed by a Quadrant Lead. The teams in each quadrant are made up of a skill mix of Speech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy Assistants.
To apply and be considered for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Speech and Language Therapist background with at least 5 years post graduate experience, and specific experience working with young people in a school environment including: Advanced knowledge and skills working with pupils with LAN/MLD/Down Syndrome
- Knowledge of the National Curriculum and Code of Practice and experience in working within the Balanced system framework
- Flexibility to adapt both clinical approach and communication style to ensure that assessment, reports, therapy inputs and outcomes are functional and client centred
- Experience of training and positively influencing practice in large staff teams
- Experience of line managing and supporting others
- A BSc (Hons) degree or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy
- Registered membership of the HCPC and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 17/05/2021 with interviews taking place on week commencing 24/05/2021.
For an informal discussion please contact the SW Quadrant Lead - Peter Berrill on 07870909873 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.Company Information
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