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Speech and Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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The Acorn Centre
London, Essex
£23,023 - £29,608 pa (plus HCAS)
22/11/2018 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

A vacancy for a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist has arisen at NELFT NHS Foundation Trust.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated speech and language therapist to be part of our Integrated Paediatric Therapy team and contribute to the future of our service. 

Our team is based at the Acorn Specialist Children’s Centre - a purpose built one stop healthcare centre for children and young adults in the borough of Havering. We have an extensive range of assessments, therapy materials and other resources. Our team is part of the Integrated Paediatric Therapy Department which includes Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatricians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Psychologists amongst other key professionals. We have a strong focus on multi agency working across health and education.

The therapist will work in the community with a preschool and school aged caseload across Havering. Havering is a large borough situated in the North East London (NEL) sector, with easy access to public transport and major road links. It is ideally placed on the outskirts of London just 20 minutes by train to the heart of the capital.

It is also located within very close reach of the M25 which links us to the country, local cities as well as all London airports. Westfield Shopping Centre is 20 minutes away by car or train. Havering has a range of shopping centres, bars, restaurants, leisure facilities and cinemas to accommodate for a range of interests.

The successful applicant will need to be able to:

Work collaboratively with a range of people, including parents/carers and other professionals.

  • Demonstrate clear clinical reasoning based on evidence based practice within paediatrics.
  • Work as part of the integrated therapies team ensuring the delivery of joined up care plans.
  • Present information written and orally in a clear and logical manner.

The main responsibilities of the post include:

  • Provision of speech and language assessment, treatment, management and advice to children, young people and their families/carers, and other professionals in a range of settings.

  • Management of own preschool and school age caseload in accordance with local and professional guidelines and following current research evidence.

To work collaboratively with family/carers and all agencies involved with the child’s care, encompassing all public and private sectors to enable the provision of the highest standard of care to maximize the child’s level of function in accordance with trust and government recommendations.

The successful candidate will be provided with a clinical supervisor to support them in the induction to the team, management of their time and work load and general clinical support. Our team is highly dedicated to continuing professional development and regularly organises peer supervision and in-service training. There are opportunities for career progression through further training and access to CENs.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,659 to a maximum of £4,664).

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Candice Smith, Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist

07809103659 / 0300 300 1888 ext 55140

If you have problems applying, contact

0300 300 1530 option 2