Speech and Language Therapist - Joseph Clarke School

  • NHS
  • Full Time
  • London

Job Description

This post is eligible for the Trust 'Welcome to NELFT' Payment, a lump sum of 10% of agreed basic salary excluding HCAS and is open to all new applicants who are successfully appointed. Payment of the incentive is 50% of the lump sum at the end of the probationary period (typically six months) and then 50% at the end of year two. This welcome package is applicable to external candidates only.

Working closely with our colleagues in health & education, Waltham Forest speech and language therapy team is a well-respected, supportive and innovative team. We offer excellent support and supervision as well as ongoing CPD opportunities.

The SALT paediatric team is based at Wood Street Health Centre, a purpose-built healthcare centre for children and young adults in the borough of Waltham Forest in the heart of vibrant East London. Our service is part of the Specialist Children's Services, including Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatricians, Physiotherapists, Specialist Children's Nursing. We have a strong focus on multi-agency working across health and education.

Working in partnership with Joseph Clarke School The Joseph Clarke School Trust - Joseph Clarke School, we have an exciting opportunity for a full-time Band 6 Speech & Language Therapist who is keen to develop and extend their skills in working with a broad and varied caseload of children with special educational needs aged 3-19. Joseph Clarke School is a centre of excellence for pupils with visual impairment and/or additional needs. The post offers the opportunity to support children with visual impairment, but also with autism, moderate-profound learning disabilities, physical and multi-sensory impairments, all with a range of complex and varied communication needs and thereby provides excellent opportunities to develop specialist skills in a number of areas relating to the caseload.

You will need to demonstrate the following requirements for the post:

  • Post registration experience in delivering appropriate intervention/care plans/enhanced models of SLT for paediatric clients with communication needs providing suitable and timely support, ideally in special school settings.
  • Clear clinical reasoning based on evidence-based practice within paediatrics, with specific experience in treatment working with children exhibiting complex communication difficulties.
  • The ability to provide feedback, advice and training internally within the profession and externally to other staff groups as well as clients’ families.
  • Responsibility in taking a delegated lead on the development of team objectives or projects in liaison with the clinical service lead and peers.

The main responsibilities of the post include

  • Providing a high standard of Speech and Language service in special schools.
  • Working autonomously to provide speech and language assessments and interventions for children with complex, diverse needs and varying presentations.
  • Working collaboratively with the school team and with students’ families.
  • Providing specialist training, support and development for school staff, parents and for our SLTs (and other professionals as necessary) within the area of communication difficulties as well as supervision, advice and second opinions to more junior colleagues.

The successful candidate will be a Band 6 Speech & Language Therapist or experienced Band 5 Speech and Language therapist with the right skills, for a development post. Previous knowledge & experience of working with a paediatric caseload is essential. Previous knowledge & experience of working with children in a special school settings would be highly desirable.

Posts are based on 37.5 hours a week. However, we embrace flexible working and will consider applicants who wish to work part-time/term-time only.

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.

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of £3,898 and a maximum payment of £4,967).

COVID Vaccinations

The government is currently in consultation to ensure that all NHS workers are fully COVID-19 vaccinated unless exempt for clinical reasons. We therefore encourage all applicants to ensure they have been fully vaccinated prior to starting with the Trust.

Please do contact us if you'd like to discuss this post or arrange to come and have a look around:

Louise Parker, Clinical Lead for Speech and Language Therapy on: [email protected]


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