Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist –Dysphagia Clinical Specialist
Full time / Part time, Community-based in North East Surrey (Spelthorne, Elmbridge and Epsom)
We are looking for a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to lead our Early Years’ Dysphagia Service. The successful applicant will have post graduate qualifications in dysphagia and be experienced in assessment and management of children predominantly from birth to 5 years with dysphagia. If you are keen to use and develop your clinical and leadership skills within in dysphagia, then working for Children and Family Health Surrey (CFHS) may be for you.
Children and Family Health Surrey is made up of three partnering organisations; CSH Surrey, First Community Health and Care, and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Together, we provide one Surrey-wide community health service for children and young people from 0 to 19 years of age (up to 25 years for young adults with additional needs) and their families and carers. We are an NHS organisation with all care free at the point of access and you will be entitled to all the benefits of working for the NHS including a generous annual leave allowance, NHS Pension Scheme and NHS discounts.
As an added bonus, successful applicants, (who have not worked for CSH within the last 12 months), will receive a Golden Hello; an amount of £2000 pro rata paid in two instalments: - £1000 upon commencement and a further £1000 following successful completion of probation.
The North East Paediatric Therapy Team:
- You will join our Paediatric Therapy Team to work alongside Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to support children aged 0-5 with developmental communication disorders and dysphagia and children aged 0-19 with acquired communication disorders.
- You will need to be able to travel between sites across North East Surrey.
- There is much opportunity for wider multi-disciplinary working with our Health Service colleagues including Paediatricians, Health Visitors, Dieticians and Safeguarding Specialists, as well as regular joint working with our colleagues in Education including Educational Psychologists, Specialist Teachers, Portage, SEND Advisors, and Early Years Outreach etc.
- This is a challenging and varied role with opportunity to further develop clinical specialist skills, as well as to gain experience in leadership, supervision and service development.
The Clinical Specialist Role:
- Day to day you will be conducting initial and review assessments, writing reports and planning/providing intervention for children on your caseload – with dysphagia and co-existing communication needs.
- There will also be regular opportunity for developing and delivering training to parents, settings and other professionals, in line with our universal and targeted pathways.
- You will work closely with parents/carers, education staff, social care and the voluntary sector to deliver treatments in the most appropriate setting, which may include homes, nurseries, Children's Centre’s, mainstream schools and clinics.
- You will supervise Junior SLTs and students as well as providing professional and clinical supervision to several colleagues.
- As a Clinical Specialist you will be required to provide second opinions for complex cases and have involvement with tribunal cases to help resolve any conflict regarding a child’s level of provision and/or educational placement.
In order to deliver high quality services for the children and their families within Surrey, we firmly believe in effectively training and supporting our Therapists. As such you will be supported by the following:
- Regular supervision with your line manager
- A rolling programme of in-house training to update your knowledge and skills throughout the year in a range of topics relevant to your role
- Access to a well-developed Learning and Development department offering leadership and personal development opportunities to support your personal development plan.
- Access to a surrey wide dysphagia team for peer support and strategic delivery
We would be happy to discuss this position further and encourage informal visits prior to interviews, please contact:
Fiona Baillie, Clinical Team Lead:
Sarah Chidede, Clinical Service Manager
Rebecca O’Mahoney, Acting Clinical Lead for Dysphagia
Phone: 07773 812808