Speech and Language Therapist - Mainstream Schools Team - Bought in t

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
11 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run. You can become a member by visiting our website.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

CNWL is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.


Rolling one year Fixed Term

We would love you to join the large, vibrant and supportive Mainstream Schools Team working in the outer London borough of Hillingdon.

The post holder will be providing speech and language therapy for schools who are buying in additional time from the service. This would be a great first job for a keen new-graduate or alternatively someone looking for opportunities to develop their skills.

Although this is a fixed term contract, the contract has always been rolled over each year as schools continue to buy in time from the service.

What our staff say about the team:

'Starting my career as a Speech and Language Therapist in Hillingdon Mainstream Schools team has given me a brilliant platform to develop my clinical skills with a varied caseload. Everyone is really friendly and I feel very supported through regular peer support meetings, buddying, safeguarding supervision and supervision with a senior therapist.' - Hannah, band 5

'Hillingdon Mainstream Schools Team is a great environment for a newly qualified therapist. I felt welcomed into the team straight away. The team is incredibly lovely and supportive and I've already learnt so much from all my colleagues. The team really focus on developing their clinical skills through CPD which is crucial for a first role. The combination of frequent 1:1 buddy sessions, supervision sessions and informal support from the team mean that you are fully supported throughout' - Alex , band 5

We can offer you:
  • A supportive, friendly team of speech and language therapy colleagues
  • An identified buddy who will meet with you every week at first to help you settle in and who you can ask lots of questions
  • Regular supervision meetings with a senior therapist every 6 weeks where you can get further support and advice, along with an annual appraisal
  • Termly peer supervision meetings where you can discuss difficult cases, read articles together and share your experiences
  • A manageable caseload across a range of schools with a wide range of children/young people
  • Opportunities for remote working in school using a laptop with Skype and Lync phone facilities
  • Regular opportunities to come back to the office where you can get informal support from the team several times a week
  • Opportunities to develop your clinical skills and knowledge through termly study afternoons, shadowing more experienced therapists, membership of a CEN, opportunities to invite a senior therapist for a joint consultation

Band 5 - Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist - 1.0 WTE/ 37.5 hours a week
  • You will be responsible for the assessment and therapy for the children on the bought in time caseload who have identified SLCN needs including: language difficulties, speech difficulties, stammering, selective mutism, learning difficulties and ASD
  • You will have the opportunity to work directly with the children in groups and individually with an LSA observing the sessions in order to carry out follow up work
  • You will offer training, advice and support to school staff
  • You will support parents and keep in regular touch with them via termly phone calls or meetings, as well as sending them copies of termly care plans and targets and any reports
  • You will jointly set and review targets/ care plans with school staff /parents
  • You will jointly plan how to use your time in schools with the SENCO each term; allowing you to be flexible, creative and effective
  • You will contribute to audits etc in order to provide evidence that the service being provided is being effective

We are proud to say that the service has:
  • Excellent relationships with schools - 91% of SENCO's report that they are happy or very happy with the service
  • Good relationships with parents - 92.5% of parents report that they are happy or very happy with the service. A parent representative attends all of the mainstream schools meetings and parent feedback is sought for new developments
  • Good outcome measures with children making progress on 94% of the targets set for them each term and positive Teacher Reported Outcome Measures
  • Good partnerships with colleagues in the Local Authority
  • An annual service improvement plan in order to ensure that the service is continually evolving and developing
  • Won contracts with a variety of commissioners to provide services across a range of settings in Hillingdon, including schools in Hillingdon buying in additional speech and language therapy time
  • A strong record on completing audits and developing the service as a result of feedback eg. Care plan audit, annual review audit, outcome measures audit. The service seeks feedback from parents and schools each year.
  • A strong track record on innovation and service development

Interview date: 6th November 19

For further details / informal visits contact:

Wendy Botten - Email Address: ( Email address removed )

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