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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/902/8111
  • Published: Wed 18/03/2020, 11:20 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 17/04/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Term Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week, 36 hours per week, across 42 weeks per year
  • Salary: £36,929.70 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead Surrey, Surrey

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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Are you a Highly Specialist Dysphagia Therapist looking for a fixed term opportunity to work with an innovative, supportive, passionate and outcome focused team? We have maternity leave cover opportunities for Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists working with children with dysphagia in Surrey schools (NHS Band 7 equivalent).

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£36,929.70 per annum (NHS Band 7 equivalent) for 36 hours per week, across 42 weeks per year. The role is term time, plus an additional 15 days per year. You will have a Surrey office base for management time, as well as working in schools. The post will be a fixed term post for a minimum of 9 months.

All therapy staff are provided a laptop and mobile phone to allow flexible working. From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. You will benefit from a generous Local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers, and the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

You should already be a practising member of the RCSLT and HCPC (minimum five years experience), and 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.

About the Service

The School-Aged Speech and Language Therapy Service is part of Surrey County Council's local SEND offer, working collaboratively in the Vulnerable Learners team in Surrey Children, Schools and Families Directorate, with other teams like educational psychology and specialist teachers.

We aim to deliver the right support at the right time, through assessment and intervention and equipping families and professionals with the skills and resources to work together to help and support children with SLCN. We follow the Balance model to offer universal, targeted and specialist support for children, families and the school workforce and work with children and young people with EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plan) and those at SEN (Special Education Needs) support.

We work across four geographical quadrants, each managed by an Area SLT Manager, and with a skill mix of speech and language therapists and speech and language therapy assistants.

About the role


We are delighted to be offering opportunities for fixed term posts to cover maternity leave for Clinical Specialists in Dysphagia.

We are looking for someone (or will consider more than one part time post holder) who has experience of working with children and young people with dysphagia in schools, who can support the progress and development of our team members who are developing specialisms in the area, and also input into service provision and data processes.

The successful candidate will demonstrate assessment and decision-making skills that are person centred and outcome focused and will share our service vision to "support the wider workforce to enable schools, families and parents to help children reach their potential".

The post is based in either North East Surrey office: Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead KT22 covering Spelthorne, Elmbridge and Epsom & Ewell or our South West Office: Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ covering Guildford & Waverley.

The job role of Dysphagia Specialist will include but not be limited to:

  • Holding a clinical caseload
  • Providing second opinions, observation and support, training and shadowing opportunities to more junior colleagues within the dysphagia team
  • Supporting junior colleagues through their dysphagia training and competencies
  • Clinical supervision and line management of junior members of the team
  • Leading projects both locally and Surrey wide
  • Working 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.
  • Use of data to allocate, monitor and report on the service

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Contact details

For an informal discussion contact Barbara Paulger by e-mail or phone 07970765803. We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional information

The closing date for this advert is 23:59 on 17th April 2020 although we will be looking at applications as they come in and may shortlist in advance of closing date.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

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.