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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/18548/15545
  • Published: Fri 02/07/2021, 11:45 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 23/07/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 28.8 hours per week
  • Salary: £28,305.60 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Leatherhead

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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with experience in working with deaf children to develop their skills as part of a Specialist Team of Therapists working in this field.

In this role you will have your own caseload of deaf children at two Hearing Resource Base centres in mainstream schools and Early Years settings in Surrey. This fixed-term, part-time role will cover maternity leave from September 2021.

You will work with deaf children in an Infant and Junior School Hearing Resource Base in NE Surrey. The children at both settings are integrated into classes alongside their hearing peers but are withdrawn for varying degrees of specialist support. A natural oral approach is used in both centres but communication strategies are flexible according to individual needs. The Schools have Specialist Teachers and Teaching Assistants who value and work closely with Speech and Language Therapists.

The role also involves working in the community in SE Surrey alongside Advisory Teachers of the Hearing Impaired and their Assistants to deliver a service to preschool deaf children in their homes and in nursery settings. In addition you will work with deaf children in mainstream, providing direct specialist intervention if required or supervising the school’s Link SLT .

We can offer you:

  • Salary starting at £28,305.60 per annum (pro-rata to £35,382). The post is a one year, fixed term contract for four days (28.8 hours) per week over 52 weeks per year 
  • Flexible working options around school core hours
  • Mobile and agile working solutions
  • Comprehensive clinical supervision programme including a buddy, 1:1 meetings with line manager, extensive in house training programme and formal external training opportunities, access to clinical effectiveness groups, case study groups, termly study days, encouragement to join and attend CEN’s relating to practice
  • Local government salary-related pension and the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff
  • The opportunity to work as part of a team of SLTs with a wide range of knowledge and experience working in the specialist field of deafness
  • A mixed and varied caseload of deaf children aged 0-16 across settings and in the community
  • A team of students, therapists and assistants led by a Therapies Manager who is an SLT

We are looking for therapists who:

  • Want to extend their clinical expertise and independent clinical decision making in the field of deafness
  • Are looking to support the development of the therapy team and service
  • Speech and language therapists with a background of at least 2 years post graduate experience, including having worked with deaf young people 
  •  Are registered with the HCPC and RCSLT, and have permission to work in the UK

The Speech and Language Therapy Schools Service is part of Surrey County Council’s local offer to support the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of children and young people within mainstream schools and specialist provision. This Service is part of the Vulnerable Learners Team in Surrey’s Children, Families and Learning directorate, and as such works collaboratively with other teams such as Educational Psychology, learning and language support, REMA and Behaviour Support.

Specialist Service for deaf children – Within the wider SLT service, a team of seven Specialist SLTs provide a collaborative Surrey wide service for children and young people aged 0-16 with moderate-profound hearing loss in Hearing Resource Bases and in the community with Advisory Teachers for Hearing Impairment.

The main function and aim of the service is for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs related to deafness to receive the right support at the right time. This is achieved through assessment and intervention, equipping families and professionals with the skills and resources to work together to help and support children. We have regular specialist team meetings and supervision opportunities to share knowledge and expertise with other SLTs working in this field. Therapists in this team work alongside SLTs and SLT Assistants from other disciplines enabling the development and sharing of broader clinical skills. Our PS9s carry some line management responsibilities and are encouraged to contribute to Service development.

Your main duties in the role of Specialist Speech and Language Therapist will include but not be limited to:

  • Assessment, advice and intervention for children with a range of speech, language and communication needs related to hearing loss. For children and young people who are considered to have complex needs and where a joint multidisciplinary approach is essential to achieving the best outcome for these children, you will be supported by your clinical team leader
  • Clinical decision making using the Balance Model in conjunction with school/nursery staff and parents around the level of support needed to achieve the best possible outcome for the children on your defined caseload
  • Setting targets for children and young people; supporting the delivery of intervention strategies by teachers, assistants and families and monitoring outcomes
  • Supporting junior members of the team, line managing others and taking on students

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The closing date for this advert is 23:59 on Friday 23rd July 2021 although we will be looking at applications as they come in and may shortlist in advance of the closing date.

Interviews are scheduled for the week commencing Monday 2nd August.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Kate Green on or 07970839672.

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 under represented 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.