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Speech and Language Therapist
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/864/17479
  • Published: Fri 24/09/2021, 12:07 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 17/10/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Term Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £28,974 per annum, pro-rata to £31,273
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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Speech and Language Therapist

The starting salary for this position is £28,974 per annum (NHS Band 5 equivalent) for 36 hours per week, across 42 weeks of the year. The role is term time, plus an additional 15 days per year. 

Surrey's North West Speech and Language Therapy team are looking for both newly qualified practitioners and experienced Band 5s to join our friendly team of almost 40 SLTs and SLTAs. Our team is expanding due to the creation of additional specialist schools in the area.

Do you want an SLT post in an innovative, evidence-based and outcome-focused service, with excellent supervision and development opportunities?

Our NW Team, covering Woking, Surrey Heath and Runnymede, is made up of an SLT Area Lead, 6 Highly Specialist SLT Team Leads and a team of qualified Therapists and non-qualified Therapy Assistants. It also includes 6 NQP’s who joined us last year who are getting ready to have their competencies signed off! We cover all maintained schools across the NW Area of Surrey (mainstream and specialist) and can offer mixed posts to match your clinical interests.

We are part of a large (over 150) Surrey SLT schools based service that works across all geographical areas of Surrey. Our NW Team have an office base in Woking and we also work really closely through virtual meetings and platforms with the other teams across Surrey and we are all led by a Service Manager who is an SLT!

About the Service

The school-aged SLT service is part of Surrey’s local SEND offer, working collaboratively with the Vulnerable Learners Team and other areas like Educational Psychology and Specialist Teaching.

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

We have excellent supervision and CPD models, and last year presented at the South Central Hub Event for our innovative work with student placements.

We work closely with the SCALES project lead, Courtney Norbury, to ensure high quality evidence and research informs our practice.

We can offer you:

  • A competitive Salary starting at £28,974 for five days a week across 42 weeks per year (term time + 3 weeks of holiday working) pro-rata to £31,273. Part time and fixed term opportunities are available
  • 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 and an NQP / Band 5 group, termly study days, encouragement to join and attend CEN’s relating to practice
  • Enhanced support for Newly Qualified Practitioner’s to take you through your competencies
  • Local government salary-related pension offered and the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff
  • A mixed and varied caseload across settings and age groups
  • A team of students, therapists and assistants led by a Therapies Manager who is an SLT

We are looking for Therapists who:

  • Want to develop their skills working with school aged children
  • Have a recognised SLT degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Are registered with the HCPC and RCSLT, and have permission to work in the UK

The role of Speech and Language Therapist is varied and no two days will be the same, however you can expect to be involved with the following:

  • Clinical decision making, in conjunction with school staff and evidence–based practice, around the level of support needed to achieve the best possible outcome for the children on your defined caseload
  • Working with SLT Assistants, setting targets for the children and young people you are jointly supporting and monitoring the delivery and outcomes of their work
  • Assessment, advice and intervention for children with a range of speech, language and communication needs within your caseload
Additional Information

The closing date for this advert is 23:59 on Sunday 17th October although we will be looking at applications as they come in and begin shortlisting in advance of the closing date. Interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

When your employment begins, you will need to be a member of the RCSLT and HCPC. 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.

We are interested in supporting Newly Qualified Therapists to work towards their autonomous status, but can also consider therapists already qualified and looking to continue their development.

Contact Details

We are a friendly team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about the work we do. If you feel like this could be the place to kick start your career or further develop your therapy skills and knowledge, then please do get in touch. For an informal discussion contact Sarah Lally by e-mail


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