SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST (Part-time)

Edith Kay Independent School has a vacancy for a part-time Speech & Language Therapist

About Edith Kay Independent School

Edith Kay School is an independent school for students with special needs.  We are a small, dedicated community with high expectations for each of our pupils. Our pupils are offered a personalised learning journey and we actively set out to ensure that every young person thrives in all aspects of the curriculum. Our pupils are fully informed and active in their learning journey and have every capacity to achieve their aspirations successfully.

Preparing our young people for a successful and enriched future alongside ensuring our pupils are able to contribute to their community and society, irrespective of their starting point, is key to our vision. Our values of personal responsibility and respect are integral to our ethos where views, beliefs and differences are appreciated. This is in keeping with the support of our families and underpinned by our wellbeing programme.

Life at Edith Kay School is diverse, inspirational and aspirational. We offer a carefully structured curriculum. We firmly subscribe to a collaborative, reflective, outward facing community in ensuring that each phase of our young person’s career is meticulously supported and extended by the Edith Kay team.

Qualifications/Training Requirements

The Specialist Speech and Language Therapist post provides for pupils with physical disabilities, severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex needs.  The successful candidate must have:

  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent.
  • UK Health and Care Professions Council Registration (HCPC).
  • Eligibility for membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Evidence of recent training as a commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Evidence of understanding the Statutory framework within which Speech and Language therapy is provided (detailed knowledge of Speech Therapy legislation, guidelines and procedures).
  • Knowledge of the National Curriculum and Statutory requirement of IEP’s and EHCP’s.
  • Knowledge of working with children with Autism and Special Educational Needs.

Principal Responsibilities

  • To provide Speech and Language therapy for students attending Edith Kay School through individual, group and/or teacher directed therapy sessions
  • Provide assessment for current and prospective pupils as needed
  • To contribute to training of professional staff and others as required
  • To provide written documents as needed at a professional standard

For a full job description and person specification please see below.

Salary: based on experience.  The school has its own independent salary scale.

To apply: Please complete the application form along with a covering letter giving details of what skills you could bring to the role and why your application should be considered.  Send to admin@edithkayschool.com

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE Speech and Language Therapist

REPORTS TO Headteacher

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

  • To provide Speech and Language therapy for students attending Edith Kay School through individual, group and/or teacher directed therapy sessions
  • Provide assessment for current and prospective pupils as needed
  • To contribute to training of professional staff and others as required
  • To provide written documents as needed at a professional standard

JOB SUMARY

The Specialist Speech and Language Therapist post provides for pupils with physical disabilities, severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex needs.

Duties include the delivery of therapy intervention ensuring that the speech, language and communication programmes are integral to the pupils’ educational and developmental programme.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To be responsible for the delivery of specialist speech and language therapy services at Edith Kay School including assessment, diagnosis and therapy
  • To provide specialist intervention demonstrating clinical effectiveness by the use of evidence-based practice and outcome measures while being able to adapt practices to meet individual pupils’ need.
  • To provide specialist therapy services utilising a variety of service delivery models including individual, joint, multidisciplinary, group and teacher directed sessions.
  • To use specialist knowledge of standardised assessment and other assessment tools in combination with advanced reasoning skills to record baseline measures and/or differential diagnoses.
  • Management of a highly complex and demanding caseload of children with physical disabilities, severe or profound learning difficulties and complex needs.
  • To develop and implement speech and language programmes for individual and groups using expertise to create innovative and effective ways of working where appropriate to maximise individual students’ potential.
  • To provide speech and language targets for integration into the educational curriculum as part of each students’ IEP in consultation with parents, teachers and other multidisciplinary staff.
  • To regularly monitor and review the students’ ongoing communication needs.
  • To liaise closely with all staff to support implementation of appropriate communication strategies.
  • To actively support staff members when they identify the communication needs of students by brainstorming, supporting and implementing possible solutions.
  • To devise and write intervention programmes for implementation by Teachers and Learning Mentors.

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES

  • To deliver all aspects of speech and language therapy intervention according to relevant evident based practices.
  • To provide reports to contribute to the students’ annual reviews.
  • To maintain records of invention according to professional standards.
  • To maintain professional status and competence at a specialist level, taking responsibility for keeping own knowledge and skills up to date by engaging in continuing professional development and maintaining a portfolio of CPD.
  • To manage the emotional consequences of working with children with physical disabilities and complex needs and be aware of the needs, demands and pressures on their families.
  • To have knowledge of and work within the framework of relevant procedures including Safeguarding/Child Protection etc.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to RCSLT professional and clinical guidelines.
  • To maintain registration with the Health Professions Council as a practising Speech and Language Therapist.
  • To represent the school at multi agency meetings where appropriate.

INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION DUTIES

  • To communicate in a clear, concise and culturally appropriate manner to students, staff and family members.
  • To be effective in seeking relevant information from other professionals and staff in order to make differential diagnosis and to plan to meet the student’s needs.
  • To explain the role of SLT to visitors, parents, students and others as required.
  • To effectively motivate students and staff to engage in the therapy by utilising a range of activities, strategies and techniques.
  • To attend and participate in relevant clinical, care and organisational meetings as required.
  • To effectively contribute to the multidisciplinary team by discussing their own and input around pupils’ needs, ensuring a well-coordinated service.
  • To negotiate across a range of issues with others around case management of complex cases.
  • To promote positive relationships with pupils, families and staff.
  • To effectively use IT including Microsoft Word, email, internet to write reports.
  • To ensure that parents/staff are involved in the planning and prioritisation of their programmes wherever possible.

EDUCATIONAL DUTIES

  • To contribute to planning and delivering of training (both formal and informal) to parents, teachers and other school staff in speech, language and communication disorders related to children with physical and complex disabilities.
  • To work closely with the teaching team and other therapists to agree on and implement the use of new symbols and approaches in the school and to construct/adapt appropriate communication resources for various curriculum and play activities during the day.
  • Assessment, management and provision of individual student’s communication aids/mounting systems/PODD books/vocabulary including determining appropriateness of new equipment/symbols and resources.
  • To agree the consistency of symbols used throughout the school and to advise staff on symbols and resources.

RESEARCH DUTIES

  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of new techniques and development within the field of AAC and speech and language development and appraise and implement new interventions as appropriate.
  • To engage in reporting on clinical practice, evidence-based practice and research in order to improve services to pupils.
  • To participate in research projects and to collect and provide research data as appropriate

ORGANISATIONAL DUTIES

  • To organise own caseload balancing case management, team responsibilities and time allocation towards school, professional and personal objectives.
  • To be flexible to the demands of the environment including unpredictable events, deadlines and frequent interruptions.
  • To monitor own resource levels and requirements in own areas and source and request new equipment and resources as appropriate.
  • To attend and participate in meetings including Annual Reviews, school, multidisciplinary, staff and SLT.
  • To attend any mandatory training and induction courses as requested by the Headteacher.
  • To contribute to developing new policies for the school.
  • To be responsible for security, care and maintenance of SLT equipment including switches, toys, IT and communication aids and reporting maintenance issues efficiently and quickly.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Any other duties as may be reasonably required in creating caring and stimulating environment for young people.

Person Specification: Speech & Language Therapist

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/TRAINING

  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy or equivalent.
  • UK Health and Care Professions Council Registration (HCPC).
  • Eligibility for membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
  • Evidence of recent training as a commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Evidence of understanding the Statutory framework within which Speech and Language therapy is provided (detailed knowledge of Speech Therapy legislation, guidelines and procedures).
  • Knowledge of the National Curriculum and Statutory requirement of IEP’s and EHCP’s.
  • Knowledge of working with children with Autism and Special Educational Needs.

REQUIRED ABILITIES, SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

  • Ability to demonstrate effective management of a clinical caseload of children with special educational needs.
  • Ability to provide effective speech and language therapy assessments and interventions relevant to children with communication needs and learning difficulties.
  • Skilled in carrying out both individual and group interventions.
  • Knowledge of evaluating outcomes of intervention and ability to critically appraise own performance.
  • Ability to use specialist knowledge to inform service / policy developments.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  • Familiarity and skill using IT systems and information packages.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children, parents/carers and other professionals.
  • Ability to operate effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to instruct and support teaching teams in a range of techniques to support children within the class environment and in the use of specialised communication and language techniques.
  • Ability to co-ordinate and implement programmes of staff development internally and externally.
  • Ability to work closely with teaching staff in the identification of integrated learning and therapy-related individual objectives.
  • Ability to assess and prescribe appropriate specialist equipment, including AAC devices.
  • Understanding of how to access other services and agencies.
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to and responsibility for own CPD (continuous professional development)
  • To demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A high level of emotional resilience and emotional maturity.
  • Ability to work independently, take on responsibility and manage change.
  • Ability to use initiative, problem solve and be pro-active.
  • Ability to cope effectively with competing demands and pressurised timescales and deadlines as required by the service on a day-to-day basis using systems of prioritisation as appropriate.
  • To demonstrate understanding of the roles of other professionals and the principles of partnership-working with all staff working at the Link School.
  • Adapt and respond to requests or requirements at short notice.
  • Knowledge of confidentiality and Data Protection.

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Who is Edith Kay

Edith and Kay were an ordinary couple who are representative of all those who devote their lives to taking care of vulnerable children, fostering them and welcoming them warmly into their family home. Over many years, Edith and Kay worked to promote resilience in vulnerable young people, and to instil the values of compassion and generosity of spirit. Their deep-seated belief in the power of education and care to transform lives underpins the ethos of our school.
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