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Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

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Job description

My SEN school in the High Wycombe area reqiure a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join them full-time from September

Clinical Responsibilities

  • To supervise the work of the therapy team, contributing to a range of activities and to work collaboratively as part of a professional team.
  • To carry out specified observations to contribute to the assessment and management of a wide range of language and communication difficulties in young people from 3-19 years of age.
  • Contribute to effective planning and preparation of sessions.
  • To carry out therapy activities/programmes in a variety of settings, including classes, under the guidance and supervision of senior therapists.
  • To use communication, reasoning and negotiation skills to establish a therapeutic relationship with pupils, managing barriers to communication.
  • To encourage the social, emotional health and wellbeing development of pupils.
  • To utilise opportunities throughout the school day to promote communication strategies and approaches across the school, modelling these approaches for all staff and evaluating the impact on pupils.
  • To manage a specific caseload, prioritising individual needs.
  • To support Dysphagia (Eating and Drinking) caseload, implementing feeding advice and strategies, within agreed clinical competencies, under the supervision of the therapist responsible for Dysphagia.
  • To maintain accurate and up to date documentation of all intervention with pupils in line with legal and departmental requirements.
  • To model and demonstrate tasks to the pupils, staff, parents and carers.
  • To organise and prepare activities/equipment to enable students to participate in therapy programmes.
  • To liaise with SALT and SALT assistants to feedback results of observations/therapy programmes, to analyse the response to treatment, and development of the student's skills, and discuss any possible changes.
  • To work collaboratively and openly with professional colleagues in other services seeking support from the clinical supervisor as appropriate
  • To be aware that a student may not be able to co-operate or comply in an activity and may present with behaviour that challenges. To form productive relationships with students who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties and motivate them to engage in activities/programmes.
  • To be responsible for caseload management of SALT assistants, providing appropriate support and training.
  • To develop the communicative environment and support and develop student's communication skills.
  • To recognise potential communication barriers or conflict when they occur, and seek advice and support to resolve these issues, this may relate to working with an individual student or working with the Multi-Disciplinary team.
  • To actively participate in clinical supervision sessions with the senior therapist using reflection and analysis to monitor and identify training needs.
  • To plan use of time effectively and ensure quality of service delivery
  • To use IT resources effectively to produce AAC materials (symbols, photos) to support pupils' communication
  • To develop resources to facilitate the implementation of therapy programmes
  • To contribute to identifying, planning and delivering formal in-house training, for appropriate clinical areas.


-To work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to help deliver the main aims of the school, liaising with the headteacher regarding priority areas and the focus of the Speech therapy team's work.

-To feed into Senior Leadership Team meetings as and when required.

-With the support of the therapists, to contribute to the Multi-Disciplinary Team, liaising with other health professionals and education staff as required.

-To maintain regular liaison with staff, and regular extended team meetings and feedback for reflection and planning.

-To attend parents' evenings, coffee mornings and other opportunities for parental liaison

If you would like to know more about this vacancy please call Jade on 0118 3271595

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