Speech and Language Therapist with specialism in Dysphagia- Maternity Cover


Closing date: Monday, 30th Nov 2020

Salary: £16.53 per hour/£32,663.28 per annum
Hours: 38 hours per week (Part time hours considered)
Weeks 52 weeks per year (Term time only considered)
Annual Leave: 25 days plus 10 days Bank Holidays
Contract: Fixed term to cover maternity leave
DBS: Enhanced with child & adult barring

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‘At Henshaws we are devoted to making a difference to the lives of the people we support.  Sometimes this can be the smallest of things, and other times something that adds a real wow-factor to a person’s life.  We see our work changing people’s lives for the better every day. Together we go beyond expectations.’

We provide an integrated therapy delivery service and that we work collaboratively with our care and education colleagues to support students to access learning.

We are now looking to recruit a Speech and Language Therapist with Specialism in Dysphagia who will lead on the delivery of SaLT provision and treatments based on a comprehensive assessment of need.

This post is fixed term for approximately 9 months to cover maternity leave. Part time/term time only working may be considered for the successful candidate.

The Speech and Language Therapist with specialism in dysphagia will work with a complex caseload which includes young adults with non-routine speech and language and/or communication difficulties, Autism, learning difficulties and other diagnoses including behaviours that challenge. This role will lead on all Speech and Language Therapy, Assistive Technology and Dysphagia provision at Henshaws College. The post holder will ensure that all of the outcome-driven communication programmes offered are challenging, cost-effective and meet the assessed need.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Have an active caseload in a specialist and professional area of expertise and to design and manage the delivery of high-quality therapy treatments and programmes, to ensure that individual students and service users’ needs are met, monitored and evaluated to a high standard.
  • To lead on all Communication and Dysphagia therapy provisions, including the line management of the communication team. The team includes Speech and Language Therapists, assistants, assistive technologists, administrators and signers.
  • Lead on the self-assessment and quality processes for the speech and language, and Dysphagia services.  Report on, review and monitor, Key Performance Indicators for the service and ensure that the service meets, and where possible exceeds all regulatory standards.

Recent experience of delivering programmes of treatments to young people with visual impairments, learning difficulties and/or other disabilities, as well as experience of facilitating initial therapy assessments to create a programme of therapy/treatment, is essential. The post holder must be a professional qualified Speech and Language Therapist with extensive post qualification experience.

Closing date Monday 30th November  2020 – 12 Noon

To gain a full understanding of the role please read the job description and person specification available on-line at www.henshaws.org.uk/jobs or contact the HR department on 01423 814510.

Henshaws Society for Blind People aims to employ a diverse workforce and is committed to equality of employment and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. This role may require an enhanced DBS check, please refer to the job description for further details. Registered Charity No: 221888

Why be part of Henshaws Therapy Team

Commitment and compassion for our students shared as a team
Consistent Ofsted good to outstanding
Evidence based practice
Great links with parents
High level of experience, knowledge and professionalism within the team with positive skills sharing
High level of training leading to increased skills and knowledge
Individual tailor made therapeutic interventions
Positive and friendly team including Speech & Language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sensory integration therapists, rehabilitation officers, therapy instructors and assistants.
Working alongside highly skilled care and clinical teams and a dedicated education team.
Working with our students who want to live their best lives.
SMART targets linked to aspirations and EHCP

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In order to support our valued team members we offer:
pension scheme
access to health scheme covering dental care/physiotherapy/birth grant etc
access to confidential advice line covering legal advice, relationship issues, stress and anxiety
access to free of charge independent counselling service
free eye tests
free of charge DBS check
35 days annual leave
flexible work patterns
enhanced sick pay
long service awards
opportunity to buy additional annual leave
range of family-friendly policies to support your work/life balance

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