Website Guardian Jobs
About the job
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Are you an experienced Speech and Language Therapist who is ready to take the next stage in their career in an expanding and supportive team, providing direct therapy to children, young people and adults with learning difficulties in educational settings? We have exciting opportunities for Specialist SaLTs to advance their clinical skills in their desired specialism (Autism, Down Syndrome, SEMH or DLD) as well as a development programme for less experienced SaLTs to acquire specialist skills within complex needs and AAC.
Due to service expansion, we have exciting new opportunities for Specialist and Developing Specialist Therapists. Perhaps you are a Band 6/7 or 5/6 equivalent Therapist who has been working within education services either in the NHS, local authority or in the private sector and you are looking to enhance or develop your specialism via CPD and mentoring? Or perhaps you are looking to manage a more complex caseload with a working week that includes both specialist direct assessment and direct therapy, among other interventions?
Our current vacancies include Specialist Therapists working with CYP with a diagnosis of Autism, Developmental Language Disorder, Learning Difficulties with a particular focus on Down Syndrome or Social and Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. We are also looking for a Developing Specialist Therapist to support CYP with Complex Communication Needs and AAC.
We are an expanding Speech and Language Therapy team that is part of the Communication and Interaction Team (C&I) which includes Specialist Teacher Advisers (STAs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) specialising in Sensory Integration. We cover all mainstream and special schools and colleges across Hampshire County Council. Where applicable you will work alongside the other professionals in the team to provide integrated support for CYP.
You would join one of our five SaLT Specialism groups: Language Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Learning Difficulties, Complex Communication and Social, Emotional and Mental Health. Within these groups there are further specialist areas, for example supporting CYP with Down Syndrome, CYP with Language Disorder in association with Specific Learning Disabilities, CYP with complex and multi-faceted needs including those requiring high and/or low tech AAC, and children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties including challenging behaviour. Each of the Specialism Groups is led by a Lead Professional who would support you to develop within your role. Developing Specialist Therapists also join the Developing Therapists Group where they meet regularly with Developing Therapists and Newly Qualified Therapists. Expertise is shared across the team and specialist CPD is provided where required.
The C&I team sits within the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service (STAS) which also includes the Physical Disabilities and Assistive Technology Team (PD/AT) and the Sensory Team – Vision and Hearing Impairment (VI & HI). The STAS Service is part of Hampshire’s local SEND offer, working alongside other teams such as Educational Psychology, HIAS, Primary Behaviour Service, Youth Offending Team and the SEN Service. We have a close working partnership with the NHS Therapy Service (SaLT, OT and Physio) and encourage collaborative working and cross-service development.