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Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist

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Job Introduction

Are you a pro-active and innovative Speech and Language Therapist with leadership skills based in the North Kent area? Are you looking to join an NHS Health and Social Care partner which is striving to make positive changes?

You will jointly lead our friendly and enthusiastic team based at Gravesham Community Hospital with another part-time (0.6WTE) Team Lead Speech and Language Therapist. As a forward-thinking and innovative team, we are always striving to improve and develop our services and we enjoy supporting colleagues to put their ideas into practice. Over the past year we have worked hard to adapt the way we deliver our services during the pandemic, whilst continuing to provide evidence-based and person-centred care. A large proportion of our intervention is currently delivered via telehealth (phone and video consultations) and we have worked hard to find creative ways to ensure we are meeting patients’ needs.

Gravesham Community Hospital is located a short distance from St Georges Shopping Centre and is surrounded by well-known food establishments and local coffee shops making it an ideal base location.

Main Responsibility

You will work as Team Lead of the community Speech and Language Therapy team in North Kent. This includes planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating the Speech and Language Therapy Service on a day-to-day basis.

As a Speech and Language Therapist, you will provide assessment, diagnosis, therapy and advice for patients with acquired communication and swallowing disorders. You will support patients to reach their potential and live their lives to the full. You will be able to focus your clinical work in your area of interest and expertise. The team covers a wide-ranging patient caseload including neurological conditions, head and neck cancer, voice and dysfluency. We work within the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team (CNRT) to meet the needs of patients with neurological diagnoses such as stroke, brain injury and progressive neurological conditions.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy Degree Qualification
  • Registered member of Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • Minimum of 3 years working with patients with communication and swallowing disorders caused by a range of aetiologies including use of a broad range of assessments and therapy interventions
  • You will also need to be confident using IT systems and be able to demonstrate working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel.

Package Description

As a Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist, you’ll be part of our team primarily based at Gravesham Community Hospital, Gravesend.

You will feel valued as a Speech and Language Therapist within HCRG Care Group, receiving access to exclusive rewards and benefits including: 

  • £43,742 - £50,056 Band 7 Salary with NHS Pension and full Agenda for Change terms and conditions and a high cost area supplement of 5% of the basic salary
  • Plentiful on site-parking
  • Membership of My Reward Hub, giving you access to discounts on everyday purchases like grocery shopping as well as cashback and voucher offers for treats for you and those special to you
  • Access to your wages as you earn them to help cover life’s emergencies and avoid overdraft fees or high interest rates
  • Online and face to face help with your mental and physical wellbeing – from healthy recipes and activity challenges through to post trauma support, legal, debt and life management help, as well career coaching and counselling 
  • Access to eLearning, bespoke career pathways and opportunities for continuing professional development through our ‘Outstanding’ learning and development team, The Learning Enterprise 
  • Free tea, coffee, and milk at your base location 
  • An open, just culture where you’re encouraged to have and implement ideas which can help us deliver our purpose: changing lives through transforming health and care – backed up by at least £100,000 of ringfenced innovation funding each year
  • The pride of working for an organisation committed to the highest clinical and quality standards: with a majority of our rated services holding “good” or “outstanding” ratings from the Care Quality Commission

About the Company

We change lives by transforming health and care. 

Established in 2006 we are one of the UK's leading independent providers of community health and care services, working with health and care commissioners and communities to transform services with a focus on experience, efficiency and improved outcomes. We deliver and transform adult and children community health services, primary care services including urgent care, sexual health, dermatology and MSK services as well as adult social care and wellbeing services. Across England, we support communities of many millions and directly help more than half a million people each year - guided by our simple values: we care, we think, we do. 

We're committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from a broad, diverse range of people who want to join our team. We’re a Disability Confident Committed company, so we work to provide facilities, work environment adjustments and technical solutions to be as inclusive of everyone. 

While it doesn’t happen often, sometimes a role is very popular, and we’ll need to close it earlier than the date we’ve shown here. If you’re keen to join our team, we’d love to hear from you so please apply as soon as you can. 

As you’d expect, safeguarding and protecting the children, young people and vulnerable adults that we work with is of the utmost importance so we have policies and procedures in place to promote safeguarding and safer working practices and everyone who joins the team is subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. 

Finally, we need to let you know that the company you’ll work for is part of HCRG Care Group Holdings Limited and by applying for this job we’ll need to process and hold information about you. If you would like to know a little more about how we use your information, please see our website's privacy policy. 

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