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Highly Specialist Dysphagia Speech Language Therapist

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are looking for a permanent Highly Specialist Dysphagia Speech & Language Therapist to join our Community Children’s Therapy Team in West Essex, covering Uttlesford, Harlow and Epping Forest.   

You will join our award winning Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, where we are trail blazing a new integrated partnership model with Barnardo’s; a model that drives efficiencies so we can put more people in our services, spending time with children and families to improve health outcomes in the local community.

Working in a diverse multidisciplinary team with other dedicated staff, you will benefit from the support of friendly and inclusive colleagues, with access to regular supervision and team meetings.

Main Responsibility

As the dysphagia lead for our Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service, you will be responsible for leading our service provision in West Essex at universal, targeted and specialist levels.

You will manage and develop the dysphagia service through leading on relevant projects and initiatives.

You will provide highly specialist assessment and management of infants, children and young people aged 0-19 with dysphagia across community settings and in local specialist educational provisions.

You will provide clinical supervision and line management to less experienced members of the team. 

You will work closely within the wider Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service including the Community Nursing Team, the Healthy Family Team, Paediatric Community Dietitian Service, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Services and Community Paediatricians as well as external colleagues and partners in Health, Education and Social Care.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You will have a degree qualification or equivalent in Speech and Language Therapy and post qualification training and experience in dysphagia.
  • You will also be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy.
  • You will have access to regular clinical supervision and ongoing continued professional development including through access to external clinical networks. 
  • You will be a part of team who recognises and celebrates clinical excellence steered by evidence-based practice. 

As this is a community role, it is essential that you hold a valid UK driving licence and have access to a car for work purposes. 

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Sarah Eaton via email:   

Package Description

You will be a valued Highly Specialist Dysphagia Speech & Language Therapist within HCRG Care Group, receiving access to exclusive rewards and benefits including:  

  • Band 7 salary with NHS Pension and full Agenda for Change terms and conditions
  • Access to our Strive for Better networks, a national support and professional network made up of NHS professionals like you, giving you the chance to constantly develop industry-leading care and quality
  • Access to Reward Gateway - our staff benefits scheme which grants you access to premium offers and discounts on practical spending at national supermarkets and well known retailers.
  • Access to our free well-being service available 24/7/365 online and by telephone including; counsellors, post trauma incident support, legal, debt and practical life management helpline, guided self-help, telephonic career coaching and monthly well-being newsletters
  • We are pleased to offer access to Wagestream - which lets you track your pay throughout the month and stream your earned wages into your bank account if you need them. No more high-interest loans or overdraft fees - simply get paid as you go.
  • A committed Learning and Development team who work closely with Universities and Health Education England to further your potential and support your progression
  • Access to a range of courses and e-learning to develop further skills, bespoke career pathways and opportunities continuing your professional development
  • Innovative forward-thinking culture with the opportunity to put forward your ideas to contribute to the way we work. You will be encouraged to apply for national funding to drive your initiatives locally to benefit our patients and service users
  • Rewarding and supportive teams, you will be recognised and have opportunities to recognise others by nominating for local and national awards annually and taking part in our new virtual “Ask our Executives” event, where you can submit questions to the board and hear updates regularly on company strategy and objectives
  • Working in an environment focused on the highest clinical and quality standards with a number 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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