Specialist Speech & Language Therapist
Full time 40 hours per week
Salary: £36807 – £44322

We have a rare and exciting opportunity for an emerging Specialist or established Specialist Speech and Language Therapist to join our dedicated and passionate teams across some of our health and social care settings.

Please note this post is also advertised as a part-time post at Cygnet Hospital Colchester (CYG35973) and only 1 post is available.

This role will be working at the following locations:

  • Cygnet Community Services – (3 days per week) – supporting eight* care homes for people with a learning disability and/or autistic people on a referral system, you will visit the homes on rotation, providing essential training and embedding the five good communication standards.
  • Cygnet Hospital Colchester (2 days per week) – you will work on one of our three wards for people with a learning disability and / or autistic people as the named SLT and under the supervision of an onsite highly specialist SLT. You will also have an SLT assistant to support you in your role.

Job Role

As a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, you will have a unique opportunity to support the development and delivery of an evidence-based SLT service to meet the needs of the complex client group. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will use expert skills to assess, advise and intervene with the aim of promoting, implementing and embedding functional communication systems; this is a hands-on role with high levels of contact with individuals in the care of the service. You will be able to train others, promote good practice and maintain a successful inclusive communication environment. 

Postgraduate qualification in the management of dysphagia is desirable but we are able to provide you with accredited training if this is an area for your personal development if required.

We are looking for some with:

  • HCPC registration as a Speech and Language Therapist
  • Experience in the field of Learning Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Mental Health Conditions
  • Understanding of Positive Behaviour Support with an emphasis on person-centred planning
  • Knowledge of sensory needs and how these may impact on functioning and regulation
  • Dysphagia training (desirable – training available)
  • Excellent communication & time management skills
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and passion

In return we offer:

  • Generous CPD allowance (on completion of probation period), enabling access to conferences and external CPD events
  • Clinical Supervision from an experienced Speech and Language Therapist and access to a network of 50 SLTs nationally
  • Paid CEN membership
  • New starter resource budget to personalise your assessment and intervention toolkit
  • Access to Photosymbols, Communicate in Print, Widgit Online
  • Access to Amazon Business account and virtual credit card
  • A competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Employee rewards, discount benefits scheme including Blue Light Card and NHS discounts
  • Company pension scheme
  • Full induction training is given
  • Free meals and parking on shift
  • Work related travel expenses from base location are reimbursable.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and reference check and an offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance.

For an informal discussion or to find out more about this role, please contact Katie Dixon, In-house Recruiter (KatieDixon@cygnethealth.co.uk)

Are you ready for a new and rewarding opportunity?  Please apply now.

The eight care home locations are listed below:

  • Gables – 262 Ipswich Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 0ER
  • The Orchards – Station Road, Thorrington, Essex, CO7 8JA
  • Ducks Halt – 8 Walton Road, Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, CO13 0DU
  • Old Leigh House – 3 Old Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1LB
  • Fairways – 4 Fullers Field, Swan Lane, Westerfield, Ipswich, IP6 9AX
  • Chaseways – 1 Chaseways, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21 0AS
  • Shear Meadows – Bourne End, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2RJ
  • Walkern Lodge – 14a Walkern Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 3QX

Job Reference: CYG36330

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