Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Children’s Disability Network Team 5, Stewarts Care

Ref: SC103

Children’s Disability Network Team – CDNT5

Lead Agency Stewarts Care     

Applications are invited for the above permanent position. A panel will be formed from which other permanent or temporary posts may be filled.

Overview of the Post

The Senior Speech and Language Therapist will work as a member of the interdisciplinary team in collaboration with MDT colleagues providing services to children from 0-18 years and families who are accessing the Children's Disability Network Team.

The Senior Speech and Language Therapist will be responsible for the provision of a speech and language therapy service to include assessment diagnostics and intervention including involvement in the FEDs service and contributing to ongoing service delivery to children with complex needs and their families.  

The Senior Speech and Language Therapist will take a lead role in key areas of service development, reporting to the CDNT manager.  Professional clinical supervision will be provided.  

The ability to manage and prioritize a busy caseload, and work in an inter-disciplinary way using a family centered practice approach are also keys requirements of the role.

It is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their skills and be a positive influence on shaping services within the CDNT.

Continuous Professional Development opportunities will be provided.

To be considered for this post applicants must demonstrate the following:

Essential Criteria

  • Hold a qualification in Speech and Language Therapy approved by the Speech and Language Therapy Registration Board at CORU.

  • Practitioners must maintain annual registration on the Speech and Language Therapy Register maintained by the Speech and Language Therapy Registration Board at CORU. 

  • Have 3 years full time (or an aggregate of 3 years full time) post qualification clinical experience.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of the inter-disciplinary team working service delivery planning and development is an advantage.

  • Experience working with children or adults with complex communication needs is an advantage.

  • Experience of working in the area of disabilities is an advantage.

  • Experience working with paediatric clients presenting with dysphagia is an advantaged.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Salary Scale is Senior Speech and Language Therapist €59,478-€70,033 incl LSI per annum.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Mary Feely, Children’s Disability Network Manager Tel: 01-  4647740/ 0870575267 mary.feely@stewartscare.ie

Campaign Ref: SC103

Closing date: 2nd February 2024

Please include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Job Description: Senior Speech and Language Therapist – CDNT 5

Role

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Duration of Post

Full Time Permanent

Location

Children Disability Network Team (CDNT-5) based in Rossecourt

Reporting Relationship

Children Disability Network Manager (CDNM)

Job Purpose

To provide a range of speech and language therapy services to children 0 – 18 years and their families who attend Children Network Disability Team (CDNT5), within an interdisciplinary framework and family centred practice and to support other staff and students as assigned.

Incorporates the provision of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) management.

Have the responsibilities of a Mandated Person as outlined in the Childcare Act 2015

Scope of the Role

The scope of the post will be working with children and young people (0-18) with complex needs and their families.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide quality evidence-based Speech & Language Therapy service including assessment of family needs, and a range of advisory, practical and skilled emotional supports the service is provided within the Progressing Disabilities Services for Children and young people (PDS) framework, with interdisciplinary team working and family centred practice at its core.

The brief of the post will be working with children in CDNT 5 in Stewart’s Care Services which is the lead agency for two CDNT’s (CDNT-5 and 6) in line with ethos of Progressing Children’s Disability Services (PDS). Initial assignment will be in the assessment of needs.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Have 3 years full time (or an aggregate of 3 years full time) post qualification clinical experience.

  • Be registered, or be eligible for registration, as a Speech and Language Therapist by the Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board at CORU.

  • Previous speech and language therapy experience working with children or within the disability sector.

  • Experience of inter/transdisciplinary team working.

  • Experience working with children with disorders of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS) needs.

  • Any relevant post graduate training specific to child disability services.

  • Specific training and experience in assessment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

  • Experience in assessment of children who have a physical and/or sensory disability and/or intellectual disability.

  • Experience of supporting children/young persons with life limiting conditions.

  • Previous experience in a senior post.

  • Experience of completing assessments under the AON process.

Organisation and Professional Knowledge

  • Understanding of, and commitment to the Social Model of Disability

  • Understanding of the role of other disciplines in the interdisciplinary team

  • Understanding of Best Practice in Record Keeping

  • Understanding of legislation relevant to the post e.g., Disability Act, Data Protection Act.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the theory and frameworks of assessment and intervention in Speech & Language Therapy

  • Understanding and knowledge of Progressing Disability Services.

  • Understanding and knowledge of clinical support and supervision.

  • Evidence and commitment to continuous professional development.

  • Demonstrate experience in the provision of mentoring, coaching and supervision is desirable.

  • Experience of MDT or Interdisciplinary working is an advantage.

  • Experience of Assessment of Need is an advantage.

  • Experience of caseload prioritisation Systems is an advantage.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates competency in written and verbal communication skills.

  • Knowledge of statutory framework in the area of disability and children.

  • Ability to organise workload in an effective manner.

  • Good recording practice.

  • An awareness and of professional requirements in order to carry out their duties in a compliant manner that meets best practice. 

  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and across teams.

  • Ability to deliver training to parents, staff, or other agencies.

  • Participation in clinical supervision to ensure the maintenance of clinical service standards and assuring quality.

  • Experience developing policies or protocols is an advantage.

  • Evidence of engagement in continuous professional development is an advantage.

  • Experience in the provision of clinical supervision is an advantage.

  • Experience in auditing is a plus.

  • Demonstrate evidence of managing change and demonstrate evidence of leading out on new initiatives is an advantage.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties. You may be required to perform any other such duties as may be assigned by your manager or person nominated by them. As the duties and responsibilities of any post in Stewarts are likely to change with on-going needs of services users, staff are expected to have high level of flexibility and a willingness to develop new approaches to their work.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Senior Speech and Language Therapist – Stewarts Care

Remuneration

Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health consolidated pay scales. 

Current Salary Scale: Senior Speech and Language Therapist: €59,478-€70,033 per annum inc LSI. Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with DOH scales.

Incremental credit will be applied based on recognised relevant service.

Annual leave

29 days per annum

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with a 7-standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks.

The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of CDNM.

Probation

All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required to 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

Stewarts Care will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the service users and employees.

References

Stewarts Care will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions, or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts Care reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.