Speech and Language Therapists
Location: London hybrid – with direct work in early years settings in London Borough of Wandsworth and some home based work
Specialist Early Years Speech and Language Advisor: £28,132.20 - £31,052.40 (0.6), (FTE = £46,887 - £51,754)
Speech and Language Advisor: £21,976.80 - £24,258 (0.6), (FTE = £36,628 - £40,430)
Contract: Fixed term – two years in the first instance
Specialist Early Years Speech and Language Advisor: 3 days / 21 hours per week (0.6) – though full time may be possible
Speech and Language Advisor: 3 days / 21 hours per week (0.6), but other combinations would be considered.
Start date: as soon as possible.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for motivated Speech and Language Therapists to work across Wandsworth’s early years settings until the end of 2024.
We are Speech and Language UK (formerly I CAN) – we want every child to face the future with confidence. For 1.7 million children in the UK learning to talk and understand words feels like an impossible hurdle. We want to reach children earlier to make sure every child has the skills to face the future. We design innovative tools and training for nursery staff and teachers, give families the confidence and skills to help their child and put pressure on politicians to prioritise support for children.
This is an exciting time to join our organisation as we take on new projects and we are thrilled to be extending our work in Wandsworth as part of the Nursery Inclusion Project for All (NIPA) which presents a real opportunity to support lasting change for children in the early years. Following an initial pilot phase in Roehampton the project is now expanding to Battersea and Tooting and we are seeking to grow the team of Speech and Language Advisors (S&LAs) who will be working on it. We are looking to recruit up to two Speech and Language Therapists to work with Speech and Language UK in partnership with the settings and the Council.
The Specialist Early Years S&LA will lead the speech and language therapy delivery in the project:
- continuing to support the development and evaluation of the NIPA model
- providing direct delivery to one of the three NIPA localities
- line managing the two S&LAs who will deliver Early Talk Boost training / support: whole setting development and some direct therapy in the two other localities.
The second S&LA will work with specific settings in one of the three localities in Wandsworth to deliver training and support for Speech and Language UK’s Early Talk Boost intervention; support settings in developing communication supportive environments and provide some direct intervention with young children and their families.
The project aims to develop a sustainable model of effective setting support for all children’s speech, language and communication across universal, targeted and specialist levels. Children will develop their communication skills to enable them to transition to school more easily and those presenting with emerging social, emotional and mental health needs will be supported by holistic approaches within their settings. A key element of the ongoing project will be to evaluate the model and contribute to recommendations for its sustainable delivery.
Training to deliver Early Talk Boost will be provided. Project support will be provided in house by Speech and Language UK. The Specialist Early Years S&LA will be managed by Speech and Language UK’s NIPA project lead.
For the Specialist Early Years S&LA role we are keen to hear from you if you are an HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapist and have:
- Experience of working with children aged 2-5 in early years settings
- Experience of working with families, undertaking whole setting development and evaluation.
- Experience of training others and developing training resources.
- Experience of supervising other Speech and Language Therapists, S&L assistants and / or student SLTs
- Experience of effective multi-agency delivery
For the S&LA role we are keen to hear from you if you are an HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapist and have:
- Experience of working with children aged 2-5 and their families in early years settings
- Experience in the provision of high-quality assessment and intervention for young children
- Experience of training others
- Experience of working with other disciplines and agencies
- Excellent self-motivation and time-management
We will consider applications from Newly Qualified Therapists who have had early years clinical experience.
Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and RCSLT is essential for these roles.
Does this sound like you? We would love to hear from you if that is the case.
To apply, please submit your up to date CV and a covering letter addressing how you meet the criteria above to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday 27 November 2022. Interviews will take place on Thursday/Friday 1st/2nd December 2022.
If you would like an informal discussion about the roles please contact Liz Wood, NIPA lead Speech and Language Advisor on email@example.com
Speech and Language UK works within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines.
Please note that we will not close applications before this time and date as we recognise that candidates put in a lot of time and effort into making an application and we want to give each of you the time and space to put in an application you feel proud of.
Please note that we will not shortlist candidates who do not submit both a CV and a completed question pack.
Speech and Language is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to safer recruitment practices and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records check.
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