An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist at The Rainbow Centre for Conductive Education to deliver our new project

“Finding a Voice”. 
We have been fortunate enough to secure funding to allow the lead in this project to develop and add additional value to the service we already provide.

The Role:

Finding a Voice Project – Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist 

Location:                    The Rainbow Centre, Fareham

Contact Type:           Fixed Term (12-18 months)

Hours:                        Full/Part time – Hours negotiable

Band:                          7

Start date:                  To be confirmed

We are seeking a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who can work with a diverse base, including children with physical and learning disabilities, with a range of conditions. The person who will launch this programme must be able to work within the ethos of the Rainbow Centre and understand the principles of Conductive Education, as this project needs to be delivered in conjunctions with the professionals already working at the Centre.

The Rainbow Centre has been providing Conductive Education to children with Cerebral Palsy since 1990 and services for adults with neurological conditions since 2007.

Conductive Education is an integrated programme of learning, enabling people with damage to the nervous system to overcome the challenges they face.

Because of the complex and multiple disabilities our children experience, it will be necessary for you to be specialized in Paediatric Brain Injury to provide a package of services.

Areas identified as necessary:

  • A Complex Oromotor Assessment of each child.
  • Direct 1:1 SALT assessment and intervention.
  • SALT programmes in group format for oral and facial weakness.
  • Assessment of AAC systems needs of each child and the trialling, provision and use of AAC systems (low technology and high technology systems).
  • Purchase of AAC devices to help individuals communicate more easily and effectively. These devices can be a simple board with pictures representing a person’s daily needs or electronic speech synthesizers.
  • Purchase of oral and facial equipment.
  • Specific parent training programmes regarding feeding and swallowing.
  • Training of staff in early years language development to ensure their communication supports early years and continuing language acquisition.

Areas identified as desirable:

  • Facial and Oral Tract Therapy aimed at decreasing hypersensitivity related to Nil by Mouth Status.
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy to support parents in the interactions with their child to support emerging cognitive and language systems.
  • Training and education of staff regarding Facial and Oral Tract Therapy and how this can be used in a group format to further support their programmes.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with children with CP and head injury
  • Preferably experience with adult with neurological condition such as MS, PD, Stroke, Head Injury
  • Knowledge of a range of assessment tools
  • Experience with multi-professional working
  • Experience in teaching and training
  • HCPC registration
  • Member of the RCSLT

In return we offer:

  • Well established, high quality provision with an “Outstanding” reputation.
  • Supportive and professional staff.
  • Well motivated and enthusiastic children and adult participants.
  • Opportunity to join a supportive team of conductors with differing levels of expertise and experience which will support you in your personal and professional development.
  • A purpose built, state of the art building.
  • Wide range of resources, educational tools and equipment.
  • Potential to take part and actively form the potential growth of the Children’s Service at the Rainbow Centre and the range of services that it provides.

If you feel that you can use your experience, skillset and attitude to fulfil this role, then this is the job for you.  Help will be given from the team.

For application form and job description please contact

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