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Children in Need is pump priming the ARCOS SMILE Project to help us set up a sensory and music room for children and their families with a wide range of disabilities and special educational needs.
How does ARCOS work?
ARCOS is a charity working to improve life for children and adults who have communication and/or swallowing problems caused by conditions that are often complex and require specialised, long-term treatment.
Is ARCOS a private organisation?
No, ARCOS is not a private clinic. ARCOS is not government funded. We depend upon charitable grants and donations to deliver and maintain a high quality of service. Fees are charged for assessment, therapy and training services. A great deal of information and advice is provided free of charge.
How does ARCOS relate to the NHS?
ARCOS aims to complement and extend the work of statutory services and collaborate with colleagues in NHS and other organisations to improve services for people with communication and/or eating (swallowing problems). In order to promote comprehensive help and support, we expect to liaise with the client's GP and other professionals involved.
Is treatment free of charge?
No. ARCOS charges for assessment and therapy. However, as a charity, ARCOS keeps fees to the minimum. There is no additional charge to clients for telephone calls, letters or brief reports. Contact ARCOS for full details of charges.
Will the NHS pay for treatment provided by ARCOS?
We always advise clients to contact their local NHS service and seek funding before beginning therapy provided by ARCOS.
Does my private health insurance policy cover ARCOS treatment?
All ARCOS therapists are fully qualified specialists. They are registered with BUPA and other leading insurers. If you expect private health insurance to pay for treatment provided by ARCOS, please ensure you have appropriate cover and provide details to ARCOS at the outset.
Does ARCOS provide training?
Yes. ARCOS provides training for professionals including doctors, therapists, nurses and teachers. The NHS throughout the UK purchases the majority of ARCOS' training courses for professional staff. ARCOS also provides a unique service of training for relatives and other carers. Most of the training for relatives is provided free of charge, funded by grants and donations. From 2002 to 2005, grants from the BBC Children in Need Appeal enabled ARCOS to provide free training to carers for over 250 disabled children in nurseries, schools, residential homes, respite care and hospices.
Can I get information and advice from ARCOS?
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Speech and Language Therapist required to work full-time as part of our multi-disciplinary team; able to work with children and/or adults. Bobath training would be an advantage. Must be able to work hands-on or prepared to learn.
Occupational Therapist (Band 5/6) required to work full-time (annual contract) as part of our inter-disciplinary team. Must be prepared to work hands-on for assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions.
Neuro-physiotherapist Post(s) based at the ARCOS office, some travel involved. Car driver essential. This is a full-time post but may be shared by two neuro-physiotherapists to work in our specialist multi-disciplinary team based in Malvern, an exciting opportunity for someone with skill and ambition to develop their career.
Full-time Secretarial post at the ARCOS Centre in Malvern: Microsoft Office experience and accurate typing skills essential, familiarity with speech to text would be an advantage but if not training is available. This is a full-time post for an experienced secretary who is seeking employment that offers an opportunity to be part of an expanding team and help develop a busy national charity.
Please contact ARCOS for more details or arrange to visit and/or discuss either position.