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Speech and Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Speech and Language Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Hunter Street Health Centre
Camden, London
£24,907 - £30,615 Per Annum Excluding HCA's
Salary period
01/03/2021 18:00

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Job overview

Camden CYP SLT Service

Band 5 Speech and Language Therapist in Camden Early Years’ Service

1 WTE 37.5 hours weekly Permanent

The Camden Early Years’ Speech and Language Therapy Service provides a family–centred approach to working with pre-school children with a range of SLCN. We are looking for a creative and flexible individual to be part of our friendly and supportive team.  We have regular team meetings and a proactive approach to developing new care pathways.

The post-holder will work across four Health Centres with frequent opportunities for joint working with other SLTs.  We offer a range of care packages such as video –parent child interaction therapy.

The team have excellent links with the Local Authority which includes Health Visitors and Family Support Workers. We also deliver training to the early years’ workforce across Camden. 

A comprehensive induction package will be provided which will include coaching and supervision  from more experienced team members.  


Main duties of the job

The Camden Early Years’ Service is a specialist service for pre-school children with a range of communication needs including language difficulties, social communication needs and speech sound difficulties.

The health centre team work across four health centres in Camden providing a range of interventions such as video parent interaction, social communication therapy and language interventions.  There are frequent opportunities for joint working with SLT colleagues and an SLT Assistant, and for collaborative working with colleagues from education and health.

Parent /carer engagement forms a large part of the role.

You must have excellent communication skills and the ability to overcome communication barriers, displaying an awareness and sensitivity to social, cultural and economic issues.   In particular, you will need to be skilled at giving information to other professionals and parents in a way they are able to understand. 


Working for our organisation

Working for your organisation (‘About Us’)
Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust  believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main duties and responsibilities


 To demonstrate basic clinical expertise in the assessment, treatment and management of a wide range of language and communication difficulties in pre-school children, providing appropriate intervention and evaluating outcomes

To demonstrate clinical effectiveness drawing on evidence based practice and outcome measures

To participate in running training programmes in collaboration with colleagues where appropriate.

To demonstrate highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients/clients

To make basic differential diagnoses and clinical decisions based on  evidence from assessment, seeking support and advice from a supervisor as appropriate

To develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of language and communication needs in pre-school children with training, support and supervision from clinical supervisor as appropriate

To develop clear care plans based on best practice.

To provide advice to others regarding the management and care of children with language and communication needs

To communicate complex condition related information from assessment to clients, carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions, demonstrating empathy and ensuring that effective communication is achieved, particularly where barriers to understanding exist

To work closely with young children, carers and families in order to agree plans of management

To deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible

To form productive relationships with others who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties.

To employ excellent communication skills

To develop skills in motivating clients and /or carers to engage in the therapeutic process

To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of children with a wide range of language and communication needs and their carers, in particular when imparting potentially distressing information regarding the nature of their difficulties and implications of the same

To develop the ability to manage children with challenging behaviours employing appropriate management strategies

To monitor and review the progress of clients against the targets set and agreed, seeking support from clinical supervisor as appropriate.

To demonstrate the ability to reflect on practice with peers/clinical supervisor based on research and evidence based practice.

To develop the ability to reflect on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of client’s communication and to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communicative effectiveness

To be aware of legal requirements relating to the provision of a specialist speech and language therapy service, seeking support and advice as appropriate.

To maintain up to date and accurate case notes and write reports that meet departmental standards and are in line with local trust policy, and  RCSLT professional standards, with support as appropriate

To develop an awareness of current policies and practice in education including early years education.

To manage and prioritise a defined caseload and workload independently

To contribute to multi-agency assessments, including the statutory educational assessment procedure, as required, seeking support and supervision as required

To negotiate with carers, clients and others around individual case management 

To develop negotiation skills in the management of conflict across a range of situations, recognising potential breakdown and conflict when it occurs, seeking advice and support to resolve

To ensure that clients are referred to other services as appropriate, in consultation with manager or supervisor

To develop a working knowledge of the principles of Clinical Governance and their application to professional practice. This will include compliance with / adherence to service and team plans and policies, National and Local Guidelines and RCSLT Professional and Clinical guidelines and competency framework.

To develop a working knowledge of relevant procedures including: Safeguarding Children, SEN procedures, Working with Vulnerable Adults and other legal frameworks.

To be accountable for own professional action, recognising professional boundaries and working  within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conduct,  seeking advice as appropriate

To work independently accessing appraisal within an Individual Performance Framework at pre-determined intervals


To have due regard for personal safety and that of children, young people and carers, adhering to moving and handling regulations, restraining policies and ensuring the safe positioning of self and others.

To demonstrate skills in handling clients with disabilities

To maintain intense concentration in all aspects of patient management for prolonged periods. In particular, to monitor auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of client’s communication, adapting and facilitating according to perceived client needs.

To be flexible to the demands of the environment including unpredictable work patterns, deadlines and frequent interruptions

To conform to the provisions of the Health and Safety Act and to comply with local policies, attending statutory training including Level 3 Child Protection

To reflect and adhere to infection control and health and safety guidelines in order to deal with specific issues related to client contact: for example exposure to body fluids, infectious conditions, encountered on a regular basis

To employ appropriate strategies to manage aggressive behaviour within the workplace


To contribute to the function of clinical teams both multi-disciplinary and uni-disciplinary by discussing own and others input around clients’ needs ensuring a well co-ordinated care plan

To liaise and share information with health and educational staff as appropriate, observing data protection guidelines

To contribute to school meetings, multi-agency meetings, case conferences and annual reviews seeking advice, support and guidance as appropriate.


To supervise the work of assistants and volunteers


To comment on proposed service/policy developments as appropriate

To work collaboratively with other speech and language therapists / team members on appropriate projects and intervention packages.


To carry out administrative duties including activity data collection, updating this accurately and regularly, ensuring the provision of such information promptly within local Trust guidelines

To maintain up to date records of annual leave and other absence

To monitor the equipment and stationery held within the department, and submit requests for replacement or new equipment as appropriate.

To be responsible for the security, care and maintenance of equipment ensuring standards of infection control and safety are maintained, including equipment loaned to clients


To participate in Individual Performance Review ensuring that the objectives set reflect the Service and Trust plans

To identify personal/professional development evidenced by Personal Development Plan/ Professional Portfolio developed within an appraisal framework in discussion with supervisor/manager

To attend relevant training and development in order to maintain and develop skills and knowledge required of a therapist working in the field of language impairment and maintain up to date HCPC and RCSLT registration.

To keep up to date with new techniques and developments for the promotion and maintenance of good practice in the field of language impairment for example, through reading, attendance at courses, meetings and Clinical Excellence Networks.

To contribute to support groups organised for speech and language therapists in order to offer and receive support.



To explain the role of Speech and Language Therapists to visitors, students and volunteers

To participate in the development and delivery of training (formal and informal) to others with and without support

To develop the ability to target training (formal and informal) appropriately to the needs of course participants, and to develop the ability to reflect on and evaluate training provided


To use evidence or research based practice to inform clinical practice

To participate in departmental research and clinical governance/audit projects

To collect and provide research data as required


To undertake any other duties as required by the Speech and Language Therapy Services Manager, which may include a change in workplace.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc. Speech Sciences or Equivalent (including Dip. CST)
  • HCPC licence to practise (or applied for) and Registered member of RCSLT


Essential criteria
  • Of a specialist range of assessment tools and procedures to evaluate communication, speech & language skills relevant to communication and specific speech and language disorders
  • Of a specialist range of direct and indirect interventions relevant to communication demonstrating the evidence base for these approaches (where appropriate)


Essential criteria
  • Of working at a specialist level with clients with a range of speech, language and communication needs of different ages
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant to communication and specific speech and language difficulties, post registration
  • Some experience of delivering training to a range of audiences e.g. parents, teaching assistants and specialist education and health professionals.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kathleen Cavin
Job title
SLT Clinical Co-ordinator Early Years' SLT
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Additional information

For further details contact:

Kathleen Cavin via email :Kathleen.cavin@nhs.net (Clinical Co-ordinator for Camden Early Years' Speech and language Therapy) 

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241