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Speech and Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed term: 12 months
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Richard Cloudesley Primary School
£40,057 - £45,839 Per Annum Plus HCAs
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview


BAND 7 – Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist

.6 WTE (3 days a week), 1 year fixed term contract

Islington Additional Needs and Disability Team is a multidisciplinary service for children and young people 0-19.

We are seeking a dynamic and highly motivated Band 7 Speech & Language Therapist to join our team. The successful applicant will work across two outstanding schools: Samuel Rhodes, and Richard Cloudesley.  Samuel Rhodes is a school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, and Richard Cloudesley supports pupils with physical disabilities and additional sensory needs.

As well as supporting the school with their universal offer, the post holder will also be responsible for an allocated caseload of children with complex disabilities, providing high quality Speech & Language Therapy intervention and effective case management.

 The post holder will work in a multidisciplinary and multi-agency environment.  You will assist with the day to day organisation of the Speech and Language Therapy service with support from the SLT clinical lead.

We will offer you excellent training opportunities with a strong emphasis on individual performance appraisal and supervision. External training is also fully supported and encouraged.

We are a friendly and relaxed service who promotes equal opportunities and access for all. We support flexible working hours and applicants interested in term time working are also encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is an autonomous practitioner and is responsible for organising and managing a defined caseload of children across two school sites.  S/he is responsible for delivering a comprehensive and highly specialist service to children attending Samuel Rhodes who have moderate learning difficulties and may have other special and complex needs including autism, and social and emotional behaviour difficulties. At Richard Cloudesley , she/he is responsible for delivering a comprehensive and highly specialist service to children who have complex needs which may include cerebral palsy, terminal degenerative conditions, complex learning difficulties, and sensory impairments. 

Working for our organisation

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

The post holder will be involved in provision of universal, targeted and specialist support to the special schools. S/he will enskill the workforce to deliver the school’s universal offer.  S/he will support clinically relevant aspects of the school improvement plan and related schemes of work.  The clinician will develop whole class programme and class level curriculum support alongside whole school training. S/he will liaise with educational colleagues in order to undertake joint planning of targets, production of annual reports and EHCP reviews, and staff training. S/he will have a detailed knowledge of the National Curriculum in order to ensure that the child’s treatment programme is dovetailed with the curriculum in the child’s educational environment. 

Intervention includes assessment, differential diagnosis and therapy for individual children or groups of children and working with the MDT to provide support to parents and professionals.  The post holder will devise and provide individualised care plans that are evaluated via outcome measures.  S/he will employ specialist communication strategies used with the client group as appropriate.  The post holder will have specialist knowledge of Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems and will support with the development of protocols and programmes in this clinical area. 

The post holder will provide clinical supervision and support to less experienced colleagues both within the team and the wider service as appropriate.  S/he will represent the Speech and Language Therapy Service at multi disciplinary / multi agency meetings as necessary.

The post holder will have excellent communication skills and the ability to empathize in order to support and work with parents around their child’s special needs.  S/he will be able to communicate complex information effectively considering the barriers to communication presented by the diverse caseload. S/he will be skilled in working in and liaising within a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.  The clinician’s high level of expertise in the field of complex needs will ensure that s/he can reassure and instill confidence in clients, carers and other professionals. S/he will demonstrate good negotiation skills in working with other team members, parents/carers or other professionals

 S/he will provide clinical education for more junior staff in the department.  The post holder will participate in audit and research, initiate development of research proposals as appropriate and participate in data collation. S/he will contribute to policy development and the development of clinical protocols.


  • To demonstrate highly specialist clinical expertise in the assessment, treatment and management of eating drinking and swallowing, language and communication problems and the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems in children and young people with complex medical needs or learning disabilities, providing appropriate specialist intervention and evaluating outcomes.
  • To demonstrate highly specialist expertise in managing children and young people with highly complex special needs who present with one or more of the following: learning difficulties, autism, dysphagia, sensory impairments, physical disabilities (requiring an advanced knowledge of Alternative Communication Systems) and those presenting with social emotional needs.
  • To manage and prioritise a complex and specialist caseload independently, advising line manager on issues of service delivery including shortfall, service pressures etc.
  • To contribute to multi-agency assessment procedures as required, including statutory educational assessment.
  • Plan and implement individual and group interventions, in collaboration with the child, parent/carer and school to achieve therapeutic goals, measure progress to ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To provide universal, targeted and specialist levels of support to Richard Cloudesley and Samuel Rhodes schools
  • To provide advice to junior staff and students on a range of issues pertinent to clinical issues specific to the caseload.
  • To work closely with clients, carers and families, and school team, in order to agree plan of management.
  • To demonstrate skills in motivating clients and /or carers to engage in the therapeutic process.
  • To be aware of legal requirements relating to the provision of a speech and language therapy service.
  • To maintain up to date and accurate case notes and write reports reflecting highly specialist knowledge, ensuring that they meet departmental standards and are in line with local Trust Policy, and RCSLT professional standards.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of current policies and practice in education and incorporate these into the model of working as appropriate.
  • To demonstrate good negotiation skills across a range of issues and situations, recognising and resolving potential breakdown and conflict when it occurs.
  • To monitor and evaluate highly specialist service delivery and provide progress reports as required.
  • To demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the issues associated with clinical governance and their application to professional practice.  This will include compliance with / adherence to, and implementation of service and service area and Trust policies, National and Local guidelines and RCSLT Professional and Clinical and Guidelines.
  • To contribute to the local Trust’s systems of clinical governance, developing innovations in areas of risk management, quality standards setting and clinical effectiveness in collaboration with others.
  • To be accountable for professional action and recognising professional boundaries, and working within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conduct.
  • To work independently accessing appraisal within an Individual Performance Framework at pre-determined intervals.
  • To deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible and contributing to complaints responses where required
  • To liaise and share information with health, educational, Social Services and other professionals as appropriate, observing data protection guidelines and ensuring referrals are made to other services as appropriate.
  • To contribute to school meetings, annual reviews, case conferences and multi-agency team meetings, as appropriate, e.g. education, social services and the voluntary sector
  • To collaborate in the development of local clinical guidelines, care protocols/packages to improve patient care, informed by current specialist clinical evidence.
  • To assume delegated tasks as requested by line manager, including participation in working groups, policy development groups related to clinical specialism.
  • To participate in training to undergraduate and post-graduate students, speech and language therapists, parents and carers, and other professionals including colleagues in health and education.
  • To develop and deliver specialist training (formal and informal) to others in area of clinical expertise, developing the ability to target training appropriately to the needs of course participants and to reflect on and evaluate training provided.



Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc. Speech Path or Equivalent (including Dip. CST)


Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience working at a specialist level with children with a wide range of language and communication needs in special schools


Essential criteria
  • Skilled in communicating complex, sensitive information verbally and in writing
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Christine Hale
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You may also contact Alice Hawkins, Clinical Lead SLT (alice.hawkins@nhs.net)

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Whittington Health NHS Trust
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0207 288 3241