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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Band 7

Main area
Paediatric speech & language therapist
Band 7
Part time: 30 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
The Bridge School, Primary site.
£38,890 - £44,503 Per Annum Plus HCAs
Salary period
02/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Seeking Band 7 Paediatric Speech & Language therapist  to work with Children & young people with autism & complex needs.

We are looking for a qualified & experienced paediatric complex needs Speech & language therapist (SLT) who is also dynamic, creative, highly motivated and able to work sensitively with children and young people, committed to family centred practice.

The successful applicant must be  passionate about improving the outcomes, wellbeing and inclusion of children and young people and their families  and have experience  working as an SLT in special education, with children & young people with autism, complex needs & associated social emotional needs.




Main duties of the job

Islington Additional Needs and Disability Service provides a multi-agency team approach to working with babies, children and young people who present with additional needs and complex disabilities. We are looking for a qualified & experienced  paediatric complex needs Speech & language therapist (SLT) who is also dynamic and highly motivated (SLT) and able to work sensitively with children and young people, committed to family centred practice.

This post will be based primarily within the Special Schools Team at the Bridge School providing speech & language therapy & autism specific  interventions at  targeted and specialist levels for children and young people  enrolled at the school.  The pupils at The Bridge have a range of needs including a diagnosis of autism and /or severe learning difficulties. There is a dedicated MDT working within the Special Schools Team and there are excellent opportunities for joint work with other professionals and outside agencies.


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

The post holder will work in the multidisciplinary and multi-agency environment including working with, specialist teachers, social workers, SLTs, therapy assistants, psychologists, dieticians, paediatricians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other professionals.

The post holder is an autonomous practitioner and is responsible for organising and managing a defined caseload of children and young people (CYP).  S/he is responsible for delivering a comprehensive and highly specialist service to CYP who have special and complex needs that may include autism, down’s syndrome , complex learning difficulties, dysphagia and social and emotional behaviour difficulties. Some CYP use AAC including PECS, Makaton signing, paper based and speech generating communication aids.  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.  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. S/he will have a detailed knowledge of the Preparing for Adulthood framework in order to ensure that CYP are supported effectively throughout transition and into adulthood. S/he will liaise with educational colleagues in order to undertake joint planning of IEP targets, production of annual reports and staff training. 

The post holder will take a lead on a clinical speciality within the team.  S/he will provide clinical supervision and support to less experienced colleagues both within the team and the wider service; this will include the provision of second opinions. 

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 empathise in order to support and counsel parents to accept the implications of their child’s special needs.  S/he will be able to communicate complex information effectively taking into account 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 level of high level of expertise in the field will ensure that s/he can reassure and instil 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 contribute to policy development and the development of clinical protocols

The post holder will be involved in developing and delivering training for school staff and parents.   S/he will provide clinical education for more junior staff in the department.  The post holder is required to participate in audit and research, initiate development of research proposals and participate in data collation.

Please see job description attached for further details.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc/BA/MA/MSc in speech & language therapy, relevant CPD to complex needs/ autism,
Desirable criteria
  • Post grad training in Paediatric dysphagia


Essential criteria
  • Of working at a specialist level in paediatric complex needs, including the management of children with mental health problems; ASD and LD
  • Experience working SEN schools and settings
  • Delivering training in specialist field
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working with students with dysphagia
  • Experience working in transition/ outreach settings for complex needs
  • Carrying out QI/ audit/ research


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication & presentation skills
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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

Alice Lillywhite
Job title
Team/Clinical lead SLT for special schools
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Additional information

I work part time and term time only but I will be available to respond to any queries about the role when I return to work after Christmas break on the 5th January 2021.

If you have problems applying, contact

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