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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Netley Campus
£31,365 - £37,890 Per Annum Plus HCAs
Salary period
01/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Come and join our passionate and innovative speech and language therapy team in Camden. Camden Language and Communication Service (CLCS) are now seeking a specialist speech and language therapist to join the team. CLCS is a unique jointly commissioned team of speech and language therapists and specialist language and communication teachers. All Camden Primary schools have access to this team who provide support at universal, targeted and specialist levels. Speech and language therapists are sited with their educational colleagues to enable continuity and coordinated support. CLCS is dedicated to developing a sustainable and effective service model that puts effectiveness and impact as the focus for client contact.


Main duties of the job

CLCS is a large multi-disciplinary team so there are lots of opportunities for great formal and informal support and supervision as well as access to more senior colleagues who can support your skill/ knowledge development, share effective clinical practice, and support your interest specific areas of clinical practice.

This post will offer you the opportunity to work closely with a range of schools, work closely with a diverse caseload, and develop your clinical and professional skills. Interest, enthusiasm, confidence and flexibility will be essential.

Camden is a central London borough that has a culturally and socially diverse population, including vulnerable populations that require additional support and understanding. It is a vibrant place to work, with access to great amenities, transport links and links with the Speech and Language Therapy Departments at City University and University College London.


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 be based within Camden Speech and Language Therapy Service with a focus on supporting mainstream school environments at primary level. The majority of the work is based within Camden Language and Communication Service which is a specialist multi-agency service for pupils with a range of spoken language and communication difficulties attending 45 mainstream primary schools, and a primary Language Resource Base, in Camden.  The post holder will work in a multi-agency team comprising of Speech and Language Therapists and Specialist Language and Communication Advisory Teachers. The service provided consists of assessment, diagnosis and intervention for individual children as well as providing a whole school support service to schools themselves. 

Many of the children that attend Camden schools arrive with low levels of language and literacy for a host of reasons including EAL, social, emotional and mental health factors, as well as a significant clinical population of children with developmental language disorders, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and learning difficulties. We support children with and without Education and Health Care Plans and with a range of SLCN and additional needs.

The post holder will also be responsible for supporting teaching and support staff to engage and develop children’s skills in the educational environment following local protocols.  This may involve training, team teaching, and contributing to the schools’ literacy and communication schemes.  S/he will require knowledge of the education system and reforms as it relates to classroom practice.  S/he will also plan and provide individual and small group specialist interventions as required and liaise with the team around the child as required so that this work is supported and generalised throughout the day at school and at home.


Person specification

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Of working at a specialist level with clients with a range of speech, language and communication needs of different ages
Desirable criteria
  • Carrying out evidence based therapy/projects/practice

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Some experience of delivering training to a range of audiences e.g. teachers, teaching assistants and specialist education and health professionals.

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Writing statutory assessment advice and awareness of SEN and Educational policies, EHC Plans etc.
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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

Tracy Derry
Job title
Clinical Coordinator, CLCS
Email address
Telephone number
020 3772 0390
Additional information

For further information, please  contact Tracy Derry, tracy.derry@nhs.net, or Suki Reehal, sukdeep.reehal@nhs.net, Clinical Coordinators,  Camden Language and Communication Service.  

If you have problems applying, contact

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