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Speech & Language Therapist


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Speech and Language Therapist
Part time - 30 hours per week (0.80 WTE)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum excl HCA
Salary period
25/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Band:   Band 7

Salary:   Per annum  exclusive of allowances

Superannuation:   12.5% of salary (optional)

 Hours: 30 hours

Responsible to: Speech and Language Therapy Clinical Co-Ordinator for Camden MOSAIC

Camden SLT Service

 Accountable to:  Kate Bayley Head of Camden SLT Service for Children and Young People , Whittington Health     


Main duties of the job

We have an exciting opportunity for a SLT with specialist skills in dysphagia and complex communication needs  to join a well-developed speech and language therapy team working with children with complex needs/learning disabilities. The post holder will be based in the MOSAIC Child Development team for part of the week and also support babies/children with/out complex needs who have feeding difficulties  related to dysphagia or sensory/behavioural  feeding needs. The post is part of the integrated team that has a range of multi-disciplinary colleagues from health and social services. The SLT team has 4 other SLTs plus an MDT therapy assistant.  We have strong links with the SLTs working across the Whittington Health in Islington and Haringey  and the North Central London (NCL) network also.  We have clinical networks for dysphagia and complex needs alongside a strong ethos of clinical supervision/line management support. There is an annual SLT Professional Day and opportunities for further training.  

You will be well supported to develop your skills and you will have regular supervision.



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

Main duties and responsibilities:


  1. To demonstrate specialist clinical expertise in the assessment, treatment and management of swallowing, language and communication problems in babies/children in the community providing appropriate specialist assessment and intervention and evaluating outcomes


  1. To demonstrate  specialist clinical knowledge related to children with complex needs - to assess and deliver support within the MDT team to diagnose autism, learning disability and physical disability. To deliver assessment and therapy support to this population  underpinned by current evidence based practice and outcome measures


  1. To demonstrate highly developed auditory and perceptual skills in the assessment diagnosis and treatment of babies and children.


  1. To make appropriate differential diagnoses and highly specialist clinical decisions on evidence from assessment of complex cases, including differential diagnoses


  1. To use / apply specialist knowledge to inform sound clinical judgements/decision making for case management, developing clear care plans based on best practice


  1. To demonstrate clinical effectiveness reflecting on evidence based practice and outcome measures


  1. To provide advice to others regarding the management and care of babies/children with complex communication difficulties and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties


  1. To work closely with (child where possible), carers and families, in order to agree plan of management


  1. To communicate complex condition related information from assessment to (child where possible), 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


  1. To deal with initial complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible


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


  1. To employ excellent communication skills


  1. To demonstrate a variety of skills in motivating clients and /or carers to engage in the therapeutic process including negotiation and presentation skills.


  1. To employ counselling skills with carers or clients with highly complex needs where appropriate


  1. To maintain sensitivity at all times to the emotional needs of parent/carer of a child with complex needs / learning disabilities when imparting potentially distressing information regarding the nature of the communication or feeding and swallowing difficulties and implications of the same


  1. To demonstrate the ability to manage chidren with challenging behaviours including the application of appropriate management strategies


  1. To monitor and review the progress of babies/children on your caseload against the targets set and agreed, and to modify targets as appropriate.


  1. To adapt practice to meet individual child/family circumstances


  1. To reflect on clinical practice both individually and with peers identifying strengths and needs and providing evidence of sound clinical judgements based on research and evidence based practice


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


  1. To be aware of legal requirements relating to the provision of a speech and language therapy service.


  1. To maintain up to date and accurate electronic case notes and write reports reflecting specialist knowledge, ensuring that they meet departmental standards and are in line with local trust and social services policy, and RCSLT professional standards


  1. To demonstrate knowledge of current policies and practice in health and social services and incorporate these into the model of working as appropriate.


  1. To manage and prioritise a complex and specialist caseload independently, advising line manager on issues of service delivery including shortfall, service pressures etc


  1. To demonstrate skills in dealing with complex issues to generate appropriate strategies for caseload management


  1. To contribute to multi-agency assessment procedures as required


  1. To ensure that clients are referred to other services as appropriate with high regard to possible safeguarding issues that can arise within the complex needs population.


  1. To monitor and evaluate highly specialist service delivery and provide progress reports as required


  1. 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 team area policies, national and local guidelines and RCSLT professional and clinical guidelines


  1. To have a working knowledge of relevant procedures including: Safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act and other legal frameworks


  1. 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


  1. To be accountable for professional action and recognising professional boundaries, and working within defined departmental and national protocols/policies and professional code of conduct


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



Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 1. BSc./ MSC Speech Path or Equivalent
  • 2. HCPC licence to practise, and Registered member of RCSLT
  • 3. Dysphagia
  • 4. Successful completion of highly specialist post graduate study / highly specialist/expert short courses relevant to field of adult learning disabilities in at least 3 of the following areas: dysphagia, autistic spectrum disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, interaction approaches, sensory impairments, mental health, challenging behaviour and physical disability/cerebral palsy
  • 5. Student supervision and training
  • 6. Basic counselling
Desirable criteria
  • 1. Basic qualitative / quantitative research methodologies


Essential criteria
  • 1. Of a highly specialist range of assessment tools and procedures to evaluate communication, speech & language and swallowing skills relevant to field of learning disabilities, particularly dysphagia and complex disabilities
  • 2. Of selecting and setting goals & evaluating highly specialist treatment goals
  • 3. Of a highly specialist range of therapeutic interventions relevant to the field of learning disabilities demonstrating the evidence base for these approaches
  • 4. Of approaches to mentoring, advising, supporting and clinically supervising less experienced SLTs and support staff
  • 6. 12. Advanced approaches to support children with dysphagia and complex disabilities, and/or parent in high levels of distress
  • 7. Knowledge of national legislation and government policies and papers for the area of learning disabilities and dysphagia eg SEN, IDDSI, DSM-5 Framework, NICE guidelinesDisability Act etc
  • 8. Detailed knowledge of multi-disciplinary team approaches including safeguarding
  • 9. Of the key characteristics leading to a highly specialist differential diagnosis relevant to the client group of autism/learning disabilities, particularly in the area of dysphagia and complex disabilities
  • 10. Good understanding of clinical governance principles
Desirable criteria
  • 1. Basic qualitative & quantitative research approaches
  • 9. Of the key elements of writing a research protocol


Essential criteria
  • 1. Of working at a highly specialist level relevant to field of adult learning disabilities including dysphagia and complex disabilities
  • 2. Delivering highly specialist training to a range of audiences including dysphagia
  • 3. Working in a multi-disciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • 1. Carrying out evidence based research projects / audits


Essential criteria
  • 1. Excellent assessment and intervention skills for dysphagia
  • 2. Critically evaluate published research within a specific area of clinical expertise


Essential criteria
  • 1. Flexibility
  • 2. Ability to reflect on practice
  • 3. Highly developed word processing skills
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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Alison Montgomery
Job title
SLT Clinical Co-ordinator for SLT in Camden MOSAIC
Email address
Telephone number
07825 340 937
Additional information

Alison Montgomery

Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) Whittington Health

Clinical Co-ordinator for SLT in Camden MOSAIC

E: Alison.montgomery2@nhs.net  

T: 07825 340 937            

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Whittington Health NHS Trust
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N19 5NF
0207 288 3241