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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Complex Needs

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Speech and Language Therapy
NHS AfC: Band 6
Part time: 30 hours per week (30 Hours Per Week - 0.8 WTE)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
CDC, St Ann's Hospital
£31,365.00- £37,890.00 Per Annum Plus HCAS
08/03/2021 23:59
Interview date

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Job overview

Developing Specialist Speech and Language Therapist - Band 6

30hrs per week (0.8WTE)

Working as part of the Early Years and Complex Needs Team in Haringey 

Come and join our passionate and innovative speech and language therapy team in Haringey. We are looking for a new speech and language therapist in the Children’s speech and language therapy early years/complex needs/dysphagia team who wants to learn new skills/ gain new experiences and share their expertise with our local children, families and nursery/setting staff.  

The Haringey Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service is part of the wider Speech and Language Therapy Service across Camden, Islington and Haringey, managed by Whittington Health. The Service places a strong emphasis on personal and professional development, providing regular supervision and support.

Main duties of the job

As part of friendly, established and respected multi-disciplinary and multi-agency team you will develop your skills at working with children and families with a range of additional needs. 

Key responsibilities are to carry a personal clinical caseload of children who have specific physical difficulties, learning difficulties, Autism and dysphagia.  To maintain a high level of
professional competence in assessment and therapy, as well as advising/training carers and multi-agency staff on issues related to both individual cases and effective communication strategies/good communication environments. You will demonstrate clinical expertise and participate in continuing professional development to maintain and further develop specialist knowledge and clinical practice.

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

We offer a range of different approaches to our children and families as required, working  individually, in groups, and running parent workshops, drawing on techniques from Attention Autism, VERVE,  Intensive Interaction and language level work.  We offer AAC and dysphagia training programme to those who work within our team.  We also offer opportunity to work with our autism diagnostic team.  The job is based in our Child Development Centre

Services are delivered in clinical and multi-agency teams, and in a range of settings including families homes, children’s centres, health centres and the CDC with a strong focus on working with families and achieving the most beneficial outcomes.  This is done through telehealth and face to face, whilst also being part of a big speech and language therapy team who like to share ideas and good practice.

You will be supported in your role by other SLT’s within the Team and will receive robust supervision to develop your skills in all areas of additional needs.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc. Speech Path or Equivalent (including Dip. CST)
  • HCPC licence to practise, 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
  • High level of clinical skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with a range of speech and language difficulties including children with complex needs (Down syndrome, Autism and general developmental delay), DLD, language delay, phonological difficulties and dysfluency.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of carrying out assessment and intervention for children with complex needs including children with Down syndrome, Autism and general developmental delay
  • Experience working collaboratively with colleagues in health and other agencies including education and of planning and delivering training to parents and/or 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

Sue Griffin
Job title
Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - CN
Email address
Telephone number
020 3224 4399
Additional information

Sue Griffin, Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Early Years

(e)  sue.griffin2@nhs.net

(t)  020 3224 4399

or Christine Hennigan Lead Speech and Language Therapist for complex needs team

(e)       christine.hennigan@nhs.net
(t)        020 3224 4399

If you have problems applying, contact

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