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Children's Specialist Speech & Language Therapist - Schools

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within the school commissioned speech and language therapy service in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR). The schools service has been established in HMR since 2010 and is growing each year. Our dynamic team work within local schools to develop the speech and language needs of their cohort in collaboration with the teaching staff.

In this post you will provide specialist triage, assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment/discharge recommendations to a range of children with speech, language and communication difficulties in the schools commissioned service.

You must have a degree in speech and language therapy and have completed your newly qualified practitioner competencies.

It would be desirable for candidates to have a specialist level of knowledge with regards to the way a Speech and Language Therapist can work effectively in schools.

As a growing service we are keen for motivated and innovative practitioners to work within our service as we develop as a team.

Main duties of the job

  • To liaise with and offer advice in the management and implementation of Speech and Language Therapy programmes and to monitor and evaluate progress and revise programmes accordingly.
  • To liaise with and/or train relevant professionals, may be uni-professional and/or interdisciplinary/agency.
  • To provide and demonstrate specialist evidence based programmes of care and follow care pathways and published evidence-based packages of care.
  • To provide leadership and support to junior members of the team including one to one supervision, IPDR, clinical supervision and first line management response where required.
  • To provide clinical expertise based on evidence based practice.
  • To work independently managing a caseload of clients with a range of SLCN.
  • To work autonomously within Trust policy and professional practice and maintain accurate and comprehensive records.
  • To be accountable for own professional action and recognise own professional boundaries, seeking advice as appropriate.
  • To decide priorities for own work area, balancing other patient related and professional demands.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to RCSLT professional and clinical guidelines as well as national policies and procedures in clinical area

About us

Rochdale Care Organisation is part of the Northern Care Alliance, one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. A place destined to be different. Rochdale puts co-operation and co-design at the forefront of its health and social care. This is the place with community based integrated care at its heart. Rochdale Infirmary, and the adult and children's community services across Heywood Middleton and Rochdale, consists of professionals from health, social and voluntary sectors. A place leading the way in life-enhancing, integrated care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:

In line with the Trusts Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, marital status, social back ground or trade union membership. However, as members of ethnicity minority groups and individuals with disabilities are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Person Specification



  • Health and Care Professions Council - Licence to Practice


  • Member of RCSLT

Essential Qualifications


  • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree Qualification or equivalent
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses

Knowledge, Skills, and Training


  • Relevant experience at undergraduate/post graduate level
  • Well established knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group.
  • Experience of diagnosing language impairment.
  • Well established knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions relevant to the client group.
  • Good auditory discrimination skills and ability to transcribe speech phonetically
  • Good organisational skills and prioritisation skills
  • Demonstrates good analytical and reflection skills
  • Well established knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the client group.
  • Demonstrates ability to be a good team member
  • Experience working with children from primary and secondary age provision


  • Knowledge and experience of working with children who use high and low tech AAC
  • Experience of working with children and young people with complex communication needs.

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