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Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year PA inc HCAS
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an experienced, innovative and passionate SLT to join the Early Years SLT team working in complex needs and dysphagia (including school age) within the Inner London boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. The post holder will work in partnership with parents/carers, other members of the multi-disciplinary team and nurseries/schools to deliver a high-quality service. As well as being experienced in delivering a range of communication interventions (including AAC), the post holder should have knowledge and skills in paediatric dysphagia, preferably equivalent to level C or above of the RCSLT dysphagia competencies.

Join us if you want to:
  • Be part of a service which has an active diversity and inclusion ethos where EDI is established as part of our Business as Usual when thinking about our service users and our staff.
  • Continue to develop your clinical skills including carrying out assessment, identifying needs, developing, implementing and evaluating specialist programmes of care (communication and dysphagia).
  • Work with education colleagues and families to embed communication supportive environments and run evidence based targeted interventions.
  • Develop your management and clinical supervision skills in relation to both communication and dysphagia (including supporting other members of the team to develop their RCSLT dysphagia competencies).
  • Contribute to the quality improvement work of the wider CLCH SLT Education and Dysphagia Services.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will provide specialist assessment, diagnosis and intervention to children and young people with dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing disorders). The role will include supporting parents, clients and other professionals in all issues related to client management. Liaison with the MDT is an integral part of the role
  • You will provide assessment, diagnosis and intervention for pre-school children with complex needs on the Early Years caseload within Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster
  • You will provide support to other speech and language therapists and support in the training and development of SLT students
  • You will contribute to developments within the Early Years and Dysphagia team including the development of policies and procedures relating to clinical care, evidence-based practice, care pathways and outcome development. You will contribute to Trust, service and professional wide initiatives
  • The post holder will deliver training/courses to staff as relevant to the post e.g. specific in-service training across settings to a variety of audiences e.g. parents and staff in schools settings.

About us

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Single occupancy accommodation in Central London - (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit)
  • Support with gaining your driving license *T& C's apply
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

To have a full look at our benefits and what it's like working for us please go here:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assess, develop and implement Specialist Speech and Language Therapy

provision for children with dysphagia and complex needs.
  • To write reports reflecting specialist knowledge including initial assessment/review reports, EHCNA, Annual Reviews and Tribunal reports.
  • To provide appropriate specialist interventions and evaluate outcomes.
  • To provide advice and support to others regarding the management and care of

children and young people with dysphagia and complex needs.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual client and families circumstances.
  • To use specialist knowledge and evidence-based practice to inform sound clinical judgements/decision making for case management and provision of care plans.
  • To reflect on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic aspects of clients communication and

to identify appropriate strategies to facilitate and enhance communicative

  • To make a differential diagnosis on the basis of evidence from assessment seeking

advice as appropriate.
  • To have a working knowledge of relevant procedures including safeguarding

children, Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) procedures and other legal frameworks.
  • To negotiate with others around case management in complex cases and manage conflict.
  • To ensure that clients, all of whom have complex communication needs, are involved

in the planning and prioritisation of their management plans wherever possible.
  • To adapt practice to meet individual carers circumstances, including due regard for

cultural and linguistic differences.
  • To demonstrate skills in dealing with complex issues to generate appropriate

strategies for caseload management.
  • To maintain up to date and accurate case notes in line with HCPC professional

standards and local trust policies.
  • To have due regard for personal safety and that of children/carers, in

particular to have regard to moving and handling regulations, restraining policies, Lone working and

ensure the safe positioning of self and others.
  • To demonstrate the ability to manage children with challenging behaviours including

the application of appropriate management strategies.
  • To maintain sensitivity to the emotional needs of children and their families/carers, in particular when imparting potentially distressing information regarding the nature of the childs difficulties and implications of the same
  • To form productive relationships with others who may be under stress and/or have challenging communication difficulties.
  • To work collaboratively with interpreters during assessment and ongoing intervention with families for whom English is an additional language.
  • To communicate complex condition related information from assessment to clients, teachers, carers, families and members of the multi-disciplinary team/other professions including teachers, educational psychologists and support staff involved in the care of the child and family.
  • To work closely with school staff, children, carers and families, agreeing decision making relevant to the childs management and maintaining sensitivity to their views at all times, particularly where there may be difficulties in understanding due to cognitive, cultural, linguistic or religious needs.

Please refer to the attached Job Description for full list of responsibilities

Person Specification



  • Recognised SLT degree or equivalent
  • Health Care Professionals Council Licence to Practice
  • Current registered membership of HCPC and RCSLT

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


Colville Health Centre


W11 1PA

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