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Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist / Team Leader

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Sefton - North & South
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Sefton Community Speech & Language Therapy Service at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is looking for an innovative Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist to join the team to continue to develop the pathways for children and young people (CYP) during the identification of and intervention for Developmental Language Disorder.

The post holder will work with colleagues in Sefton and with the Liverpool locality to support speech and language therapists and SLT assistants to provide good quality care to work towards achieving the outcomes set collaboratively with the CYP, their parents / carers and families.

As all of these posts are based in the community, there is an expectation that the successful candidate will be able to travel to, and between various locations throughout the week.

If you are enthusiastic about improving the communication skills of children and empowering parents, carers and educators to do so, we would welcome your application.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will work with their colleagues to further develop and monitor the implementation and quality of care pathways for children and young people in their highly speciaist clinical area.

They will lead a small team of speech and language therapists to provide clinical supervision ensuring they provide a high-quality speech and language therapy service to children in a variety of community settings including clinics, schools and nurseries.

We are looking for candidates who can assess and provide a range of therapeutic interventions using their highly specialist knowledge to children with Developmental Language Disorder.

The team work collaboratively with other partner agencies and carers to enable them to understand the communication needs and to provide appropriate advice, support and intervention.

About us

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is a provider of specialist health care to over 275,000 children and young people each year. Inaddition to the hospital site located in the West Derby area of Liverpool, Alder Hey has a presence in community outreach sites and, incollaboration with other providers, our clinicians help deliver care closer to patients' homes by holding local clinics.

You can expect a warm welcome at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At Alder Hey we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:

Great flexible working opportunities

Discounted gym membership

Lease car scheme and Home Electronics Scheme

Generous annual leave and pension scheme

Extensive staff health and well-being programmes

Job description

Job responsibilities

To manage and prioritise a caseload of children and young people (CYP) aged 0-19, who present with a complex profile of speech, language and / or communication needs, specifically those with Developmental Language Disorder.

To work with clients, their parents/carers and other agencies involved with their care, in a range of settings including specialist and mainstream schools, nurseries, Childrens Centres and other community settings.To use highly skilled assessment procedures to gather information pertinent to the speech, language and communication needs of the CYP.

To provide highly specialised written reports and verbal advice, including training relevant professionals and the families.

To lead a small team of Speech & Language Therapists and / or Assistants, providing clinical supervision and absence & performance management.

To work with colleagues to develop and review the clinical pathways for CYP with Developmental Language Disorder.

Person Specification

Education % Training


  • Recognised Speech and Language Therapy degree qualification or equivalent.
  • Health & Care Professions Council - Licence to Practise
  • Registered Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Evidence of successful completion of specialist short courses up to Master's degree equivalent.


  • Membership of relevant Special Interest Group



  • Relevant experience at undergraduate and post graduate level.
  • Significant relevant experience post qualification, including demonstrable evidence working as a Specialist Speech & Language Therapist.
  • In-depth experience within specialist area



  • Excellent interpersonal skills - including observation, listening and empathy skills
  • Highly developed negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrates excellent analytical and reflection skills
  • Well developed concentration skills
  • Well established knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools relevant to the specialist client group
  • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures (relevant to the specialist client group)
  • In depth knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to the client group) and an ability to compare and contrast relative benefits
  • In depth knowledge of the principles of clinical governance/audit

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Netherton Health Centre / Ainsdale

Magdelene Square, Netherton

Sefton - North & South

L30 5SP

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