Band 6 Clinical Researcher Speech and Language Therapist

Whittington Health NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum including HCAS
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
This is a Band 6/7 run-through, newly-created post at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London, an internationally recognised centre of expertise in stammering and cluttering, run by NHS Whittington Health. The role of clinical researcher is to support and develop both the research and the clinical domains of the Centre, with a particular focus on increasing research activity and output.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to have a background in paediatric SLT with at least three years' experience of working with children and young people who stammer and their families. Additional experience of adults who stammer will be helpful. A post-registration master's degree with a research component in a related area or an accredited advanced qualification in a relevant field is a requirement of this post. We welcome applicants with additional skills (e.g. in complex needs). Awareness of the relevant literature, theoretical frameworks of stammering and research will also be necessary.

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 Trustbelieves 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The aim of this post is to support and enhance the research activities at the Michael Palin Centre through the integration of research and clinical practice. It is anticipated that the post holder may have greater expertise in either research or stammering aspects of this job role and some additional training may be required in order to fulfil certain duties. To develop and maintain specialist knowledge of current theoretical perspectives and research issues in the nature and treatment of stammering in childhood including a clear understanding of the trends and status of evidence-based practice.
  • To promote an evidence based approach to therapy and clinical practice.
  • To demonstrate clinical expertise in the clinical management of children who stammer and their interrelated cognitive, affective and behavioural components as well as the implications of co-existing disorders of communication.
  • To contribute to the specialist tertiary consultation and second opinion service including the comprehensive assessment and clinical management of children who stammer.
  • To provide a speech and language therapy service to a caseload of children with complex stammering.
  • To take delegated responsibility in the preparation, planning, organisation and running of group therapy programmes for children and young people.
  • To make a proportionate contribution to the development of a stronger research, knowledge-transfer and scholarship amongst the MPC team.
  • To contribute to funding applications for research studies
  • To participate in specific projects, commensurate with knowledge and experience (development of research questions, protocols, data collection, data management and data analysis, ethics applications etc)
  • To represent MPC at external events and conferences in order to disseminate our research.
  • To contribute to articles for specialist journals, newsletters etc.
  • To support the organisation, delivery and evaluation of the Centres national training/teaching programmes and workshops for the clinical management of young children who stammer.
  • To contribute to the preparation, writing and dissemination of clinical publications at study days and special interest groups.
  • To contribute to and develop the Centres presence on social media.
  • To take delegated responsibility for specialist audio-visual and other technical equipment which are used as clinical, teaching and research tools.

Person Specification



  • Completion or working towards a post graduate research award
  • Experience in designing, carrying out, analysing and disseminating service evaluation / research projects.
  • Knowledge of intervention research methodologies appropriate to the field and ability to help others learn and understand these.
  • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions relevant to developmental stammering and the evidence base for these approaches.

Personal quality


  • Self-starter and ability to manage own time, priorities and workload.

Personal quality


  • Ability to work in a team, giving support as circumstances require



  • Of working with children who stammer or clutter



  • Excellent written skills for a range of purposes (including scientific writing and participant information sheets)



  • Excellent analytical and reflection skills

Pesrsonal quality


  • Enthusiasm, warmth, engagement with children, families and colleagues

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Michael Palin Centre

13-15 Pine Street



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